Brooklyn musician Moldover shows his approach to converting a standard MIDI controller into something more suited to the fast-paced live loop manipulation – aka ‘controllerism‘.

For a more in depth info on his hardware and software techniques be sure to check out Moldover’s Approach to Controllerism part 1 & part 2

[via Matrixsynth]

10 thoughts on “Controllerism 101

  1. This was pointless and doesn’t really qualify as circuit bending or modding. He removed a bunch of keys and used a sharpie and some glue so he wouldn’t have to memorize his layout. I’m surprised he didn’t paste pictures onto the keys.

  2. easy there critics – he’s modifying the controller into something more comfortable for use with Ableton Live’s sound manipulation & looping.

    In dimly lit performance environments it’s highly beneficial to have controls clearly labelled and arranged – optimal traction on those controls used for rythmic input is also a big plus.

    Ultimately, interface is subject to personal preference.

    … and what would be so bad about adding pictures?

  3. though i find it useless chopping up the axiom the way he did, its all up to what works for the musician. i know that if i had the patience to, i would like to move some knobs around on my mixer to a place where it may be more convenient or i always reach for anyway. i dont see this as being any different. in a live setting, you have to know your equipment blindfolded, and maybe for him, rearranging his keys out of standard makes the controller more intuitive.

    in short: to each, his own.

  4. i just realized that wasnt an axiom, it was an oxygen8. some weird slip always makes me refer to one as the other. =P

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