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
10 thoughts on “Controllerism 101”
Is this a “MAKE” or a “Break”?? This guy just lost half of the functionality of his oxy8.
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.
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.
â€¦ and what would be so bad about adding pictures?
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.
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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