April 3, 2009

Mixmaster 1200

The second installment of my Mixed Up series has now seen the light. Let me introduce you to the Mixmaster 1200.

mixed up

The Mixmaster 1200 is a wireless scratching device for the turntablist who prefers to deliver his/her scratches like a 5 star chef. As you can see, the Mixmaster does not have any beaters attached to it. This is because it has small laser powered plasma emitter beaters that actually heat up the airwaves around the device itself producing the unique sounding aural explosions.

More information: http://originalhamsters.com/motion/mixedup.php

March 18, 2009

Beat Blender Preview

Have you ever wondered what a banana mixed with a strawberry sounds like? Or how about kiwi-watermelon puree? Watch this video and you will find out.

I found this old blender from a flea market and noticed that the names of the different blending modes are very similar to the terminology used in DJing. So I decided to turn this kitchen appliance into a DJ mixer.

The audio tracks are triggered by inserting different fruits into the blender. The buttons on the front panel control the mixing modes and you also have two different types of transformer switches for cutting the sound in and out.

The options are:

  • Stir
  • Puree
  • Whip
  • Grate
  • Mix
  • Chop
  • Grind
  • Blend
  • Liquefy
  • Frappé

How does it work?

  • Arduino for brains
  • RFID reader
  • Different kinds of fruits made out of felt
  • RFID tags inside the fruits
  • Max/MSP for converting the serial data to MIDI
  • Ableton Live for playback
  • Mad skills to pay the bills

Stay tuned for more information, pictures and and better quality videos. This is just a preview, I’m hoping to improve it in the following weeks.

I also need to come up with a better name for this thing. Please leave your suggestions in the comments.

Beat Blender documentation page.

Vimeo link for the video.

Youtube link for the video.

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Filed under: Electronics,Music,Programming,Video — Posted by: Månsteri @ 8:51

February 28, 2009

The Fretless Fader – Why Didn’t I Think of This

I’m glad to see some really innovative stuff in the world of turntablism. I just wonder why no-one has thought of this before. It make so much sense once you see it. I’ll have to build one.

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Filed under: Music,Stuff That I Like — Posted by: Månsteri @ 10:02

February 22, 2009

Today Sun 22/2 – Månsteri & Chocobeets @ Blizzarts

It’s a party. You should come. And dance.


DJ Månsteri
VJ Chocobeets (http://chocobetterave.com/)
+ Special Guest Star Timsu (http://naisetlevyissa.wordpress.com/)

Sunday, February 22, 2009
22-03 (?)


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Filed under: Music — Posted by: Månsteri @ 22:32

February 1, 2009

DJ Månsteri Tonight @ Laika

Slim Jim was kind enough to let me do a 1 hour set tonight at Laika from 10 to 11. So come and check it out! I’ll be playing quite a lot of Finnish stuff also. These tracks could set the mood:

Sat 31/1/09
10-11 PM
4040 Boulevard St-Laurent

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Filed under: Music — Posted by: Månsteri @ 0:22

September 30, 2008

In Montréal + Månsteri Mixes available for Download

Pow! Sorry for the lack of updates. I moved to Montréal a month ago and I don’t have Interweb connection at home yet, so I haven’t really had the chance to write anything. Anyhow, Montréal is proving out to be a nice city. Pictures and more info some other day.

In the meantime, why don’t you listen to some of my Månsteri Mixtapes. They are now available for download over at the revamped music section http://originalhamsters.com/music/. If you are a promoter in Montréal and like my style, don’t be afraid to email me at matti (at) originalhamsters.com. I’m getting serious withdrawal symptoms from not having turntables around.

-Monsieur Pamplemousse Baguette

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Filed under: Music — Posted by: Månsteri @ 19:07

July 3, 2008

Kauppayhtiö – July Line-up

A place you absolutely have to visit if you ever come to Rovaniemi. Café Kauppayhtiö. Here is the DJ line-up for July.

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Filed under: Graphic Design,Music — Posted by: Månsteri @ 0:36

June 9, 2008

Månsteri 7.0 – Octopussi

Next Saturday is Månsteri time once again.

No mix-cd, but I will record a mix and upload it somewhere.

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Filed under: Graphic Design,Music — Posted by: Månsteri @ 16:26

April 18, 2008

Månsteri 5.0

Come to Kauppayhtiö today to hear me play. It’s Månsteri 5.0

Sorry, no mixtape this time, but I’m gonna have some live visuals again on the window of Kauppayhtiö. The store will be revamped pretty soon. I’m going to start printing the t-shirts myself and pretty soon you’ll get also posters, buttons and other Månsteri related stuff.

Meanwhile, you can get the Owl-poster from 3.0 via Deviantart

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Filed under: Graphic Design,Music — Posted by: Månsteri @ 12:03

April 7, 2008

Månsteri Radio Show #1 w/ Foreign Legion -freestyle

The first Månsteri radio show was on air on last Saturday. I had some special guests. Prozack Turner, Mark Stretch and DJ Flip from Foreign Legion visited the studio and they were also kind enough to do a freestyle session.

Download the first show here: http://www.sendspace.com/file/bf91il

Here’s only the freestyle part (Prozack Turner & Mark Stretch) + freestyle scratch session from DJ Flip: http://originalhamsters.com/music/fl_freestyle_monsteri.mp3

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Filed under: Music — Posted by: Månsteri @ 16:12