Marko Fürstenberg – morning deep techno set for ya

Actually I was just testing out some parameters on the player, while listening at the same time to this set that SoundCloud thought I would like. I will concede: SoundCloud was bang on.

So I’m really trying hard to embrace the new SoundCloud. To me it is now geared more toward listeners than to contributors. I don’t think I hate it, but to me it seems like a departure from the artist-centric resource I perceived SoundCloud’s original vision to be. To remain afloat we must adapt, however, which is why I can easily forgive them.  Besides, they have obviously coded in some psychic powers, because it picked exactly what I wanted to hear before I even knew it myself.

Marko Fürstenberg graphicAnyway – have a listen to Marko Fürstenberg throwin’ down some pretty damn fine deep techno for Das Kraftfuttermischwerk, a “German based blog with the thematic focus of visual art, culture and music – especially electronic music”.

Oh, and good morning. Put your dancing slippers on, go make yourself a drink, turn up the volume and clean the house. The track listing can be found here:


Better throw this one in as well…

TR-808 Clone Kit “MIDIbox 808″ LAST BATCH!

An MB-808 Build.Years ago, legendary MIDIboxer Moogah, along with others, created a custom design and circuit board layout for what would become the de facto DIY 808-clone project: the MB-808.

Moogah ran a couple of bulk orders and revised his PCB once.  Like the x0xb0x, the MB-808 was originally designed to be built with readily available components, and many people remarked that it was difficult to finish the build since pots had different shaft lengths, some devices required shims to reach proper panel clearances, etc.

SineSurfer's MB-808 PCBFor hardcore DIYers this stuff is either a non-issue or an absolute showstopper.  Some like their projects to look as good as, or better than commercially available devices.  Others really don’t care so much about the cosmetics as long as the box works great.

A third revision has been developed by Doug Wellington, a busy guy from Tucson, Arizona, USA.  Determined to make construction easier and the finished product slicker, he had potentiometers custom made, and created a new board layout to correct all the known issues, with a new cutout for a 2×16 LCD.  Nobody has actually built the new design yet, but after a three-year wait Doug is committed to finally ship kits to those who paid a deposit by the end of the year.  I am one such person.

Doug Wellington's Revised MB-808 Layout

It’s unfortunate that my recent marital failure means my tools and parts probably won’t come out of cold storage until sometime between March and June, so I’ll probably have to wait another 6 months before I can even build the damn thing.  But … finally, it is coming.

“But Steve,” you say, “this is all well and good, but why should I care?”

Well I have another bit of good news.  Doug has announced a final batch of kits for those who get on the waiting list by December 31, 2012, and he will not be asking for deposits.

This is the final run of one of the coolest electronic music projects you can build.  I’m even considering ordering a second kit, so I can build one as close to the original Roland sound as I can get, while I modify and bend the snot out of the other.

Do you want a MIDIbox 808 kit?  Doug’s contact info can be found at

Here’s a video showing the awesome MIDIbox sequencer that powers the project.

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Fix Unstable Flash Player 11.5.502.110 on Mac OS X 10.6 and Beyond

This Just In!

(from the Flash SUXXORZ department)

The Adobe Flash plugin has crashed.

Are you seeing this?

I found my Flash kept crashing when I visit Yahoo Mail or SoundCloud. I had just updated it earlier today to the latest version (11.5.502.110). I’m using Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.8 and browsing with Safari, but it will likely also be a problem with Lion or Mountain Lion.

I rolled back to Flash 11.2 and everything’s running like a top again. In case you’re wondering how you too can roll back Flash, here’s how to do it (this should work on any Mac OS from 10.6 onward).

How to Revert to an Older, Less Sucky Version of Flash.

  1. Go to this page:
  2. Download the file labelled:
    - (Released 5/04/2012) Flash Player (159 MB)
  3. Download the Flash uninstaller found on this page:
  4. Quit your browser and run the uninstaller.
  5. Click “Done” when it tells you it was successful, and delete the following files (if they’re still there):

    /Library/Internet Plug-Ins/Flash Player.plugin/
    /Library/Internet Plug-Ins/flashplayer.xpt
    ~/Library/Preferences/Macromedia/Flash Player/
    ~/Library/Caches/Adobe/Flash Player/

  6. Go into the 159MB archive you downloaded (it’s a zip that will probably expand automatically)
  7. Open the zip and then open the folder “11_2r202_235_64bit”
  8. Double-click on “flashplayer11_2r202_235_mac.dmg” and you’ll get the familiar Flash installer, but for the seven-month-old version. Install.

Finally relaunch your browser and go to where you’ll be able to hear some of my ridiculous beats without Flash crashing.

A Final Thought (maybe a warning?)

I don’t know what the newer version of Flash may have fixed.  By reverting, as I have, you will be using an older Flash which may have other functional or security issues – but so far it’s running smoothly for me!