Download Moog Minitaur Editor OS X

Moog Mintaur

Looking for the download link for the Moog Minitaur editor?  I have the Mac OS X link right here.  It was extremely frustrating trying to download this software when I really needed it.  I had a gig and needed to get my new computer up to speed with my music software ASAP.  I had already registered my Minitaur with  Even in light of this there was no download link to be found.  My question is this:  Why does Moog withhold the download link for this software?  What good would the software be without purchasing the physical hardware?

Download Moog Minitaur Editor OS X


Cheering for Death in the Modern Age

I was saddened by the news that another cyclist in San Francisco was fatally struck.  I first saw the news from the KTVU feed on Facebook which I am subscribed to.  As I looked more closely at the post on Facebook, what immediately caught my attention was how many times the “Like” button had been pressed.  Maybe I’m reading too deeply into the context of “Like” in this situation, but after reading the comments, I’m starting to believe that “Like” does in fact mean “like”.  Check these out:

Nice I love it – Tony Valle

These damn bicyclists think they own the road. . Use you head . If you play with glass your gunna get cut.  – Rafael Tapia

They act dumb on the road – MsLivewire AllDay

There is no information available regarding the cause of this awful tragedy.  And yet bias guides so many to assume the cyclist was at fault, and according to some even deserved what happened.  That’s pretty screwed up, especially for a progressive city like the Bay Area. And here’s a snap of the Likes: cheering-for-death-of-cyclist It just seems to me like we are immersed in an age of complete detachment from the reality of tragedy, an age where unwarranted loss of life is celebrated with LOLs, smiley faces and hateful remarks.

Instagram Submissions for Photoworks Gallery

UPDATED 11/20/2012:  Photoworks has selected four images from the submissions below!  Wh00t!  The winners are highlighted in green.

Hello Photoworks! Here you will find my Instagram submissions for the upcoming gallery. I’ve selected images that might do well as 8×8″ prints.

You can enlarge any image by clicking on it, and once the image opens in the lightbox you can download the original file by right-clicking and choosing Save image as… in Chrome.

Thanks in advance for your time & consideration. :) Your friend, Andy.

Science Museum Architecture Abstraction

Walking by the Academy of Science museum today, I couldn’t help but to notice how sharply the protruding glass along the exterior looked over the crisp blue sky. It was a cold, wintery day in the City and that made it appear even sharper. So I decided to create a symmetrical abstraction out of it. I am going to try and get back into the swing of doing more image manipulation in Photoshop.

Barbara Morgenstern’s Sweet Silence

I am so glad to have discovered this amazing LP from Barbara Morgenstern.  I first discovered Barbara’s beautiful songwriting from her collaboration with Robert Lippok in Tesri.  In other words, it is for the love to sophisticated electronic music that I found her.  Moving on to the topic at hand, I am very impressed by Sweet Silence.  In short, it is the combination of incredible synth work underneath Morgenstern’s incantations that  does it for me.

Sweet Silence is the opening track.  Featuring stuttering sine waves, dramatic portamento sawtooths, simple, textured percussion, sustaining pad organs, and the words of Morgenstern – confidently charging forward to the rhythm of the electronics, echoing and haunting, as she tells of life’s most precious moments.

A very pleasing tempo change onto the 2nd track, Need to Hang Around, a faster tune.  Again we have this amazing portamento that slingshots from one note to the next in a very cool rhythm.  The lyrics seem to speak to the idea that love in the moment can hold you down, and hold you back from exercising your inner creativity.  “In the past three weeks I could have written tons of number one hits, but I was sick.  I could have experienced the very peak of my creativity, but I was too dizzy.”  Sweet arpeggios accompany the chorus along with the rubberband synth work as I’d like to call it.  The intensity builds as the resonance rises on the arpeggios.  This is an amazing tune.

Keeping up with the high bar clearly established by the first two tracks, Kookoo delivers a symphony of sophisticated feelings.  The sharp, reverberating synth stabs are one of the most amazing parts on the entire album in my opinion.  The lyrics seem to almost be about the sound itself: “Move to that song, round and round, it’s your dance.  This lonely tune could play for me too, just by chance.”  It is so beautiful.  In the background we hear the glitchy stuttering of “Koo-koo..” around and around, as if part of some Pagan chant, or a ritual in the cold Autumn forests of Germany.  This is probably my top pick from this LP.

Out on the Highway is another one of my favorites.  It has the most beautiful synth work.  And Morgenstern’s sweet words are so soothing.   There’s also an orchestral quality to this tune that creates a journey, and a story.  It’s actually a bit tricky to describe.

The last tune that I can’t help but to write about is Night-time Falls.  This is a very catchy tune, and probably quite suitable for a dance floor in Berlin.  Probably not in the U.S., however, as I don’t think Americans really share the same appreciation for this kind of sound, though I could be wrong.  This song seems to be about the honesty of true love.  She talks about spending the night with a promoter, but feeling nothing and wanting to go back home to her true love. “There’s no lies between us”.  Hearing this sweet love song with the synthesizer work is tear-jerking.  It makes me tingle.  There is this one bass synthesizer that reminds me of Cindy Lauper’s Time After Time, and the way it interfaces with the dancey beat and Morgenstern’s storytelling is so incredibly beautiful.

Please buy this record.  Especially if you love sweet, sophisticated German electronic music like me.  This music is not trying to be cool, but rather trying to establish itself as what will likely be considered as a timeless classic for decades to come, I predict.