October 20
2014

Ur Funktion with Skizz

Rikard “Skizz” Bizzi has been an active part of the Stockholm hip-hop scene for a long time. On October 24th he’s releasing his third album, UR FUNKTION LP, featuring some OP-1 use. Skizz was kind enough to meet with us and answer a few questions.

TE: When did you start making music?

Skizz: I come from a musical family. We started when we were kids, playing on toys and banging on random stuff to make sounds. We had a simple cassette tape recorder for recording songs. My big sister used to be the star so we were the backing band. My big brother listened to rap since I was born and when I was 10-11 years old my sister brought home 36 Chambers on cassette. That really blew my mind and I knew I wanted to make hip-hop music.

I wrote my first rap when I was 10, in English. The only Swedish rap that I heard at that time was Just D and The Latin Kings. This was before the internet, so it wasn’t like you could go and download anything you wanted, like instrumentals and such. So when I was 13-14 I discovered Fruity Loops and started making my own beats, just to have something to rap on, and to be in full control of the production.

TE: When did you first release anything?

Skizz: My first official release was with Up Hygh. We did a remix of Bap Yo Head by Freddie Cruger that got released in 2004, and in 2006 we released The Venus Album on Jugglin’ / Raw Fusion Recordings. It got pretty hyped up around the world in this niche genre we were making music in. When we did that album we were really fresh out of ‘gymnasiet’ (high school). One of the teachers in school was Aron Phiri who was the mc at the Raw Fusion club. He sent our demo to Mad Mats Karlsson. He was a good A&R and we worked together for the whole album. Overall a good learning experience.

TE: What kind of equipment were you working with at that time?

Skizz: I had an MPC2000XL and an Ensoniq EPS keyboard, Danne (of Up Hygh) had an Akai S1100, a Yamaha TX16W, and we had a borrowed ARP synth. Most of the synth sounds came from the EPS or the MPC.

Some other machines I’ve used over the years include an MPC60, an MPC3000, a Yamaha CS01 (found for 50 SEK / 7 USD at a flea market), a Yamaha CS-10 and a Roland JX3P with the controller (featured heavily on Kärlek, funk & solidaritet etc).

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OP-1 was actually kind of a milestone too, as it’s totally different from anything else. To me it’s kind of like a modern, more quirky version of an MPC, because it has that instant feeling were you can just experiment and you’ll soon learn how to make music. It’s something I’ll probably gonna keep for a while.

I mostly use the Sampler, Endless sequencer, Tape recorder and the master FX. I like the Punch effect. To me it sounds like a copied loop, low passed with some resonance on it and then layered with the filtered sound on top of the original, something I would have done on the MPC-3000. It’s nice to just be able to get a loop from vinyl, add some bass to it, add some nice compression with the master Drive, and then export it and record.

I use it mainly as a sampler, and even though it doesn’t have all the functions that I could use it’s still very competent. If it would have had all the functions it probably wouldn’t have been as inspiring. My three main wishes would be more tracks on the tape, an undo function and a sequencer more adjusted for longer loops. You always have to work with limitations and even though it can be frustrating at times, the inspiration that it brings makes up for it. Your imagination is the limitation.

TE: Can you tell us something about your new album?

Four songs on the new album are done with OP-1. For my second album 100kg Funk I didn’t get the response from media that I had thought I would get, so I got kind of frustrated. To deal with this, for Ur Funktion I did all beats, writing and recording in basically a month.

The last track För Alltid (For ever) is actually the only song that has a synth on it. Like I said it was because 36 Chambers that I really wanted to make hip-hop. I wanted it to sound like a beat from Wu Tang forever, and this whole album is kind of like a Wu Tang tribute.

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TE: Thanks a lot Skizz!

UR FUNKTION LP
Release date: October 24, 2014
Buy it now at rikardbizzi.se, and at Record Mania and rikardbizzi.bandcamp.com, after the 24th.
Make sure to catch the release party!

facebook.com/skizzbizzi
instagram.com/rikardbizzi
rikardbizzi.blogg.se


July 16
2014

OD-11 now available at MoMA Design Stores in NYC

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Teenage engineering is proud to announce the release of the OD-11 cloud speaker for the US market, starting from 18th July 2014.

OD-11

The original Stig Carlsson OD-11 loudspeaker, from 1974, is back forty years after the original launch. As practically all Swedes know, booming in the 70’s, the Carlsson loudspeakers challenged a whole industry, resulting in hundreds of thousands of Swedes replacing their old speakers with the Stig Carlsson signature ’ortho acoustic’ loudspeakers. Never before had their Frank Zappa album sounded so good.

The reason was Stig’s invention, designing his speakers for real homes instead of damped laboratory rooms. By directing his speaker elements upward, towards the ceiling, he was able to widen the listeners ’sweet spot’, which allowed people to move around their rooms and still experience great natural sound.

Re-engineered by teenage engineering

Today, almost exactly 40 years later, teenage engineering has re-engineered the iconic and timeless OD-11 by adding an analog 100 watt amplifier, cutting edge wireless beam forming technology and a computer, within the loudspeaker itself.

Together with the Stig Carlsson Foundation, teenage engineering has recreated the true Carlsson loudspeaker and updated it to work perfectly for todays world, where music is stored in the cloud, accessible from anywhere. This collaboration also led to an updated speaker design, producing a cleaner, more powerful bass, a whole octave lower than the original. Because hip hop music with it’s low bass was not invented in 70s.

Launch at the MoMA Design Stores in New York.

The worldwide launch will be through the Museum of Modern Art, MoMA Design Stores in New York. You will be able to hear for yourself, the amazing sound of Stig Carlsson’s speakers, from 18th July.

Supported services

  • AirPlay
  • Spotify (premium users)

More services will be added over time.
OD-11 is fully upgradable to cover any new cloud based services.

Requirements

AirPlay
AirPlay works with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with iOS 4.3.3 or later, Mac with OS X Mountain Lion or later, and PC with iTunes 10.2.2 or later.

Spotify Connect (premium users)
Spotify Connect lets you control your home stereo with the Spotify app on your mobile or tablet. It’s the ultimate home listening experience for Spotify Premium subscribers. Switch from headphones to speakers with just two taps. Control your home stereo with any device logged into your Spotify account. Get great playlists to suit any mood. Your music is never interrupted by incoming calls, other apps or wifi range problems. Try Spotify Premium free for 30 days, spotify.com/freetrial

orthoplay
OD-11 comes with the free Orthoplay app for IOS 7. Your phone will act as a remote control. You can access orthoplay at www.orthoplay.com

Availability

www.teenageengineering.com
MoMA Design Store, across the museum, 44 West 53rd Street, New York, NY
MoMA Design Store SoHo, 81 Spring Street, New York, NY
Also available available at MoMAStore.org and by phone at 1-800-851-4509

Retail Price

OD-11 $899

OD-11 is a trademark of SSC (Stig Carlsson Foundation). Teenage Engineering and Orthoplay are registered trademarks of Teenage Engineering AB. Airplay, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Mac, OS X and iTunes are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. iOS is a trademark or registered trademark of Cisco in the US. and other countries and is used under license.


July 1
2014

NEW FORUM: OPERATOR-1.COM

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Some words from the community:

A few days ago, the community of ohpeewon.com went down. Being a strong community we reacted fast. KrisM set up a freeforum and the together KrisM, Yoof, dimi3, and lymtronic, started to rebuild. Today we have rebooted. Over a hundred have returned to join us at www.operator-1.com. It is familiar, and with greater control we hope to develop more. Sadly you must reapply but today it is easier.

We continue to hope we will get the previous database of information back from the owner of ohpeewon. Thank you all!

Teenage Engineering is not officially involved in this forum but we approve and support it fully! Thanks guys, you rock!