Check out the Ohm from Livid Instruments. Very cool controller concept for VJs and DJs alike. It runs around the $800 mark, which is a rock bottom price for this kind of hardware. You can grab it over at the Robotspeak store. It comes in both wood and metal. The only problem I see with using this controller to DJ is the lack of enough rotary pots to properly control your EQ. It would make for an amazing interface for a loop based performer in Ableton, however.
Check out this YouTube video to get some idea of how this thing works. (It’s a two part clip – I link to the first part here.)
I’m amazed by the number of people who haven’t heard about Meebo. In a nutshell, Meebo is an AJAX based IM client that runs right inside an Internet browser window. In other words, you can chat with friends on MSN, AIM, Yahoo, Google Talk, ICQ, and Jabber without needing to install clients for those services. This is a great option if your network administrator at work forbids you from installing IM clients on your workstation. Take that, IT nerds!
You can even run several clients at once through a single instance of Meebo.
Need something new and inspiring to listen to? I’ve got the album for you. Nick Warren, one of the most famous progressive DJs on the planet, has made a new entry in the world famous Global Underground series.
The mix, entitled Lima, is a two disc mashup of deep progressive augmented by a touch of minimal and some great percussive tunes. I’ve given both sides of the mix several rotations each and I can say with confidence that this is one of the best entries in the GU series in the past few years. I personally preferred the second disc to the first, although both were solid.
I don’t normally like to cross-post content from places like Digg, but this is just too awesome to pass up. A design blog called Noupe has a collection of more than 1,000 high resolution Photoshop brushes available for download. I use Photoshop brushes for a lot of my professional web design work.
I already had a couple of these collections but there are a few dozen others in there that I had never seen before. All of them are top-notch.
I just ran across Gorilla Artfare earlier today. It’s an art blog full of what I would describe as “dark” art. Most of the artists who contribue seem to draw heavy influence and inspiration from science fiction and fantasy novels. There are several extremely talented artists on that site.
If you’re looking for a time suck, this one’s great.