Traxxpad PSP Studio

My silent but deadly ninjas,

Eidos, maker of such classic games as Tomb Raider and a few others, has developed Traxxpad, a mixing and sampling software/game that allows beginning beat-smiths and seasoned beat-masterdragons alike to mix beats in the comfort of their train-station, automobile and aeroplane dimensions.

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Considerably less powerful than a laptop but far more powerful than a cell-phone, using the Psp as an audio production machine both interests and enrages your usually agreeable R0b0tninja, for reasons that I will soon describe.

Technology has always been a mainstay of music production: the first pianos, organs, harpsichords, and drums, were all pieces of high technology at their time. Intense dedication was required from the individual to transform these intimidating and complex machines into instruments of beauty and creation. This PSP sound system, therefore, represents a powerful, portable and accessible instrument that allows the common lay-ninja to create on similar levels to that of a R0b0tninja warl0rd. This pleases me, but it also fills me with a murderous rage that can only be quenched by spilling countless gallons of the blood of mine enemies.

For it also stands at the nadir of a trend of musical dumbening, pioneered by sony with its playstation title MTV’s music generator. Guitar hero, parappa the rapper—-these are the classic, you-can-do-it-too, douchebaggy games we all know and love, that allow anyone with 50 dorra to make what amounts to awful cartoon rap and classic rock. What the music generator and Traxxpad do is extract the you-can-do-it concept from the goofy, classic video-game modality, and create a soulless, musically deadening synthesis of edutainment and homogenous culture.

A stripped-down music production tool that lets average users ‘create’ beats using pre-selected samples and auto-quantized rhythms, Traxxpad lets you step-up to the genius-level status of the last 10 years of pop music with ease (although, I do think it’s cool that you can record using the psp mic and import your own loops with a memory stick…). I still have trouble accepting producers who only use samples and pass it off as their own–whatever happened to self-mastery? Now is the time, my ninjas, to bring it back to the skills.

R0b0tninja mind/body connect

Posted: October 19th, 2007
at 12:17pm by Bertr0n


Categories: Digital Audio,Previews,r0b0t ninja

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