Daily Giz Wiz 890: The Wild Planet Beat Blender

Episode 890 of the podcast

The Wild Planet Beat Blender
Subject: Review of The Wild Planet Beat Blender
Released:Friday 7 August 2009
Length:about 20 minutes
Download file:dgw0890.mp3 (9.4 MB)

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Short info

Create your own music with the The Wild Planet Beat Blender.

Detailed information

Released in June 2006 and designed by Eric Shank, the Wild Planet Beat Blender was a music mixer that had 3 tracks controlled by 3 beat selector buttons (Drums, Rhythm and Lead).  Each track had 4 or 5 music samples, plus a silent beat.  There were 4 tempo settings.  From these controls, you could make your own loops.  You could even piggyback more than one Beat Blender together to create longer songs.  Wild Planet does not make it any more, but hacked versions can be found on the web.

Got Audible

Regular correspondent Steve Miller spent 2 hours trying to get Paul Minshall's Audible Theme out of his head.  In the end he had to go to the Audbile website, and bought himself Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a book previously recommended by Leo and Paul Thurrott of Windows Weekly.

Weekend Pursuits

If you're in NYC at the moment, Dick recommends an exhibition organised by Gladstone Gallery of works by Basil Wolverton, dubbed by a New York Times article as "The Michelangelo of MAD". Then head off to the High Line Park.

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