I created Kenaxis out of a need to explore new sounds in an intuitive way. Coming from a background as an improvising violist, I wanted to create an instrument that would be fast and flexible enough to react to any musical situation.
If you would like to hear some of my music you can hear my solo work at MySpace and my duet work with vocalist Viviane Houle at Cellar Live.
Stefan Smulovitz – Vancouver, BC – creator of Kenaxis
I have used Kenaxis for preparing soundtracks for installations and performances. It is an intuitive tool for mixing and manipulating sound files on the fly, making it a breeze to prepare what I need. Most recently, I used Kenaxis in the Amorph!08-festival in Helsinki, in making a soundtrack that played in a park.
Besides that, Kenaxis is also an interesting digital expansion for my improv guitarism.
I just did another show with Kenaxis, running about in a café with a wireless mic, sampling things and people. The attached mp3 is from that particular mayhem..
Pessi Parviainen – Interdisciplinary artist – Helsinki, Finland
Banjo Ideas Audio Sample (1:47) – Click to Play
Danny Barnes – banjoist, composer, remix artist, inventor of folktronics – Port Hadlock, Washington
I am so knocked out with Kenaxis. I’ve been using the VST links to run Reaktor and it’s so mindblowing I feel like I am in synth heaven. I can run numerous Reaktor ensembles and mix in my live field recording samples and mess with the whole lot. Being a child of the ’60’s I feel like I can re-create the Beatles #9 and then some. I haven’t explored all the possibilities of Kenaxis yet but I’m completely blown away by it’s power and possibilities.
Ord G – Musician, improvisor, soon to be noise artist, Vancouver BC
I find Kenaxis is incredibly flexible, with a natural interface and built-in processing. It is naturally multi-voiced, with live sampling and total midi-control capability. Its granular processing is incomparable, with two granulators and fast parameter switching. Overall it provides an ideal foundation for live performance.
- Jeff Cloke, Laptop improviser – with live instrumental performers - sort of ambient!
Kenaxis has become an invaluable addition to the ever expanding set of tools I use for composing and live performance. It’s ease of use and incredible versatility, allow me to use music technology as it should be used: to add to/not detract from the creative process. It’s great for both brainstorming, improvisation, you name it.
- Doug Opel, Composer, Long Island, New York
You’ll also find Doug at MySpace.
Manolis Manousakis – Sound Artist, Athens Greece
Watch the Medea Electronique video below to see some of the exciting multimedia work that is happening in Greece.