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
The immediate appeal for me was the open ended approach to Kenaxis. Most music software is designed in such a way that there are expectations of how you will use it so you have to fight to break out of that mold.
Primarily I treat it as an instrument for processing and manipulating live sounds fed from contact microphones and photocells rather than working with pre-recorded material.
Dan Kibke / Sinusoidal – noise artist, Vancouver BC
I use Kenaxis to represent the permeable nature of digital media in live performance and in pre-recorded mashups. I struggled with other tools, but Kenaxis got me mashing instantly. It’s nimble, intuitive, and full of anarchic surprises. Playing with it has changed how I think about and listen to music.
- Brian Lamb, Educational Program Discoordinator, Vancouver, BC
For more about Brian’s work see:
- The experience of his work in Second Life
- Confessions of a Mashup Unartist (mp3)
- And another mashup:
I use Kenaxis as my secret weapon for live sets and studio recordings, it’s one of the most important tools I have ever used on my music, and I played and tested a lot of stuff, analog and digital systems.
Kenaxis has so many goals, Multitrack channels, pink / white noise generator, which is awesome!, pitch, delay, filter are simply brilliant!!!
Also, the chance of using VST plug-ins, I tested a lot of different plug-ins on Kenaxis and never had a single problem.
You know what ?? 1 month later after my first show I played a second show and of course I used the powerful Filter that comes with Kenaxis 2v28, the point is that I blown one of the stage monitors using that filters, that filter can create such arrange of powerful sound in such short time, enough to blown away part of the stage monitors, a friend of mine came who is sound engineer came after the show to tell me how fucked his ears was because of the frequencies created by the Kenaxis, seriously true.
– Bonesfield, Noise Artist (Madrid, Spain)
Check out some tracks by Bonesfield or watch his Kenaxis-fueled performance The Troglodyte Lounge: