Diego Stocco’s Duet for Leaves & Turntable

Diego Stocco posted Duet for Leaves & Turntable, another brilliant demonstration of the beauty of music made with everyday objects.

Recently I bought a turntable to use it for an experiment, but that didn’t turn out as I was expecting. Then, I noticed the equally spaced ridges on the plate and got an idea for something else.

For about an hour I recorded short musical phrases by rubbing leaves against the turntable (the type of leaf, angle, pressure and fold determined the sound), then I combined the different takes together. Every element comes from those recordings, including the bass, kick and snare sounds (shaped with EQ, compression and resonators).

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Diego Stocco’s Custom Built Orchestra

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Diego Stocco has presented his Custom Built Orchestra, a project in which he created a an orchestra of handcrafted, unique instruments, and performed each part of a composition written by Diego himself.

I always been fascinated by the raw musical power that an orchestra can express, so, after creating a series of videos where I’m performing a multi-track piece with an instrument I designed, I decided to take the concept a step farther and create my own orchestra made of unusually unique instruments.

The project started by handcrafting a diverse selection of instruments, then I wrote a composition where I could fit them all in and finally performed each part. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I enjoyed doing it!

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Hooktheory analyzes chords of 1,300 songs

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Hooktheory chord analysis

Hooktheory, a resource for learning how to write songs and understand music, has posted an interesting analysis of chords used in 1,300 popular songs.

In this article, we’ll look at the statistics gathered from 1300 choruses, verses, etc. of popular songs to discover the answer to a few basic questions.

First we’ll look at the relative popularity of different chords based on the frequency that they appear in the chord progressions of popular music. Then we’ll begin to look at the relationship that different chords have with one another. For example, if a chord is found in a song, what can we say about the probability for what the next chord will be that comes after it?

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Bandcontroller musical game for Chrome

Plan8 and 14islands have launched Bandcontroller, an experimental audio game for the Chrome browser.


Control music and sound in Google Chrome, using your iPhone as a game controller.

This is a demo showing our little Chrome Experiment with Web Audio API, Googles fantastic Audio API for the Chrome browser. It lets you do stuff you couldn´t do before in a browser. It takes shape as a little game, where you control certain aspects of a song using your iphone as a control unit. Very handy for doing synth solos.

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Short links for December 27th, 2011

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Spotify Apps are here!

Now there’s even more to discover thanks to free Spotify Apps. In a nutshell, apps bring you new and exciting music experiences built around your music tastes. Intrigued? Then say hello to Spotify Apps.

# tj voicenoise kit

Thomekk aka Thomas Kallweit has posted a free sample pack with recordings of himself and his son.

The tj_voicenoise-kit is a sampleset with shorter or longer human voices with wave-files in 16Bit format (slightly processed through a compressor) for Battery 3.1 (+) and Kontakt 3.5 (+).
If you want to use the samples in another drum-sampler please use the wav-files inside the Voicenoise-Samples folder.

Have fun being creative merry christmas and a hippie new year!

Jonas the Plugexpert - Los

# Los by Jonas The Plug Expert

Upitup Records has released a free compilation album with tracks by Jonas The Plugexpert, winner of the first rekkerd sample remix contest back in 2008. Poekie, Jonas’ entry for the 2011 Moving contest, is also included on this album.

50:00 minutes of quality rythms, covering the whole range of BPMs.
This is Jonas’s long awaited third release and second full lenght album for Upitup.

Jonas The Plugexpert is a very prolific artist with more than 10 albums to date and a very distinctive sound. He has been part of Upitup since the early beginning and we are really proud to release this quality album.

Includes tracks like Yannis, Blij, Poekie and the epic ending combo Ragg2 and Jah Is For You, that are already big classic anthems at the Upitup Headquarters!

# Mindmap of DIVA Anatomy

Mark Mosher has created a visual mindmap for the various modules of u-he’s DIVA software synthesizer.

I created a mindmap showing the anatomy of the oscillators, filters and envelopes in relationship to the model template.

u-he DIVA mindmap by Mark Mosher
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Diego Stocco – Music From A Dry Cleaner

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Short links for May 30th, 2011

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Short links for April 27th, 2011

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Short links for April 18th, 2011

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Short links for April 1st, 2011

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Short links for March 14th, 2011

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Short links for March 7th, 2011

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Short links for February 18th, 2011

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Short links for February 16th, 2011

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Phantom of the Floppera, floppy drive organ

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Short links for February 7th, 2011

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