Justin Windle at Soulwire posted a nice particle node sequencer created in Flash using the Tonfall Audio Engine, the new open source AS3 audio engine produced by Andre Michelle.
This sequencer is based around physical nodes, which connect to produce a variety of tones. There are two types of node, a neuron and a receptor, which are connected by synapses (apologies for the trite analogies). Neurons fire periodically, and if within a certain proximity of a receptor, this message is sent at a fixed speed along the bridging synapse. When the message arrives, the receptor is activated and responds by queuing it’s individual tone within the audio engine. Each receptor owns a randomly assigned note, and each neuron a randomly assigned octave; therefor a receptor will play it’s note in several different octaves depending on which neuron causes it to fire.
The Particle Sequencer is available to download from Soulwire.
This is my MIDI piano instructor. This thing (top left in the picture) drives a bar of LEDs placed on top of a piano keyboard (electronic or regular). MIDI messages play a MIDI melody through the electronic piano or a MIDI box and also drive the MIDI piano instructor which turns on and off the LEDs according to the notes played.
The new episode of Electric Independence documents a rare look inside Devo’s studio. Mark Mothersbaugh himself gives us a tour through the space and shows us some of his favorite (and strangest) synths and circuit bending noisemakers. The guys even tell us some funny stories of their early Akron days, like the large girls (or “mother hens” as they like to call them) who would circle their equipment to warm it up before playing on those cold Ohio nights.
When the x0xb0x first came out in 2005 it was a exciting and unusual for a few reasons. First it was the first synth that really sounded like a TB-303, Second it was a Kit that you had to build yourself. Due to the cult status of the 303 a lot of musicians started getting into DIY just so they could get there hands on a x0xb0x. This was a boom to the DIY synthesizer community. After 5 years Adafruit has had a wildly successful run with the x0xb0x. Adafruit Industries shipped out 1,000 kits and there are countless others who self sourced there own. My goal is to keep the x0xb0x alive and relevant to the DIY community for years to come. We have an amazing project that was given to us by Adafruit Industries. I plan to keep the original spirit of sharing. In the coming months you will see more open source project’s that are derived from the x0xb0x but not necessary tb-303 related. Transistorize the World!
The Audiotool Team has released Audiotool 1.0 Firestarter, an online music making platform.
Two years ago we started with a simple idea: Everyone should be able to make music online through their browser without the need to install any additional software. This proof of concept was a great success and since then we have continually updated Audiotool with new features, as well as, pocketing a Red-Dot Award and a German Design Award.
However we have never considered any of the updates worthy of the being the 1.0 release, until now.
We have spent the last year developing the technical breakthroughs necessary for the release of 1.0. Try new devices like the amazing Pulverisateur synthesizer to enhance the spectrum of your tracks and even create audio tracks with high-quality loops delivered by LoopMasters.com. Publish your tracks to the new Audiotool community or work on them privately for as long as you like. Publish them after finalising and let other musician remix your tracks, depending on the license you specify.