Short links for July 7th, 2010

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Prince – world exclusive interview: Peter Willis goes inside the star’s secret world

I’m sure you’ve read about this already since it’s all over the place but if not, check this:

"You must come and listen to the album," he says. "I hope you like it. It's great that it will be free to readers of your newspaper. I really believe in finding new ways to distribute my music."

He explains that he decided the album will be released in CD format only in the Mirror. There'll be no downloads anywhere in the world because of his ongoing battles against internet abuses.

Unlike most other rock stars, he has banned YouTube and iTunes from using any of his music and has even closed down his own official website.

Prince @ iTunes
Prince will not sell his new album on the internet, because… uh.. it’s completely over

He says: "The internet's completely over. I don't see why I should give my new music to iTunes or anyone else. They won't pay me an advance for it and then they get angry when they can't get it.

"The internet's like MTV. At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated. Anyway, all these computers and digital gadgets are no good.

"They just fill your head with numbers and that can't be good for you."

It seems Prince is either very clever or not quite with it…

# Free Sample Shootout #3: Acoustic, Electric And Toy Pianos

The bedroom producers blog is back with another great round-up, this time it's all about pianos:

I have to admit I wasn’t always a huge fan of acoustic pianos. Even though my family used to own a piano when I was a kid, I almost never played it, rocking my broken 3-string guitar instead. Quite frankly, I simply found the piano to be a very boring instrument.

Now, was I abducted by the aliens, or did something heavy fall on my head, I don’t remember, all I know is that something really weird must have happened because I love the sound of piano now. The problem is, though, that I don’t own my old piano anymore, and I can only dream about having an electric one like a Wurli or Rhodes. But with all the kind people sharing the samples of their instruments online for free, can we still consider not owning an instrument to be a problem?

PULSE SEQUENCER

# animal-style.com PULSE SEQUENCER

Joey Mariano writes:

This a CV sequencer i built (with an arduino microcontroller). It Sequences the pulse width of my guitar through the Control Voltage input jack on the Pulsemonger pedal.

I got the idea from tracking (composing) in famitracker, LSDJ and Goattracker. When you compose for the NES or the Gameboy, there are tons of effects you can choose from to make square waves more complex and interesting sounding – i always wanted to apply those effects to my guitar. So, once i saw that the Pulsemonger guitar pedal had a CV input for the pulsewidth i had to buy it. Sequencing the pulsewidth is one of the fundamental sounds of chiptune music – the ability to recreate this sound through my guitar was way too exciting.

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Short links for July 3rd, 2008

Some interesting things I found on July 3rd, 2008:

# SuNSyNtH – DIY synth based on voice changer chip.

SuNSyNtH
Flame+Sun+DoD(MoD) 32 switches, 12 knobs, 16 LED’s, and 2 joysticks

From the website:

This small box can produce thousands variations of bleeps, noises, feedbacks, ring-mod sounds and drons. It can also process external signal – than it works like ring modulator, digitalizer or pitch shifter. It has 2 body contacts, pitch shifting knob, voltage knob and few switchers. In some mode it can be controlled as thermin, just by moving the hand behind. Also it has expression pedal input, audio in and audio out.

More images, a video, and sound clips here.

# scratchcontroller [MidiBox.org] – The aim of this project is to build a MIDI controller that can be used by scratch DJs. This can be broken down into two main requirements: A very high-resolution, accurate jog wheel and a smooth, reliable, high quality crossfader with curve control.

# SimplyNoise.com – The best free white noise generator on the Internet. – Slide the orb, Find comfort zone, Enjoy auditory zen!

# Adieu, XP; How Vista SP1 is Doing, and Why This OS Generation Has Been So Tough – Peter Kirn takes a good look at the current state of Vista for making music.

# Matrixsynth: FLAME “ECHOMETER” and FLAME “SIX-IN-A-ROW” – A Midi loop sequencer and a Grid-Sequencer & Midi-Controller.

# Heartcode – Free music download from net label iimusic featuring tracks by Temp Sound Solutions, Alex Mauer, Disasterpeace, Animal Style, Phlogiston, Shnabubula, Xoc, and Norrin Radd.

# genoQs Machines – Nemo (now available) – Nemo is a high-end MIDI step sequencer, adding portability to the highly acclaimed functionality and user friendliness of Octopus. It is in many ways an Octopus in disguise, and one that feels equally well in a backpack or on your lap!

# Rovert Moog interview – May 1985 – TECHtalk interview with Robert Moog.

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Classical Madrigals composed on a 1989 Gameboy

Gameboy Madrigals

Joey Mariano has released a number of classical madrigals composed on a Gameboy.

Joey reinvents the madrigal’s sound with 8bit music, including Gameboy’s chord arpeggiator, extreme pitch bends, portamento effects, and glitchy break-ups.

From the II [Pause] page:

Early composers of the madrigal used only two to three voices to create counterpoint. Realizing the opportunity for reinterpretation through the gameboy sound chip, Joey Mariano set out to create a body of Chiptune madrigals inspired by early role playing and puzzle video games, Japanese folk melodies, and masters of the madrigal such as Francesco Landini. A definite departure from his normal musical approaches, Joey Mariano’s Gameboy Madrigals strives to create a mood relying on melody and counterpoint instead of an ever-present, never-ending, bleed-your-ears-dry dance beat that dominates modern electronic music.

Animal Style’s Gameboy Madrigals is available for free at iimusic.net [Pause], a net label that features some of the best in experimental chiptune music.

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