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Short links for August 25th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on August 25th, 2008:

Johannes Kreidler

# product placements (2008) – 70,200 samples in 33 seconds: nightmare for GERMAN RIAA

If you want to register a song at GEMA (RIAA, ASCAP of Germany) you have to fill in a form for each sample you use, even the tiniest bit. On 12 Sept 08, German Avantgarde musician Johannes Kreidler will —as a live performance event—register a short musical work that contains 70,200 quotations with GEMA using 70,200 forms.

# Audio Cookbook – AudioCookbook.org is a non-profit resource for music and sound enthusiasts made possible by contributions from Unearthed Music. The content has a slant toward the avant-garde or experimental side of audio production. Whether you have years of technical experience or you are just getting your feet wet doing sound design, you’ll find unique, interesting and useful information that might inspire you, give you an idea, or simply entertain.

# “Bird Box” sequencer – LFSR (linear feedback shift register) for drum sequencing. “Bird Box” is loosely based on the Triadex Muse architecture, but stripped down to two feedback taps and one variable-modulus divider.

# Music Is Math (Finished HD version) – Glenn Marshall's HD and finished version of his video ‘Music Is Math’.

I just let the program run till the end of the music, I felt reluctant to interfere too much by trying to sculpt an ending, and just let the code run its own natural course.

Phil Durrant by jolimatin @ Flickr

# Phil Durrant on Reaktor and the Laptop as Improvisational Instrument

Peter Dines talks Reaktor with Phil Durrant.

Phil Durrant is familiar to most Reaktor users as Sowari on the NI messageboards, a helpful and knowledgeable presence there. He’s also a renowned experimental musician, having performed with, among others, Ticklish, Trio Sowari and MIMEO, the music in movement orchestra – a collective that includes Christian Fennesz, Peter Rehberg and Keith Rowe.

# JamStudio – Create Music Beats – The online music factory – Jam, remix, chords, loops.

# Apocatastasis (feedback return for cheap digital delays) – Most expensive analog delay pedals have a feedback knob that lets you drive the output of the delay effect back into the input. My Ibanez DL5 Digital Delay did not have this feature, so I decided to make one and make it cheap. :-)

# DMGMITE-01: The Australian Chipmusic Compilation – A collection of tracks from some of the chippest blokes from Down Under.

# AudioWeevil08 – After many months of refinement, I can finally announce the new AudioWeevil08! This version really raises the bar in terms of response, feel and design.

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Short links for August 14th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on August 14th, 2008:

Joe McKay Cellphone Piano

# Cellphone Piano by Joe McKay

Joe writes:

Each key on the keyboard is wired into a key on a cell phone – as you play, you are also dialing. The channels are mixed together and amplified through speakers. Every sound the piano makes is generated by one of the four phones. The white keys play notes and the black keys are people saying the number out loud – English on the left hand and Spanish on the right. Some white keys were left over and I made those percussion instruments (the "*", "END", and "#" keys).

# littleBits – littleBits is an opensource library of discrete electronic components pre-assembled in tiny circuit boards. Just as Legos allow you to create complex structures with very little engineering knowledge, littleBits are simple, intuitive, space-sensitive blocks that make prototyping with sophisticated electronics a matter of snapping small magnets together. With a growing number of available modules, littleBits aims to move electronics from late stages of the design process to its earliest ones, and from the hands of experts, to those of artists, makers and designers.

# From Joystick to noisestick – Noistick- create a noise making device from a joystick with autofire. This is experimental electronics project to turn your old joysticks into nice sound devices with no external sound source needed.

DIY stand clamp for portable recorder

# DIY – stand clamp for portable recorder

Nolo writes:

When I shoot concerts, I often record audio off camera with a portable recorder. I needed a way to attach the recorder to the stand when I use a mic on top of a light stand. This bracket is made out of PVC pipe fitting, and will clamp onto the stand. If I extend the stand to get the mic 6' up, the recorder can still be lower so I can check settings easily.

# AUDIOTUTS – AUDIOTUTS is a blog for musicians, producers and audio junkies. It features tons of music, sound & audio tutorials.

# Electric Gongs – Electric Gongs is an interactive experimental music installation created by the de la maquina design group, and is on display at Austin Childrens Museum until Sept 2008.

# S2MIDI: Open Source Serial to MIDI Converter for Windows – S2MIDI is a windows program that attempts to read raw MIDI data coming in on a serial port and send it to an internal MIDI driver.

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Short links for May 14th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on May 14th, 2008:

# MIDIBox – William Logo's DIY MIDIBox64 based controller.

William's MIDIBox64
Beautiful! Check William’s MIDIBox Flickr set for more images.

What’s in it?

  • MIDIBox64 (uCApps.de)
  • 12″x12″ Faux Walnut Case (Hammond case/Band It faux walnut iron on melamine)
  • 16 Knobs (Futurelec)
  • 5 Faders (60mm Bourns PTS series)
  • 16 Arcade Buttons (Happ Controls)
  • 32 MIDI controlled LED buttons (Shanpu/MEC 3F)
  • Screen from Sparkfun

# CrudBox – Records button presses as a sequence controlling onboard 5v ports.

# NI Kore Minisite @ CDM – Peter Kirn launches a new blog devoted to NI’s Kore and Komplete lines.

CDM NI Kore Minisite

Peter writes:

We’re pleased to have the opportunity to partner with Native Instruments to bring you regular stories on how to make the most of Kore and the Komplete family of instruments and effects (Reaktor, Kontakt, Massive, and more). Over the coming weeks, we’ll offer tutorials, interviews, tips, resources, and free downloadable projects and presets. We’ll have resources for beginners, but we’ll also have some bleeding-edge “things you’re not supposed to do” ideas, as well, because that’s half the fun of this.

# Synthinetic – A kinetically powered synthesizer that produces crazy sounds of destruction and beauty. Using energy creatively to produce and manipulate sound.

# Processing.js – John Resig ported the Processing visualization language to JavaScript, using the Canvas element.

# Ultra Awesome: NES coffee table – Kyle Downes made a giant NES controller/ coffee table/ storage box.

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Short links for April 8th, 2008

Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on April 8th, 2008:

  • GrooveStep Digital Music Studio – GrooveStep Digital Music Studio is a revolutionary ultra portable music making application for the Nintendo DS. GrooveStep features an easy to use step sequencer for pattern based music making. You can make beats, melodies and full songs with GrooveStep.
GrooveStep Pattern Editor
The Pattern Editor interface. More info on GrooveStep @ CDM
  • Complex VCO – With this module I wanted to break away from the "standard" synth oscillator, which tends to produce the albeit classic, but also clichéed analog synth sound.
  • The 2 mile Quadruplex – Video bending and noise films. The 2 mile Quadruplex is a new film organisation that is pro-magnetism and anti-narrative.
  • How to Set Up in a Club – Ean Golden writes:

    For the past 5 years I have setup my laptop, sound card and midi gear in hundreds upon hundreds of clubs around the world. From a traditional Tico dance hall in Costa Rica to techno clubs in Berlin, there was always a way to make it work. Here are a few helpful things I have learned upon the way.

  • genoQs Machines – Nemo – realtime everything MIDI – 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!
  • Music Thing: 25 great music-making tips from musicians – "What's the best piece of advice about making music that you've ever heard?" Within the 1,100+ responses are hundreds of great tips – some old, some new, some obvious, some arcane.
  • SynthDIY – a "collective Link BLOG" full of music synthesizer schematics, links and project ideas.
  • Barcode Beats (Concept) – Barcode Beats is a system that converts barcodes into music through an interpretation of the numbers on the barcodes.
  • My hard drive is experiencing some strange noises – Gregory Chatonsky hooked up some sensors to his broken hard drive and recorded the sounds it makes.
  • Beautiful Handwriting, Lettering and Calligraphy – Excellent examples of beautiful handwriting, creative lettering and professional calligraphy. It’s really amazing to see what one can create out of simple letters drawn with a pencil on a small piece of paper.
  • STECKBOX – A simple, universal patchmatrix with 64 crosspoints. Eight inputs and outputs are connected through attentuators, light sensors, buttons or simple shorting jacks… either directly, variable, controllable or not at all.
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Short links for October 8th, 2007

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Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on October 8th, 2007:

  • Uncooped – a Blogging Network for Indiana Jones Wannabes.
  • Riverside California Folk Art – Folk artist Martin Sanchez art installation, built from, and filled with, found materials, curiosities, and oddities.
  • DEMAKERSVAN – website of a lovely Dutch design house.
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Short links for October 4th, 2007

Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on October 4th, 2007:

  • Chilli-based anaesthetic won’t leave you drooling – Clifford Woolf and his colleagues at Harvard Medical School have discovered a way of blocking just the pain neurons using capsaicin – the active ingredient in chilli peppers – along with a version of lignocaine that can’t diffuse through cell membranes unassisted.
  • Big Daddy Hands – The bigger version of the soldering tool, useful for holding more than a small circuit board.
  • InfraRecorder – a free CD/DVD burning solution for Microsoft Windows. It offers a wide range of powerful features; all through an easy to use application interface and Windows Explorer integration.
  • Sketch Furniture by FRONT – Pen strokes made in the air are recorded with Motion Capture and become 3D digital files; these are then materialised through Rapid Prototyping into real pieces of furniture.
  • Mustaches of the Nineteenth Century – A Daily Celebration of The Golden Age of Upper Lip Hair.
  • Ryan McLennan – Beautiful acrylic on paper paintings of wildlife.
  • Mike Leavitt – Action Figures – These are articulating, miniature, interactive sculptures, aka. “action figures” or “toys”, each hand-sculpted with synthetic polymer clay, wood and elastic by Leavitt.
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Short links for October 3rd, 2007

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Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on October 3rd, 2007:

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