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Short links for June 19th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on June 19th, 2008:

# DIY Stompbox: Beavis Board – The beavis board is designed to give you a platform for learning and building. If you can follow along with simple instructions, you can start building and modding a classic and new stompbox circuits.

Beavis Board
Beavis Board on the left, full kit on the right

The beavis board makes it easy to:

  • Build a huge array of stompbox circuits including overdrives, distortions, fuzzes, filters, amplifiers, tremolos, noise generators, oscillators, and more.
  • Learn about the different components and how they work to shape your guitar’s signal.
  • Modify stompbox designs to tailor your sound.
  • Easily try out your circuits through a true-bypass breakout box.
  • Have a giant buttload of fun.

You can pick up a complete kit for $249 USD, or get just the Beavis Board for $109 USD. That is, when they aren’t sold out… New stock should be available by the end of July.

# BodySurf // Wii Balance Board + Audiosurf + Motion Controls – BodySurf is a script for GlovePIE that rigs up the Wii Balance Board to play Audiosurf. It is full-featured, with a strong focus on player immersion and ease of user interface.

# Elektron-Users: Richard Devine interview – Interview, gear list, imagery, and an exclusive Richard Devine track.

Richard Devine's gear (some of it)

Richard answers What inspires you to compose?:

I find inspiration from many different sources. Sometimes I will be out at an art museum, and see a video installation, short film, or sculpture piece, and it will inspire me to create something. I love late 21st century modern architecture too. I see the skeletal structures of buildings and spaces, and it makes me think of musical structures. I have always believed that there is a close relationship between visual art and music. They are based on the same principals of design, repetition, color, balance, rhythm, tone, texture, etc. I tend to get more ideas from visual references than audio sources.

# New Early Computer Music Discovered; What Was the First Digital Synth? – So, who gets the credit for the first digital synthesis? This particular recording doesn’t change much, in that Bell was never recognized as the first computer-created music – they just happened to have the earliest recordings still available.

# Tim Exile Video – Exclusive | Videos | matthew hodson

Matthew writes:

Here it is! Mr Exile gave a fantastic performance at The London College of Music & Media last year and I have only just gotten around to editing the footage together. Here you can see him at length talk about that fantastically creative live setup he has based on software by Native Instruments – Reaktor. I for one use the same software a lot when I am making electronic music under my bit|bin as I really rate not only its flexibility and ability to build/create anything from a synth to an effects unit but it also sounds great too.

link via NI Kore Minisite @ CDM


Short links for May 30th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on May 30th, 2008:

# Mainstream Multi-Touch is Coming, And It’ll Rock for Music

Peter Kirn writes:

The video above, showing multi-touch integrated with the next version of Windows 7 (expected at the end of next year), demonstrates one thing to me: multi-touch is coming, and it’ll be mainstream. And that’s huge for creative performance.

# GetLoFi – Abelincoln live looper – The “abelincoln live sampler” utilizes 3 Yada Yada Yada voice recorder circuits and simple passive 3 channel mixer for the Output signals.

# LittleGPTracker Hits 1.0; Free, GP2x, Linux, Mac, Windows, Does Lots of Stuff – LittleGPTracker (a.k.a 'The piggy') is a music tracker optimised to run on portable game consoles. It is currently running on Game Park's GP2x but there's a version for windows & mac too.

# Compilation CD “Hello World!” OUT NOW! – Free CD includes 16 creative commons licensed 8bit tracks.

# Kontakt Tutorial Video: Creative Abuse with Modulation, Scripting – Peter Dines’ tutorial on scripting and modulation in Kontakt 3.

# The C1 has landed! – Casper Electronics circuit bent C1 is available in three styles: CS1 Speak&Spell, CM1 Speak&Math, CR1 Speak&Read. You can get one for $250.


Short links for May 23rd, 2008

Olympus LS-10

Some interesting things I found on May 23rd, 2008:

# Review: Olympus LS-10 WAV/WMA/MP3 Recorder – Olympus brings its expertise in cameras and voice recorders to the exploding field of portable WAV/MP3 recorders and comes up with some new twists. Guitarist Mark Nelson tests this 24-bit, aluminum-clad beauty and likes what he hears.

Mark writes:

I like the Olympus LS-10 a lot. I’m tickled with the design, ergonomics, audio quality, and the rugged aluminum case. I even like the little carrying case; it’s just big enough for the recorder and a mini tripod.

# Peter Vogel’s Fairlight Audio Archives – A collection of audio material including Fairlight demos, radio interviews and CMI pieces from the eighties. There are even a couple of recordings from the Fairlight CMI's predecessor, the Qasar M8, designed by Tony Furse.

# S T E I M needs your support

Things are not well at STEIM. We are in the danger of losing our structural funding from the government, based on a review from the advisor board which called us ‘closed and only appealing to a niche audience’. The outlook isn’t exactly bleak, but at the moment our future is unclear.

You can help out the creators of the Cracklebox by writing to the Dutch government, more info here.

# Cyclepong 2.0 – Cyclepong is an update of the classic arcade game Pong to use bikes as the controllers.

# Interview: New Virtual Instrument Maker FAW Talks Usability and Design

Peter Kirn writes:

Eoin Rossney, our new writer and contributor to the Kore minisite, got a chance to talk to FAW co-founder Gavin Burke, a fellow Irishman. We’ll have more on the instrument itself soon, but it’s an excellent, coffee-fueled discussion.


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 (
  • 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.


Short links for May 9th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on May 9th, 2008:

# Somatic Circuits – !Malfunctionator Kit Instructions – The !Malfunctionator was designed to be a handy UFO dector dubbling up as a Electro Music Device to assist in the making of creative electro music. It consists of 3 oscillators each modulated by 3 low frequency oscillators see the signal path.

!Malfunctionator in an phone answering machine, and on the right Jan Czmok’s box

The oscillators are based around the hex invertor IC known as CD40106 aka 7HC04 , the wave froms produced from this logic device are trapazoid . This modulator to oscillator combination allows the user to create a wide range of sounds.

The !Malfunctionator is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

# Create Digital Music » iPod Touch/iPhone for Music Round-up – a look at what people are doing, including some apps you can download right now, and where this might go musically, whether it’s just a couple of fun toys or trying to make that pretty pocket device an instrument.

# Gnaural: A Binaural-Beat Audio Generator – a multi-platform programmable binaural-beat generator, implementing the principle of binaural beats as described in the October 1973 Scientific American article "Auditory Beats in the Brain" (Gerald Oster).

# SubtleNoiseMaker – Sascha Neudeck is selling a bunch of cool homemade synths: Weird Sound Generator, Cacophonator, SNM-Chaoscillator, Stereo Ringmodulator, and the new Alpha-Machine. Wood & Aluminium models available.

# Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories – Peggy version 2.0 – Peggy 2.0 is an updated version of our "Peggy" light-emitting pegboard display.

EvilMadScientist Peggy 2.0
Peggy 2.0 – Check this Flickr set for more images

Like its predecessor, Peggy 2.0 provides a quick, easy, powerful and efficient way to drive a lot of LEDs– up to 625– in a big matrix covering almost a square foot of area.

A full Kit ($95, US) includes the circuit board, preprogrammed microcontroller, battery holder, power switch, two buttons, rubber feet and all other components needed to make the pegboard display base, along with full color printed instructions. Just add batteries and LEDs.


Free Mixes: Amon Tobin & Deru

YuriCDM, a collaboration between CDM and Yuri’s Night Bay Area, has posted exclusive mixes of two artists who played at Yuri’s Night Bay Area last weekend.

Amon Tobin @ Yuri's Night
Amon Tobin @ Yuri’s Night – image by Scott Beale / Laughing Squid

Amon Tobin Yuri’s Night mix

Having covered CDs, vinyl, and video games, a lot of Tobin’s work is currently focused on live music. He’s shared this Chicago mix from January for the site here. “DJ mix” suggests that this is more like the boring, DJ texting on his cellphone fare we’ve had to live with in certain venues lately. I think, as usual, it sounds more like Amon come back from space.

Check Amon Tobin’s website for more information the man and his works.

Deru @ Yuri's Night
Deru @ Yuri’s Night – image by JasonUnbound

Deru’s Free Mix

Deru, aka Los Angeles-based IDM electronicator Benjamin Wynn, is playing Yuri’s Night Bay Area coming off of an injury — a repetitive stress injury. (Seriously.) And little wonder: laptop artists have some serious keying and mousing to do under the best of circumstances, and Deru pushes his computer to self-described cyborg-like technological detail.

Visit Deru @ MySpace for more info.

Keep an eye on the YuriCDM site for for video and more.


Should copy protection schemes like iLok and PACE be boycotted?

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PACE logo

There seems to be a never ending discussion about PACE/iLok and copy protection in general.

Some people dislike these methods so much that they will not even consider buying a product anymore if it has one of these protection schemes.

Adam from Audio Damage is one of them.

He writes on his blog:

PACE doesn’t stop piracy; any copy-protection system can, and will be, defeated. What PACE does do is prevent legitimate users of software products from using products which they’ve paid for.

Very similar to Microsoft’s WGA; it fails to stop piracy, but causes lots of problems for legitimate users…

So, are you going to keep buying products with PACE/iLok, or are you going to (as Adam puts it) “keep doing business with companies that assume you’re a criminal and treat you as such”?

Peter Kirn posted about this at CDM as well. Check the comments there and at Adam’s blog for more opinions.