Short links for July 28th, 2010

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Nerdle Theremin Video

Wayne and Layne:

One of the unique features of the Nerdle kit is the use of touch-sensitive capacitive-sense buttons, made from copper foil pads inside the case. While meeting with the camp directors to prepare these activities, we decided to try linking the raw information from the capacitive sensors to the on-board piezo speaker.

We added two lines of code, uploaded, and jaws dropped. It sounded like the computers of the future were supposed to sound.

# Deep Synthesis Made Free, Easy: QuteCsound

Peter Kirn at Create Digital Music writes:

In this guest column, we turn to veteran synthesist and music tech expert Jim Aikin. When Jim wants to do digital synthesis, one of the tools to which he turns is a veritable favorite with a direct-line legacy to the beginnings of computer sound. That doesn’t mean Csound hasn’t kept with the times, though, or that it has to be unfriendly. If you’ve been looking for a way to dive into sound and code, this could be an ideal path.

# The Chipophone

The Chipophone is a homemade 8-bit synthesizer, especially suited for live chiptune playing. It has been built inside an old electronic organ.

All the original tone-generating parts have been disconnected, and the keys, pedals, knobs and switches rerouted to a microcontroller which transforms them into MIDI signals. Those are then parsed by a second microcontroller, which acts as a synthesizer.

# Interview: Jordan Rudess and Morphwiz

From Sonic State:

The Morphwiz app from Jordan Rudess takes the concept of the Hakan Continuum – which Jordan was also involved with, and applies it to the touchscreen of the iPhone/iPad to create a totally new instrument, while adding some trippy visuals, effects and a healthy synth engine. Dream Theatre are currently on tour with Iron Maiden in the US, we caught up with Jordan the morning after the night before at his hotel while on the road. He gives us an insight into the features and thinking behind the app.

# :: soundcloud dj player 1.0 beta

Musikame has a beta of the souncloud dj player, the easiest way to dj your soundcloud tracks, allowing you to mix tracks from SoundCloud.

musikame soundcloud dj player
The soundcloud dj player includes various controls like pitch control, dj fx, looping, etc.

At this stage all the mixing is done automatically by the app itself: the user just picks the tracks and the length of the crossfade between them. While it's not actually possible to beat-match tracks as yet, the software does have pitch control with adjustable range, FX, looping and reverse capabilities, hinting at more advanced functionality in the future.

via MusicRadar

# Resistor EP – Some Numbers…

Chris Randall shares details on the number of plays and sales of his latest Micronaut EP "Resistor", which was released as a pay-what-you-like download.

As promised, here's some initial numbers for Resistor, the EP I put out on Bandcamp last week. (If you're just joining us, scroll back a couple posts for the full skinny.)

# NXT-606 LEGO Drum Machine

A new video from Peter Cocteau’s 8bits Sample Based LEGO Drum Machine.

Liine Griid

# CDM: Griid, iPad Ableton Controller

Create Digital Music has some exclusive photos of Griid, the controller for iPad that offers four fluid ways to navigate clips in your Ableton Live set.

Peter Kirn writes:

The developers of Griid, the Ableton Live controller on iPad created in association with Richie Hawtin, have shared photos and screen captures early with CDM to give us a look at the upcoming app. Just over a decade after its original inception, Ableton Live itself remains a ground-breaking user interface design. Love it or hate it, it’s a benchmark in thinking about how music apps might look.

Griid is compelling in part because it re-imagines how that central Session View and clip launching might work, now in the context of a touch tablet. Personally, I like the results. As on the Lemur, bold, saturated colors and contrast on a black background are central, of course. It’s also nice to see extraneous visual information removed. And for anyone with epic-sized sets of clips in Live, you’ll like the massive overview.

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Short links for May 18th, 2010

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Discord 3 sneak preview

Chris Randall writes:

Just uploaded a video preview of Discord3's highlights. I think I touched on all the major features; I'll do a full tutorial series once I have a 100% working OS X VST. The quality of Snaggit's video capture is fairly lacking; nothing to compare with Screenflow. But this should give you a good idea of what's going on with the three engines.

# 57 Free Drum Loops [.WAV]

Dan303 shares 57 high quality, royalty free drum loops to use in your favorite DAW or sampler.

  • The loops are in various tempos and styles.
  • .WAV format [Ready to load in ableton, cubase, Logic, Reason, etc.]
  • Loop tempo is included in the file name

Download them here (RAR).

# Roland TB-303 Documentary BASSLINE BASELINE

Nate Harrison on Vimeo:

If you're interested in the early history of ROLAND, the Japanese manufacturer of electronic musical instruments and the TB-303 Bassline, you'll enjoy this 20-minute video. The TB-303 and its design are described in depth, and many examples of popular music made with the machine are presented.

# Creating the Illusion of Distance

Tom Shear at Waveformless shares some tips on how to create the illusion of distance:

Even when one is talking about mixing to stereo (as opposed to 5.1), a song's mix can be very three dimensional. Perhaps not literally, but in the same sense that a painter can simulate the way an image diffuses the further it is away from the viewer, it is not terribly difficult to simulate the characteristics of a sound that is far from the listener. This can be brilliant at setting a mood and creating a real sense of depth. Here's two easy steps that when used together can really give them a sense of three dimensional space.

Chris Carter's instrumentation (image by ASMO)

# Chris Carter and The Dirty Electronics Ensemble

Stu Smith @ ASMO writes:

Every once in a while something quite special comes along in the crazy sonic world of the Dirty Electronics Ensemble.

In the past our leader John Richards has arranged for us to collaborate with some great names in the world of experimental music, including Pauline Oliveros, noise legend Merzbow and Nic Bullen amongst others. Our recent performance with Chris Carter (Throbbing Gristle, Carter Tutti) at Phoenix Square, Leicester was no exception.

The core of the performance revolved around the Dirty Carter E.S.G.I. a postcard sized instrument designed by John and Chris and built by the members of the ensemble in an earlier workshop. Six pieces we’re performed in total by various members of the ensemble.

# Free (creepy) FM carillon

KVR user gvnz writes:

Ok, this is not really a carillon but can be creepy :-). It's a sound that I came up with while noodling on my DIY synth, I tought that it could sit nicely in some dark sci-fi music, so I sampled it.

This library is for the free Proteus Vx by E-mu; other than the bare samples, a number of modulation and effects are provided, so you can tweak some knobs while playing.

The library is composed of 122 mono samples at 44.1/16 and there is a README pdf file included, with detailed explanations and info.

This is a simple demo mp3 (external reverb and compression added)

This is the link for the download (ZIP archive 33MB compressed)

Musical Table

# Musical Table

indistructableBubble writes:

The Musical Table is a toy table that allows kids to play musical phrases by moving toys around the surface.Each of seven switches can play different musical phrases in four bases, making 27 different musical phrases in total. Some of the phrases are musically related and some of them are not. This toy table can help kids to develop musicality by playing phrases in logical order. The table also allows you to play two phrases at the same time. Depending on which phrases are played together, the sounds can be melodic or chaotic.

# Ableton Analog Experiments

Mark Mosher at ModulateThis! writes:

I’ve been experimenting lately with programming Ableton Analog from “init”. I have a rich set of VSTs so I’ve not given Analog much attention but after spending some time with it recently, I’m finding when you rack it up and add some effects and assign params to Macros you can achieve some pretty interesting sounds.

# Kon + Amir Present: The 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Samples Of All Time

These days, everyone loves hip-hop. But how much does the average fan really know about the building blocks that formed the foundation of the genre's entire sound? That's right, before it was all-808-everything, hip-hop used a secret (and sometimes not-so-secret) selection of classic soul, funk rock, and jazz records from the ’60s and ’70s to create their sound. From tiny, obscure snippets to instantly-recognizable loops, the sample-based producers of the late ’80s and early ’90s uncovered some truly classic musical gems that are still sought after and used today.

Kon + Amir

Thank god we’ve got folks like Kon + Amir to keep us digging deeper. The veteran record collectors, DJs, and producers (yeah, they basically they do it all) recently released their latest compilation of slept-on vinyl rarities called Off Track Vol. 3, so we decided to call them up and get them to select their all-time favorite samples. Check out their countdown, complete with audio examples and commentary from the guys themselves…

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Naughty Panther updates DroneStation to v1.1.0

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Naugthy Panther DroneStation

Naughty Panther has released version 1.1.0 of DroneStation, a music app for iPhone / iPod Touch.

DroneStation is a simple “analog-style” 2-oscillator synthesizer with an unique and easy-to-play control system.

Changes in DroneStation v1.1.0

  • Tilt controls filter frequency; amount can be set by user.
  • New user interface design.
  • Help screen added.
  • Bug with note name and frequency not matching has been fixed.
  • Now works with OS 2.2.1 or greater.

DroneStation is available to purchase for $1.99 USD.

More information: Naughty Panther / DroneStation (iTunes App Store)

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Naughty Panther releases DroneStation

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Naughty Panther DroneStation

Naughty Panther (Chris Randall of Audio Damage) has released DroneStation, a new music app for iPhone / iPod Touch.

DroneStation is a simple “analog-style” 2-oscillator synthesizer with an unique and easy-to-play control system.

There are four “keys” on the left side of the screen, and you can select the pitch of each key. If you touch or slide left/right, the volume of the note is affected. Moving your finger up/down bends the pitch of the note, resulting in a very expressive playing method.

On the right side, the X/Y pad controls LFO rate (left-right) and LFO depth (up-down). A short video is available on YouTube (search DroneStation).

The settings panel allows you to control the notes of the keys, and the filter, waveform, and pitch offset of the synth itself.

DroneStation is designed to allow easy synthesizer playing for the non-musician, yet enable subtle expression for the musician that isn’t available with most synths available on hand-held platforms.

DroneStation is available to purchase from the iTunes App Store, priced at $1.99 USD.

More information: Naughty Panther / DroneStation (iTunes App Store)

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Chris Randall releases Plinkton

Chris Randall Plinkton

Chris Randall has released Plinkton, a generative music application for the iPhone / iPod Touch.

Plinkton is a generative music application that allows you to create a rhythmic groove over a bed of smooth ambiance.

Select from three different backgrounds and four different Plinkton sound-sets, give the Plinkton a push, and relax as your iPhone or Touch generates soundscapes for you.

Plinkton features

  • Generative music application.
  • User control over background and foreground volumes and the number of floating “Munchies.”
  • User control of direction and speed of the bouncing Plinkton.
  • OSC sender to control other hardware and software; user can select IP address and port in preferences.

Plinkton is available to purchase from the iTunes App Store for $0.99 USD.

More information: Analog Industries / Plinkton

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