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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.


Short links for May 6th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on May 6th, 2008:

# Jazz trash robot is an experimental sound-producing entity made from recycled electro-mechanical components. It is a collection of mechanical sequencers and timers, that can be connected together with various experimental instruments we have made or altered. Our instruments are build in an experimental manner, so they are quite unexpectable as themselves, but connecting them all through the robot gives them exponential possibilities for randomness and unexpectancy.

Jazz trash robot
Jazz trash robot, check the Flickr set for more images

The main idea is, that connecting a vast number of experimental instruments together in an experimental manner the instruments will produce a very complex and interesting soundscape. We can pretune the instruments so we can affect the direction of the end-result, but we can not fully control it.

In this project the Jazz Trash robot is the artist and the crew is working as technicians maintaining it. The robot can perform solo, we can leave some user interfaces open for the audience to jam with our robot, or we can perform together with the robot as one of our bandmembers.

# Random Music Box – a PIC-based organ that plays random chord progressions.

# Chiptune Music Theft Continues; Crystal Castles Abuses Creative Commons License
I'm pro sampling (and yes there are some grey areas) but I think it's fairly obvious when people take these things too far and go from taking inspiration to plain theft of songs. Not cool.

nine inch nails: the slip

# nine inch nails: the slip – NiN’s latest album is available for free.

Trent Reznor writes:

thank you for your continued and loyal support over the years – this one's on me.

The music is available in a variety of formats including high-quality MP3, FLAC or M4A lossless at CD quality and even higher-than-CD quality 24/96 WAVE. A .pdf with artwork and credits is included in the download. (CD and vinyl should be available in July).

# Pixels Go Mad – The Celebration Of Pixel Art – Over 50 excelent pixel art designs — illustrations, paintings and posters.

# Curious Inventor Kits : Voice of Saturn Sequencer – a 10 step analog sequencer, which basically steps through 10 different voltage levels that are set by the black knobs.


Voice controlled Pong – open source Max/MSP patch

Jan Kees van Woesik and Patrick Brouwer have made a system to control Flash with audio.

Jan Kees writes:

We have created an alternative approach for this (worldwide) known problem. We made a MaxMSP patch that does the FFT analysis and sends a OSC package to flash (with the help of a small java application). MAX/MSP sends the Amplitude and the pitch of a stereo signal (left and right). So, now we could use the input of the microphone to make a two-player game. If you only have one input they will both send the same data. In fact you will only get four parameters in flash, you can do whatever you want with it (be creative)!

AV controller Pong
James Howard Young’s modified Pong, using microphone input and live video tracking

Check 6 Angry Men for more information and a link to download the source files (Creative Commons Share Alike 3.0 License).


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.


45 – A Tribute to Daniel Hansson

45 Tribute

The 45 Tribute is a compilation to pay homage to the late Daniel Hansson, co-founder of Elektron Music Machines.

In August 2007 Elektron CEO and co-founder Daniel Hansson passed away in an unfortunate auto accident. It is in large part his creative vision and eye for detail that have made Elektron’s products what they are today. The 45 Tribute pays homage to his creative genius and his philanthropic spirit. Artists from the Elektron community have taken their time and energy to contribute to this project freely in his honor.

There are 30 tracks from many well-known artists including Autechre, Dntel, Venetian Snares, Daedelus, Kim Hiorthoy, John Tejada and many more. The release also contains exclusive contributions from: The Sea and Cake, Boom Bip, Tiga, Proxy, John Starlight and others.

45 Tribute can be downloaded for $5 USD, and all the proceeds will be donated to the World Wildlife Fund, a cause Daniel was passionate about. Additionally you’ll find a number of free tracks released under the creative commons license on this page.

For those who need a little more motivation to buy a copy of 45 Tribute, Elektron is also giving away one free SidStation. Everyone who purchases the 45 Tribute within the first 30 days will be automatically entered to win.

Visit the 45 Tribute website for more information. (Link via CDM)


Stretta releases Total Harmonic Distortion

Stretta Total Harmonic Distortion

Stretta (Matthew Davidson) has announced that the complete Total Harmonic Distortion sample library is now available for free.

Matthew writes:

Fragments of the Total Harmonic Distortion sample library have popped up in various places, like the recent OLPC Sample Library Set. The complete library weighs in at nearly 3GB uncompressed. It is comprised of loops at various tempos created and processed with my modular synthesizer. Other pieces of hardware made guest appearances like the DSI Evolver, Roland R8 and Waldorf Microwave IIxt, but the bulk of it is the modular.

Total Harmonic Distortion is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License, and made available through (download link), a community created to distribute Creative Commons licensed media.


One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) includes 8.5 GB of CC-licensed samples and music tools


One Laptop Per Child wants to provide children around the world with new opportunities to explore, experiment and express themselves.

Their mission:

… to stimulate local grassroots initiatives designed to enhance and sustain over time the effectiveness of laptops as learning tools for children living in lesser-developed countries.

The OLPC laptops run on XO, using components from Red Hat’s Fedora Core 6 version of the Linux operating system. It supports programming environments like Python and Csound, a programmable music and audio environment.

I’m pretty excited to see the children will get to play with tools like TamTam, a music and sound exploration application.

TamTam Edit & synthLab
TamTam Edit (event sequencer) and synthLab (physics lab/sound synth modelled on Max/MSP)

Create Digital Music posts about the 8.5 GB of free, CC-licensed samples and music tools that come with the OLPC laptops.

Plenty of people contributed top-notch sound: the Berklee College of Music, Csound developers around the world, electronica celebrity BT (himself a former Berklee and Boulanger student, among other alums), M-Audio and Digidesign, and the Open Path Music Group.

Since the samples are donated under a Creative Commons Attribution license, you can use these samples as long as you attribute the source (without using the OLPC).

Check the OLPC Wiki for more details about the laptop and the CSound based tools included with OLPC.


VOXX L2S Project – Acoustic Drum Samples (Creative Commons)

VOXX Sound Laboratory

The VOXX Sound Laboratory has released some free Acoustic Drum Samples under the Creative Commons license (Sampling Plus 1.0).

The main goal of Learn To Share (L2S) project is to establish an accessible and free source of acoustic drums samples. This project is the first step in a series of initiatives geared toward creation of a free sample library available to all musicians and composers, beginners and professionals alike.

L2S Project details

  • Acoustic Environment: Dead Room
  • Pre-amps: Tascam
  • Microphones: AKG, Shure, Studio Projects, MXL, Neumann
  • Drums and Cymbals: Yamaha, Sonor, Istambul, Paste, Zildjian
  • Software: Cubase SX3
  • File Format: wav (24bit, 48khz, stereo)

Visit VOXX Sound Laboratory for more information and links to download the free samples.