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Create Digital Music Winter 2008 guide

CDM Winter 2008

Last month Create Digital Music asked its readers to share what they would want to receive, give to newcomers, and what they would want to read.

Yesterday CDM presented the Winter 2008 guide, a wonderful publication (print edition + pdf download) including a Holiday Guide, Circuit bending 101, Dan McPharlin’s cardboard miniature synths, Ableton Live slicing tutorial (including freebie) and much more.

For digital musicians and lovers of sound, Create Digital Music Winter 2008 extends the popular website with a handbook of the best in products, how-to’s, and features.

In this issue, we explore the best products and gifts for beginners and advanced users, from synths to strange music controllers to software to books and listening. We learn how to slice up audio into powerful software drum machines in Ableton Live, with a free companion download at Dan McPharlin shows us his intricate, imaginary synth designs, constructed by hand in cardboard. Sound artist Mike Una introduces circuit bending, which gives you the power to turn cheap toys into strange sonic wonders. Technologists reflect on the best in design, the potential of open source, and how to use music to survive Berlin’s drab, wet, and cold winters.

Unlike traditional editorial-only content, the CDM Winter guide is full of ideas and images from the createdigitalmusic community.

The CDM Winter 2008 guide is released under the Creative Commons
Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License. You can download the pdf version from, free of charge — this publication is a true gift in itself!


Download free album: Mr Greynoise – Black And White And Grey

Mr Greynoise - Black And White And Grey

Nick Bugayev wrote in to let us know about his new album Mr Greynoise – Black And White And Grey.

The album comprises of 17 tracks Nick has recorded over the past year under his moniker Mr Greynoise.

Nick writes:

I encourage you to share the music with your friends, post it on your blog, play it on your podcasts or radio shows. The music is licensed for all non-commercial use under a Creative Commons license.

Black And White And Grey features some lovely electronic music, cool beats and catchy melodies. I especially like Knight Thriller, a mix of the Knight Rider theme and Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and the chiptune type arcade sounds of Game Over.

You can download your free copy of Black And White And Grey at the Mr Greynoise website. Donations are very welcome.


Short links for August 6th, 2008

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

Berlin Hauptbahnhof by leralle

# Free audio recordings from the Berlin S-Bahn. – Oliver Chesler writes:

Yesterday I took a trip to Ikea in Berlin. To get from Prenzlauer Berg to Spandau takes about thirty minutes on the S-Bahn. I had my camera with me which also takes decent video. However, it wasn’t visual imagery I was after. I hit record but left the camera’s lens cap on. I was only after audio recordings.

There are a myriad of hot flash recorders on the market but I used what I had with me and I think the recordings sound great. Another advantage of recording this way is people aren’t really aware of what your doing. If I had a Sony PCM-D1 in my hand people may not speak naturally. I’m planning on using some of these recordings on my next album but your free to use them too. Remember it’s not the sounds, it’s how you use them!

Check wire to the ear for links to download the recordings (24bit wavs) released under a Creative Commons license.

# Critter and Guitari – Here are some pictures showing how to construct a felt top enclosure for the Pocket Piano Kit. The enclosure uses felt for the top, and wood on the sides.

#, “First” Synth for iPhone/iPod Touch, Will Bring Gestural FM Synthesis Control – Peter Kirn writes:

The iPhone and iPod Touch are getting their share of metronomes, guitar tuners, sonic toys, and even one fairly full-featured sample-based drum machine / arrangement tool (BeatMaker). But what about live synthesis? (short for Noise for iPhone) claims to be the “first” synth. (I believe, technically, that honor goes to Einar Andersson’s iPhone synth, but that isn’t yet an official iTunes app, and it’s relatively basic by comparison.)

More info on here.

# Paul Rubenstein kids – Paul Rubenstein, known as "Mr.R." by his students, teaches high school and middle school kids how to make electric guitars and amplifiers.


# Mobile Apps: MeTeoR, Micro-DAW for Windows Mobile PDAs, Phones – CDM reports on MeTeoR, a pocket-able miniature DAW, boasting:

  • 12 tracks of audio with stereo mixdown.
  • Audio waveform editing with cut, copy, paste, and processing (fade, normalize, reverse, etc.).
  • Various effects (delay, chorus, reverb, phaser, filters, pitch shift, noise gate, graphic EQ, and more), with routable aux sends.
  • Metronome with live recording.
  • A mixer with full automation envelopes for each tracks (for the mixer lanes and effects).

More info on multi-track recorder MeTeoR @

# Image scanning sequencer – This sequencer by Gijs Gieskes scans images, and plays the image as midi notes.


More short links for May 30th, 2008

A LA KART vol. 2

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

# The A LA KART Collective – A LA KART vol. 2 – As a follow up to the popular "A La Kart 1", these musical artists have once again collaborated to make a full length CD containing an eccentric blend of electronic music styles and sonic manipulations.

Great music feat. 22Tape, 3am, Jazzyspoon, Madder Than You and zoozither.

# BeatMachine – Amateur – Use your webcam to create beats with the Amateur software by placing objects in the sequencer grid.

# Paul Woolford on Aphex Twin

Paul writes:

When Aphex Twin first came on the scene, a flurry of press activity followed. Many attempts were made to find out more about the completely fresh sounds coming from his equipment. He had pricked-up various scenesters’ ears with the Analogue Bubblebath EP, which eventually found its way to the A&R side of trail-blazing Belgian techno label R&S.

# ccMixter to the max: Request For Proposals – Late last year we started a process for moving, the remix community we launched November 2004, to an entity or person(s) that could take the community to the next (several) levels. Today we’re announcing a Request For Proposals from entities interested in taking over the site.


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).