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Samplephonics releases Nano Electronics sample library

Samplephonics Nano Electronics

Samplephonics has launched Nano Electronics, a superbly detailed sample library, containing 1.96 GB of forensic audio recordings from electronic circuitry, tiny motors, servos, fans and other electronics.

Step inside iPads, laptops, cameras, televisions and many other electronic products and hear sounds from another dimension entirely! Recorded using coil pickups and contact microphones, these beautiful, detailed and weirdly satisfying sounds can be used in a wide variety of music production and sound design applications.

Whether you are looking to add detail and depth to a music score, intricate rhythms and glitches to a beat, or hi tech sound design for a tv commercial, this sample pack contains a vast collection of pristine 24 Bit samples that are highly adaptable and intensly intriguing.

The sample pack costs £34.70 GBP.

More information: Samplephonics / Nano Electronics

Short links for November 13th, 2008


Some interesting things I found recently:

# New Kit: Stribe1 Touch LED Strip Controller — designed by Josh Boughey as a modular version of his original 8 strip Stribe (which won two editor's choice awards at the Austin maker faire!)

Each Stribe1 has a touch strip and double column of LEDs that can display and control music and video programs. Multiple Stribe1's can be daisy-chained together to form a low-res, multi-touch display. Use with Max/MSP or other software to adjust track volumes with VU meters, make a sequencer, control synth params and pitch, "scratch" through sounds, etc.

# eyeSequencer – Work in Progress Demonstration – Patrick wrote a framework/application in Processing to help him analyse images of eyes for use in music.

“Scanners” circulate in the eye and analyse RGB and brightness values. These values are used to create OSC Messages, which then are send to SuperCollider. SuperCollider would be a great way to produce the sound, but for this example i decided to use SC3 to send MIDI events to Ableton Live, to two instances of the Alphakanal Automat Synthesizer.

# FourTrack for iPhone — a songwriting and practice tool for singers, guitar players, piano players, and other musicians who want to capture musical ideas and record songs on their iPhone.

# SignalScope turns your iPhone into a powerful real-time spectrum analyzer and oscilloscope. Easily measure audible frequencies in SignalScope’s Spectrum tab. Capture a balloon pop with single-shot triggering in the Waveform tab. “Touch” your data with highly interactive, multi-touch enabled analyzer displays.

# Beep-it available from Etsy — the optical theremin synthesizer designed and built by Michael Una is now available for purchase.

Squarepusher @ Guardian

# Squarepusher Takes Over the Guardian

Electronic maverick Squarepusher gets his hands on to bring you exclusive playlists, think pieces and live sessions. Link via CDM

Following Batman and Barack Obama, Squarepusher steps up to review this week’s singles (the difference being that he actually wrote these)

From the Singles Club: Filthy Dukes return with a fine examplar of the time-honoured dictum: “If it’s crap, just add rap!”

Good stuff!

# More LSDJ Kits: Sega Mega Drive, Chopin, Atari 2600 and Extra Debussy — Some more kits for Little Sound Dj, the Game Boy/Game Boy Color tool of choice for amateur & professional musicians and composers.

Short links for September 10th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on September 10th, 2008:

minitek 2008

# minitek electronic music festival

here it finally is: new york’s electronic music + innovation festival! minitek is going to be slightly different from other festivals you know, even very different at times.

first of all because the festival combines two aspects: electronic music and innovation. while it seems pretty straight forward at first, you’ll see soon that we’re going to explore innovation not only in respect to music but also to other forms of art, science and technology.

Electronic music talents from around the world, a range of experimental art and technology installations, new consumer technologies that have never been applied in a festival context – such as RFID wristbands, and lots more.

Also check here and let Peter Kirn know Who Do You Want Interviewed At Minitek?

# More Cowbell.DJ – More Cowbell is the online spin off of the Saturday Night Live special featuring Will Ferrell as Gene Frenkle, the cowbell player, and Christopher Walken as the music producer, Bruce Dickenson. More allows you to cowbell any song you want and even add some Walken to the mix. I got a fever and the only prescription is cowbell.

# Making Music with the Arduino: Wires, Solder, and Sound Round-Up

Michael Una writes:

I received my Arduino Diecemila in the mail last week and have started to experiment with using it to synthesize audio and video. I’m not very experienced with programming microcontrollers, so I’ve been doing a lot of research to see what’s out there, and it’s greatly encouraging to see that people are taking this little kit in fun directions.

# Pipe Organ Chair – This is a pipe organ chair that plays a tune when you sit down (insert your musical furniture joke here).

# Advanced Mega-Round-Up: Going Microtonal with Synths

Peter Kirn writes:

Digital software instruments give you opportunities to explore new sounds and timbres, so why not add tuning to the list? Kore@CDM contributor and sound designer Eoin Rossney helps us navigate the potentially intimidating world of microtuning. Microtonal sound simply refers, generally, to tunings beyond the now-standard 12-Tone Equal Temperament we find on modern pianos. First off, microtuning doesn’t have to sound dissonant or “out of tune” – like other choices with synthesis, it can simply give you some new sonic abilities. Native Instruments’ synths are well-suited to the task, as many having tuning capabilities built-in. If you’re using plug-ins to assist your microtonal voyage, Kore is a natural with its plug-in hosting capabilities. But the most important thing is just to dive in somewhere and see what happens – with no physical instrument to retune, it’s something anyone can do.

Short links for August 26th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on August 26th, 2008:

A Team music box

# The A Team music box

From Asciimation:

The box has two buttons on the top and a 3.5mm audio jack on the front. Also visible on the front is the back of the speaker and several small holes to let the sound out of the box.

The red push button is the play/stop button. You press this once to start playing and press it again to stop. If you don’t stop it the recording will play through to the end and then stop automatically.

# Audio Damage @ vimeo – Some screencasts of Audio Damage's Dr. Device and Replicant, and you can find the Automaton alpha preview here.

# Opentape – Opentape is a free, open-source package that lets you make and host your own mixtapes on the web. Upload songs (via web or FTP), reorder, rename, customize the style, and share what you like on other sites with an embeddable player.

# iPhone/Touch Roundup: BtBx Acid Bass, iDrum Workflow and Babies, OpenSoundControl App – Peter Kirn on the latest goodies for your iPhone/Touch: BtBx, the PSP Rhythm creators’ wonderful beat machine, in action, iDrum working with round-trip workflows and operated by babies, and a multi-touch OpenSoundControl app on the app store.

Short links for August 20th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on August 20th, 2008:

AtomoSynth: Mochika2

# AtomoSynth: New Mochika2. MIDI Sync

Mochika2 features

  • One square and saw waveform VCO (voltage controlled oscillator) with a huge pitch range, from subsonic to ultrasonic sound.
  • One square and triangle waveform LFO (low frequency oscillator), that modulates the VCO for the vibrato effect creating old school arcade Atari-like sounds.
  • White noise generator that triggers the VCO and can create percussion like sounds.
  • 8 step Sequencer with note on/off switch and pitch knob for each step .
  • It has a 1/4 inch audio output, 1/4 inch CV Output (to control other analog gear).
  • A MIDI input to sync the Mochika with any midi device sending midi clock signals, the mochika can sync 1,2,4 and 8 times the tempo of the master clock midi device.
  • 1 ultra bright red led that indicates the LFO Rate, and 8 red leds to indicate the step that is being played. Very useful when you play it on a dark stage.

# Negotiated Project B: Live Gigging Visualisation System – Check Luke McGowan's real-time music visualisation system.

# How-To: Hack a ThingamaKIT – The ThingamaKIT is an anthropomorphic analog synthesizer kit from Bleep Labs. Using "LEDacles", photoresistors, knobs, and switches, it generates interesting high pitched vocalizations. Bleep Labs sent us a review unit and this article shares our experiences building and using the kit. We've also included a tutorial on making some hacks, modifications, and circuit bends to it. Skip to the end to see a video of our hacked kit in action.

# Arduinome: An Arduino-Based Monome Clone, Behind the Scenes – A Monome clone based on the Arduino microcontroller.

The “Arduinome” gifts the Monome with two new possibilities. First, it’s a breakthrough on the availability front: at a time when official Monome kits are backordered, it makes it easier to make your own Monome on a budget. Second, it makes hardware hacking on the Monome far easier, by allowing people to make microcontroller-level modifications on the relatively friendly Arduino platform. (The Arduino was designed not for electrical engineers, but for artists just dipping their toes into electronics, even for the first time.)

Cell Phone Disco

# Cell Phone Disco – Cell Phone Disco is a surface that visualizes the electromagnetic field of an active mobile phone.

Several thousand lights illuminate when you make or recieve a phone call in the vicinity of the installation. Cell Phone Disco makes an invisible property of the environment perceptible to our senses. It reveals the communicating body of the mobile phone.

# public beta – full launch soon – Machinecollective is about physical computing, hardware prototyping, (remote) personal manufacturing, human/machine interaction and control surface development. Machinecollective is you, me and the machines, connected through this online community. Machinecollective is a public experiment, with community driven open source hardware as a foundation for further exploration and development.

# DS-10 US Preorder Available; US Ship Date 9/30 – Korg’s DS-10, a synth for your Nintendo DS handheld, is now available for preorder in the US from

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.