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Short links for January 5th, 2009

Some interesting things I found recently:

# iPhone / iPod Touch Applications: Sid Player – Sid Player brings you the sound of the Commodore C64 to your iPhone and the iPod Touch. Enjoy game classics such as 'Commando', 'Arkanoid', 'The last V8' or listen to the music of 'Rob Hubbard', 'Martin Galway', and many others.


# Libcube: Use the AudioCubes with your own programs

Libcube is a library written in C (available for Mac OS X and Windows) which aims to be a library that is robust, easy to learn, and that covers most the functionalities the cubes are offering.

We think that this component makes a good foundation that will help AudioCubes enthusiasts to develop innovative and creative new applications. We even have some new stuff in stores, but I’ll let Bert show you that when it’s time …

# PrePal – The worlds largest online listing of used musical instrument prices, updated every day.

# MidiDuino Preview: Polyrhythmic Drum Machines and Arduino-Friendly MIDI Libraries

Peter Kirn writes:

DIY lovers and drum machine nuts alike should be very excited by what our friend Wesen has been up to lately. Working on his projects MidiCommand and MonoJoystick, two hackable boutique music hardware gadgets for MIDI control and joystick manipulation of MachineDrum, respectively, he’s built a powerful MIDI library integrated with the Arduino development environment.

# Say it with Pictures – Eight programs that convert images to music.

# MusicBox: Mapping and visualizing music collections

Anita Lillie writes:

This is a blog for my Masters thesis at the MIT Media Lab, on a music browser called MusicBox. In this blog, you can find screenshots and videos of the project, which show the interactive maps that MusicBox creates.

That lovely visualization in the bottom right looks familiar!

Puremagnetik releases Toybox

Puremagnetik Toybox

Puremagnetik has released Toybox, an inspiring collection of sounds captured from toys, gadgets and music education devices.

From squeaky plastic instruments to mini synthesizers and toy pianos, Toybox explodes with a variety of colorful sounds, ready to play in your favorite sampler or DAW.

Toybox features

  • Lapharp – An organic 12 string plucked instrument.
  • Synthjam – 6 instruments and an efx menu from toy synthesizers.
  • Stylophone – Includes the “classic” Stylophone® sound as well as 2 new models.
  • Junior Piano – A quirky toy piano with multi-velocity sensitivity and mechanical nuances.
  • Toy Accordion – A small plastic accordion with a fun squeaky sound.
  • Jamboree – Toy vibraphone with both “finger” and “plastic” variations.
  • Melodica & Recorder – Legendary educational wind instruments.
  • Astroblaster – A menu of laser gun sound effects.
  • Drumrock – A lo-fi kit sourced from a toy drum synthesizer.

The Ableton Live version of Toybox comes with 14 multisampled instruments including 2 effect menus and a drum kit rack. Each sound has been carefully tailored with extensive Macro controls for easy editing and tweaking.

Toybox for Kontakt comes complete with a customized KSP driven GUI for instant editing and effects processing. The Logic version of Toybox includes 18 unique channel strip configurations for quick loading sonic exploration.

Visit Puremagnetik for more information and audio demos.


Short links for November 27th, 2008

Indamixx Laptop

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Indamixx Laptop is First Pre-Configured Music Netbook, Running Linux, $499 – CDM has more on the Indamixx Laptop, a sub $500 laptop pre-bundled with energy XT, a bunch of samples and over 260 plugins and effects.

Oh, and you get a free T-shirt.

The Indamixx Laptop is now available for pre-order ($99 deposit, pay another $400 when it ships).

# Buddha Machine 2 released: Ambient device – The Buddha Machine is a small audio-gear, some kind of "multipurpose ambient device". It is a small portable device with batteries, a speaker and some build-in audioloops. You can select the soothing loops and they keep on playing. With two controllers you can select the volume and (this is the special part) the pitch of the loop. Nothing really special, compared to the things you can do with audio-software, but this device is very charming and inviting to some nice uses.

# quiet_channel: analog MIDI drum machine — R Scott's DIY analog MIDI drum machine:

The drum sound circuitry was taken from a broken old Farfisa organ. I removed the entire rhythm accompaniment assembly and later built a power supply for it, turning it into a stand-alone drum machine.

# Guthman Musical Instrument Competition (submissions open) – The first Guthman Musical Instrument Competition presented by GTCMT and Harmonix (makers of Guitar Hero and Rock Band) will award $10,000 to the best novel musical instruments as judged by a panel of experts from Harmonix, Wired, and Georgia Tech.

# Processing 1.0 – Version 1.0 final is out!

Processing is a programming language, development environment, and online community that since 2001 has promoted software literacy within the visual arts. Initially created to serve as a software sketchbook and to teach fundamentals of computer programming within a visual context, Processing quickly developed into a tool for creating finished professional work as well.

Nick's DIY spring reverb

# THE SPRINGATRON 3000 — a DIY spring reverb from Nick’s World of Sythesizers:

This is basically a giant spring reverb made from 10 slinkys. I was trying to make the best sounding spring reverb possible, I think I achieved this but it is probably the most inconvenient spring reverb ever made. The reverb time (sustain) is so long that the springs need damping and I found that the best material for doing this is a slice of cucumber wedged under the end of each spring, other materials like foam or rubber tend to kill all the treble.

Many other cool things on Nick’s website, like this interactive flash version of The Beast.

# Module Glitch Pas preview – Luigi @ NUSofting has put up a preview of some kind of glitch pad plug-in. It's an early beta but it already looks very promising.

# MIDI Retrofit Kits: MIDI2600 — MIDI-to-Joystick / MIDI-to-Keypad Adapter for Atari 2600. Translates incoming MIDI notes to joystick or keypad control signals for any Atari 2600 console MIDI-controlled.


Short links for August 8th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on August 8th, 2008:


# Musical Buttonpad for iPhone (Codename “PaklSound1″)

Developer Patryk writes:

For my first iPhone project I'm working on a musical button pad that is inspired by the Tenori-on (but quite a bit simpler).

Basic improvements pending until 1.00 release:

  • better responsiveness
  • eliminate lag when switching layers
  • add more soundsets (thanks to freesound, probably!)

# Radiohead House of Cards Data: Time Lapse Rendering in Real Legos

Peter Kirn writes:

When the creative team behind Radiohead’s new video for House of Cards released 3D imaging data of Tom Yorke’s head, I’m sure they looked forward to finding out what people would do with it. I’m guessing one thing they didn’t expect was for someone to go manually through the data and painstakingly reproduce it in actual, physical Legos, one … brick … at … a … time, then make it into motion again with time lapse photography (okay, with a fair bit of fakery and digital legos added, though quite nicely).

# Carl Craig Gets an Orchestra – Not to be outdone by the Glitch Mob's unique live band approach to computer music, Detroit techno legend and Planet E boss Carl Craig is stepping away from the laptop and heading not to a MIDI controller, but a full orchestra setup.

# WolframTones algorithmic composition generator – WolframTones works by taking simple programs from Wolfram's computational universe, and using music theory and Mathematica algorithms to render them as music.

# iPhone Ups and Downs, Unhappy Developers, and the MIDI Controllers You Can’t Have Yet – Peter Kirn explains why some interesting things for your iPhone aren't happening…

  • Apple won’t let some developers on their device,
  • Apple is failing to communicate with developers,
  • Apple is gagging developers and making coding harder.

# The Reconfigurable House installation, built with thousands of hacked toys and gadgets, an environment constructed from thousands of low tech components that can be "reconfigured" by its occupants. Any sensor/actuator can be connected to any other sensor/actuator — it is the occupants of the house who determine the systems that run inside it.


Short links for July 31st, 2008

Studio Electronics Orion Galaxy

Some interesting things I found on July 31st, 2008:

# Omega Orion: analog synth as designed by Stanley Kubrick

Music Thing reports on the Orion Galaxy:

An Omega 8 – the $4,600, 38lb mother of all modern analog synths – in a great looking new skin.
Design is by boutique guitar amp builder Tim Caswell and someone called Antoine Argentieres.

More info on the Studio Electronics Orion Galaxy here.

# DJ Motion Capture – Made with the Vicon Motion Capture system housed in space 5, Culture Lab (Newcastle University, UK), the aim of the project was to magnify performance gestures to provide unique insights into how a DJ overcomes the fixity of recorded materials.

# Plastinkus DJ scratch pad – It’s a scratch pad the size of a credit card. Plastinkus produces sounds like a real disc. There is a wide variety of color combinations available.

# Gakken Analog Synthesizer SX-150 – Battery-powered, stylus driven fun.

RJ, a Japanese MAKE magazine reader, posted a guide to create a MIDI interface for the Gakken SX-150 a few weeks ago (even before it was released…). More info here: SX-150 synth MIDI mod

# Yahoo Music to offer refunds, what about MSN? – Yahoo Music is offering refunds to anyone who bought songs from the service. Is it time for MSN Music follow Yahoo's lead?


Short links for April 10th, 2008

Some interesting things I bookmarked on on April 10th, 2008:

# Scientists ask: Can you sing death metal without ruining you voice? – Dr Julian McGlashan from Queens Medical Center in Nottingham asks whether the non-melodic bits of singing – the grunting and growling that ranges from Bryan Adams gentle grit to the full death growl – can be performed safely without knackering your voice.

Cube3 digital audio player

# Cube3 – A tiny (1"x1"x1") digital audio player with OLED color display. In addition to listening to music, you can now view digital images and watch video clips (magnifying glass sold separately…)
Cube3 features

  • Supports MP3, WMA, and “Protected” WMA (DRM)
  • PlaysForSure™ Certified – Compatible with music download and subscription-based sites.
  • Podcast Ready™ -enabled
  • View Digital Images and Watch Video Clips
  • Available in 2GB
  • Full Color OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) Display
  • Rechargeable Lithium Polymer Battery – 10 Hour Playtime
  • FM Tuner, FM Recording, and Voice Recording
  • SRS WOW HD (High Definition) and TruBass Sound Enhancement
  • High Quality SRS Designed Earbuds
  • Single Connector for Headphone, File Downloads, and Charging

# Build Your Own Electric Guitar! – Gbuilder writes: I have built several electric guitars over the years and through trial and error have learned many helpful tips that anyone who might want to tackle this sort of project needs to know before starting out.

# Psychosynth – a free software synthesizer inspired by the ideas of the Reactable.

# Teaser: ammoBox Project Digitally Scratches … What? – Nathan Ramella (co-creator of the Unofficial Ableton Live API) put Live and turntables together in a way you haven't seen before.

# Arduino and Silvia: Two Italians, One Tangled Affair – In this precisely hot affair, the Italian born microcontroller board, Arduino, has won the heart of a sensuous piece of Italian engineering named Silvia, an espresso machine by Rancilio.


Short links for February 4th, 2008

Some interesting things I bookmarked on on February 4th, 2008:

  • Pocket Electronic – An universal electronics DIY kit to build your own MIDI control box. Up to 16 controlling elements can be connected to PE transmitting 16 different MIDI messages on different (or even the same) MIDI channels.
  • Our daily bread – A film about where your food comes from in this age of globalization.
  • gaussmarkov: diy fx » Fuzzy Logic – A unique circuit for guitar effects builders. It uses readily available SIP sockets to allow easy transistor swapping.
Fuzzy Logic
Fuzzy Logic by Gaussmarkov
  • Remove shake and motion blur from photos – Nathan Willis dissected three applications for removing the effects of camera movement from your photos.
  • Mythbusters, airplane on a conveyor belt – Kottke’s liveblogging account of the Airplane on a conveyor belt myth.
  • Red Bull Art Of Can – Red Bull Art of Can is a national juried exhibition featuring artwork in a variety of media that have one thing in common?they are all inspired by Red Bull or crafted from the iconic blue and silver cans.
  • Star Wars R2-D2 Peppermill – Not that you’ve noticed… but all fine restaurants on Tatooine feature R2-D2 pepper grinders. Usually after you order your salad of Dagobah greens a Wookie will come around and offer you some fresh ground pepper from one of these handy droid-based mills.