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 Takes Over the Guardian —
Electronic maverick Squarepusher gets his hands on Guardian.co.uk/music 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!”
# 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.