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Short links for September 18th, 2009

Waveformless Neubauten

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Waveformless: Free Sample Friday: Metallic Hits
Tom Shear of Waveformless has a lovely collection of samples as a free download.

As a thanks to my readers, here are 30 metal hits all coming from the unlikely source of one of those gift tins of popcorn people give each other at the holidays. When emptied, it actually had a pretty nice sound to it.

I hit it with both my hand and a drum stick, both with the lid on and off. Most are straight hits, but when I was shuffling stuff around in my hands I'd occasionally get some kind of interesting rhythms, so there are a couple of those in there too just waiting to be warped and synced in Live (or Logic 9).

All samples are 24-bit/44.1k mono WAV files. Total download size is about 7 MB.

# Synthgeek free samples – Synthgeek has a nice collection of free wav samples, including the recently added TR-66 abuse 1 pack, featuring 18 sounds from a circuit-bent Roland TR-66.

Tara Busch on iPhone

# Have iPhone? Get The New, Free Tara Busch iPhone App!

Who doesn’t want Tara Busch on their iPhone?

Here's an utterly wonderfully, delightfully dork-a-licious app for you to add to your phone!

Designed by Rehan Fernando at phizuu, the application contains copious content designed by Maf Lewis (films and photos) and of course music by me including 3 free songs from my Tummy Touch Records debut, Pilfershire Lane.

You can also access AnalogSuicide.com and my latest tweets via your iPhone. Pretty Groovy, eh?

# JSNES: A Javascript NES emulator

Now you can play classic NES games in your brower with this nifty javascript NES emulator by Ben Firshman.

Ben writes:

A few months ago, I stumbled across Matt Westcott’s excellent JSSpeccy. I had seen some pretty imaginative canvas creations, but Javascript emulators? What a perfect idea for a daft new project.

I got underway shamelessly porting vNES into Javascript. Although not the most efficient, it didn’t have any of the pointer memory mapping magic associated with emulators written in lower level languages. As such, it was more or less a direct port, bar a few tweaks to compensate for the lack of static typing, and obviously a rewrite of all the I/O.

I highly recommend you use Google Chrome to play JSNES. Thanks to its high performance canvas element, and a clever optimisation by Connor Dunn, it runs at full speed on modern computers. Mac builds are also available. Otherwise, it just about runs on Firefox 3.5 or Safari 4, but it’s hardly playable.

Mark Mosher's They Walk Among Us

# The Making of The Electronica Single “They Walk Among Us” Using Ableton Live + VSTs

Mark Mosher of Modulate This! shows us how he created one of his tracks.

In this epic post I’m going to share some behind the scenes notes on what it took to compose the song “They Walk Among Us”.

If you have any friends who think that all us electronic musicians do is just drop canned loops and hit buttons, have them read this – of course they’ll have no idea what I’m talking about ;^).

Audacity updated to v1.3.9

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Audacity

Free, cross-platform sound editor Audacity has been updated to v1.3.9.

The Audacity Team is pleased to announce the release of Audacity 1.3.9 (Beta) for Windows, Mac and Linux/Unix. It contains many bug fixes contributed by our two Google Summer of Code (GSoC) 2009 students, and brings us much closer to the goal of a new Stable 2.0 release.

Google Summer of Code 2009

As well as bug fixing, the students’ projects involved work on experimental “scripting” and “pre-record level detection” features that will appear in future Audacity versions. We congratulate both students on successful completion of their projects and thank everyone else involved in mentoring, testing and administration.

Future Beta Releases: We will have one or two more Beta releases in the very near future so as to get maximum possible feedback on code stability prior to 2.0 release. Please help us by trying the new Beta releases and letting us know of any problems you find. You can subscribe to receive news of these releases. Advanced users can also help us greatly by downloading our Nightly Builds and testing our fixes as we make them.

Bug Fixes in 1.3.9 include

  • VST effects support crashed or slowed Audacity.
  • Failure to launch on some Windows XP machines.
  • Crashes importing files via drag or Recent Files.
  • (Mac OS X) Files greater than 16-bit or 64000 Hz did not import using QuickTime filter.
  • AAC exports silenced.
  • Generating audio in existing track fitted project to window.
  • View menu items/shortcuts disabled when playing/recording.
  • Unwanted interactions between linked audio and label tracks.
  • Various other interface and effects bugs.

Audacity is available as free, open source software for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems.

More information: Audacity

Short links for April 28th, 2009

Some interesting things I found recently:

Todd Vanderlin AR Scratching

# Todd Vanderlin | AR Scratching

Moving it in front of a camera, Todd Vanderlin uses a vinyl record equipped with an AR marker to manipulate music.

I was playing around with some AR markers the other day and came up with this idea. taking just a plain old vinyl record and attaching an AR marker to the label you can track the record in 3D space. The next question was, can you scratch the record? So by figuring out the velocity of the records rotation and applying it to the payback of the audio you can scratch.

… playback of course.

# SONiVOX | MIDI Solution for Google Android Mobile Phone Platform – SONiVOX audioINSIDE is an advanced, device-hardened audio synthesis solution with high quality MIDI audio capabilities used primarily to create interactive mobile gaming applications.

Leadtowill Cassette Spring Reverb

# Leadtowill: spring reverb

Leadtowill writes:

This was a cassette radio. I removed the motor etc and added an input to the amp section of the circuit, mounted a spring and converted the speaker to a driver with a knife – the result is a roomy sounding spring reverb.
Future additions —- a filter and feedback section, maybe make use of the radio section as a white noise generator…

Short links for January 16th, 2008

Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on January 16th, 2008:

Google Chart API

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The Google Chart API lets you dynamically generate charts as PNG-format images.

To see the Chart API in action, open up a browser window and copy the following URL into it:

http://chart.apis.google.com/chart?cht=lc&chs=200x125&chd=s:helloWorld

Several types of image can be generated: line, bar, and pie charts for example. For each image type you can specify attributes such as size, colors, and labels.

Pretty cool stuff. I fiddled around with this a bit and came up with this:

rekkerd.org 2007 pageviews

It’s the 2007 pageviews for this site. (Yes, I know I’m a month early!). A bit of a drop around the summer, but nonetheless the pageviews more than tripled over the year.

Anyway, check the Google Chart API page for more information and go create your own charts.

Short links for August 22nd, 2007

Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on August 22nd, 2007:

  • USB Powered Mini Greenhouse – Features an adjustable growth light and an easy view window that offers maximum plant protection.
  • Amazon forest carved up in resettlement scam – Rather than moving communities onto land that has already been deforested Incra has been allocating tracts of land that are still part of the rainforest.
  • reddit media: intelligent fun online – Monitors reddit?s front page, collects picture & video links, and builds an archive of them over time.
  • Monster attack steals user data – US job website Monster.com has suffered an online attack with the personal data of hundreds of thousands of users stolen, says a security firm.
  • Robots Can Be Friendly, Groovin?: Max-Powered Keepon and Beatbots – The Keepon is a cute, yellow robot that dances to music you may have seen bopping on YouTube. It shows how subtle changes could make robotics friendlier in the near future.
  • Deezer – The first global website for music on demand with no restrictions: listening to all kinds of music is now free, unlimited, legal and accessible to all Internet users via a Web browser.
  • Google Earth Shows Real-Time Traffic – This has been achieved by adding a Traffic layer in Google Earth. Once you?ve enabled this feature, you?ll see a real-time picture of traffic and conditions.
  • SimpleTEXT: a cellphone enabled performance – SimpleTEXT is a collaborative audio/visual public performance that relies on audience participation through input from mobile devices such as phones, PDAs or laptops.
  • Lee Broom – The application of neon elements to the outlines of the six hand-carved Mahogany pieces “haloes the delicate lines of the traditional furniture whilst casting deep reflections in their richly lacquered surfaces.”

Fun with Google I’m feeling lucky

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When you use Google Search’s I’m feeling lucky you can get some funny results.

Google Search in H4x0r
Google Search H4x0r edition

The above H4x0r edition of Google Search can be found by using the keywords “google l33t” and clicking the I’m feeling lucky button.

Hongkiat lists 11 keywords which get you some results you might not have seen before.

Google Accounts offers additional storage

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Google is now offering more storage for photos and messages.

From the info page:

Google now offers a way to purchase more storage space to use with some Google services (currently Gmail and Picasa Web Albums). This extra storage acts as overflow when you run out of free storage space in either service. If you’ve filled your free storage (2.8 GB and counting for Gmail or 1 GB for Picasa Web Albums), you’ll automatically use your purchased space to store more pictures and messages up to your new storage limit.

The additional storage can be purchased, starting at $20/year for 6GB.

Google Accounts - Purchase additional storage
Google Accounts – Purchase additional storage

Visit Google for more information.