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Short links for April 1st, 2011

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# AnalogTelePhonographer

Christopher Locke made an Analog Tele-Phonographer, a sound amplifier for his cell phone/portable music player.

I made it from a broken trumpet and a fistful of scrap metal. The unit uses no external power or batteries, has no moving parts, and is entirely self-contained.

More info: Heartless Machine

# Music from Numbers: An Eclectic, Free (CC) Compilation of Numbers Station-Inspired Tracks

Peter Kirn writes:

Number Stations Part 2

Number stations, making their appearance in the post-war radio landscape, were shortwave radio stations of streams of symbols, mysterious to their listeners and apparently code.

Here, the idea of lost and indecipherable broadcasts inspires a wonderfully-varied collection of reflective artists, in a free, Creative-Commons licensed compilation by PublicSpaces Lab. That Barcelona-based netlabel has been reliably curating some of the smartest, most forward-thinking music collections around. This time, the artists are impressive not only in their output but in their range of backgrounds and extra-musical sources of inspiration.

# Antique Light Bulb Organ – MIDI/OSC Controlled

Instructables user capricorn1 shows how to create your own antique light bulb organ to add nostalgic ambiance to any midi instrument.

Antique Light Bulb Organ

12 light bulbs correspond to the 12 notes in an octave (minus the octave note). The rectangular box unfolds to position the light bulbs vertically for display, while at the same time providing a platform for the keyboard in use. Playing a note on the keyboard directly via midi, or through the usb port illuminates the light bulb for a particular key. Releasing the note, releases the key. Pedal presses are also recognized and keep the bulb maintained. The bulbs can be controlled without a computer by using the front mounted midi port, or via computer which allows for remote control via midi or osc messages.

# Dan303: Free hand played percussion loops

Dan Weatherall has posted a new sample pack featuring 10 hand played percussion loops in .wav format.

I'm not saying I'm the best percussionist in the world but I played these percussion loops myself.
These loops are an ideal way to give your track a little bit of human feeling.

All loops are played at 120 bpm.

# Circles and Euclidian Rhythms: Off the Grid, a Few Music Makers That Go Round and Round

Peter Kirn rounds up some music making tools that take the circular approach.

Create Digital Music

There’s no reason apart from the printed score to assume music has to be divided into grids laid on rectangles. Even the “piano roll” as a concept began as just that – a roll. Cycles the world around, from a mechanical clock to Indonesian gamelan, can be thought of in circles.

Imagine an alternate universe in which Raymond Scott’s circle machine – a great, mechanical disc capable of sequencing sounds – became the dominant paradigm. We might have circles everywhere, in place of left-to-right timelines now common in media software. Regardless, it’s very likely Scott’s invention inspired Bob Moog’s own modular sequencers; it was almost certainly the young Moog’s exposure to the inventions in Scott’s basement that prompted that inventor to go into the electronic music business, thus setting the course for music technology as we know it.

# aurex › Launchpad Sequencers

Get more out of your Launchpad + Ableton combination.

The aurex sequencers for the Novation Launchpad are devices and tools to compose, sequence, alter and remix music within Ableton Live. You don't need M4L / Bome / … to use them, just make sure you have a Launchpad and Live 8.1.3 or higher.

# Cry Baby: The Pedal That Rocks The World on Vimeo

Cry Baby: The Pedal That Rocks The World tells the story of the wah wah effect pedal, from its invention in 1966 to the present day.

# Waveformless: Free Sample Friday

Some recent goodies Tom posted about on his blog:

  • Korg Radias samples from Waveformless reader Psyche Poppet.
  • A small selection of free one shot samples from Studio Wormbone’ Animal Robotix release is available from Producer Loops.
  • Alchemy Snares 02: ten snare sounds built, destroyed, mangled, and layered in Camel Audio’s Alchemy.

Short links for May 18th, 2010

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# Discord 3 sneak preview

Chris Randall writes:

Just uploaded a video preview of Discord3's highlights. I think I touched on all the major features; I'll do a full tutorial series once I have a 100% working OS X VST. The quality of Snaggit's video capture is fairly lacking; nothing to compare with Screenflow. But this should give you a good idea of what's going on with the three engines.

# 57 Free Drum Loops [.WAV]

Dan303 shares 57 high quality, royalty free drum loops to use in your favorite DAW or sampler.

  • The loops are in various tempos and styles.
  • .WAV format [Ready to load in ableton, cubase, Logic, Reason, etc.]
  • Loop tempo is included in the file name

Download them here (RAR).

# Roland TB-303 Documentary BASSLINE BASELINE

Nate Harrison on Vimeo:

If you're interested in the early history of ROLAND, the Japanese manufacturer of electronic musical instruments and the TB-303 Bassline, you'll enjoy this 20-minute video. The TB-303 and its design are described in depth, and many examples of popular music made with the machine are presented.

# Creating the Illusion of Distance

Tom Shear at Waveformless shares some tips on how to create the illusion of distance:

Even when one is talking about mixing to stereo (as opposed to 5.1), a song's mix can be very three dimensional. Perhaps not literally, but in the same sense that a painter can simulate the way an image diffuses the further it is away from the viewer, it is not terribly difficult to simulate the characteristics of a sound that is far from the listener. This can be brilliant at setting a mood and creating a real sense of depth. Here's two easy steps that when used together can really give them a sense of three dimensional space.

Chris Carter's instrumentation (image by ASMO)

# Chris Carter and The Dirty Electronics Ensemble

Stu Smith @ ASMO writes:

Every once in a while something quite special comes along in the crazy sonic world of the Dirty Electronics Ensemble.

In the past our leader John Richards has arranged for us to collaborate with some great names in the world of experimental music, including Pauline Oliveros, noise legend Merzbow and Nic Bullen amongst others. Our recent performance with Chris Carter (Throbbing Gristle, Carter Tutti) at Phoenix Square, Leicester was no exception.

The core of the performance revolved around the Dirty Carter E.S.G.I. a postcard sized instrument designed by John and Chris and built by the members of the ensemble in an earlier workshop. Six pieces we’re performed in total by various members of the ensemble.

# Free (creepy) FM carillon

KVR user gvnz writes:

Ok, this is not really a carillon but can be creepy :-). It's a sound that I came up with while noodling on my DIY synth, I tought that it could sit nicely in some dark sci-fi music, so I sampled it.

This library is for the free Proteus Vx by E-mu; other than the bare samples, a number of modulation and effects are provided, so you can tweak some knobs while playing.

The library is composed of 122 mono samples at 44.1/16 and there is a README pdf file included, with detailed explanations and info.

This is a simple demo mp3 (external reverb and compression added)

This is the link for the download (ZIP archive 33MB compressed)

Musical Table

# Musical Table

indistructableBubble writes:

The Musical Table is a toy table that allows kids to play musical phrases by moving toys around the surface.Each of seven switches can play different musical phrases in four bases, making 27 different musical phrases in total. Some of the phrases are musically related and some of them are not. This toy table can help kids to develop musicality by playing phrases in logical order. The table also allows you to play two phrases at the same time. Depending on which phrases are played together, the sounds can be melodic or chaotic.

# Ableton Analog Experiments

Mark Mosher at ModulateThis! writes:

I’ve been experimenting lately with programming Ableton Analog from “init”. I have a rich set of VSTs so I’ve not given Analog much attention but after spending some time with it recently, I’m finding when you rack it up and add some effects and assign params to Macros you can achieve some pretty interesting sounds.

# Kon + Amir Present: The 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Samples Of All Time

These days, everyone loves hip-hop. But how much does the average fan really know about the building blocks that formed the foundation of the genre's entire sound? That's right, before it was all-808-everything, hip-hop used a secret (and sometimes not-so-secret) selection of classic soul, funk rock, and jazz records from the ’60s and ’70s to create their sound. From tiny, obscure snippets to instantly-recognizable loops, the sample-based producers of the late ’80s and early ’90s uncovered some truly classic musical gems that are still sought after and used today.

Kon + Amir

Thank god we’ve got folks like Kon + Amir to keep us digging deeper. The veteran record collectors, DJs, and producers (yeah, they basically they do it all) recently released their latest compilation of slept-on vinyl rarities called Off Track Vol. 3, so we decided to call them up and get them to select their all-time favorite samples. Check out their countdown, complete with audio examples and commentary from the guys themselves…

Short links for April 27th, 2010

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# Arduino ant farm

Ants walking through IR gates manipulate the Auduino synth program. John spotted this at the RobotFest / Mid-Atlantic Mini Maker Faire. He writes:

I went to the RobotFest / Mid-Atlantic Mini Maker Faire yesterday. I saw this awesome project and thought you might like to put it on the blog. Basically it's an ant farm with optointerrupts. When the ants walk through the lightpath, they modify the audio output. The maker's name is Adam Franchino, and he was there with some of his classmates from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) His website is

# Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design » Journey into Sound

“This is a Jouney into Sound” is a demo of the RHIFID speaker control system developed for the Physical Computing class. Using a combination of RFID technology, Processing and Arduino, the speakers work as location aware controllers, allowing the user to interact with music and the environment by moving the speakers around.

# Jordantron

Jordantron is a new iPad synth app that will include sounds by Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater.

Omenie in the comments:

The core sound generation is the Ellatron engine, and the same 'Toblerone' rotating keyboards have been retained – for now …

Inside it there’s quite a few changes, particularly trading off CPU burden against responsiveness – it’s become clear, particularly on the iPad, that it’s worth burning more CPU to get ultra-low latency for responsive playing, in Jordan’s hands this thing is *fast* and pretty amazing.

We are still shaking out details but the plan is to have different iPad and iPhone versions, slightly more voices in the iPad version as it supports apps with a bigger memory footprint than iPhone.

And yes, all new sounds, and unlike Ellatron all the sounds are stereo (and really immersive and immense) and have been pulled out of Jordan’s live rig, so these are authentic DT voices. So it’s not very much like a Mellotron at all! I think this one will turn out to be a must-have app for the DT fans, but the sounds are so damn PHAT that general synth hounds may end up picking up one of these to add to their arsenal.

I’m really pleased with how it’s shaping up.

# Four ways to use mid/side EQ

Kim Lajoie on mid/side EQ:

Several EQs now have a mid/side mode. This opens up a lot of possibilities, but can be difficult to use effectively. Instead of simply tweaking the sound or the range of the controls, mid/side mode completely changes how the EQ behaves and sets new rules for how it can be useful and effective.
It helps to stop thinking about mid/side EQ as an equaliser – but instead to think of it as a surgical frequency-focussed stereo width adjuster. It works best on complex stereo material, such as groups or the mix bus.

# Programmable Knex Piano-Playing Robot

plysaxaphone writes:

I've always been a big fan of K'nex, ever since I was a little kid. Then, when I discovered this website, I felt like I had hit the jackpot. This is a "robot" that I built out of knex, it's designed to play the piano. This version can play up to a 16 note sequence in a 12 note range. I call it "Zeeanobot" (Zach's Piano Robot), corny, I know, but I couldn't think of a better name. I spent a lot of time on this, and I'm very proud of it, so please be nice. Just to be clear, I have not tried it on a real piano, I built it to play my Yamaha DGX-230. You may need to modify the design slightly to get it to work on real pianos or other keyboards.

# Sound Grain, a graphical interface where users can draw and edit trajectories to control granular sound synthesis modules. Sound Grain is written with Python and uses Csound as its audio engine. Csound 5 must be installed on the system to allow Sound Grain to run.


# Audiostry Synthesis

Audiostry V1.27 is made with Sync Modular. It's structure is based on Korg MS2000 but it is not an emulation. It has:

  • it's own single cycle waveforms for the DWGS (48 waves),
  • unison in polyphonic mode: each oscillator quadruples and is internally modulated by a slow LFO.
  • dual filters.
  • 2 more patch bays.
  • 16 step modulation sequencer with 2 more lines (total of 5) and 39 parameter destinations.
  • 143 finely edited presets.
  • 16 voices by default but can be changed by user within Sync Modular. You need Sync Modular to run it.

Download it here:

Sync Modular has been discontinued but it is now free. Get it here:

Short links for December 8th, 2009

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# Dance music with MindStorms sounds

organfairy writes:

It has been a while since I made music on the MindStorms bricks. But now I present the longest and most complicated piece of MindStorms music I have ever made. The title of the melody is “the Future Child” and the idea is to make a cheerfull bleepy melody with the NXT’s tones and use the other sounds as effects while an organ and a synthesizer supplies the orchestra. Most of the pictures are robots made by myself. The rest is something I photographed at the First LEGO League competition in Herning back in 2007. The screenshots are from the NXT-G PC programming tools.

Tic Tac Tunes

# Tic Tac Tunes – Now with Tic Tac Beat Box

AndyGadget @ Instructables created a Micro-organ and drum-kit in a Tic Tac box

This tiny box will give you hours of fun composing your own tunes. You can vary the tune tempo and switch between a pentatonic and blues scale as well as producing a variety of percussion sounds.
Load up a different program and it will compose its own percussion rhythms(Tic Tac Beat Box) or play with half a dozen different musical scales (Tic Tac Scales). Another cool feature is no power switch – It will hibernate when it's not being used.

There are great musicians around . . . and then there's me with no musical talent at all, but even I can get some great sounding tunes out of this. Watch the video and have a listen to the MP3 files to get an idea of what this little marvel can do.

# Water drop sequencer

The Water drop sequencer is an interactive sound installation. It creates sound by water drops falling on suspended iron bars with piezo elements attached. The viewer or performer can control which tones will be played by placing water bottles upside down in holes that are centred over the iron bars. It is also possible to control the speed of the dripping.

# LividStep – Step sequence device for Max For Live

Livid Instruments LiveStep:

LiveStep is an extremely rich (as in “dessert”, not “money” – this download is free) step sequencer. With control of up to eight sequences, each sequence can be modified with a huge variety of hands-on control. You can even play synths and drum machines on top of the sequenced insanity, and record loops of improvised melodies to play back.

Glenn Marshall Zio

# Zio by Glenn Marshall

An interactive generative art visualizer from award winning computer animator and software designer Glenn Marshall.

Explore and interact with an endlessly generating world of organic visuals.
- Use drag and pinch to pan, move and rotate through space.
- Pause / play, save snaphots to your photo library.
- Switch on audio reactive visuals (for devices with mic only).
- Comes with 3 unique preset Zio worlds.- Shake to shuffle between presets.

Using the same Zio animation technology, Glenn collaborated with Peter Gabriel to create The Nest That Sailed The Sky music video which won at Prix Ars Electronica 2009, one of the biggest computer arts festivals in the world.

via Synthtopia

# Getting Ready To Mix – Part 2 – Jon @ Audio Geek Zine has some great tips on how to get ready to mix.

# Warped Piano, Zone Shift, and Sidechained Delay

Loudon Sterns writes:

Hello everyone, a student posted in one of my classes asking about this cool warped ambient piano he heard on a recording. It seemed like a cool challenge so I tried to make an instrument that would give a wide variety of spooky warped piano sounds. I created a really cool patch and used some of the more advanced features in Sampler and Instrument racks, so here is the video explaining it all.