Short links for January 6th, 2008

Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on January 6th, 2008: Sternlab sGlobject Trumpet & Tambourine (sGloTaT) – The sGloTaT sonic environment allows participants to originate sound by moving physical objects. It encourages novice users … read more

Nintendo announces Wii Music

Nintendo has announced Wii Music, allowing you and up to three of your friends to control an entire band or orchestra, featuring 40 instruments to choose from. Wii Music screenshot from CVG Players will use … read more

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Build your own monome 40h

The monome 40h is a reconfigurable grid of sixty-four backlit buttons. It is open source and you can write your own applications for it. The 40h uses usb and talks serial, midi, and open sound … read more

Musical Instrument Samples from the University of Iowa Electronic Music Studios

The University of Iowa Electronic Music Studios has an extensive database of Musical Instrument Samples. The instruments were recorded in the Anechoic Chamber in the Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Center at The University of … read more

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Favorite Intermissions: Music Before and Between Beethoven – Stravinsky – Holst

Christopher DeLaurenti is a Seattle based composer, improvisor, and phonographer. From the New York Times: For seven years, Christopher DeLaurenti went to orchestral concerts wired, wearing a leather vest with microphones nestled in the shoulders … read more

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Reel to Wheel: Bicylces and reel-to-reel tape machines

Reel to Wheel is an interesting project by Sasha Leitman, Steven Backer, Jesse Fox, and Jen Carlile. Reel to Wheel currently includes two main instruments, Hank’s Wild Ride (two bikes facing in opposite directions and … read more

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Björk puts the spotlight on some cool multi-touch gear

Björk‘s latest album Volta is out, and she is currently touring with a new show in the US (tour dates Europe starting in June). Her band is using some cool multi-touch instruments, like the JazzMutant … read more

Atomic Sonic by Tim Kaiser – Wonderfully weird instruments

Tim Kaiser has created a bunch of weird and original instruments collected in Atomic Sonic. Two instruments from the Atomic Sonic collection: Jetstar (Pedal Synth) and the Screaming Yellow Bedlam Sequencer From Tim’s website: Some … read more

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Audio “Optical” Illusions

Interesting audio illusions from Mighty Optical Illusions: Audio illusions, also known as Audio Paradoxes are sometimes to be found in nature. The best known audio paradox is known as Shepard’s paradox. It is the audio … read more

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The $5 Picaxe Beatbox

You can do a lot of fun things with a Picaxe (microcontroller, a PIC programmed with a bootloader and BASIC interpreter). I thought it would be a neat to build a toy that records and … read more

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Make your own Thumb Piano

If you’re handy and you have more time than money you might be interested in making your own Thumb Piano. Thumb Piano by BobsDogHouseon @ Instructables.com Looks pretty good! Check Instructables for the full instructions.

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Beat Blocks – a tangible interface for a rhythm sequencer

Looking for a way to physically arrange your beats? Beat Blocks is just that, a tangible interface for a rhythm sequencer. The user is able to create and manipulate an 8-track drum loop (4 tracks … read more

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Wii Loop Machine – sync, control, and manipulate loops in real time

Create Digital Music has an article about some interesting ways on how to use your Wii equipment, including the Wii Loop Machine by The Amazing Rolo, which looks like a blast to play with! The … read more

Weirdomatic: interesting, funny and weird pictures

Weirdomatic is a resource for most interesting, funny and weird pictures gathered from around the web. I found this website through MAKE: blog, which linked to this collection of weird (bass) guitars. Bass guitar shaped … read more

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Musique Concrete: Transforming Space, Sound, and the City Through Skateboarding

Simon Morris is a new media artist whose work explores urban landscapes, sounds and skateboarding. Musique Concrete is an interactive performance piece which explores sound and the urban landscape through the physical movements on a … read more

Matchstick Uke by Jack Hall, “The Matchstick Man”

Jack Hall’s son Tony created a webpage with images of his father’s Matchstick Ukulele. In 1984 Jack built the Uke from 10,000 used wooden matchsticks painstakingly glued together with 2 lbs of hide glue. Jack … read more

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BillaBoop: real-time audio driven drum controller

Create Digital Music reports on BillaBoop, a real-time audio driven drum controller which allows the user to control up to 3 drum instruments. The user can control any drum synth with the voice (beat box), … read more

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Zachary Custom Handcrafted IKEA Guitar

Zachary has created the 120300, a custom handcrafted guitar which has a top made from Ikea furniture. Zachary Handcrafted Guitars 120300 (1st IKEA model) The action is great, the tone is unbelievable, the neck is … read more

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Super Mario Brothers Theme Song – Homemade Versions

FanTent has compiled a list of Homemade versions of the Super Mario Brothers Theme Song. You can see Beatboxing Flute, Balalaika and Hand Farting versions of the popular Nintendo game theme song. Check the comments … read more

MIDI controlled Flash animations

Fred Leighton @ artsdigital.com has an article on how to set up an environment to have Dynamic Live Flash animation via MIDI and Game Controllers. The user interface is a Mad Catz Playstation 2 game … read more