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Short links for May 23rd, 2008

Olympus LS-10

Some interesting things I found on May 23rd, 2008:

# Review: Olympus LS-10 WAV/WMA/MP3 Recorder – Olympus brings its expertise in cameras and voice recorders to the exploding field of portable WAV/MP3 recorders and comes up with some new twists. Guitarist Mark Nelson tests this 24-bit, aluminum-clad beauty and likes what he hears.

Mark writes:

I like the Olympus LS-10 a lot. I’m tickled with the design, ergonomics, audio quality, and the rugged aluminum case. I even like the little carrying case; it’s just big enough for the recorder and a mini tripod.

# Peter Vogel’s Fairlight Audio Archives – A collection of audio material including Fairlight demos, radio interviews and CMI pieces from the eighties. There are even a couple of recordings from the Fairlight CMI's predecessor, the Qasar M8, designed by Tony Furse.

# S T E I M needs your support

Things are not well at STEIM. We are in the danger of losing our structural funding from the government, based on a review from the advisor board which called us ‘closed and only appealing to a niche audience’. The outlook isn’t exactly bleak, but at the moment our future is unclear.

You can help out the creators of the Cracklebox by writing to the Dutch government, more info here.

# Cyclepong 2.0 – Cyclepong is an update of the classic arcade game Pong to use bikes as the controllers.

# Interview: New Virtual Instrument Maker FAW Talks Usability and Design

Peter Kirn writes:

Eoin Rossney, our new writer and contributor to the Kore minisite, got a chance to talk to FAW co-founder Gavin Burke, a fellow Irishman. We’ll have more on the instrument itself soon, but it’s an excellent, coffee-fueled discussion.


Short links for May 16th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on May 16th, 2008:

# Speaker Synth – A five-speaker array with no external audio input, created by Lesley Flanigan. The only components in the system are the instrument's speakers, piezoelectric microphones, amplifying circuits, and the hands of the performer.

Lesley Flanigan Speaker Synth
Lesley Flanigan with Speaker Synth in performance at Monkey Town, New York City, January 2008

From the project page:

Speaker Synth is played by positioning individual piezo microphones with their corresponding speakers and manipulating their associated on/off and volume controls to induce a variation of feedback effects. During the performance, samples from both Speaker Synth and a vocalist are captured and sequenced to build a dense sonic pallet of rhythms and melodies. The performance explores music making through structuring noise, highlighting relationships between analog and digital sound synthesis and between human voice and the voice of an instrument.

Check Lesley’s website for audio and video performances and more cool projects.

# Tonefloat – A bit of a mutant mobile milkbottle xylophone. Each bottle has a small electrical hammer behind it, which is 'played' by a midi keyboard or drum machine, and a few strings of wire 'n chips.

# Plague Bearer – designed to infect, corrupt and pervert a signal beyond recognition. It contains four Voltage-Controlled Resonant Bandpass filters that were designed with the goals of maximum signal alteration and maximum parameter controllability.

# Steppers – Steppers were designed to get kids up on their feet, moving, and playing with sound and music. An external sensor sandal is worn over a child’s shoes, noting each footstep, and, in real time, playing back sound effects/music to compliment their movement.

# MIDI Glockenspiel – Using an Arduino make a computer controller MIDI Glockenspiel.

# Mozart from Scrap-Made Mechanical Glockenspiel – A weight-driven automatic glockenspiel made from assorted recovered materials.

# Toriton plus prototype: first look – A more complex version of the Toriton musical instrument. It involves using five lasers instead of just the one.


Short links for May 6th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on May 6th, 2008:

# Jazz trash robot is an experimental sound-producing entity made from recycled electro-mechanical components. It is a collection of mechanical sequencers and timers, that can be connected together with various experimental instruments we have made or altered. Our instruments are build in an experimental manner, so they are quite unexpectable as themselves, but connecting them all through the robot gives them exponential possibilities for randomness and unexpectancy.

Jazz trash robot
Jazz trash robot, check the Flickr set for more images

The main idea is, that connecting a vast number of experimental instruments together in an experimental manner the instruments will produce a very complex and interesting soundscape. We can pretune the instruments so we can affect the direction of the end-result, but we can not fully control it.

In this project the Jazz Trash robot is the artist and the crew is working as technicians maintaining it. The robot can perform solo, we can leave some user interfaces open for the audience to jam with our robot, or we can perform together with the robot as one of our bandmembers.

# Random Music Box – a PIC-based organ that plays random chord progressions.

# Chiptune Music Theft Continues; Crystal Castles Abuses Creative Commons License
I'm pro sampling (and yes there are some grey areas) but I think it's fairly obvious when people take these things too far and go from taking inspiration to plain theft of songs. Not cool.

nine inch nails: the slip

# nine inch nails: the slip – NiN’s latest album is available for free.

Trent Reznor writes:

thank you for your continued and loyal support over the years – this one's on me.

The music is available in a variety of formats including high-quality MP3, FLAC or M4A lossless at CD quality and even higher-than-CD quality 24/96 WAVE. A .pdf with artwork and credits is included in the download. (CD and vinyl should be available in July).

# Pixels Go Mad – The Celebration Of Pixel Art – Over 50 excelent pixel art designs — illustrations, paintings and posters.

# Curious Inventor Kits : Voice of Saturn Sequencer – a 10 step analog sequencer, which basically steps through 10 different voltage levels that are set by the black knobs.


Short links for April 11th, 2008

Some interesting things I bookmarked on on April 11th, 2008:

# Brockenspiel in action – Brock Craft's Brockenspiel reads the magnetic strip on credit cards and swipe access cards, zips them through an Arduino board and triggers solenoids which bash the chimes.

Left: working on the Arduino, right: the actual Brockenspiel

# pe lang + zimoun : untitled sound objects – The “Untitled Sound Objects” by Pe Lang and Zimoun creates acoustic architecture from organic objects and forms connected up to motors and gears. The duo began as laptop performers but were offput by the lack of physicality so they investigated how to create physical instruments that react to their immediate environment and each other.

# Black Flag Hair: A Timeline – Nice illustration of Black Flag's hairstyles from 1976 to 1986.

# little-scale: Arduino Beats – Sebastian Tomczak is working on a sample-based drum machine for the Arduino. At the moment, bars and patterns have to be programmed into the code manually, but he's looking to adding a small and simple physical interface for real-time pattern sequencing.

# Ten Thousand Cents – Behind the scenes of a mechanical turk project: 10,000 people drawing a small piece of a 100 dollar bill.


Short links for April 3rd, 2008

Some interesting things I bookmarked on on April 3rd, 2008:

  • kBANG: GameBoy Drum Machine – Instead of making noises in sequence it controls solenoids. Program the drum pattern with interface and place solnoids on different surfaces to create different noises.
kBANG ver 01 uses a new GameBrain cartridge (1 MB Flash, 16 out/8 in port)
  • Avant Garde Project – Series of recordings of 20th century classical – experimental – electroacoustic music digitized from LPs whose music has in most cases never been released on CD, and so is effectively inaccessible to the vast majority of music listeners today.
  • THE ZERO GUIDE – The Guitar Zeros show how you can turn your Guitar Hero controller into a musical instrument.

Short links for March 31st, 2008

Some interesting things I bookmarked on on March 31st, 2008:

Haken Continuum
The Continuum by Haken Audio, $3390 for half-size, $5290 for a full-size board.
  • Gloggomobil: Programmable Music Machine – The wooden barrel is spun by means of a hand-crank on the side. Small pegs are inserted into pre-drilled holes in the barrel to determine what note plays and when. The music plays on a small-scale metallophone or Glockenspiel (like a xylophone but with metal tuned bars rather than wood).
  • Terje Isungset – Norwegian musician and percussionist who primarily plays intruments made from ice.
  • Zizzle Zoundz – Zoundz creates a fusion of self- composed music with an accompanying light show. Create your own riffs by placing one of Zoundz's pawns on an interactive “hot spot” on the sound board.

Short links for March 19th, 2008

Some interesting things I bookmarked on on March 19th, 2008:

  • The Sound of Touch – Instrument for real-time capture and sensitive physical stimulation of sound samples using digital convolution. Our hand-held wand can be used to record sound and then playback the recording by brushing, scraping, striking or otherwise physically manipulating the wand against physical objects. During playback, the recorded sound is continuously filtered by the acoustic interaction of the wand and the material being touched.
The Sound of Touch
A texture kit allows for convenient acoustic exploration of a range of materials.