Short links for October 13th, 2008

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Stanford Laptop Orchestra (SLOrk) – The Stanford Laptop Orchestra (SLOrk) is a large-scale, computer-mediated ensemble that explores cutting-edge technology in combination with conventional musical contexts – while radically transforming both.

Multichannel, hemispherical speaker arrays for the Stanford Laptop Orchestra

Founded in 2008 by director Ge Wang and students, faculty, and staff at Stanford University's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), this unique ensemble comprises more than 20 laptops, human performers, controllers, and custom multi-channel speaker arrays designed to provide each computer meta-instrument with its own identity and presence. The orchestra fuses a powerful sea of sound with the immediacy of human music-making, capturing the irreplaceable energy of a live ensemble performance as well as its sonic intimacy and grandeur. At the same time, it leverages the computer's precision, possibilities for new sounds, and potential for fantastical automation to provide a boundary-less sonic canvas on which to experiment with, create, and perform music.

# Exclusive RjDj Interview: Interactive Music Listening, Everywhere You Go – Peter Kirn speaks with the team behind RjDj, the music application for the Iphone which uses sensory input to generate and control the music you are listening to.

# cliplead_: opto_synth – Optical square wave synthesizer with 2x LED tentacle interface and amplitude modulation.


RME shipping HDSPe MADIface

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RME has announced it is now shipping the HDSPe MADIface, a 128-Channel 192 kHz MADI PCI ExpressCard for notebook computers.

RMEs HDSPe ExpressCard MADI is a true PCI Express solution, which consequently takes full advantage of the new format, achieving significant performance gains in multitrack audio. The ExpressCard is built according to PCI Express Base Specification v 1.1. The connection between ExpressCard MADI and breakout box is established using ordinary firewire cable (IEEE 1394, 6-pin). However, the data transfer does not use FireWire protocol. The supplied cable is 1 m (3 ft.) long. The ExpressCard MADI serves as power supply for the breakout box, freeing you from the hassle of additional wall warts.

RME HDSPe MADIface features

  • ExpressCard/34 Interface.
  • 64 Input channels / 64 output channels.
  • 1 x MADI I/O (optical and coaxial).
  • TotalMix.
  • No external power supply required.

The HDSPe MADIface is available for an MSRP of $1,949 USD (street ~$1,599 USD).

Visit RME for more information.


One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) includes 8.5 GB of CC-licensed samples and music tools


One Laptop Per Child wants to provide children around the world with new opportunities to explore, experiment and express themselves.

Their mission:

… to stimulate local grassroots initiatives designed to enhance and sustain over time the effectiveness of laptops as learning tools for children living in lesser-developed countries.

The OLPC laptops run on XO, using components from Red Hat’s Fedora Core 6 version of the Linux operating system. It supports programming environments like Python and Csound, a programmable music and audio environment.

I’m pretty excited to see the children will get to play with tools like TamTam, a music and sound exploration application.

TamTam Edit & synthLab
TamTam Edit (event sequencer) and synthLab (physics lab/sound synth modelled on Max/MSP)

Create Digital Music posts about the 8.5 GB of free, CC-licensed samples and music tools that come with the OLPC laptops.

Plenty of people contributed top-notch sound: the Berklee College of Music, Csound developers around the world, electronica celebrity BT (himself a former Berklee and Boulanger student, among other alums), M-Audio and Digidesign, and the Open Path Music Group.

Since the samples are donated under a Creative Commons Attribution license, you can use these samples as long as you attribute the source (without using the OLPC).

Check the OLPC Wiki for more details about the laptop and the CSound based tools included with OLPC.


Short links for January 16th, 2008

Some interesting things I bookmarked on on January 16th, 2008:


Short links for August 12th, 2007

Some interesting things I bookmarked on on August 12th, 2007:

  • Miniot – Natural protection for your iPhone. Carved from a single piece of the finest woods, with your monogram, logo or personal message engraved.
  • Sounds from Mountain Park – These are MP3 files that were digitized from Mountain Park’s old 8-track master tapes. The sound quality is consistent with 8-track tapes recorded in the 1970s.
  • Prism Collection – If you didn’t splurge on (oh no we’re gonna say it) an iPhone yet, Nokia’s new 7500 and 7900 Prism cell phones are surely worth some consideration.
  • Fly Me to the Moon: Space Hotel Sees 2012 Opening – “Galactic Suite,” the first hotel planned in space, expects to open for business in 2012 and would allow guests to travel around the world in 80 minutes.
  • Album Speech – Collection of Speak & Spell type machines
  • The Atlas Mech Case Mod – Congratulations to Don Soules from Michigan for crafting the “Atlas” mech PC case mod.
  • Transform an old laptop into a MP3 player – These instructions show how Tony Pascalon transformed an old laptop with a broken screen (white strips on the screen) into a design MP3 player.

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