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Posted in random posts
on Jan 05, 2009
Some interesting things I found recently:
# iPhone / iPod Touch Applications: Sid Player – Sid Player brings you the sound of the Commodore C64 to your iPhone and the iPod Touch. Enjoy game classics such as 'Commando', 'Arkanoid', 'The last V8' or listen to the music of 'Rob Hubbard', 'Martin Galway', and many others.
# Libcube: Use the AudioCubes with your own programs
Libcube is a library written in C (available for Mac OS X and Windows) which aims to be a library that is robust, easy to learn, and that covers most the functionalities the cubes are offering.
We think that this component makes a good foundation that will help AudioCubes enthusiasts to develop innovative and creative new applications. We even have some new stuff in stores, but I’ll let Bert show you that when it’s time …
# PrePal – The worlds largest online listing of used musical instrument prices, updated every day.
# MidiDuino Preview: Polyrhythmic Drum Machines and Arduino-Friendly MIDI Libraries
Peter Kirn writes:
DIY lovers and drum machine nuts alike should be very excited by what our friend Wesen has been up to lately. Working on his projects MidiCommand and MonoJoystick, two hackable boutique music hardware gadgets for MIDI control and joystick manipulation of MachineDrum, respectively, he’s built a powerful MIDI library integrated with the Arduino development environment.
# Say it with Pictures – Eight programs that convert images to music.
# MusicBox: Mapping and visualizing music collections
Anita Lillie writes:
This is a blog for my Masters thesis at the MIT Media Lab, on a music browser called MusicBox. In this blog, you can find screenshots and videos of the project, which show the interactive maps that MusicBox creates.
That lovely visualization in the bottom right looks familiar!
vvvv group has released version 4.0 beta 19.1 of vvvv, a toolkit for real time video synthesis.
It is designed to facilitate the handling of large media environments with physical interfaces, real-time motion graphics, audio and video that can interact with many users simultaneously.
Changes in vvvv v4.0 beta 19.1
- ALL modules got a good help file, tags for future search functions, tag-lines for future tooltips in node menus.
- Invented an open place where all modules will be collected.
- New folder structure for all shipped modules.
- Renamed some modules, however they will be properly converted.
- Ctrl+M fixed (no longer saves multiple INFO tags).
- Output-stringpin-tooltips no longer freeze vvvv link.
- Shortcuts working again after opening patches with docked plugins. as noted here.
- No more nasty popup on startup concerning file-type registration if you are no admin.
- Fixed nodes:
- FileStream (DShow9) now deals correctly with URLs as filename.
- Writer (EX9.Texture) no longer saves files with double file extension.
- Renderer (Flash): fixed playback of files as pointed out here.
vvvv is available for Windows PC, free of charge for non-commercial use. Check the licensing page for what is considered commercial and non-commercial.
Visit vvvv group for more information.
Evan Merz of ThisIsNotALabel.com has announced the Computer Music Anthology 2008, a collection of works by young, student and/or outsider composers.
It is a volume of work that will be distributed for free from thisisnotalabel.com with the goal of promoting electronic and computer music by unestablished composers. There will also be a focus on work that the composer cannot or will not distribute using traditional media (interactive, generative … etc). Accepted submissions will earn a write-up from thisisnotalabel.com and other participating blogs, as well as inclusion in the 2008 anthology.
The deadline for submission is December 1st, 2008.
Check ThisIsNotALabel.com for more information and submission guidelines.
MediaShift has launched ShiftMedia, a collaborative community for musicians, producers, designers, and developers.
The about page reads:
We focus on flexibility and communication with features like your own WordPress installation with full admin priviledges, custom graphic headers, and our promotion assistance program.
Other features include:
- Five (5) full e-mail addresses.
- Access to online storefront [comin soon!].
- User support services + resources.
- Addition of users feature requests.
I see GaryG, developer of freeware VST plug-ins bini and dandelion, has already joined.
Visit ShiftMedia for more information.
Optimal media production (German) offers a bunch of interesting manufacturing services.
Not only do they have CDs which look like vinyl records (Vinyl-Look-Discs), their Vinyl-Discs are actually a combination of a CD/DVD, and a special type of vinyl.
optimal media production Vinyl-Disc
The silver layer holds the digital data, and the top black layer can be played on any turntable.
Link via Make:Blog
Microsoft has just introduced some new Zune portable media players.
But perhaps more interesting is that Microsoft has also redesigned Zune Marketplace, including new free content.
The press release reads:
Consumers will also be able to choose from a selection of more than 1 million digital rights management (DRM)-free MP3s, which can be played with Zune or any other digital media player.
Looks like Zune gets a second change. Wireless sync options, a touch-sensitive button, funky family colors and DRM free music… Still not sure that Zune tattoo was such a good idea though…
Link via Boing Boing
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Posted in random posts
on Oct 03, 2007
Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on October 2nd, 2007:
- 40+ Media Players That Aren’t iTunes – Mashable lists over 40 players for those who don’t want to use iTunes.
- McLaggan Smith Mugs – Lovely mugs, sweet mugs, cool mugs, and… more mugs.
- The Atari 2600 celebrates 30 years of low-rez fun – Retro Thing takes a trip down memory lane.
- Using CCTV for low-budget filmmaking – Mediashed involved a group of kids who usually hang around in the streets to engage in Video sniffin’ activities and turn CCTV into a free broadcasting system for their own use.
- Microsoft bows to pressure on XP – Customer demand has forced Microsoft to extend the shelf life of Windows XP by five months.
- rsizr – With rsizr, in addition to normal image rescaling and cropping, you can also resize images using a new image resizing algorithm called seam carving (a method of image retargeting) that tries to keep intact areas in your image that are richer in detail.
- Ronald’s Crisis – On September 15, 2007 Ronald McDonald, who had fallen in love with the food of New York and become frustrated with the corporate agenda of McDonald’s, stepped into action closing every McDonald’s store in Manhattan.
- M.T.A. Makes Deal for Cellphones in Stations – All 277 underground stations in the subway system are to be wired for cellphone use.
- New AT&T terms of service – From now on, AT&T can terminate your connection for conduct that “tends to damage the name or reputation of AT&T, or its parents, affiliates and subsidiaries”.