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Short links for March 7th, 2011

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Mike Cook Hexome

A hexagonal monome – a Hexome, made using an Arduino. Containing RGB LEDs

More info at Mike’s website: Hexome

# Metasonix R54 Supermodule

From navs.modular.lab:

Tracks like a zombie, but kicks like a mule – my first taste of yellow.

Metasonix R54

As Metasonix own video makes hilariously clear, you're never going to play Switched on Bach with the R54. Feed the Supermodule with the appropriate combination of CVs, however, and you can coax deep drums, watery plops, rubber basslines and tortured-animal sounds from this unruly, tube-based VCF/ VCO.

# Imagining a Tablet Synth: Developer Christopher Penrose Shows Us SynthTronica for iPad

Leisuresonic SynthTronica

Peter at CDM writes:

What can a new digital synth be in 2011? How will it work and sound? And given access to so many excellent tools, how can it stand apart?

In place of a press release and some marketing-speak, developer Christopher Penrose (Leisuresonic, Cosmovox) sent us an extended essay explaining his thinking behind his imminent SynthTronica synth for the iPad. Aside from getting into the nitty-gritty technical details, it cuts to the crux of the issue: how to make something personal and new that nonetheless can work for other people, and how that idea can be tailored to a tablet.

SynthTronica for iPad is now available, iTunes link.

# Tibetan Singing Bowl

More free samples at Waveformless’ Free Sample Friday:

Today's free sample is a single sample of a Tibetan singing bowl. The singing bowl is essentially an inverted bell that is used by Buddhists to accompany meditation or chanting. It can be played either by rolling the padded mallet along the inside rim, or by striking it. The sample I'm providing is of a single strike. It's an extremely long sample that reveals just how this instrument got the name "singing bowl". The note of the strike is an E. 24-bit, 44.1k WAV sample. [6.07 MB]

Plus, a bunch of Absynth patches by Alan Stuart.

A little something different this Friday… instead of free samples, today we have 50 free patches for Native Instruments Absynth submitted by reader Alan Stuart. You can download them directly from his website. Thanks, Alan!

# Dustland – Real-time Live performance by Diego Stocco.

"Dustland" is a cinematic sounding improv that I recorded with the Fence Bass. This instrument has a rough and edgy sound since it's all made of metal, so I imagined a piece that could work in a modern Western film, I'm a fan of the genre.

Everything is created in real time, no pre-existing loops, additional tracks or post-efx involved. I built a chain of processors in Live that I control with a pedal board, all rhythmic parts and ambiences are derived from whatever sound/noise comes from the Fence Bass. I hope you'll like it!

# Tower Bawher by Théodore Ushev

This animated short by Theodore Ushev is like a whirlwind tour of Russian constructivist art and is filled with visual references to artists of the era, including Vertov, Stenberg, Rodchenko, Lissitsky and Popova.

# Beep-it! – Michael Una's Beep-it! device, an optical theremin.

It outputs a square wave whose pitch is controlled by the amount of light striking a photoresistor. You control the pitch by casting shadows over the light sensor, or by pointing it towards/away from a light source. Flashing lights induce an interesting oscillating effect. A single momentary button turns Beep-it on or off.

There is an 1/4″ output jack for connecting to audio equipment like amplifiers, guitar pedals, recording, etc.

Details on Beep-it! at Michael’s website here

# Photo Journaling for Electronic Music Artists

Mark Mosher writes:

I’ve been a bit “heads down” working on all sorts of fun music projects over the last month and half and of course learning lots of new things along the way. As I work away, I always take a moment to shoot photos.

# Derek Enos deMIDulator

Short: MIDI-controlled 8-bit digital synthesizer and audio sampler

Long: Device generates several different sounds based on incoming MIDI Note On/Off, Pitch Wheel and Control Change messages. Default waveforms are Sine and Square. An audio sampling function is available to record custom waveform samples that can then be played-back similarly to Sine and Square waveforms (think Impulse Tracker or Scream Tracker or any other tracker from 1997). Audio input is switchable between on-board microphone and external 4-conductor headset jack.

# Dark Energy Kick Samples (Analog)

Free sample pack by dubstep forum user Project EX:

A small collection of kicks, recorded and collected by me. No processing on the kicks, just normalized. Will try to make some more samples at some point. Will get it on the sample swap when it's back up.

Short links for January 20th, 2010

Some interesting things I found recently:

# bassdll – An arduino piezo buzzer sound engine by Drew Crawford.

Source code available at github

# ISM / DUBBHISM: impulse responses

Tony Dubshot wrote in to share some of the unusual but usable, hi quality impulse responses he is offering on his Dubshot website. Includes: RE-201 Roland Space Echo impulse responses (25-200 BPM), The Quantum Hall Effects (impulse responses from nanospace), and 60 Classic and King Tubby style spring reverb impulse responses.

# Charting the Beatles – Exploration of Beatles music through infographics.

Charting the Beatles
Charting the Beatles – Authorship and Collaboration

Michael Deal writes:

These visualizations are part of an extensive study of the music of the Beatles. Many of the diagrams and charts are based on secondary sources, including but not limited to sales statistics, biographies, recording sesion notes, sheet music, and raw audio readings.

# Circuit Bending the Bliptronic 5000

Michael Una circuit bends his Bliptronic 5000:

and while I was sad that there was no active synthesis, I’m pretty satisfied with the results.

# MISA digital guitar

The MISA digital guitar is a minimalistic looking MIDI controller.

# Teenage Engineering’s OP-1 Instrument: Hands-on, Videos, Why it’s Different

Teenage Engineering OP-1
Teenage Engineering OP-1, portable synthesizer and controller

Peter Kirn spent some hands-on time with the current prototype of the OP-1 and had a talk with the developers of Teenage Engineering.


# mtXcontrol

mtXcontrol by Tobias Bielohlawek is an editor written in Processing to easily create image sequences for several output devices containing multicolor LED matrix.

mtXcontrol Editor auto detects and connects to your device. Once connected, you can draw points, lines & rows in different colors, create multiple frames and manipulate them. Add, delete, move, fill, copy & paste of frames is supported. Play all frames by different speed, realtime update the device and save your work as image file. If supported (e.g. Rainbowduino), update the sequence on your device and run it standalone. One special feature is typing letters and numbers. Future versions aim to support multiple devices, different color depth and many more.

# Elektron Monomachine drum samples

Some new free samples from Cyberworm: 156 drums, clicks, noised and rattles from Elektron Monomachine (wav format, 24 bit, 44100, stereo, 12 mb)

Also from Cyberworm: Ensoniq VFX/SD patches, 85 banks and 709 single patches for Ensoniq SD, VFX, VFX-SD. Only Ensoniq SD 100% compatible! In VFX or VFX-SD some patches might not work (or work incorrectly)!

Create Digital Music Winter 2008 guide

CDM Winter 2008

Last month Create Digital Music asked its readers to share what they would want to receive, give to newcomers, and what they would want to read.

Yesterday CDM presented the Winter 2008 guide, a wonderful publication (print edition + pdf download) including a Holiday Guide, Circuit bending 101, Dan McPharlin’s cardboard miniature synths, Ableton Live slicing tutorial (including freebie) and much more.

For digital musicians and lovers of sound, Create Digital Music Winter 2008 extends the popular website with a handbook of the best in products, how-to’s, and features.

In this issue, we explore the best products and gifts for beginners and advanced users, from synths to strange music controllers to software to books and listening. We learn how to slice up audio into powerful software drum machines in Ableton Live, with a free companion download at Dan McPharlin shows us his intricate, imaginary synth designs, constructed by hand in cardboard. Sound artist Mike Una introduces circuit bending, which gives you the power to turn cheap toys into strange sonic wonders. Technologists reflect on the best in design, the potential of open source, and how to use music to survive Berlin’s drab, wet, and cold winters.

Unlike traditional editorial-only content, the CDM Winter guide is full of ideas and images from the createdigitalmusic community.

The CDM Winter 2008 guide is released under the Creative Commons
Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License. You can download the pdf version from, free of charge — this publication is a true gift in itself!

Short links for November 13th, 2008


Some interesting things I found recently:

# New Kit: Stribe1 Touch LED Strip Controller — designed by Josh Boughey as a modular version of his original 8 strip Stribe (which won two editor's choice awards at the Austin maker faire!)

Each Stribe1 has a touch strip and double column of LEDs that can display and control music and video programs. Multiple Stribe1's can be daisy-chained together to form a low-res, multi-touch display. Use with Max/MSP or other software to adjust track volumes with VU meters, make a sequencer, control synth params and pitch, "scratch" through sounds, etc.

# eyeSequencer – Work in Progress Demonstration – Patrick wrote a framework/application in Processing to help him analyse images of eyes for use in music.

“Scanners” circulate in the eye and analyse RGB and brightness values. These values are used to create OSC Messages, which then are send to SuperCollider. SuperCollider would be a great way to produce the sound, but for this example i decided to use SC3 to send MIDI events to Ableton Live, to two instances of the Alphakanal Automat Synthesizer.

# FourTrack for iPhone — a songwriting and practice tool for singers, guitar players, piano players, and other musicians who want to capture musical ideas and record songs on their iPhone.

# SignalScope turns your iPhone into a powerful real-time spectrum analyzer and oscilloscope. Easily measure audible frequencies in SignalScope’s Spectrum tab. Capture a balloon pop with single-shot triggering in the Waveform tab. “Touch” your data with highly interactive, multi-touch enabled analyzer displays.

# Beep-it available from Etsy — the optical theremin synthesizer designed and built by Michael Una is now available for purchase.

Squarepusher @ Guardian

# Squarepusher Takes Over the Guardian

Electronic maverick Squarepusher gets his hands on to bring you exclusive playlists, think pieces and live sessions. Link via CDM

Following Batman and Barack Obama, Squarepusher steps up to review this week’s singles (the difference being that he actually wrote these)

From the Singles Club: Filthy Dukes return with a fine examplar of the time-honoured dictum: “If it’s crap, just add rap!”

Good stuff!

# More LSDJ Kits: Sega Mega Drive, Chopin, Atari 2600 and Extra Debussy — Some more kits for Little Sound Dj, the Game Boy/Game Boy Color tool of choice for amateur & professional musicians and composers.