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Johannes Kreidler releases Loadbang – Programming Electronic Music in Pd

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Johannes Kreidler Loadbang

Johannes Kreidler has released Loadbang – Programming Electronic Music in Pd, a tutorial book on Pd (Pure Data), a real-time graphical programming environment for audio, video, and graphical processing.

Johannes writes:

This book is designed for self-study, principally for composers. It begins with explanations of basic programming and acoustic principles before gradually building up to the most advanced electronic music processing techniques. Some knowledge of physics is assumed and explanations of basic physics concepts have been intentionally omitted.

My book’s teaching approach is focused primarily on hearing, which I regard as a faster and more enjoyable way to absorb new concepts than through abstract formulas.

In terms of mathematics, I explain only what is absolutely necessary to comprehend a given processing concept. I explain the various techniques from a compositional perspective, rather than attempting a computer science-, math-, or physics-based discussion of processing phenomena or structures. Therefore, the decisions and comments I have made are purely subjective and are open to debate.

The tutorial was financed by the Music University of Freiburg, Germany.

You can the complete book online (in English & German), or order a paperback version from Wolke Publishing House for 29 EUR.

More information on Johannes Kreidler here.

Link via CDM

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Short links for March 11th, 2009

Some interesting things I found recently:

Peter Dines Booper

# Reaktor Tips – Peter Dines recently posted some nice new Reaktor stuff.

Tada! The initial release of the Frame looper, made to emulate the realtime-manipulable start and loop points of Ableton’s Simpler instrument. It’s a powerful and convenient way to play with samples, which makes the dearth of samplers that can do it so shocking.

There's also a peek at a Reaktor drum machine he has been working on. Sounds lovely to me!

# Cigar box sitar (tamboura)

Insructables user dingolishious created a cigar box sitar:

This is an easy variation of the cigar box guitar but with a buzzing bridge to make sounds reminiscent of a sitar drone. One of the great things about this project is that there are no critical measurements, almost any configuration will work just fine. The resonating cavity doesn't have to be a cigar box, It can be anything from cookie tins, hardhats to the traditional gourd.

Inspiration for the project: http://dennishavlena.com/tamboura.htm

# Radiohead – Paranoid Android on Mario Paint Composer w/lyrics (YouTube)

Wonderful rendition of Radiohead’s Paranoid Android by Adolfo Baez.

Adolfo writes:

Radiohead is one of my favorite bands and this is their best song IMO, This song is from the album Ok Computer, it´s considered by many one of the best rock albums of all time.

This is the most difficult song I´ve made using Mario Paint Composer but because of the hype that I´ll see Radiohead live on March I decided to make it.

I slightly modified some chords in the middle part to make them sound better with the original MPC soundfont and I left out 15 seconds of the end because that part just didn´t sound right with the MPC instruments, oh and I also made the song a little bit faster, more like when they play it live.

# Hand Claps Randomizing Kore Settings, with Pd

Peter Kirn writes:

Guiliano Cantini sends this patch he’s put together with Kore Player and Pd. He uses transient detection in Pd to trigger randomized parameter changes in Kore Player. That rig is entirely free (as in beer), but the same ideas could apply to Kore, too – and if you’re not into the clap metaphor, you could find other audio-reactive or controller-reactive approaches. (You can also just slap the mic on your laptop.)

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Short links for August 28th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on August 28th, 2008:

Aurora DJ mixer by Peter Kirn

# Hands-on with Aurora, Open Source DJ Control Surface, Shipping Now

Peter Kirn takes the Aurora for a spin:

The Aurora is called a DJ “mixer,” but it’s really a control surface. It connects via a USB jack for power and to transmit serial-over-USB data, then uses free software to translate that data to MIDI messages for use with software like Ableton Live. The project is the work of a three person team, with Matt Aldrich designing electronics, Mike Garbus designing firmware, and Maro Sciacchitano working on the form factor and look and feel. They have an impressive background in making stuff. I got to hang out with Matt in Boston, where he’s joined MIT’s Media Lab Responsive Environments group, so I expect more good projects out of him soon. Matt and I talked frankly over coffee and pastries about the strong suits, weak spots, and future of the device and other projects.

# PaperGuitar.com – Lots of papercraft guitar models.

# MAKE: Blog: Review – Gakken analog synth kit – Collin Cunningham: The SX-150 kit is very easy to use and some modding ideas are bound to come to mind should you get your hands on one. At the very least, you can choose from a number of included decorative decals – and at the more advanced end, schematic and code for using MIDI input has already been posted. I'm sure more sweet DIY add-ons are in the works – very awesome.

Electronic Attack in the Mix

# Electronic Attack in the Mix August 2008

A number of musicians from the Electronic Attack forum (German) have contributed tracks to a Mix, which has been released in August 2008.

It is available for free download and includes a nonstop DJ Mix as well as the single tracks.
Tracklist:
01 - DirtyBreaksEnsemble - Tacky's Beach ~ 0:14
02 - LandSchall - Spirania ~ 3:12
03 - Nice - Funky Mull ~ 7:39
04 - Motone - Tequila Sunstroke ~ 10:24
05 - Yosh - Warmull ~ 17:01
06 - The MM Project feat. Mulli - I Will Rule The World ~ 19:43
07 - NukeArts - Bondo ~ 22:27
08 - Planet Ugh - Bodywave ~ 25:43
09 - Audiohead - Circle Jerk ~ 29:15
10 - Verstaerker - Acidmull ~ 32:10
11 - Audiohead - Circle Jerk (ReWork) ~ 37:54
12 - Le Gourmet - Ugly Mouth Jerk Face ~ 40:56
13 - Motone - D3pth ~ 44:24
14 - hello.jpg - Naked Mole Step ~ 49:12

# Theremin to MIDI Control program in Pd

Charles Martin writes:

Over the weekend I wrote a simple program in Pd that analyses an audio input and then uses pitch and amplitude information to output a midi control value.

# OpenStomp(TM) Coyote-1 – The world’s first open source guitar pedal – Available now from the OpenStomp shop (US and Canada only at the moment). Price : $349 USD.

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Short links for May 7th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on May 7th, 2008:

# PdiPod – Mrmr to Pd on iPhone & iPod Touch – Olle Holmberg made a Pure Data (Pd) patch that receives OSC messages from an iPod Touch or iPhone running Mrmr.

PdiPod

You can turn the signals into MIDI if you like, then use MidiPipe (in OS X) to send it on to any music program you like.

# Looping Musical Robot – This musical robot analyzes the incoming audio and tries to mimic it using a series of servos and solenoids attached to different objects. In this example it is trying to reproduce a clip from Citizen Kane.

# soundamus – generate a feed of new and upcoming music releases from your favorite artists on Last.fm.

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