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Short links for September 7th, 2009

Some interesting things I found recently:

Headgear Drone Machine by Tristan Shone

# Drone Machines by Tristan Shone.

Drone Machines are custom made machines fabricated from raw materials and utilizing open source circuitry.

The devices draw heavily on aspects of industrial automation, robotics and mechanical tools and devices, focusing on the eroticism of interaction with machine.

The machines require significant force from the performer, aligning he or she with the plodding drone and doom influenced sounds that are created.

# Masonverb by Brian Green: The masonverb is a diy mic with a reverb like effect to it, basically its a glass plate reverb, it was made by building a contact mic into a masonjar which leads to the name.

# Chord Triggering in Ableton Live (Vimeo)

This video shows you how to use Ableton Live’s clips as chord banks and trigger them with one key. It also touches on the following features: Follow Action, Launch Modes, Midi Mapping & Routing, Pitch (midi plugin)

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# The Problem with Digital Music

Interesting article by sound designer Tim Prebble.

Is there a problem with digital music? Its so odd reading about the endless piracy & copyright problems, and how the music industry is apparently suffering & dieing when to me, contemporary music feels more vibrant than ever. Every week I discover new music & not just ‘new’ bands, but often highly evolved music that has existed for a number of years, but for whatever reason I just had never heard before. In many ways I think what I am enjoying is the new democracy where I am more likely to discover a new independent band or composer, than have a new act promoted and/or forced upon me by dinosaurs…

But for the moment lets ignore music of the past & consider contemporary music, music that has been created with no involvement or reliance on the old music industry. What are the problems associated with it?

Youth Music Box

# Youth Music Box – Youth Music – Music is Power

Youth Music Box is a free, interactive musical experience, allowing you to create your own unique track and video using cutting edge technology, all in under 10 minutes!

Youth Music Box is currently living at the Royal Festival Hall, London and is a chance for anyone of any age to take part in making music – whether you’re an accomplished musician or complete beginner.

# Waveformless: 5 Non-Musical Purchases to Improve Your Life in the Studio

Tom Shear lists some things that come in handy in your studio.

Being a musician can be expensive. I tend to break down musical purchases into "sexy" and "non-sexy" categories. Buying a new synth? Sexy. Buying MIDI cables? Non sexy. The thing is, a lot of the time, it's the non-sexy purchases that can make the biggest difference in our day to day lives in the studio. So today I'm going to concentrate on a few of these that I've found particularly important.

d-touch

# d-touch.org – The d-touch sequencer and the d-touch drum machine are fully and freely available for download (Registration needed)! Please try them out and spread the word!

Audio d-touch is a collection of applications for real-time musical composition and performance, with very special user interfaces. The collection includes a drum machine and a sampling sequencer, both are controlled by spatially arranging physical objects on an interactive table surface. Each object represents a sound, and its position with respect to the surface is mapped to certain playback parameters. For example, the horizontal position of an object represents the timing of the sound. The system is extremely low cost and now it can be freely and fully downloaded from http://www.d-touch.org/audio. All is needed to get audio d-touch to work is a standard computer (PC or Mac) with a webcam and a printer.

# Behringer’s Latest Rip-Off Job: Apple.com

Peter Kirn writes:

Look out: Behringer, already a notorious rip-off artist, is taking the “first step in [the] company’s reinvention of online presence.” I shudder to think what the coming steps will look like. But yes, the new site looks a wee bit familiar. It actually gets worse as you dig into the layout.

Is anyone really surprised? Don’t we all know Behringer’s game already?

The Conet Project

# The Conet Project – Recordings of Shortwave Numbers Stations

For more than 30 years the Shortwave radio spectrum has been used by the worlds intelligence agencies to transmit secret messages. These messages are transmitted by hundreds of “Numbers Stations”.

Shortwave Numbers Stations are a perfect method of anonymous, one way communication. Spies located anywhere in the world can be communicated to by their masters via small, locally available, and unmodified Shortwave receivers. The encryption system used by Numbers Stations, known as a “one time pad” is unbreakable. Combine this with the fact that it is almost impossible to track down the message recipients once they are inserted into the enemy country, it becomes clear just how powerful the Numbers Station system is.

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# Infinitely Expandable Sound Computation Engine – Symbolic Sound Announces Software for Chaining Together Two or More Paca and Pacarana Sound Computers Under Control of Kyma Sound Design Software.

CHAMPAIGN IL—August 27, 2009—Symbolic Sound Corporation has expanded the real-time sound-computing power of its Paca(rana) sound engine by making it possible for Kyma sound designers to chain two or more multiprocessor Paca(rana)s together via the built-in A/B Expansion ports. To the Kyma software, a network of Paca(rana)s appears as a single sound computation engine with multiple processors. Kyma automatically detects the number of available processors and schedules the execution of DSP-intensive signal processing and synthesis algorithms across multiple processors.

# Melodica boom sampler instrument – A free Ableton Live Sampler instrument by boomstix.

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Haunted House Records Electronic Critters 2: Airwaves

Haunted House Records Electronic Critters 2: Airwaves

Haunted House Records has released Electronic Critters 2: Airwaves, a sample collection featuring processed sounds originally captured by a high end radio frequency scanner.

The sounds contains in Airwaves are ideal for all types of electronic music where you need to add some ambience, or just want some sample material to chop up into new loops. Airwaves also makes an ideal collection for foley edits in TV and film.

Electronic Critters 2: Airwaves features

  • All sounds supplied in 16 and 24bit 44Khz Wav files.
  • 277 sounds split into 63 groups.
  • Over 2gig of 24bit samples.
  • Over 1.3gig of 16bit samples.
  • Free demo pack from Electronic Critters 1.
  • Free Creature music promo album.

Electronic Critters 2: Airwaves is available for pre-order now for £19.99 plus shipping (regular price £24.99). All pre-orders will be shipped around mid November 2008.

A free sample set (10 samples, 32 MB) is available for download from the product page.

Visit Haunted House Records for more information.

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WLCI – an indie radio station for GTA IV

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Evan Merz wrote in to let me know about his latest videogame/music project, a compilation of unsigned indie rock designed for play in GTA IV.

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Over the last month Evan scoured the internet for indie rock by unsigned acts, that is perfect for Grand Theft Auto (GTA) games. He found an incredible wealth of talent, contacted about 50 bands good enough to be included, and eventually assembled a terrific indie rock radio station.

Evan writes:

First, lining up all the bands for the station was a painstaking process. I listened to hundreds of crappy bands and sent emails to about 50 bands who were good enough to be included. Of these, about half responded, and about half of those were eager to be included in this type of project. The funny thing is that I expected ‘worse’ bands to be more interested in being included, but it turned out to be just the opposite. Only the really good bands had their act together enough to recognize the opportunity for free publicity. So the resulting list is incredible. Every single one of these bands is worth listening to, and I honestly love every track here.

The WLCI station inlcudes songs by Triggers, The Rooftops, We Are The Fury, The Bombers, Annabel, Teeth of Mammals, The Libertines, Kingsfoil, The Turnbull ACs, Stem, The Vinyltones, Aaralyn, and Beware Fashionable Women.

WLCI even features a script with things like traffic updates using in-game locations and streets, just like the the regular radio stations.

The whole production runs for 60 minutes, and every track is hand-picked to be perfect for high-speed chases.

Visit ThisIsNotALabel.com for more information and a link to download the mp3.

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Short links for March 20th, 2008

Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on March 20th, 2008:

  • Guitar Hero: On Tour Interview
    Karthik Bala says:

    We figured that attaching a full-size guitar or even a mini-guitar would be too awkward to play on the road, hence the design of the more compact Guitar Grip, which gives you the tactile sense of the fret buttons, with the touch screen depicting the strings of the guitar (instead of a strum bar).

Guitar Hero: On Tour
Guitar Hero: On Tour – The Guitar Grip
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Native Instruments and Beatport release Beatport SYNC audio player (Win/Mac)

Native Instruments and Beatport have released Beatport SYNC, a powerful free audio player featuring basic DJ functions.

Based on the award-winning TRAKTOR 3 technology, this free software for Mac and PC lets you mix tracks like a DJ using the two virtual decks, a crossfader and auto beat sync function. Beatport SYNC offers powerful track management, access to DJ radio stations, plus an integrated Browser to instantly buy and download the latest tracks from the comprehensive Beatport Online Music Store.

Beatport/Native Instruments Beatport SYNC
Beatport SYNC interface (click image to enlarge)

Beatport SYNC features

  • Two playback decks with automatic crossfader.
  • Automatic tempo detection and automatic track sync.
  • Pitch faders for both decks and high-quality time stretching.
  • Powerful track browser inherited from Traktor.
  • Easy to use advanced meta data editing functionality.
  • Direct access to selected high quality dance music radio stations.
  • Archive or backup playlists and folders on external hard drives and CDs.
  • Integrated access to Beatport.com.
  • Super slim mini-view.
  • Professional audio-quality based on the high-end TRAKTOR 3 audio engine.
  • Direct access to files on external devices (e.g. iPod™, USB drive, etc.)
  • CD import (converted to Wav) including automatic import of artist name, album, titles, etc.

Beatport SYNC is available for Windows PC and Mac, and supports MP3, MP4, WAV, AIFF, Audio-CD, FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, non-DRM WMA and AAC formats.

Visit Native Instruments for more information and a link to download Beatport SYNC.

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Short links for September 23rd, 2007

Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on September 23rd, 2007:

  • visualsoftheworld.com – Longest page? Currently 24393.72 cm long, ready to scroll?
  • Braille Graffiti – An attempt to create a unique moment for a blind person who might happen across one of these bits of braille graffiti.
  • Firefly PCB – A small (around one watt) tube-based guitar amplifier using three inexpensive and readily available vacuum tubes. The entire amp can be built for less than $200.
  • Ovi – The door to Nokia’s internet services – Ovi will include the Nokia Music Store, Nokia Maps and N-Gage games.
  • Robotic Insect Takes Off – A life-size, robotic fly has taken flight at Harvard University. Weighing only 60 milligrams, with a wingspan of three centimeters, the tiny robot’s movements are modeled on those of a real fly.
  • Build an antique style crystal radio – A crystal radio, or crystal set as it is sometimes called, is a radio that only uses the power of the radio waves picked up by the antenna to generate the sound heard in the head phones.
  • The R2-D2 Wireless Web Camera – Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the original iconic Star Wars film.
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