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Diego Stocco’s Duet for Leaves & Turntable

Diego Stocco posted Duet for Leaves & Turntable, another brilliant demonstration of the beauty of music made with everyday objects.

Recently I bought a turntable to use it for an experiment, but that didn’t turn out as I was expecting. Then, I noticed the equally spaced ridges on the plate and got an idea for something else.

For about an hour I recorded short musical phrases by rubbing leaves against the turntable (the type of leaf, angle, pressure and fold determined the sound), then I combined the different takes together. Every element comes from those recordings, including the bass, kick and snare sounds (shaped with EQ, compression and resonators).

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Diego Stocco’s Custom Built Orchestra

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Diego Stocco has presented his Custom Built Orchestra, a project in which he created a an orchestra of handcrafted, unique instruments, and performed each part of a composition written by Diego himself.

I always been fascinated by the raw musical power that an orchestra can express, so, after creating a series of videos where I’m performing a multi-track piece with an instrument I designed, I decided to take the concept a step farther and create my own orchestra made of unusually unique instruments.

The project started by handcrafting a diverse selection of instruments, then I wrote a composition where I could fit them all in and finally performed each part. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I enjoyed doing it!

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Hooktheory analyzes chords of 1,300 songs

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Hooktheory chord analysis

Hooktheory, a resource for learning how to write songs and understand music, has posted an interesting analysis of chords used in 1,300 popular songs.

In this article, we’ll look at the statistics gathered from 1300 choruses, verses, etc. of popular songs to discover the answer to a few basic questions.

First we’ll look at the relative popularity of different chords based on the frequency that they appear in the chord progressions of popular music. Then we’ll begin to look at the relationship that different chords have with one another. For example, if a chord is found in a song, what can we say about the probability for what the next chord will be that comes after it?

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Bandcontroller musical game for Chrome

Plan8 and 14islands have launched Bandcontroller, an experimental audio game for the Chrome browser.


Control music and sound in Google Chrome, using your iPhone as a game controller.

This is a demo showing our little Chrome Experiment with Web Audio API, Googles fantastic Audio API for the Chrome browser. It lets you do stuff you couldn´t do before in a browser. It takes shape as a little game, where you control certain aspects of a song using your iphone as a control unit. Very handy for doing synth solos.

More information: Bandcontroller

Short links for December 27th, 2011

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Spotify Apps are here!

Now there’s even more to discover thanks to free Spotify Apps. In a nutshell, apps bring you new and exciting music experiences built around your music tastes. Intrigued? Then say hello to Spotify Apps.

# tj voicenoise kit

Thomekk aka Thomas Kallweit has posted a free sample pack with recordings of himself and his son.

The tj_voicenoise-kit is a sampleset with shorter or longer human voices with wave-files in 16Bit format (slightly processed through a compressor) for Battery 3.1 (+) and Kontakt 3.5 (+).
If you want to use the samples in another drum-sampler please use the wav-files inside the Voicenoise-Samples folder.

Have fun being creative merry christmas and a hippie new year!

Jonas the Plugexpert - Los

# Los by Jonas The Plug Expert

Upitup Records has released a free compilation album with tracks by Jonas The Plugexpert, winner of the first rekkerd sample remix contest back in 2008. Poekie, Jonas’ entry for the 2011 Moving contest, is also included on this album.

50:00 minutes of quality rythms, covering the whole range of BPMs.
This is Jonas’s long awaited third release and second full lenght album for Upitup.

Jonas The Plugexpert is a very prolific artist with more than 10 albums to date and a very distinctive sound. He has been part of Upitup since the early beginning and we are really proud to release this quality album.

Includes tracks like Yannis, Blij, Poekie and the epic ending combo Ragg2 and Jah Is For You, that are already big classic anthems at the Upitup Headquarters!

# Mindmap of DIVA Anatomy

Mark Mosher has created a visual mindmap for the various modules of u-he’s DIVA software synthesizer.

I created a mindmap showing the anatomy of the oscillators, filters and envelopes in relationship to the model template.

u-he DIVA mindmap by Mark Mosher

Jason Derulo ‘It Girl’ remixed on iPads

Ben Lindell wrote in to share about the remix video of Jason Derulo’s ‘It Girl’ that he did with East Midwest Music partner Doug Larsen.

All the instruments we used on the song were from our iPads, some of the synths in there can make some seriously cool sounds, especially the Moog Animoog, I wish we had a DAW plugin version of that!

More info at East Midwest Music

Shiverware Rainboard DIY Isomorphic Keyboard

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Brett Park of Shiverware wrote to share news about Rainboard, a DIY dynamic isomorphic keyboard.

The Rainboard is a 61 button isomorphic keyboard. Each button contains a RGB led in order to light up the button. A midi value is also mapped to each button. The colours and midi values of the buttons are set from an external source (currently the Musix iOS application, but could easily be set by any serial midi device) using sysex messages. This allows the layout to be change very rapidly. All that needs to be done is to use Musix to select the desired layout on screen and push a button to send the data to the Rainboard. The Rainboard then sets all the LEDs and midi values then stores these values in EEPROM to save settings across resets so the external device is not needed after the desired layout is set.

When buttons are pressed the note values are sent to an onboard midi instrument shield in order to produce sound via a 1/8 inch audio jack. As well, the midi values are sent to Musix (with note identifier values rather than midi values). This allows Musix to know exactly which button was pressed if multiple notes of the same midi value are present on the board. Musix can then use it’s built in synthesizer to play the music or it can send the data on to other iOS apps to synthesize the audio (such as NLogSynth, Arctic Keys, or SampleWiz).

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Diego Stocco – Music From A Dry Cleaner

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Music sound designer, composer and performer Diego Stocco has posted another video demonstrating you can make some lovely music using non-traditional sound sources.

Almost everyday, on my way to a local bakery, I walk in front of a dry cleaners.
When they have the front door open, I hear a lot of interesting sounds coming from their work equipment. Eventually, the different mechanical and steam sounds sparked something in my mind, so one day I asked the owners if I could record a piece of music by using their machines as musical instruments.

I used a puff iron, press and dry cleaning machines, a washer, clothes hangers, and a bucket full of soap.
The bass and lead sounds were created from the buzzing tones coming from the conduits and engines.
There are no additional sounds from any traditional or electronic instruments. Enjoy!

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