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Short links for October 30th, 2009

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Robot playing Rockband on the iPhone

Joe Bowers combines light sensors, servos and Arduino to build a robot that plays Rock Band on his iPhone.

He writes:

Rock Band has been released on the iPhone, and even though its a lot of fun, I would rather have something play it for me. Preferably a robot!

# Waveformless: Free Sample Friday: Synthetic Kick Drums

Tom has another set of free samples: Here's 20 synthesized kicks created on the Virus, Microtonic, Reaktor, and Ultrabeat and processed with a Focusrite Liquid Mix. Enjoy!

Mark Mosher REBOOT

# Mark Mosher: REBOOT

Mark Mosher of the excellent Modulate This! blog has released REBOOT, a new album featuring some great electronic music.

Mark Mosher is an electronic music artist from Louisville Colorado just outside of Boulder. He is a BMI recording artist and composes and produces electronic music and sound completely in the digital realm using state-of-the-art virtual synthesizers and instruments within Ableton Live.

Two years in the making, REBOOT is an album containing 7 richly layered electronica songs that blend contemporary synthesizer sounds with classical music motifs. The end result is dark electronica for those who love synth "ear candy" with a “dirty” industrial edge.

While the songs on REBOOT stand alone as singles, the collection is an album in the true sense of the word. They share a common palette and when played in sequence conjure an epic and dynamic story for the listener.

Prior to the release of the album, the first three tracks were released as singles. "Midnight" and "Stealth" went to #1 and "They Walk Among Us" went to #2 on the electronica charts.

REBOOT is available to download at Bandcamp. The album is currently being offered using the “pay what you will” model. Although the suggested pricing is $6 for the 7 song album + digital booklet and $1 for singles, users can name their own price including specifying 0$ for free downloads. There are future plans to make the album available on iTunes and Amazon’s MP3 store.

# little-scale: RAM Music: The Audio Contortionist

Sebastian Tomczak writes:

I have started working on what I am calling "RAM Music" after my previous exploration of EPROM Music. In many ways, this is an extension of EPROM Music, as it shares many traits. In particular, this idea of manipulating digital sound directly, without the need for pre-programmed parts, or anything that computes (such as a microcontroller).

# Filter control via light blob tracking in Processing (YouTube)

Filter control via light blob tracking in Processing This video shows how I can set and control a filter's parameters via MIDI mapping, creating a control surface via a webcam and a torch. I realized a little Processing sketch that tracks the light blob I shot in front of webcam, normalizes X and Y coordinates to MIDI acceptable values, and then sends them to a filter effect in Ableton Live. I also realized the little control panel that allows to correctly make the MIDI mapping and set some blob detection's params. My toolkit: Processing MIDI

# Crazy Celebrity Quotes File: Ricardo Villalobos Trashes Ableton, Recalls “Purer” Digital

Peter Kirn writes:

It’s been a while since we had a celebrity saying things that didn’t really make sense. It’d be unfair to ask Ricardo Villalobos live up to some of the titans – Bob Dylan saying CDs have “no stature” and “have sound all over them,” and Elton’ John’s classic call to “tear down the Internet.” (Not to mention, in the end I think we wound up agreeing with them and turned Elton’s quote into a brand-new verb.) As with Elton John and Bob Dylan, I love and respect Villalobos’ work, no less so as he says things with which I disagree. But Ricardo Villalobos does get special credit for claiming in a recent Resident Advisor interview, among other things, that what has really hurt sound quality today is the lack of cheap drum machines from the 80s, because they were analog. Or they weren’t, but it was as if they were. Or something. (If you think this might earn some ire from Ableton loyalists, you’re right.)

Are old digital drum machines better than your Ableton Live?


# Getting Outside “The Box” – Hybrid Recording And Mixing

Jon @ Audio Geek Zine writes:

Plugins are great, they’re very close to the real hardware counterparts, sometimes better. I don’t want to debate that. This article is all about options for getting electrons flowing through gear to get better mixes.

There are very few (if any) professional mixing engineers that work 100% ITB (in the box), at some point you’ll need to get outside.

Short links for September 23rd, 2009

Percussa DeckaBridge

Some interesting things I found recently:

# AudioCubes DeckaBridge

Percussa’s AudioCubes meets Deckadance in DeckaBridge, a software designed with the digital DJ in mind.

Deckabridge is a software application developed specifically for the Percussa AudioCubes hardware. It lets you use the AudioCubes with Deckadance, well known professional DJ software from Image-Line, the company that created FL Studio.

DeckaBridge allow you to:

  • Control the transport (CUE, seek fwd / backw)
  • Control EQ and effect sections (bit crusher, lowpass filter, …)
  • Control loop length and enable/disable
  • Control various parts of the relooper beat slicer (a unique feature in DJ software!)

Download DeckaBridge here.

# little-scale: 3 Sega Sample Kits for BeatMaker (iPhone)
Sebastian Tomczak has a few free Sega kits for BeatMaker.

Today I picked up the brilliant application BeatMaker for iPhone and iPod Touch. It is a great combination of a simple interface with enough flexibility to do some interesting things with it.

Here are three Sega kits for BeatMaker:

• YM2413 Drums (recorded from a Sega Master System 1)
• YM2612 (recorded from a Sega Mega Drive 2)
• SN76489 (recorded from a Sega Master System 2)

# Arduino playground – Un looper pour guitare électrique (French)

Arduin based Guitar Looper

Arduino based Guitar Looper:

Here's how to make a little pedal for electric guitar. The idea is to connect the Arduino pedals, and using software to control sound processing, we made ourselves with Pure Data. Here I show you an example of a looper, but it can also be a rack of effects without problem.

# Going the Extra Mile for Unique Timbres: Part 2

Nick Maxwell takes a look at some more sound-shaping tools that will aid you in your quest to develop unique timbres.

Continuing the series of posts I began last week, let’s take a look at some more sound-shaping tools that will aid us in our quest to develop unique timbres. As usual, I’ll be using Ableton Live to illustrate when needed.

Jakob Penca iloveacid

# Wild Musical Inventions from Berlin Hackday

Peter Kirn writes:

The Berlin Hack Day, which wound up earlier today, offers still more projects focused on the creation side of music hacking. Having Ableton and Native Instruments as sponsors likely helped the mood. And as you’d expect from one of the world capitals of creative hacking, Berliners don’t disappoint.

Among the projects: a beautiful, elegant 3D sequencer, a fun bird-and-sky multitouch soundmaker with multitouch trackpad input, and a robotic xylophone controlled by monome. Someone even worked out a way to turn NI’s Maschine into a rhythm game, complete with Street Fighter sounds.

Short links for September 15th, 2009

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# Thingamaplush Robot

Instructables user jeff-o writes:

Inspired by Bleep Labs' Thingamakit and Thingamagoop synthesizer noise maker creations, I set about making a plush version for my two-year-old daughter. My goal was to create something that was safer and easier to use for her, while remaining just as fun and quirky as the original Thingama' synths.

# Pro Tools Minus the Hardware? Mackie Says New Mixers Support M-Powered; Q&A

Mackie Onyx-i to support M-Powered Pro Tools

When you want to use Pro Tools software you need Pro Tools hardware, right? Well, it seems Mackie’s new Onyx-i mixer series is going to break with tradition.

Peter Kirn has some details:

Without the cooperation of Avid, Mackie says they have managed to get their Onyx-i mixer line working with Pro Tools, and they’ll even “certify” compatibility. At the end of July, a number of audio sites (including Mix and Sonic State, but not CDM) received a package with one of Mackie’s new mixers, a video, and a copy of Pro Tools M-Powered. The message: a “secret” driver provided compatibility between Mackie’s mixer-audio interface package and Pro Tools.

Short links for April 14th, 2009

Some interesting things I found recently:

Tweet A Sound

# Tweet A Sound

Tweet A Sound is a desktop application that uses Twitter as a platform for sharing sonic tweets. Pushing the idea of “social sound design”, Tweet A Sound allows you to design a sound and share it in a community of like-minded folks. It is an opportunity for fun interaction with sound.

The sound engine is based on FM Synthesis and has a waveshaper, a delay, feedback and a flanger. You can get a ton of interesting sounds out of these.

Tweet A Sound was built in Max/MSP and is available for download for Mac. A Windows version should be out soon.

# Nine Inch Nails : access

Free app for iPhone/iTouch now available.

  • Exchange messages and photos with other NIN fans in your neighborhood and around the world.
  • Access NIN news, photos, custom wallpapers, and your inbox.

Download here.

Kacie Kinzer Tweenbots

# tweenbots | kacie kinzer

Kacie Kinzer built some cute robots, set them loose in NYC, and documented the willingness of people to help the bots find their way.

Tweenbots are human-dependent robots that navigate the city with the help of pedestrians they encounter. Rolling at a constant speed, in a straight line, Tweenbots have a destination displayed on a flag, and rely on people they meet to read this flag and to aim them in the right direction to reach their goal.

The new bots look too cute!

Short links for June 5th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on June 5th, 2008:

# CellularRecombomat: patch-bay circuit bent cellular automata video synth


Tom Koch aka Univac writes:

My main idea with this gadget was to have optical control over the three main basic cellular automata (CA) controls (which are controlled by the pots on the right side, from the top): algorithm (the algorithm used to generate the type of cell which also controls what tone is generated based on the object created), width across the grid, and speed of cellular generation, each line generated one at a time from top to bottom.


# Drum Master – DIY Electronic Drum Brain – The Drum Master system is actually comprised of two parts:

  1. The hardware brain module (containing the Arduino microcontroller and a collection of circuits to assist in obtaining the sensor information) is called the Drum Master. This is connected via USB (technically, a virtual serial port over USB) to a computer,
  2. which is running the Drum Slave software, written in Python.

When a sensor is hit, the Drum Master converts the signal to a digital value, and sends this value (and the port on which the sensor was detected) over the serial port. The Drum Slave program listens for this, and plays the corresponding audio sample.


# Underwater Microphone (Hydrophone) – Construct a inexpensive hydrophone out of things laying around your house.

action_owl writes:

I decided to put up this instructable because (to my surprise) no one has a hydrophone instructable up yet. I made mine using a mixture of other people’s hydrophone creations that I found through a google search and a bit of ingenuity.


# Circuit Bent | Modified Fab Echo – Unlocking the Fab Echo’s delay potential. Add a Delay Rate knob (speed of repeats), increase the mix knob to full wetness, and to give it full feedback (which literally makes it feedback). Modded LFO’s to the delay circuit that cause strange swirly sounds, and pitch bending weirdness.


DIY guitar effects pedal parts

# Create Your Own Guitar Effects Pedal – This is a general instructable about how to build your own pedal clones.

It’s not hard to do, just take care that you read up on some info beforehand. There’s numerous schematics and layouts on tonepad.

If it’s the first build you’re doing it’s best to start with the easier stuff, like a simple fuzz or overdrive.


# Review: Percussa AudioCubes

David Battino writes:

At present, AudioCubes shine as a cool-looking device for experimentation and live performance. Only you can say whether that novelty justifies the boutique price; the results will depend on your creativity.


# Isidore, the modular robot with CV lights – "My friend Louis shot this video while I was testing the voltage controlled lights with some 16 steps sequence MIDI running in cubase, then converted to CV by Doepfer MCV24. All sounds by Doepfer A100 modular synth."


# How to Deal with MIDI Clock Signals in Arduino – Sebastian Tomczak shares some generic Arduino skeleton code that could be used to synchronise many different types of things to MIDI clock (and therefore ProTools, Ableton Live etc — any type of host sequencer).

Short links for May 21st, 2008

Some interesting things I found on May 21st, 2008:

# Hands-on: AudioCubes as Alternative Controller for Music and Visuals – Peter Nyboer, an A/V performer, Max/MSP guru, and developer for Livid, spent some time and gives us a look inside his brain as he works out what potential the cubes might have.

Percussa AudioCubes
Percussa AudioCubes are capable of generating and processing audio and MIDI information.

# Build a Talk box inside a Toilet Plunger – With a soldering iron, a pair of computer speakers, and some plumbing equipment (including a Toilet Plunger). You can build a pretty good Talk Box (a talk box is what artists like Daft Punk use to get that Robot Voice Effect on songs like Around the World

# Apple NesRemote – Agurri turns an old NES controller in to an Apple Remote.

# Building a simple electric bass – Flickr set of Peter le Roux homemade 2 string fretless bass guitar.

# Kits : MIDIATOR : PS2 to MIDI Converter – This converts a PS2 controller into a MIDI controller. The current firmware supports remapping of the buttons to different notes or controllers.

# MIDI Controlled Sega Master System Gameplay – A device that electronically manipulates the controller port pins of the Sega Master System so that the console detects presses and depresses of buttons based on MIDI note events. Both controller ports are supported.


# The Electronic Peasant’s SynthCase Page – A patchable voltage-controlled analogue synthesizer. This project used recycled parts whenever possible.

This included approximately 70% of the capacitors, 60% of the switches, 50% of the integrated circuits, 90% of the connectors, and all of the power supplies, regulators, wire, enclosures, and the small hardware such as screws, bolts, washers, etc.

# Video: Honda’s Asimo Robot Conducts Detroit Symphony Orchestra – Honda recently dispatched its miniature humanoid robot Asimo to Detroit, where it conducted the Detroit Symphony. We've been looking forward to checking out video from the show ever since we heard about this, and now the videos are starting to surface.

# More iPhone: A TR-909 Clone, and Dreaming of Ableton – IR-909 is a drum machine for the iPhone inspired by the Roland TR-909. IR-909 features a 16-step sequencer, 4 patterns, 8 different drum sounds and the ability to adjust tempo(BPM) and shuffle amount.

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.


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

Short links for May 6th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on May 6th, 2008:

# Jazz trash robot is an experimental sound-producing entity made from recycled electro-mechanical components. It is a collection of mechanical sequencers and timers, that can be connected together with various experimental instruments we have made or altered. Our instruments are build in an experimental manner, so they are quite unexpectable as themselves, but connecting them all through the robot gives them exponential possibilities for randomness and unexpectancy.

Jazz trash robot
Jazz trash robot, check the Flickr set for more images

The main idea is, that connecting a vast number of experimental instruments together in an experimental manner the instruments will produce a very complex and interesting soundscape. We can pretune the instruments so we can affect the direction of the end-result, but we can not fully control it.

In this project the Jazz Trash robot is the artist and the crew is working as technicians maintaining it. The robot can perform solo, we can leave some user interfaces open for the audience to jam with our robot, or we can perform together with the robot as one of our bandmembers.

# Random Music Box – a PIC-based organ that plays random chord progressions.

# Chiptune Music Theft Continues; Crystal Castles Abuses Creative Commons License
I'm pro sampling (and yes there are some grey areas) but I think it's fairly obvious when people take these things too far and go from taking inspiration to plain theft of songs. Not cool.

nine inch nails: the slip

# nine inch nails: the slip – NiN’s latest album is available for free.

Trent Reznor writes:

thank you for your continued and loyal support over the years – this one's on me.

The music is available in a variety of formats including high-quality MP3, FLAC or M4A lossless at CD quality and even higher-than-CD quality 24/96 WAVE. A .pdf with artwork and credits is included in the download. (CD and vinyl should be available in July).

# Pixels Go Mad – The Celebration Of Pixel Art – Over 50 excelent pixel art designs — illustrations, paintings and posters.

# Curious Inventor Kits : Voice of Saturn Sequencer – a 10 step analog sequencer, which basically steps through 10 different voltage levels that are set by the black knobs.