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Short links for June 9th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on June 9th, 2008:

Intua BeatMaker

# Intua BeatMaker

The first music creation studio for the iPhone and iPod Touch

BeatMaker introduces a new generation of mobile instruments and music creation software. Inspired by hardware beatboxes, loop samplers and software sequencers, it combines them to turn the iPod into a unique, inspirational software instrument.

# Playing the Building | An Installation by David Byrne – a 9,000-square-foot, interactive, site-specific installation by renowned artist David Byrne. The artist transforms the interior of the landmark Battery Maritime Building in Lower Manhattan into a massive sound sculpture that all visitors are invited to sit and “play.”

# Radiohead Nude remix on Sinclair ZX Spectrum – A remix of Radiohead's Nude played by a Sinclair ZX Spectrum computer, Epson dot matrix printer, HP Scanjet scanner, and an array of hard drives.

# Roland TB-303 # Roland TR-808 # Roland TR-909 – Pattern Library – Erik Zimmermann's "very happy" acid website

# Nine Inch Nails – New band, new tour sampler – I am proud to announce the final personnel lineup of nine inch nails for the foreseeable future. We’ve added, we’ve subtracted and we’ve wound up with unquestionably the strongest lineup I’ve EVER had.

# Music Thing: Chimera BC16 mini synth review – Tom Whitwell shares what he's thinking after a week with the Chimera BC16.

# A short review of the Tascam DR-1 – Brad Linder's friend and colleague Eugene Sonn recently purchased a Tascam DR-1 handheld digital audio recorder. He wanted to put it through the paces before deciding whether this low-cost recorder was a keeper.

# The Gerbil’s Revenge – Sasha Frere-Jones on Auto-Tune

Sacha writes:

No one has used Auto-Tune’s zero speed setting more consistently and successfully than the R. & B. singer T-Pain. Born Faheem Najm, in Tallahassee, he has become such a common guest on pop records that in a single week last year he was featured on four singles in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, including the No. 1 song, Chris Brown’s “Kiss Kiss.” In the same way that the dry, flat drum sounds in Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” will forever say “mid-seventies,” T-Pain and Auto-Tune will forever remind people of the late aughts.

Short links for May 16th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on May 16th, 2008:

# Speaker Synth – A five-speaker array with no external audio input, created by Lesley Flanigan. The only components in the system are the instrument's speakers, piezoelectric microphones, amplifying circuits, and the hands of the performer.

Lesley Flanigan Speaker Synth
Lesley Flanigan with Speaker Synth in performance at Monkey Town, New York City, January 2008

From the project page:

Speaker Synth is played by positioning individual piezo microphones with their corresponding speakers and manipulating their associated on/off and volume controls to induce a variation of feedback effects. During the performance, samples from both Speaker Synth and a vocalist are captured and sequenced to build a dense sonic pallet of rhythms and melodies. The performance explores music making through structuring noise, highlighting relationships between analog and digital sound synthesis and between human voice and the voice of an instrument.

Check Lesley’s website for audio and video performances and more cool projects.

# Tonefloat – A bit of a mutant mobile milkbottle xylophone. Each bottle has a small electrical hammer behind it, which is 'played' by a midi keyboard or drum machine, and a few strings of wire 'n chips.

# Plague Bearer – designed to infect, corrupt and pervert a signal beyond recognition. It contains four Voltage-Controlled Resonant Bandpass filters that were designed with the goals of maximum signal alteration and maximum parameter controllability.

# Steppers – Steppers were designed to get kids up on their feet, moving, and playing with sound and music. An external sensor sandal is worn over a child’s shoes, noting each footstep, and, in real time, playing back sound effects/music to compliment their movement.

# MIDI Glockenspiel – Using an Arduino make a computer controller MIDI Glockenspiel.

# Mozart from Scrap-Made Mechanical Glockenspiel – A weight-driven automatic glockenspiel made from assorted recovered materials.

# Toriton plus prototype: first look – A more complex version of the Toriton musical instrument. It involves using five lasers instead of just the one.

Zero-G releases 5 new titles in SoundSense Series

Zero-G has released 5 new titles in the SoundSense Series sample libraries.

SoundSense Series

New SoundSense products

Street Beatz contains 1 Gb of brand new professional NYC hiphop at a bargain price. Full of Earth Shaking Beats, Dope Grooves, Cool Vibes and Full Phat Construction Kits from the streets of NYC.

LA Drums for Songwriters – Top LA session player, engineer and programmer Jeremy Janeczko who has toured with many top stars including Sheryl Crow, Cypress Hill, The Eagles, Alanis Morissette and Michael Jackson brings you this great collection of acoustic drumloops for use in all genres of music.

Grime Scene contains 500Mb of essential loops, growling basses, raw beats, and big clash sounds and a generous portion of grimey strings, percussion and atmospheres incorporating Ragga, Grime, Reggae, Dubstep and many other influences into this library that will burn up any urban production.

Old Skool House – Classic house for use in tomorrow’s dance tunes! Our Top House producers bring you this fantastic collection of old skool house samples from the era that spawned classic house and was the catalyst that sparked the massive movement that is electronic dance music. Folders packed full of construction kits, beats, basses, pianos, organs, percussion loops, drum kits, stabs, riffs and more.

Elektroytic is the second sample library by Ian Boddy in the Zero-G SoundSense series. Best known for his love of all things analogue and his weird and wonderful atmospheres he has taken this sense of exploration and discovery into the realms of beats & loops. But these aren’t “normal” rhythms rather they are beats that have been twisted and mangled using a huge arsenal of cutting edge digital techniques. The resultant loops and one-shots provide a unique library of sonic inspiration for beat driven music especially dance music.

Each of these SoundSense Series products is available for a recommended retail price of $59.95 / 49 EUR / £29.95 GBP.

Visit Zero-G for more information and audio demos.

Short links for May 5th, 2008

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

# Tape Delay Machine – The tape (which moves counter-clockwise) travels through the left player (Realistic) where it's internal microphone records sound, and then travels to the Memorex which plays back the sound about 3 seconds later.

Tape Delay Machine
Realistic Stereo Mate and Memorex XB

A single tape loop runs through two modified cassettes (each which have had one of their left or right sides removed). The players themselves have had there walls (the two in the center, respectively) filed down, so the tape runs fluently.

# Little Helpers – motion sensitive mechanical oscillators – Bodies moving through a space trigger motors, sounding whatever object they are attached to.

# terminatorX – A realtime audio synthesizer that allows you to "scratch" on digitally sampled audio data (*.wav, *.au, .ogg, *.mp3, etc.) the way hiphop-DJs scratch on vinyl records.

# Metronome Synchronization – Synchronization of 5 coupled metronomes using tin cans in Lancaster University.

# Noise Theorem Sound Library – Collection of samples from classic drum machines and synths.

Short links for April 25th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on April 25th, 2008:

# KlangStufen – „KlangStufen“ is an experiment to show, how much information you can get from the sound of a city. You can experience the urban space auditivly by mounting the different height levels of a city, which would not be possible in the real space at all. You should concentrate completely on the sounds, the visual remains in the background.

KlangStufen (Sound Steps) installation by Christiane Keller

A stair makes the different height levels conceivable to the user. The single steps correspond to the different height levels. So we can use the existing architecture to experience the urban space and to get information about it. The user selects his point of view in the city on a map projected on the wall. Now from this point you move along the y-axis upwards or downwards, depending on which step one is standing.

# Audio Ping Pong – Mike McCracken has a fun little project using an arduino, headphones and an accellerometer.

# Kids Be Gone – Mosquito Device – Are gatherings of teenagers and young adults affecting your business and your profits?
The Mosquito ultrasonic teenage deterrent is the solution to the eternal problem of unwanted gatherings of youths and teenagers in shopping malls and around shops.

# Tristram Cary, Tape Music Pioneer, VCS3 Designer, Composer, Dies – Tristram is credited by some as the father of tape music, originating tape music techniques in World War II. He’s notorious to the general public and sci fi fans as the composer of the music for the Daleks in Doctor Who.

# Puzzlemation – A Dynamic Tiled Display – Puzzlemation divides the digital display into pixels you're free to pick up and re-arrange. It can be used to create things as diverse as modular animated signs, to a uniquely challenging dynamic puzzle.

# LoFi Looping Tape Machine – xelent modified a bedside table alarm clock with a tape recorder into a lofi loop recorder.

Short links for April 11th, 2008

Some interesting things I bookmarked on on April 11th, 2008:

# Brockenspiel in action – Brock Craft's Brockenspiel reads the magnetic strip on credit cards and swipe access cards, zips them through an Arduino board and triggers solenoids which bash the chimes.

Left: working on the Arduino, right: the actual Brockenspiel

# pe lang + zimoun : untitled sound objects – The “Untitled Sound Objects” by Pe Lang and Zimoun creates acoustic architecture from organic objects and forms connected up to motors and gears. The duo began as laptop performers but were offput by the lack of physicality so they investigated how to create physical instruments that react to their immediate environment and each other.

# Black Flag Hair: A Timeline – Nice illustration of Black Flag's hairstyles from 1976 to 1986.

# little-scale: Arduino Beats – Sebastian Tomczak is working on a sample-based drum machine for the Arduino. At the moment, bars and patterns have to be programmed into the code manually, but he's looking to adding a small and simple physical interface for real-time pattern sequencing.

# Ten Thousand Cents – Behind the scenes of a mechanical turk project: 10,000 people drawing a small piece of a 100 dollar bill.

Short links for April 8th, 2008

Some interesting things I bookmarked on on April 8th, 2008:

  • GrooveStep Digital Music Studio – GrooveStep Digital Music Studio is a revolutionary ultra portable music making application for the Nintendo DS. GrooveStep features an easy to use step sequencer for pattern based music making. You can make beats, melodies and full songs with GrooveStep.
GrooveStep Pattern Editor
The Pattern Editor interface. More info on GrooveStep @ CDM
  • Complex VCO – With this module I wanted to break away from the "standard" synth oscillator, which tends to produce the albeit classic, but also clichéed analog synth sound.
  • The 2 mile Quadruplex – Video bending and noise films. The 2 mile Quadruplex is a new film organisation that is pro-magnetism and anti-narrative.
  • How to Set Up in a Club – Ean Golden writes:

    For the past 5 years I have setup my laptop, sound card and midi gear in hundreds upon hundreds of clubs around the world. From a traditional Tico dance hall in Costa Rica to techno clubs in Berlin, there was always a way to make it work. Here are a few helpful things I have learned upon the way.

  • genoQs Machines – Nemo – realtime everything MIDI – Nemo is a high-end MIDI step sequencer, adding portability to the highly acclaimed functionality and user friendliness of Octopus. It is in many ways an Octopus in disguise, and one that feels equally well in a backpack or on your lap!
  • Music Thing: 25 great music-making tips from musicians – "What's the best piece of advice about making music that you've ever heard?" Within the 1,100+ responses are hundreds of great tips – some old, some new, some obvious, some arcane.
  • SynthDIY – a "collective Link BLOG" full of music synthesizer schematics, links and project ideas.
  • Barcode Beats (Concept) – Barcode Beats is a system that converts barcodes into music through an interpretation of the numbers on the barcodes.
  • My hard drive is experiencing some strange noises – Gregory Chatonsky hooked up some sensors to his broken hard drive and recorded the sounds it makes.
  • Beautiful Handwriting, Lettering and Calligraphy – Excellent examples of beautiful handwriting, creative lettering and professional calligraphy. It’s really amazing to see what one can create out of simple letters drawn with a pencil on a small piece of paper.
  • STECKBOX – A simple, universal patchmatrix with 64 crosspoints. Eight inputs and outputs are connected through attentuators, light sensors, buttons or simple shorting jacks… either directly, variable, controllable or not at all.

Short links for March 19th, 2008

Some interesting things I bookmarked on on March 19th, 2008:

  • The Sound of Touch – Instrument for real-time capture and sensitive physical stimulation of sound samples using digital convolution. Our hand-held wand can be used to record sound and then playback the recording by brushing, scraping, striking or otherwise physically manipulating the wand against physical objects. During playback, the recorded sound is continuously filtered by the acoustic interaction of the wand and the material being touched.
The Sound of Touch
A texture kit allows for convenient acoustic exploration of a range of materials.