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Short links for September 22nd, 2008

Some interesting things I found recently:

Rhythm Ring by Brian Yung & Hanson Jiang

# Rhythm Ring: Interactive Rhythm Sequencer – The Rhythm Ring interactive rhythm sequencer is an engaging musical device that enables the user to create a plethora of rhythms and beat patterns with the touch of their own fingers.

Besides being fun to play with, the Rhythm Ring provides a tangible method of arranging a musical rhythm. In our design, the user can arrange beats and modify them in real time by moving steel ball bearings between holes—a physical representation of notes on a musical staff. The Rhythm Ring continuously loops up to three tracks, each with its own voice. A central ring of LEDs provide the user with live feedback for current "playhead" position, and bright LEDs pulse when a note is played due to a detected bearing. The three tracks allow the playback of three different percussion sounds: snare, hi-hat, and bass drum.

The Rhythm Ring is the ECE 476 Final Project by Brian Yung (bmy5) & Hanson Jiang (hcj4).

# Randy George Music – Randy George is a classical thereminist. The theremin, invented in 1919 by Russian physicist, Lev Sergeyevich Termen, is an electronic musical instrument, played entirely without physical contact. Randy aims to share the theremin with the world and restore its reputation as a serious musical instrument.

Randy is also part of this Daft Punk – Something About Us – Daft Loop Love performance.

Ableton Live looped cover of Something About Us by Daft Punk, performed on Nintendo DS Ubisoft Jam Sessions, Midi controlled software electric bass, drums, synth, vocoded vocals, and solo theremin, recorded in a single pass, with a single camera.

Check the YouTube video info for more details.

# MAKE: Blog: Sad news.. Mark Hoekstra of Geektechniques has passed away – more info (in Dutch) on the site.

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.

# – 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.
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.

Short links for June 16th, 2008

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

# A Towering Achievement of Indescribable Beauty – New album by Matthew Davidson (Stretta).

Escape Philosophy - A Towering Achievement of Indescribable Beauty

Matthew writes:

For the technically-minded, I used a MOTU Ultralite with the on-board pre-amps, a pair of Neumann KM184 mics, a Yamaha C3 grand piano, MaxMSP, monome 256 and Digital Performer running on a G5 iMac. There is only one preset on a piano. However, that didn’t stop the synthesist in me from attempting to simulate orchestration by processing elements to shape the sound into something ensemble-like. I used EQ, reverbs, delays, phase-vocoding, creative fading, reversed audio, etc… It isn’t processed to the extent of something like One of the Most Interesting Kinds of Sounds, but the uninitiated may think I sweetened with synthesizers. I didn’t. Just the piano.

You can download a free copy of ‘A Towering Achievement of Indescribable Beauty’ (38MB zip archive 128k MP3 files) from Matthew’s website. (Link via Synthtopia)

# Solar Theremin – With very few parts you can build a tiny solar powered theremin enclosed in an ALTOIDS
mint tin. So when the oil runs out, the ice caps melt and civilization crumbles
to dust, thanks to the Heliophone, we will still have electronic music :-)

# Korg nanoSeries puts laptop users in control – Korg's new nanoSeries devices are designed to meet the needs of artists who like to make music on the go but don't want to make any sacrifices in the control department.

# Near Future Laboratory » Scale – Guitar Hero bot with circuit schematics and PCB layout.

Short links for June 3rd, 2008

Some interesting things I found on June 3rd, 2008:

# AtomoSynth Abyssal – analog photo-noise-machine & oscillating-filter

AtomoSynths Abyssal

Abyssal features

  • One square and saw waveform VCO (voltage controlled oscillator) with a huge pitch range, from subsonic to ultrasonic sound controlled by a big photocell (pitch control) allowing to play it like a photo Theremin.
  • One square and triangle waveform LFO (low frequency oscillator), that can modulate the VCO for the vibrato effect creating arcade Atari-like sounds; and also can modulate the filter creating a resonant tremolo effect.
  • One white noise generator that modulates the frequency of the VCO.
  • Voltage controlled vactrol filter with the classical cut off and resonance controls that produces unique, weird effects, also capable to process external audio signals
  • 1/4 inch audio output, 1/4 inch Line Audio Input, 1 big photocell.
  • Red ultra bright LED tentacle (500mm) to provide light for the photo cell, very useful when playing it on a dark stage.
  • Packed in a clear acrylic case that shows all the handmade analog circuitry.
  • Powered directly from 110V or 220V AC.
  • Dimensions: 170 mm (W), 170 mm (D), 75mm (H. included rubber feet and knobs).

Looks pretty amazing! Check the website for some Abyssal sound demos.

# Mellotron Samples – Tons of samples from a 30 year old Mellotron M400S (serial #500). String Section, Combined Choir and GC3 Brass samples were recently added to the page.

# Den-kuri Master(den-kuri ver2) – Electro-shock stimulation interface, get MIDI-fied!

# Musicifying Data? Spam Rendered in MIDI – Peter Kirn wrote a simple program that checks his Gmail account using IMAP, then translates the time spam messages arrived into MIDI notes.

Short links for April 17th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on April 17th, 2008:

# TouchPad Midi – Started from a scavenged Cirque Glidepoint resistive touchpad (PS/2 compatible), 2×8 LCD (in 4 bit mode), two buttons and a serial Arduino board.

TouchPad Midi
TouchPad Midi – the Arduino code is available here

The buttons when pressed allow to set the Continuous Controller number by gliding the finger on the touchpad. Left for CC# linked to X and right for Y. The LCD displays the value sent in MIDI. Some custom characters where coded into the CGRAM in order to have a sort of bar graph. The first line is for X and the second for Y.

# Leon Berry’s Beast In The Basement – This organ was once used to accompany silent movies at the Lake Theater in Crystal Lake Illinois.

# Build a Pocket Theremin on the Cheap – Throw together this pint-sized light-sensitive Theremin for spooky sci-fi sound effects on the cheap.

# visual scratch :: turntablism visualized – Visual Scratch is a visualization system designed and implemented by Jesse Kriss.

# Eroktronix MidiTron – A MIDI to real-world interface designed to simplify the process of creating sensor and robotics based electronic art projects. It is easily user configurable and provides 20 terminals of digital and analog inputs and outputs in any combination.

# Hørselstest – Cool interactive hearing test. A few weeks I did a little test of my own with a frequency sweep on my dad’s cellphone. It’s scary to see what the years (and perhaps loud music) do to your ears. My uncle could only hear the sound almost 5 seconds after me and my wife heard it. Eeks!

# Super Genintari – This 4-in-1 Atari 2600/NES/Genesis/Super NES combo system actually began its life sometime circa early 2002, and at the time it only consisted of a Sega Genesis/32X and Super NES.

# Robot that listens then repeats drum beats made from lego NXT! – The program is written in NBC/NXC using BrickCC. A drum pattern is played by the user then after one second of silence the robot repeats the pattern played.

Short links for February 25th, 2008

Some interesting things I bookmarked on on February 25th, 2008:

Heartbeat MIDI Controller
Heartbeat MIDI Controller. Watch the YouTube video here.
  • Roland TR-505 modular – This Roland TR-505 project involved circuit bending the 505, recasing into an old mixer, and adding two synth circuits. The Remco sound effect generator was added, along with an Atari Punk console.
  • ABSOLUT MACHINES – Amazing robotic, web connected ping-pong tossing musical instrument, a large-scale electromechanical sculpture.
  • Blt Razendit » CamTheremin – CamTheremin is a freeware program simulating the instrument “theremin” with a webcamera. Touch the sensor lines (drawn into your webcam’s picture) to control pitch and volume of the generated sound.