Short links for July 31st, 2008

Studio Electronics Orion Galaxy

Some interesting things I found on July 31st, 2008:

# Omega Orion: analog synth as designed by Stanley Kubrick

Music Thing reports on the Orion Galaxy:

An Omega 8 – the $4,600, 38lb mother of all modern analog synths – in a great looking new skin.
Design is by boutique guitar amp builder Tim Caswell and someone called Antoine Argentieres.

More info on the Studio Electronics Orion Galaxy here.

# DJ Motion Capture – Made with the Vicon Motion Capture system housed in space 5, Culture Lab (Newcastle University, UK), the aim of the project was to magnify performance gestures to provide unique insights into how a DJ overcomes the fixity of recorded materials.

# Plastinkus DJ scratch pad – It’s a scratch pad the size of a credit card. Plastinkus produces sounds like a real disc. There is a wide variety of color combinations available.

# Gakken Analog Synthesizer SX-150 – Battery-powered, stylus driven fun.

RJ, a Japanese MAKE magazine reader, posted a guide to create a MIDI interface for the Gakken SX-150 a few weeks ago (even before it was released…). More info here: SX-150 synth MIDI mod

# Yahoo Music to offer refunds, what about MSN? – Yahoo Music is offering refunds to anyone who bought songs from the service. Is it time for MSN Music follow Yahoo's lead?

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Short links for July 29th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on July 29th, 2008:

DRM Inlet by ohskylab @ Flickr

# Yahoo Music to offer refunds, what about MSN? – CNET News reports that Yahoo Music is offering refunds to anyone who bought songs from the service.

Yahoo announced last week that it would no longer issue authorization keys for the digital rights management, or DRM, software on its songs. This meant that anyone who bought songs from the service would still be able to hear their songs through its service but would be unable to move them to other devices or computers.

So now Yahoo Music plans to issue refunds (did they really think they’d get away with ditching DRM without compensation?!). They’re also looking for a way to give the customer copies of the purchased songs in the DRM-free MP3 format.

# radiohead @ Google Code – Processing source code and Lidar scan data from House of Cards video, and CSV point cloud data of Thom Yorke singing "House of Cards".

# Electric Nomad by Luke Klinkenberg – The Electric Nomad is a standard sized electric guitar that features all the usual features, usability and playability of a normal electric guitar; however, it is designed so that it collapses in on itself down to an easy to carry size.

# Vacuum Tube Ring Modulator – Based on Eric Barbour’s designs, with a separate sine/square wave oscillator and an input jack on the front of the ring mod for input of any carrier signal.

# DIY MS-DOS Sequencer – A 286 PC with a 40 Mbyte harddisk running MS-DOS 6.22 with Cakewalk installed. It has a build in keyboard, 9" screen and a midi interface.

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