Raspberry Pi, Your Next $25 Computer Synth? First Hacks Appearing

Apple may have started the conversation about the “post-PC” age. But part of what this means is that a “computer” doesn’t necessarily have to be something costing hundreds of dollars, in a conventional desktop or laptop form factor. It could look more like the Raspberry Pi, at US$25 and squeezed into a tin of mints. Suddenly, all those years of music software development are liberated from the big, pricey boxes on which we’ve run them all these years. The Raspberry Pi Synthesizer blog documents a project dedicated to this particular device, with a clever UI and yes, even polyphony. There’s …

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Helix, A Digital Turntable Proposal, in a Visual, Touchable Circle [Kickstarter]

The basic idea of the turntable, its round rendering of sound as a physical object, still attracts fascination. But is there a way to truly make the same metaphor fit digital media? Peter Adany is the latest to try, with a design proposal and mock-up he’s trying to fund for iPad (and Mac and Windows) via Kickstarter. What makes his proposal compelling, like some of the best concepts in this field, is that the results are visual and sensitive to movement. It’s a design that stays true to the geometry and physics of the record that inspired it – rather …

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Lauflicht 2 is One Tricked-Out Step Sequencer for Launchpad, Renoise

Late at night, you may hear them, a distant tapping of fingertips against pads and keys. They are the hackers, geeking away the late hours to make insanely-sophisticated custom musical contraptions, engineering some new forms of dance music or other electronic pattern. Thilo Geertzen is the latest, back with an even more pumped-up edition of the step-sequencer-on-stereoids that is Lauflicht. Sure, big hardware vendors are hard at work on hardware/software integration, but this is the DIYer’s answer. It’s a plug-in that combines Renoise’s powerful tracker-derived music construction features with Novation’s popular, now affordable-as-ever Launchpad. It’s bio-directional, fully integrated with the …

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Not Just Projection Mapping: MadMapper Maps LED and Lights, Too [Updates; Beta]

You’re going to hear this a lot: “mapping” is more than just “projection mapping.” It’s the liberation of the digital image from screens and cinema-style rectangles, the ability to merge that imagery with any surface or lighting. That’s the idea – then, hand in hand with the idea, there are the tools. Tools both reflect and drive the art of immersive visuals. MadMapper is neither the first nor the only mapping tool, but it has led the way to these techniques for a great many artists. A new beta release out in the last few days has some technology that …

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An Amazing Free Touch Controller for Ableton Live; How Touch is Coming Your Way

Ableton Live has a number of robust touch solutions, but a creation from Graham Comerford called Yeco takes things to another level. It’s finally a Live touch controller that provides full views of clips, unlimited parameter controls, and extras like drum pads. There are even undo and redo shortcuts. The cost: free, downloadable now. It’s presently Windows-only (both 32-bit and 64-bit versions), but a Mac version is coming early September. The implementation is really elaborate and beautiful, giving you a much wider set of functionality than existing iPad apps and the like, which tend to focus on basic clip launching, …

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Tibersynth Makes Crazy Sounds in Your Browser, Free

Lovers of experimental sound are finding a new canvas in the Web Browser, thanks to evolving work on standard audio tools. Cory O’Brien sends us his creation: “a real-time vector synth.” The result: crazy sounds. You’ll need Chrome, Chromium, or Safari 6 to try it out, but it’s quite a lot of fun. I especially like the percussive sounds I get just clicking spots. And it’s worth some different tries – and hitting the ‘R’ key to randomize – if at first you don’t like what you hear. The deeper significance: you’re going to be seeing more things like this. …

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In Films on French Pd Event, a Reminder: You Can Always Make Your Own Tools for Music

Pure [creative] Data / Stereolux Nantes (29-30 mars 2012) from stereolux on Vimeo. A personal note from this editor: I like to start my weekend with a bit of inspiration, so it seems good habit to leave you with the same. Looking through my story inbox, I almost posted a studio video of an artist who will at this moment go unnamed. (He or she may make an appearance when the time is right.) But, while I adore gear and a healthy tingle of gear lust now and then, something today felt wrong. Yes, of course, this artist has a …

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Decoding Secret Imagery from Toronto’s CN Tower, Slit-Scan Style

Cities around the world are populated with grand television towers, but Toronto has one with a twist: the colored patterns of LEDs along its shaft are very often thin-sliced imagery. It’s a convergence of lighting and motion imagery that’s too get to pass up on this site. The Torontoist blog turns to visual effects designer / compositor Avi Salem to “decode” that imagery. He tells them in an email: Since [each image pans] across the elevator shaft revealing a sliver of itself, all I had to do was do the opposite. Using compositing software, I created a slit scan effect …

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Decoding Secret Imagery from Toronto's CN Tower, Slit-Scan Style

Cities around the world are populated with grand television towers, but Toronto has one with a twist: the colored patterns of LEDs along its shaft are very often thin-sliced imagery. It’s a convergence of lighting and motion imagery that’s too get to pass up on this site. The Torontoist blog turns to visual effects designer / compositor Avi Salem to “decode” that imagery. He tells them in an email: Since [each image pans] across the elevator shaft revealing a sliver of itself, all I had to do was do the opposite. Using compositing software, I created a slit scan effect …

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Sony Sound Forge Officially Coming to the Mac; Latest to Fill Void Left by Peak

For years, many Mac-using audio creators have longed to get the beloved editor Sound Forge on the Mac. And when well-known audio editor BIAS Peak unexpectedly died, and we called for alternatives, various readers looked with envy back at Windows at the PC-only tool – among various other alternatives. Now, those prayers are answered. After a summer of teasers, Sony has now officially confirmed Sound Forge Pro will be available natively on OS X soon. The final teaser video actually offers a fair amount of information. The best news is, from the quick shots we see of the UI, this …

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