Today, at last, we can announce an evolution that’s been a long time coming.

CDM is one site, with one name. And we return at last to both music and motion coverage – all in one place.

The name of the site is CDM. Since nearly the beginning, many readers in the know called this site by its acronym. It’s short, it’s easy. No one has ever gotten the other names right consistently. (Believe me; I have to shout the name regularly at clubs and such.) “Digital” was never really something that mattered to me.

So now it’s CDM.

Meet cdm.link. createdigitalmusic.com is a terrible URL – hard to read, too long. Now, all content on CDM can be reached here:

http://cdm.link

All the old URLs still work, but you can substitute this shorter domain.

Music and Motion are together at last. One of the things that has kept me going over a decade is the passion of people who believe in visual expression – not just interactive art or design, but in making visuals a live instrument on the same level as instruments that produce sound. This is something that the music community connects to in a unique way.

But I made a critical mistake ten years ago this summer when first delving into this area, and that was making this a separate site. The whole beauty of Create Digital Music and Create Digital Motion was the overlap between the two.

So now, stories can be Motion stories, or Music stories, or both. And you can get all of them in one place.

If you head now to
http://createdigitalmotion.com

— you’ll discover something rather nice. All the old Create Digital Motion content is finally back online (and all the URLs work). And you’ll see that we start a new commitment to visual content again. I’ll talk more about that new direction later this week.

Wait, so why was this ever Create Digital Music in the first place?

I actually never intended the site to particularly favor “digital” tech. It was an artifact of a proposed book title for the former Peachpit Press. They wanted a book on making digital music. I wanted the book to be called Create Digital Music; the publisher went with Real World Digital Audio. In fact, I never actually intended CDM to turn into what it did; it was just meant to be the companion site to the book – but then it turned out to be more, once I got feedback from what people wanted.

But from the start, I never was particularly interested in the digital versus analog question, to be perfectly honest. I think now we live in a world that freely mixes the two more than ever; it’s actually a shame the name so long implied anything else. (I’ll save the misuse of the term “analog” for another day. If you mean “opto-mechanical,” say it!)

CDM now I think has a mission that speaks for itself. And that’s not really so much about me as it is about you. Readers passion for not just making music, but making tools that make music and appreciating the people who design them, for not just producing in the studio, but finding ways to make new tools perform live, for understanding expression and performance not just in the conventional musical mold, but in visual expression – this is what has driven the identity of this site for over ten years. Your feedback and your ideas, all those times you’ve said, “hey, look at this” — they’ve allowed us to form a small tribe together of people who believe in exploring these areas.

Now I’m pleased we have a better structure to feed all our collective curiosity. And it means that as we approach fall 2016, there’s more than ever to do.

And now, freed from people saying “created digital … media” and so on, I … will only have to resolve confusion between this site and CTM Festival. Eep.

  • totally understand this. shorter is bettah!

  • Very Cool Peter! Congrats on the evolution!

  • bitwigisawesome

    nice, long live CDM!

  • D

    Great, a collaboration with Club Transmediale! Awesome news.

  • heinrich zwahlen

    Great site, great reviews and information for electronic music production, i’ve been visiting CDM religiously regularly since day one. To the next ten years Peter!

  • lala

    good choices, rock on!

  • chaircrusher

    So CDM is no longer an acronym, and is now a wrd wth n vwls? Pronounced “SIDDIM”?

  • Perfect! In combination with the subject motion one of my favorite websides gets even better. Congrationalions.

  • Thumbs up!

  • nicolas horne

    ‘All the old Create Digital Motion content is finally back online’. great!
    always been a broadly inspiring site!

  • partofthepuzzle

    Great choices, Peter. This is a good time to thank you for the fantastic resource you’ve created with CDM.

  • Will

    Congrats, Peter. Thanks for CDM!

  • Rzpkt! Keep up the goodness 🙂

  • Polite Society

    Like!

  • Heikki Wilenius

    What about the old RSS feeds? Will they continue to function, or should we subscribe to a new feed on cdm.link?

    • otheroom

      This article (and others) showed up in my existing feed before I knew there was a change so for me, no resubscribe was necessary.

  • praveensharma

    u go girl

  • Chris Stack

    Good work, that just keeps getting better!

  • Robin Parmar

    I am surprised the comments aren’t full of other possibilities, now the acronym has been freed from its original referents. I came here expecting things like:
    Control Data Manual
    Captive Daily Messages
    Continuous Driver Manipulation
    Can’t Diss Meeblip…