[Updated] Vintage Rhythm Machines, Free in Flash Form

Having witnessed a Flash-based, circuit-bent Speak & Spell, what's next but a few dozen vintage drum machines recreated as downloadable Flash files? The Keyboard Museum has a healthy supply, from classic to obscure. Boss DR-55? Check. Wurlitzer Swing Rhythm 5020? Check. Oberheim DX? Check. Some other thingy you've never heard of? It's there. Have I seen most of these before? Absolutely not, which is why it's so much fun playing around with them in Flash. (via j-walk) Update: They're back! Link temporarily disappeared but has resurfaced. Go grab `em now before it happens again! -PK

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Sequencing with Architecture: Instant City

First colored blocks, now city blocks: Swiss-based collective Rosen & Spademan has constructed a "music building game table" for creating modular compositions with transparent blocks, converting improvised architecture into sound. (thanks, near near future) Their biggest goal, they say: getting people to grab the objects and play. You can explore this and other projects on their site. My favorite digital music term comes from their 'soundlounge' project: coach coaching. Coach-based musicians of the world, unite!

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Control NES via MIDI

The Nintendo madness continues: MIDINES is a cartridge for the 8-bit NES system that allows you to control the NES' internal soundbank via a standard MIDI cable, so you can add your NES to the other gear in your studio. EM411 has a full review.

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Filterscape (OS X) Sound-Bending Filter in Preview

Imagine if a parametric equalizer were sexy. Urs Heckmann's new Filterscape plugin sure ain't your father's parametric EQ. It's an EQ, plus analog filters, plus tempo-synced LFOs, step sequencers, and envelope followers, with extensive routing and effects. Even that sounds more traditional than this looks: think crazy routing and ring mod/FM stuff bent in a very unusual direction. Mac OS X Audio Unit only, for now; the special preview price is US$79; US$129 after Christmas 2004.

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Soviet Synth Archive

Sure you know the synths you can buy in the US — your Yamaha DX-7, your MiniMoog, your Buchla. But the one country in the world that kidnapped an audio pioneer (Leon Theremin) from his Manhattan apartment and hauled him around the world in order to learn his secrets for espionage also produced a rich history of synths. The Museum of Soviet Synthesizers, available both in English and Russian, has endless details on synths with sounds, current owners, and even links to more Soviet Synth sites. Who knew what our Cold War rival was up to? At 'ruskeys.net' — where …

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Female Tech Power on the Rise, Says Intel

Women are closing the gender gap in tech savvy, according to Intel-funded research by Harris Interactive (of Harris Poll fame). Experts from Intel and Harris, including a cultural anthropologist, say women are just as enthusiastic about technology as men; young women are actually more likely than young men to buy a laptop and more likely to desire wireless Internet features. Now, of course, there's a certain pro-tech bias, and speaking as someone who writes for tech magazines (Macworld and Keyboard) with overwhelmingly male readership, there seem to be some remaining disconnects or barriers for women and technology that I find …

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Styleaholics: Open Call for Female DJs

Okay, as we talk today about equal opportunities for female music makers today, I'm not sure how encouraging it is that the open call for female DJs is at a fashion event. But hey, there's menswear, too, and a DJed event with independent fashion designers is something I'd go to.  (Press pass, anyone?) $50/hr pay if you make it; if you're looking for more exposure and can get to Manhattan, give it a shot. Styleaholics' open audition is here in NYC December 16. (via Remix Magazine) (Incidentally, if you want UNPAID work, and you're male OR female, stay tuned — …

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Suggested Listening: DJ Riko X-Mas List, Name that Whistle Contest

Want holiday cheer? (It is Hannukah, after all.) How about a holiday mash-up/mix that has both a song from the infamous Star Wars Christmas special (C-3PO sings 'Christmas in the stars') AND a 19th-Century music box? (Governor Arnold is just a bonus at that point.) Listen here. Don't miss seven minutes of straight whistling song mash-ups, either, and check the news section for details on how you can show off your sample-indentifying skills in his contest.

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Multiplayer Wireless Music and the Nintendo DS

Band Brothers, a Japanese launch title for the new Nintendo DS, looks like just another music game. Press the button for your 'instrument' at the right time, a la a game of Simon, and try to keep in rhythm. What makes Band Brothers unique is its wireless multiplayer, which allows your DS-owning friends (all your friends DO have DS, right?) to get together for a big wireless jam session. (See a very amusingly formal demo by Nintendo's execs below.) IGN Reviews Band Brothers (Japan release) Video of multiplayer 'music-making' Why not blur the line more between gaming and music? Read …

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Game Boy Ensemble: gameboyzz orchestra

Nintendo has its own collaborative Wi-Fi Nintendo DS band, and we've seen solo Game Boy artists. But as for the first Game Boy ensemble, that honor appears to belong to the six-member Polish gameboyzz orchestra. (via we make money not art) Their goal is "to create irony in the electronic music scene with our low-tech hardware and relatively simple software in a world dominated by ever more advanced digital music processing and creation technologies." All six members improvise via nanoloop (watch for our version 2.0 review soon!). But don't listen to me. Listen to them. Irony aside, this band sounds …

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