HAITI 2010 Monome Community Compilation + Other Efforts to Help in Haiti

Album artwork by Pau Cabruja (www.pauk.org) . Artists and creators around the world have been moved by the suffering of Haitians in the wake of last week’s earthquake. There are ways we can help, like giving to relief organizations to give them the capacity to respond wherever needed. The next crisis could be halfway across the world or in our own neighborhood. The monome community is about more than just the button-grid, open-source controller with which they work. They’re an example of the kind of collective spirit that musicians, digital or otherwise, can share internationally (see the map of these …

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Testing Notebook: Want to Help Us with Linux Video Editors (or Just Follow Along)?

Photo (CC-BY-ND) Matt McGee. Video editing on Linux can work — I’ve seen some terrific stuff. The trick is figuring out the proper configuration. Before you say, “ah, yes, you’ve just terrified me into never touching Linux again” — this post isn’t for you. For you, the idea is for us to research some of the optimal configurations and then share the knowledge so you can get video editing on a laptop with little or no pain. So, forget you read this. Move along. Seriously, go do something else; pick up your camcorder and find something pretty to shoot or …

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Weekend Question: Where Do You Get Your Electronic Music Radio Fix Online?

Photo (CC) Ian Hayhurst. It’s oft-repeated conventional wisdom: the Internet democratizes access to music, opening up the possibility of hearing anything by anyone from anywhere. But just added more choices doesn’t necessarily help you connect with music that’s meaningful. In my inbox today, here’s this deceptively-simple question from Mike Mogensen: “Do you know any good Internet radio stations that stream electronic music? I’d like to expand my sonic horizon a bit and get some inspiration.” I expect there could be quite a lot of answers there, especially since “electronic” music could mean any range of work from experimental to techno. …

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What Are Your Top Electronic Albums of 2009? (And How Do You Stay Organized?)

It’s tough not to miss physical objects, but then, some of you have been buying vinyl. Chicago apartment, photo: Katherine Raz. More background. I have actually grown to appreciate year-end reviews. In grade school and high school, I was on different occasions both a yearbook guy and a newspaper guy (when not focusing energies on how to be as profoundly uncool as possible). There was a tension between the people who did the work of covering the information of the moment and the stuff you were supposed to save and cherish. If you’re addicted to content as a lot of …

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Au Revoir Simone’s New Music Video, and Missing a Dark Side for “Shadows”

I have a problem. Let me explain. Au Revoir Simone’s “Shadows” presented by David Lynch Foundation Television Au Revoir Simone have released the debut music video, “Shadows,” from their forthcoming album, “Still Night, Still Light.” Yet again, the music is warm and wonderful, with clever, deceptively-simple ostinatos and earnest melodies delivered in wispy vocals. But the release also suggests the new album is going to be more of what we got in the last albums – pleasant and dreamy, but absent, ironically, any hint of “shadows.” The music video comes again from Vikram Gandhi and Brendan Colthurst of Disposable, a …

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Torrent a Live Pack for the Weekend; Could Donationware Work?

An unfortunately-worded tip jar at the Hanoi Airport. Photo: theloneconspirator. Here’s a different take on soundware business models: offer your stuff for free, then depend on donations. That’s the tack at Togeo Studios, who have an impressive collection of packs. Wave Attack I, for instance, includes single-cycle waveforms with arpeggiated sequences and leads. Their work is available on BitTorrent, too, which could help defray bandwidth costs. (Well, single-cycle waveforms don’t take up much, but perhaps larger packs might.) I have to admit, I’m skeptical of the donationware model. The issue is, it seems like a lot of folks just aren’t …

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Open Thread: Multitouch for Live Visuals, Paint a 3D Cow

pymt demo reel from Thomas Hansen on Vimeo. Today on Create Digital Music, I have a look at tasty, drool-worthy free multitouch frameworks, one for Max/MSP patchers and one for Python coders: Roll Your Own Multitouch Screens, Tables: Max Multitouch Framework, PyMT I’m curious, though: who out there is already employing multitouch interfaces in their live visual work? Particularly for working with 3D (albeit with gestures on a 2D plane), I imagine this could be powerful stuff. Obviously, we have quite a few iPhone/iPod touch users, but anyone using bigger devices? How do you integrate multitouch for your work — …

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CDM Holiday Guide Reader Survey: Gifts of, for, and by You

Musical gifts – the best kind. Photo (CC) ex.libris. It’s nearly the holiday season, and as CDM has just completed its fourth birthday, I want to give all of us a present. The idea: a holiday guide that’s a bit different. The first CDM treeware. We’ll have PDF and print-on demand versions. And part of the reason we’re doing this: Something you can share. CDM certainly has its share of (sometimes frighteningly) advanced readers. But we believe in what we’re doing enough to share it with people with less experience. So we’ll include content you can share with nieces, cousins, …

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Nominees Wanted: The Most Inspiring Visualist Lovers' MTV Music Videos of All Time?

Back from the dead: music videos, from the network that forever ruined the term “VJ.” Photo: James Good. I’m just wrapping my head around how huge this is, but MTV has posted a massive archive of music videos on their site. That can mean only one thing: it’s time to assemble CDMotion’s list of the ultimate music videos ever. Now, we don’t want the music videos everyone else likes — we want the really inspirational music videos that every aspiring visualist should go watch. After all, it was MTV that co-opted the term “VJ” and all kinds of avant-garde live …

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