The year we made contact: photo evidence now proves that the first public MIDI connection was made between a Sequential Circuits Prophet 600 and a Roland Jupiter 6. Now, get those instruments and an Instagram filter and recreate this shot, if you like. Courtesy Dave Smith (personal collection).

Grammy for MIDI Creators Dave Smith, Ikutaro Kakehashi; First Connection Mystery Solved

It’s been almost 30 years since MIDI was first demonstrated at the winter NAMM show, 1983. Marking the anniversary, The Recording Academy is giving a coveted Technical Grammy to the two people most associated with its creation – so-called “father of MIDI” Dave Smith (then founder of Sequential Circuits, now Dave Smith Instruments) and Roland founder and engineer Ikutaro Kakehashi. Actually, it’s a bit interesting to me that Mr. Kakehashi is being left out of some of the news; it was the fact that MIDI could connect between two pieces of gear that demonstrated its value. In other words, it …

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Hypo Chrysos live at Trendelenburg AV Festival, Gijon, Spain, December 2011.

From Your Body to Music: Interview with Biophysical Xth Sense Interface Creator

What you’re watching in the video above doesn’t involve cameras or motion sensors. It’s the kind of brain-to-machine, body-to-interaction interface most of us associate with science fiction. And while the technology has made the occasional appearance in unusual, niche commercial applications, it’s poised now to blow wide open for music – open as in free and open source. Erasing the boundary between contracting a muscle in the bio-physical realm and producing electronic sound in the virtual realm is what Xth Sense is all about. Capturing biological data is all the rage these days, seen primarily in commercial form in products …

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Sorry, Majors: “Indie” Artists, Labels Clean Up Again at Grammys

Taylor Swift may have been invading your TV this year. But did you know she was an indie artist? Photo (CC-BY-ND) Wendy aka freshfruit. The one thing you probably aren’t thinking while watching the Grammys is “wow, look at this amazing showcase for independent music.” (Last night, I expect you were thinking something more along the lines of, “I was supposed to get 3D glasses for this? Augh! I’m dizzy! Switch it off!”) But keep score, and independent artists and labels are a huge part of the Grammy Award-winning roster. And with indies invading even the most mainstream of music …

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Superstar VJs: DJ Mag Readers Pick World's Top 20 Visualists of 2006

Peter Says: VJs in the mainstream? It’s happening, as VJs pick up gigs at huge headline events, tour with big-name acts, and even receive recognition from MTV. (You know, music television, remember them? They’re the folks that created the term VJ, only it meant something entirely different, and now they show neither music nor visuals, so whatever.) Resolume have posted DJMag’s list for Top 20 VJs 2006. I’m sure the Resolume guys are proud as their software is wielded by ever more of the world’s favourite VJs. CDMo are proud of Holly Daggers for making it back in there again. …

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Superstar VJs: DJ Mag Readers Pick World’s Top 20 Visualists of 2006

Peter Says: VJs in the mainstream? It’s happening, as VJs pick up gigs at huge headline events, tour with big-name acts, and even receive recognition from MTV. (You know, music television, remember them? They’re the folks that created the term VJ, only it meant something entirely different, and now they show neither music nor visuals, so whatever.) Resolume have posted DJMag’s list for Top 20 VJs 2006. I’m sure the Resolume guys are proud as their software is wielded by ever more of the world’s favourite VJs. CDMo are proud of Holly Daggers for making it back in there again. …

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Resolume and Behringer BCD2000 winners in DJMag's Tech Awards 2006

DJ Mag have posted their Tech Awards 2006, and while it’s not exactly bursting with surprises – They’re liking the Allen & Heath Xone:3D, Ableton Live is a good thing, Sennheiser ‘phones are great… – it’s great to see CDM favorites Resolume and the BCD2000 getting some recognition. Resolume takes out the Beginner’s VJ Product award, which rankled me initially but: DJMag, so they can call it what they like really as I’m sure the DJs are too busy tweaking asses across crossfades to review Intermediate or Advanced VJ products. I don’t know about “glorious lap lightshow!”, that sounds like …

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Resolume and Behringer BCD2000 winners in DJMag’s Tech Awards 2006

DJ Mag have posted their Tech Awards 2006, and while it’s not exactly bursting with surprises – They’re liking the Allen & Heath Xone:3D, Ableton Live is a good thing, Sennheiser ‘phones are great… – it’s great to see CDM favorites Resolume and the BCD2000 getting some recognition. Resolume takes out the Beginner’s VJ Product award, which rankled me initially but: DJMag, so they can call it what they like really as I’m sure the DJs are too busy tweaking asses across crossfades to review Intermediate or Advanced VJ products. I don’t know about “glorious lap lightshow!”, that sounds like …

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Grammy Winners

Congratulations to this year's Grammy Winners (listed at soundgenerator.com). It was a banner year for high-profile Mac users from Black Eyed Peas to U2, and the iTunes Music Store is accordingly offering US$7.99 for the winning albums. Digitally-created music wasn't left out, either; traditional rockers dominated most categories but Basement Jaxx, electronic winner, had plenty of nominations to their name. And there's actually some good music among the winners, though watching Basement Jaxx, Chemical Brothers, Scissor Sisters, and Kylie Minogue all get beaten out by Britney Spears and Toxic is a little painful. I was especially happy to see Maroon …

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Billboard Digital Entertainment Awards

Further proof the world is going digital: there are now even awards for digital entertainment. Here are the winners and losers for digital audio — but where are the tools for digital music CREATION?

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