Workshop in LA: Make Your Own Musical Tools, Free, with Processing and Pd

Music visualization in Processing by yours truly. If you’re in the LA area, I’m teaching a reasonably beginner-friendly workshop in making musical tools with visual interfaces, using entirely free software (Processing and Pd, on Mac, Windows, Linux, and if you like, Android). It’s this coming Thursday night, September 8 – the perfect way to get back to school! (For me, too…) I’ll also be sharing some resources as I put them together for that workshop, so wherever you are, keep an eye on CDM soon. The workshop is US$60, but you’ll leave with the skills you need to make your …

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Modul8 Gets New Beginner-Friendly Manual, Expert-Ready Custom Module Documented

I wouldn’t normally rave about a manual, but — this is how it should be done. Kudos! (Well, that and the one time Edirol bizarrely did a set of ninja videos for motion dive.tokyo.) Modul8, the popular Mac live video tool, got bumped to version 2.6.3 this week. But the most important change is a fantastic new manual for the software, buried at the bottom of the changed feature list: – Syphon SDK Public Beta 2 – fixed an issue with OS X 10.7 Lion – Fixed some issues with alpha channels when using shared textures in Syphon – Fixed …

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Last-Minute Holiday Shopping: Mom Asks, Live or Logic for a Beginner Teen?

What’s the best way to help get someone started on computer music making? From comments, we get this request from a mother looking to buy the first software on a budget for her teenage son. I’m, uh, hoping your son isn’t reading this (actually, he probably won’t mind – just remember, act surprised). I am completely new to this kind of software, but my teenage son is requesting the likes for Christmas. I started out looking at Ableton Live 8, but am a bit wary of the price. I’ve also looked at Reason and Apple’s Logic Studio. The price is …

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Done In 60 Seconds: Get Started with MIDI Visualization with Quartz Composer

Quartz Composer MIDI visualization from Greg Lorincz on Vimeo. Sometimes the first step is the toughest. So here, in just 60 seconds, is the simplest possible route to visualizing music by routing MIDI into Quartz Composer. For those of you just joining us, that’s the free modular patching environment for visuals that comes with Mac OS X. Here, the example uses Ableton Live, but any music app could work. Greg Lorincz put together this video, and explains: This is a simple (very simple) tutorial to visualize MIDI note and control messages from a sequencer (ableton live), in Quartz Composer (Snow …

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