Free Generative MIDI with Cellular Automata, Built in AIR

Cellular AutoMidi is a generative music making app, making use of a modified version of the ever-popular Cellular Automata algorithm – a simple evolutionary model on a grid that works nicely for sequencers. (See, among many others, Lazyfish’s legendary NEWSCHOOL for Reaktor, and Audio Damage’s Automaton.) Cellular Automata is nothing new, but here, you get to see it as an AIR/Flash app, which means a modular CA-based creation you can drop anywhere. (More on the cross-platform details after the jump.) And hey, if we can have countless step sequencers, why not countless cellular automata step sequencers? The project is developed …

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YouTube Adds Online Video Editing As You Upload; Great for Quick Demo Reels

Upload, edit – the two are back together again on YouTube. Google Operating System was sharp enough to notice the change. (Thanks, Lifehacker) Aside from the player interface, the whole interface makes use of HTML5, though it’s not as sophisticated as a former Flash-based “remix” tool that YouTube offered, then discontinued. (That seems to be the nature of the design of the tool more than the comparative functionality of Flash and browsers.) What’s nice is that videos in your account appear automatically, ready to drag, trip, and compose. You can add audio from YouTube’s AudioSwap service, with accompanying advertising, though …

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Online, Generative Tool Searches for the Perfect Groove; New MicroTonic Coming

The grooves are fun, but the generated names for the groove are even more so. Need a new band name, anyone? Generative: the rhythmic frontier. These are the voyages of the starship MicroTonic. Its online mission: to explore strange new grooves, to seek out new beats and new musical cultures … Yes, Patternarium, by software scientists Magnus and Fredrik Lindström of SonicCharge (Synplant, µTonic, Reason’s Malström), have built a server-based rhythmic generation tool. You, the human, don’t have to do much: reality TV show-style, just vote up or down patterns you hear, and the generative scripts will continue spawning new, …

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And Just Like That, WebM, Vorbis, and VP8 Became Real Open Video Standards

What happened to the Internet standards advocates who got everything they ever wanted? They lived happily ever afte— now, wait a minute. Microsoft, Apple – you guys better not play the Grinch on this one, ‘kay? Photo (CC-BY) love♡janine. Shifts in standards usually take place at a glacial pace. This one may have just happened overnight. Yesterday, the future of Web audiovisual content remained murky. You could choose H.264, a format that all but locked out open source software and threatened license fees down the road. Or you could opt for Ogg Theora, a format that was open but had …

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Apple Scores Easy Points Against Flash, But Throws Debate on Openness Off the Rails

Photo (CC-BY) Steven Depolo. Editorial Misdirection is an art practiced by magicians by which an audience’s attention is diverted from one place to another. What’s brilliant about it is that it’s not a lie. Indeed, the audience has to participate for it to work. We, the audience, watch the right hand instead of the left, because what the right hand is doing seems more interesting. The left hand is still there, in plain sight; if anyone bothered to look, they’d see the trick. After months of obsessive campaigning, Apple scored the final blow with Jobs’ “Thoughts on Flash”. The firm …

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Don’t Over-Interpret Apple: Cross-Platform Development Isn’t a Sin

Pictured: Looks native, but this app is built with a cross-platform library. And really, for music making – or great, immersive development, in general – does it matter? The iPad has inflamed plenty of passions online. On this site, I’ve gotten a little flak from iPad lovers and haters alike. It goes something like this: “wait a minute, you’ve got all these criticisms of the iPad’s restrictiveness, but then you’ve got all these amazing music apps.” Or, on the other side: “why do you keep covering all these iPad music apps?” In a word, yes. They’re not the same issue. …

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One Frame Of Fame, More Is Less: Stop-Motion Crowdsourced Music Video

The video for C-Mon & Kypski‘s “More is Less” is currently being created from the tastiest of building blocks. The piece is crowdsourced, designed in a way which is eminently viral, gets fans involved, and yet doesn’t really cost the filmmakers much, beyond the back-end programming required to make it all happen. Of course, the back-end requirements for the piece are not insubstantial, but the execution is flawless: A flash application chooses a frame for you, and cross-fades it with your webcam input so you can get your pose matched up correctly. The capture has a countdown, and allows you …

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GrandVJ Update Goodies: Quartz Composer, APC40, TripleHead2Go, PC Fullscreen

GrandVJ, ArKaos’ Mac/Windows, ground-up new software (replacing the legacy ArKaos product) may have had minimalist beginnings. But recent builds have added some really powerful features. Most importantly, there’s more elaborate two-way controller support. There’s a preset for the Akai APC40, but other hardware – like Livid’s Ohm64 and recently-announced Block, the classic monome, and the svelte Novation Launchpad – should work, too. Now I just need one more feature – the, erm, time to sit down and learn how to build FreeFrameGL plug-ins. New in 1.2b1, from the company blog: New ultra smooth engine Support for Akai APC40 & Generic …

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Video Tutorial: Make Audio-Reactive Graphics with Flash, GrandVJ

Motion graphics / Web designer by day, VJ by night? Flash artist, looking for some way to put those coding skills into something that you can actually use in a live set? Or just trying to find a way to escape all those endlessly-looping videos to do something more connected with the music? The possibilities of adding interactive Flash to your set are really limitless. (It’s a cliche, but in this case, it’s absolutely true.) GrandVJ, the new-generation visual app for Windows and Mac from VJ software vets arKaos, has added full-blown ActionScript support that really works, meaning you can …

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