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What if you could touch and feel a score?

What if scores could be touched and felt instead of only read? We’ve just come from a deep, far-ranging discussion with artist Enrique Tomás, a researcher at the Interface Culture Lab in Linz. It’s part of Enrique’s residency with CTM Festival and ENCAC – European network for contemporary av creation, who also support some of our work. And it’s presented as part of another of our MusicMakers hacklabs at CTM Festival. It’s worth sharing some thoughts already. One of his more compelling illustrations of this was his PhD project, tangible scores: Credits: Enrique Tomás – PhD at Interface Culture Lab …

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Deliciously Dark: Free Mix from Austria’s Houztekk, Electric Indigo, and Why the Music Matters

Dense, dark, packed, young and fresh. No, not the club – this mix. We invite Electric Indigo (Vienna’s Susanne Kirchmayr) to tell us about her new, freely-downloadable podcast with Linz, Austria’s Houztekk Records. It’s a shadowy, labyrinthian journey through the newest and most adventurous sounds in techno. And by techno, she means a wide range of noisy, broken-beat, resonating — well, let’s let her explain. That is, along with listening, because Susanne has a unique talent for producing a simmering, tasty stew from all these component parts. Or, to the music, as Tim Exile says in his track title: “It’s …

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Piccolo is an Open, $70 CNC-bot That Will Draw For You

Piccolo is like candy for people who like robots and drawing machines. It’s affordable, cute, and downright fun. It’s going to be on your Christmas in July wanted list. How awesome is it? Let us count the ways: It’s under US$70. It’s Arduino-compatible. It works with Processing – ideal for drawing experiments. It’s open source hardware. It’s easy to assemble. You can make 2D and 3D things – and it appears to excel as a drawing machine. Connect it to Arduino, and you can make your own sensor-driven drawings and other creations. I’m really excited to meet the creators when …

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