Favorite Artists on Productivity, Process: Jonathan Coulton, New Imogen Heap Album

Food for thought: if we didn’t still make “albums,” we’d never know when the album was done. Sure, the delivery mechanism that spawned the album may be disappearing – “LP’s” in particular are long gone. But perhaps, like so many ubiquitous technologies, the album was a fortuitous coincidence of physical practicality and human scale, happenstance generating some unit of creativity that just makes sense to artist and listener alike. For Imogen Heap, the beloved artist who’s just finished her latest, it’s cause to literally dance and sing, accompanied by a generative Buddha Box. (We can dance around when we get …

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Apple GarageBand Artist Lessons Still Limited, But Alternatives Abound

Well, those kids today love their Sarah McLachlan, right? There’s no question that GarageBand represents one of the better values in music software, especially since even Apple expect a lot of its users will simply acquire it with their Mac. It still ranks high on software you’d recommend to a beginner on a budget. Apple’s decision this year to add lessons, interactive lessons that introduce you to musical concepts, and to invite famous artists to play familiar songs, is a fantastic idea. The Artist Lessons themselves, however, have been relatively few in number. I expect more are coming, but so …

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Glitch Mobber, Laptopist edIT Walks Through His Live Setup, Talks Ableton, Lemur

edIT, live in Chicago. Photo: Eric Rejman, via MySpace. [podcast]http://cdm.link/files/media/podcasts/2009/04/edit_interview.mp3[/podcast] Download MP3 Liz McLean Knight aka Quantazelle catches up with one of our laptopist idols: edIT, the talented solo artist and Glitch Mob member. I won’t insult what he does by giving it a dumb name (“Glitch Hop?”). Suffice to say, edIT is adept at bringing insane musical chops to live laptop performance. Liz got to geek out with edIT about the details of his live setup, which now drops the M-Audio Trigger Finger for the visual feedback and fluid multi-touch flexibility of a JazzMutant Lemur. (All due love to …

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Apps Alone Aren’t Problem; Apple iTunes Lockdown Hurts Creators, Consumers

Out of sync: iTunes integration was a selling point early on. But at what point is Apple’s own innovation upstaged by their desire to control distribution through the iTunes channel? . Last week, Apple rejected a podcast management app because, to paraphrase Apple’s own policy, they want iTunes handling all podcasts for you and not any third-party apps. (Officially, “Since Podcaster assists in the distribution of podcasts, it duplicates the functionality of the Podcast section of iTunes.”) Over the past few days, that’s generated plenty of chatter on the blogosphere, mostly centering around technical and philosophical discussions of the way …

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Music Tech and Music Education: Blogs and CDM on the ME Podcast

The connection between music education and technology has always been really significant to me. Aside from (sometimes) being a teacher myself and having spent a few years doing training for notation package Sibelius, to me learning and teaching are fundamental to musical activity even outside schools. I got to sit in as a guest on the excellent Music Tech for ME podcast last week: Music Tech for ME 2008.07.01-#030 Be sure to check out the whole Music Tech for ME series. There’s some great stuff in there, covering educational issues, how technology is evolving and how it fits in with …

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Music Tech History Day: Tone Generation Podcasts Dust Off Breakthrough Electronic Tracks

Ready to blow your mind with a little vintage electronic experimentalism? Thought so. UK producer, filmmaker, and light-show artist (among other things) Ian Helliwell decided to crate dive some early pioneering efforts in recording, and Tone Generation, a ten-part podcast series, is the result. So far, Tone Generation has landed in Great Britain and France. Tonight, they voyage to Germany. Italy is up next — and then, beyond. The creators describe the program thusly:

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More TENORI-ON: Defunktion Toshio Iwai Interview, Podcast Performance

Olly Farshi from Defunktion.net writes to share their interview with Toshio Iwai and a performance via podcast. I’m not sure that I agree with Olly that the TENORI-ON has generated a “hurricane of hype” (maybe more like a rain shower of enthusiasm), but they’ve got a terrific interview. Mr. Iwai talks about how the relationship with Yamaha developed, his thoughts on the response from YouTube and the blogosphere, and most importantly, his vision for the device and music making: The reality right now is that many people, including professional musicians and kids and simply passive listeners, have the chance to …

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Numark NuVJ Demos on VJKungFu with Momo The Monster

I featured VJKungFu last week, taking a prod at Momo for not creating more articles. Well the prod worked: Momo has been demoing the NuVJ at apple stores around the US, and now brings some video tutorials to VJKungFu: NuVJ Crash Course and Crossfader Triggering with the NuVJ. [tags]nuvj, numark, vjkungfu, hardware, software, tutorials, podcasts, videos[/tags]

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VJKungFu.tv Ramping Up New Content: AV Challenge, Lemur Intro. DIY Projector Mount

VJKungFu.tv launched almost 6 months ago now, and while Momo isn’t drowning the interwebs in new content, what’s showing up is something CDMo is definitely lacking as a VJ site: Original video content. Of particular interest is their high quality go-anywhere DIY Projector Mount, first steps in Quartz Composer, and some intro videos to VJing with the Jazzmutant Lemur (as extensively covered from a musical perspective on CDM). Their latest initiative: AV Challenge #1, to create source material to be used beatbox-style for a future challenge. The last competitions/challenges featured on CDMo were from the now-defunct DVGuru. I hope VJKungFoo …

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