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Make a New Sound: Scanned Synthesis on Wablet for iPad Features Utterly Mad Meshes

It’s a good sign when you need to invent a new verb to describe using a music tool. And so, get ready for some wabbling. Feel like there aren’t any new synthesis techniques? Scanned synthesis is a reasonable example. Fundamentally, it involves wavetable synthesis – producing new sounds by playing back recorded wavetable content – but navigates those sounds by “scanning” through pitch and timbre independently at slow speeds. By doing so, it simulates slow vibrations in the real world, and it leans heavily on the way human physical control and hearing work. The technique was developed by Bill Verplank …

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Cinder, Smarter with Shapes and Timelines and Samples, Could Make Flash Jealous [Creative Coding]

A Golden Clock from Red Paper Heart on Vimeo. The Company, Bring To Light NYC from Andrea Cuius on Vimeo. Creative coding has blossomed into a full-fledged movement for getting expressive with screens, sound, and media. While much software remains a commercial, proprietary activity, these tools have demonstrated what a collective, free model can do. For the most part, those tools complement non-free tools. But just as Processing and OpenFrameworks have matured, Cinder is now at a point where it boasts features that could attract even seasoned users of old standby Flash. Under the unassuming name “0.8.4,” a big release …

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Who Needs MTV? Great Tiger Go 3D, Stylishly Vector, in Music Video

3D stereoscopy may be the next big thing. Or… a really old thing that keeps coming back. Or a fun excuse to hand out glasses with your music video / performance. Or something. Whatever it is, I’m enjoying the homebrewed video “Videodrome” for Great Tiger. This is no big-budget production, and that has me thinking. As MTV did nothing to celebrate 30 years, other than pumping out the usual reality TV crap that they’ve decided to make their legacy, the original creative spirit of that network lives on In fact, at some point, I planned an extended editorial on the …

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Teaser: Spare, Striking Vector Visuals by Mandelbrut; Got Questions?

Audiovisual artist Mandelbrut, based in Toronto, is doing some stunning work with audio-reactive vectors and intense programmed sounds. We’ll be talking to the artist hopefully next week, but rather than wait, I’d love to put it out to you, our readers. Got questions you’d like to ask? Critical reactions? I hope to do an interview soon, so here’s your chance to see that I ask what you want to know, or conversations you’d like to start with another artist. (See also this week’s vade interview by Kyle McDonald for some ideas.)

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