Free Music Mixes from Amon Tobin, Deru in Celebration of Space

We had a blast (ahem) Saturday night at the Yuri’s Night party at NASA Ames Research Center; stay tuned for video and more, including the results of the Futuristic Musical Design Challenge. But that’s no reason the party has to end. If you’ve listened through all 55 songs on the 45 Tribute and want still more music, Amon Tobin and Deru have kindly donated music mixes for the yuricdm.com minisite. It’s good listening to pick up your week: Exclusive Free Mix: Amon Tobin, Back from Space Exclusive Free Mix: Deru And here are the direct links to listen / download: …

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Futuristic Music Design: Competitors, Judges, Teaser Videos and Photos

If you want new ideas about design and interaction, ask a musician. Before the Wii remote, the iPhone, Microsoft’s Surface, and Minority Report, musicians were trying oddball ideas for music performance. That hasn’t slowed down, either, from the futuristic and space-y to down-and-dirty acoustic techniques. We’ve got quite a gamut coming up for our madcap, sound and noise-packed hour of competition happening this Saturday at NASA’s Ames Research center during Yuri’s Night, and we’d love to share them with everyone online. For starters, here’s the rundown of the projects with links to project sites and artists, and all the judges: …

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Ground Control Broadcasting Now: Space-tacular Music + Motion on yuricdm.com

I’ll be live from the hangar, working to connect you virtually from around the globe. Photo: Scott Beale / Laughing Squid. Hello from Ground Control: this week, I’ll be coming to you live from CDM’s micro-blog for Yuri’s Night Bay Area, ground zero for the global space rave celebrating human exploration of the cosmos. CDM’s challenge: to bring all the goodness up close and personal to you, from California to wherever you are on Planet Earth. Watch the minisite now, during the event, and in the couple of weeks following at: http://yuricdm.com or subscribe to the yuricdm.com RSS feed. Yuri’s …

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Visualism at Yuri’s Night Bay Area: The Rave for Space at NASA

Art and science meet in a NASA hangar. Photo: jasonunbound, via Flickr. Space exploration has had a deep impact on the way a lot of us see the world and think about our art. So I can’t wait for this Saturday’s Yuri’s Night Bay Area, which will bring a convergence of bleeding-edge music, art, technology, science, and visualism to a 12 hour-long party on NASA’s airfield outside San Francisco. We’ll be bringing some of the best of this event to you all around the world. Read or subscribe to RSS for our special minisite to make sure you don’t miss …

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Visualism at Yuri's Night Bay Area: The Rave for Space at NASA

Art and science meet in a NASA hangar. Photo: jasonunbound, via Flickr. Space exploration has had a deep impact on the way a lot of us see the world and think about our art. So I can’t wait for this Saturday’s Yuri’s Night Bay Area, which will bring a convergence of bleeding-edge music, art, technology, science, and visualism to a 12 hour-long party on NASA’s airfield outside San Francisco. We’ll be bringing some of the best of this event to you all around the world. Read or subscribe to RSS for our special minisite to make sure you don’t miss …

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Planning to Enter the Futuristic Music Design Challenge?

If you’re planning on competing at the NASA Ames Research Center Saturday, don’t wait another moment to fill out your entry on yuricdm.com. I’m finalizing the lineup and details today. I’ll accept any entry up until midnight tonight Monday, New York City time, but if you can avoid waiting until then, please do drop me a line so I can start organizing. 1. Send me an email. 2. Fill out the Google Docs form. (Save your entries, just in case something goes wrong.) International / non-CA entries for the showcase (no prizes, but fame), feel free to send me those …

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Reminder: Design Challenge in Bay Area to Win Tenori-On – Enter Now

We’re still accepting entrants to the Futuristic Music Design Challenge at Yuri’s Night Bay Area. It’s a chance to showcase your personal musical hardware and/or software creation in a live performance competition. You’ll definitely take home some swag and get a free pass to the event. If you’ve got what it takes, you’ll come home with a new Yamaha Tenori-On from CDM. 1. Check out the competition details and rules. 2. Fill out an entry form on Google Docs. (Save your responses, just in case something goes wrong.) 3. Drop us a line to let us know you filled out …

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Futuristic Music Design Challenge in CA: Show Us Your Best, Win a Tenori-On

To celebrate Yuri’s Night, CDM is organizing a big design challenge. Bring your craziest, most futuristic musical interfaces / hardware projects / custom synths and controllers, and face off with other designers to win a Yamaha Tenori-On and other prizes. Musical expression and space, after all, go together. The record above carried a special mix of great music made by humans around the world into space, via the Voyager spacecraft. Good thing it launched when it did: I imagine alien life would have been shocked if we sent a CD or cassette or 8-track or SDflash memory card, but LPs …

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Yuri’s Night Space Celebration: Music Lineup Announced, Will Wright, CDM Coverage

  Photo: Lydia White. How nerdster-chic is this: a global convergence of the exploration of space exploration, ecological savvy, technological innovation, and musical-motional performance, in honor of Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin launching the first-ever human flight into space? Described as “Cinco de Mayo” for space, Yuri’s Night is a 35-nation cosmorave. It was big last year. It’s going to be much bigger this year. What’s all this space stuff got to do with music and motion? Everything: music and visual performance are a big part of this party, as Sun Ra-loving, space-inspired, Space Age technologist artists push creative tech. (Amon …

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Weather Report: Multi-Touch + Surface Temperature = Music on Earth

For an increasing number of artists, data is becoming the raw material for creative work. Most of this has focused on visual media, but in the digital space, you can just as easily use sound. Sometimes the results are aesthetic only; sometimes they tell you something about the numbers being sonified. But either way, sound is a powerful medium. “Weather Report” is a multi-touch instrument that makes music out of surface temperature data. The results feel a bit like US weather agency NOAA gone IDM. Fire up the multi-touch table, and you can “read” temperature data as sound. Co-creator Jordan …

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