In FRKTL’s Azimuth, an ethereal world of undulating sonic and visual surfaces

In fragmented, alien futuristic materials, FRKTL – aka Sarah Badr – has produced another spectacular release. This project fuses her evocative sound design with increasing virtuosity in digital visuals, as generated surfaces melt into synesthesia. Sarah to me was already pushing the envelope of sound design in organic, flowing compositions, and now all the little […]

FUSE for vvvv is a visual revolution – free, always-runtime patching right on the GPU

Add free, open-source visual programming on the GPU to the free-for-noncommercial-use vvvv – and get materials, lighting, effects, particles, and generative geometry. Here’s the twist: you do all of that without code or scripts, and it’s all on the GPU, live.

Plogue has made a chip-perfect emulation of the Yamaha FM synth line

Transport yourself to 1983. Sure, analog emulation is all the rage. But leave it to Plogue to do bit-for-bit digital recreation – with a precise reproduction of the Yamaha 6-operator FM synth range, including the legendary DX7.

Apple’s Spatial Audio experience comes together with head tracking, even for stereo music

Apple is filling in a key piece in the Spatial Audio puzzle – tracking the position of your head through the company’s headphones for more realistic immersion. Spatial Audio is already popular just weeks after launch on Apple Music, backed by a full-court press from Apple themselves on their own platforms and in the media. […]

Top music gear news from Superbooth 2021 – the CDM monster guide

The music nerd cultural happening – modular pilgrimage is back, and with it… way too much gear to wrap your head around. Here are the not-to-miss picks and of course the exhaustive CDM monster guide.

Afrorack is back with cheap DIY modules, from African percussion to MS-20 filters

Afrorack continues to make richly textured polyrhythmic music and share secrets for cheaply producing powerful modular instruments with open tools. Here are some tantalizing updates from Uganda.

Into the woods: impressions of Superbooth’s weird wonders in Berlin

Superbooth, the event that was born in a single corner of a trade show fair and grew to a cultural happening, made its return after over two years’ hiatus.

Movements to music, as Instruments of Things goes live on Kickstarter with sensor system

Next-generation wireless and motion-sensing technologies – they’re in your smartphone already, but they’re finally coming in usable form to your music rig. And that means new possibilities for using movement as an input.

Total destruction: watch and hear this violent Erica PÄ’RKONS drum demo

We’ve gotten our hands and ears on Erica Synths’ new drum machine. And it’s every bit as brutal and dirty as expected. Our friends at Motobor Instruments do it properly.

Spices by WireMechanics is an elegant analog harmonic saturation module

Every so often, a module comes along that just gets straight to the point in a way that hits you instantly. So there’s reason to be excited about WireMechanics’ new Spices saturation module.