ALM ASQ-1 is a cute modular step sequencer with SH-101-style, drum trigger modes

ALM / Busy Circuits out of the UK has some tasty-looking new modular gear, including a very friendly little sequencer. You’ll find dual filters and stereo multi-effects added to their range, as well.

The Daily Show takes on the Black and gay origins of house music

“You’ve never heard me say – surprise, it’s Caucasians!” The always-on-point Roy Wood Jr. tackles the origins of house music for general audiences on The Daily Show. And while you likely know that history, this one is well worth a watch.

Looom for iOS makes animating like playing a musical instrument, now with major update

It’s exactly how musicians would want to think about animation. Time loops, free or bpm-synced, and you explore visual rhythm through lines, shapes, colors, and improvisatory gestural doodles. Looom is a total gem of an app – and this summer’s update transforms it into a serious and approachable pro tool.

A DIY violin with a spring reverb tank inside

A funny thing happened on the way to the digital instrument age – builders rediscovered novel acoustic and electroacoustic inventions, too. Take this gorgeous example by builder/composer/musician David Hilowitz. And it all started with a broken amp part.

Weirdcore’s work Subconscious is inspired by raves and infinity GIFs, with Aphex Twin score

This month in London, Warp Records visual collaborator Weirdcore has an intense immersive work on exhibition – epilepsy warning here before the video, for sure.* And let’s catch up with more great Weirdcore action, while we’re at it.

mlre is an expanded version of the classic monome mlr, focused on performance

It’s an even more performative monome. Creator sonocircuit has built a new take on the monome norns/grid app mlr, adding new macros, transposition, LFOs, and lots more.

SoundCloud to cut approximately 1 in 5 employees worldwide

SoundCloud CEO Michael Weissman indicated today the company was set to cut 20% of its workforce, apparently across all offices.

Spinning scales, melodies, intervals, custom tunings with Eventide’s Misha module

I’m super serial! Eventide has a new sequencer for creating modular melodies and intervals – and it started with twelve-tone rows as its inspiration. With audio, CV, and waveform out, it could be a merry melodic source for a modular setup. There’s a ton in here. It could be an answer to the idea that […]

Liquid Sky UFO modules: wild sounds, enough space for your fingers, plant a tree

In this first teaser for Liquid Sky’s instrument label, the makers promises gear that raises some great questions. Like, what if a connected Eurorack module actually had enough room for your fingers? And what if your instrument makers used proceeds to reforest southern Portugal?

A five-story pyramid is backdrop for Kyiv’s music artists and queer performers

Inspired by crystalline geometries, Christopher Bauder’s STALACTITE towers nearly five stories over a Berlin backlot. On Sunday, it’s the setting for a dynamic exchange between DJs, queer performance artists, and interactive light – a performance that makes a statement of resistance from unstoppable Ukrainians. The event runs this Sunday, July 31, from 20:00 – 23:59; […]