Livecoding glitch, eye-searing colors, AI poetry, and the knowledge to make it yourself for free

The latest absolutely eye-popping work made with free live-coding tool Hydra comes from artist Naoto Hieda, with sound by the duo Ekheo (Aude Langlois and Belinda Sykora) and some eerie AI poetry. If that didn’t melt your brain entirely, you can follow along with tutorials to harness the powers of Hydra, too.

Hydra is spectacular free live-coding for visuals in browser – now on iOS, too

How great is live coding on Hydra, for free? It’s great enough that you’ll do it when you’ve never used code before. It’s great enough that – now with this new build – you’ll lie in bed with your iPhone or iPad and make trippy hypnotic visuals. You’ll plug in audio and stop using cameras and just permanently replace your visage with weird analog-style color feedback. It’s that great.

Peter Kirn - October 27, 2021

This beta Web tool lets you drag and drop samples into Roland TR-8S/6S kits, free

The two user-requested features missing from Roland’s official editor/librarian are available via third-party tools. That means you can get a plug-in editor/librarian to store settings with DAW projects, and now you can even get started with drag-and-drop sample loading.

Peter Kirn - October 27, 2021

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