Walkman Sequencer: Tape + Homebrew Sequencer + Nintendo Game Boy

Master chip musician Gijs Gieskes has outdone himself this time: his second Walkman tape sequencer controls the Game Boy music cartridge LSDJ via various knobs and circuitry. His typography is utterly mysterious (in other words, completely illegible), so here’s my translation: It has got LSDJ sync, because it uses gwems lsdj pitch control as master […]

Music with Force Feedback: Tremor Vibrating Sleeve

Régine at WWMNA points to Tremor, a “tactile music sleeve is a piece of clubwear that allows the user to ‘feel’ the music that is being played in the club.” Supposedly helpful to those with hearing difficulties. Hmm . . . not sure which club you’ve been going to, but one generally finds you can […]

Interactive Music Tracks Fish Movement

Here’s a twist on interactive aquatic music: how about letting the fish be the music-makers? BBC News reports that digital artist Julie Freeman has created an installation out of a fish tank, installed in a silo at the Tingrith Fishery in Bedfordshire, southern England. Surgically-implanted radio tags track the movement of the fish, which generates […]

Musical Desks at Work: Lexus Helps Workforce Trip

So you’ve been reading ths site long enough to see lots of interactive tables — alternative musical interfaces that involve moving blocks around a surface. But what practical use would this ever have, you say? Clearly, outfitting the workplace of the future — or at least so says Lexus to its designers, which is equipping […]

Olive Symphony: Digital Music Listening for Audiophiles

Digital music is great, but it’s struck some notes of discord among serious music listeners. Lossy compression is reducing the quality of audio, a step backwards from the traditional CD. And if you like classical music, get ready for major headaches organizing your music. Not to mention, doesn’t anyone miss their stereo system? Enter the […]

TimewARP 2600 ARP Emulation: Soon on VST/AU [Updated]

Analog synth emulation watch continues: We’ve been waiting some time for a VST/AU Windows/Mac version of Way Out Ware’s superb ARP 2600 emulation, the TimewARP. (Currently only for RTAS/TDM, making Digidesign fans happy.) They’ve been promising it for some time; now inking a new deal with M-Audio for distribution. Now we expect it by mid-August. […]

Finale 2006: Potential File Damage on Mac Installer, Other Upgrade Issues

First off, if you’re on the Mac, avoid installation of the new Finale 2006 notation software unless you’ve checked the following support information. The installer can delete a significant number of application preference files, not only Finale but other apps in your Library folder. It’s not going to make your computer blow up or anything […]

Music that Changes: Splinter Cell, Permutative Music, and Games

Brent, CDM’s resident game composer, is back with another look at the world of digital music in gaming. And again, gaming gives us a glimpse of what future digital music could be like — namely, permutable. (That’s a word, isn’t it?) -PK The level of interactivity in today’s game audio continues to grow and expand. […]

Yamaha Partners with French Synth Gurus at Arturia

Usually nothing interests me less than distribution deals, but this one caught my eye. Yamaha, the only synth and instrument maker I know of that also makes jetskis, has partnered with our favorite French synth geek-gurus, Arturia. Arturia’s products, from its Moog-endorsed analog emulations to the Storm synth studio, will now be distributed here in […]

Yamaha’s New Hardware Digital Audio Workstations

We hear a lot about studios in software, but the “studio in a box” concept lives on. Yamaha’s new portable digital audio workstations integrate a mixing console, recording, effects, and mastering — and they hook up to USB 2.0, so Yamaha’s clearly thinking of these as companions to your computer, not replacements. You can check […]