Play Your PowerBook By Tilting It

With everyone hacking into the new PowerBook bump sensors — accelerometers built into the PB to protect the HD if you drop it — it was only a matter of time before someone figured out a way to control music by tilting. Bumptunes is a script that lets you, um, tilt, rock, bump, or otherwise […]

Rockstar Games Makes Free Flash-Based Groovemaker

Rockstar Games, the people behind Grand Theft Audio, have turned their attention to music with a free 8-track looping application built entirely in Flash, free for online use. Beaterator features: 8-track / 240-bar sequencing from anywhere with an Internet connection, free Built-in stock sound bank from the likes of Matthew Dear (or upload your own […]

More on Rockstar’s Beaterator from Developer

We've got more details on Beaterator from Rockstar's web developer (unofficially, of course, but he has some interesting info on how it came about, as a predecessor to the very-cool 2001 creation Rhymerator.) Now, if Rockstar could just create a killer music video game . . . Hit read more for details. Most of the […]

CDM Trendwatch: Musicaltheaterblogging

If 2004 was the year of the blog, then 2005 will be the year in which everyone has an idea of what the big new blog trend will be. Here at CDM, we've considered the options, from Podcasting to videoblogging and yes, even smelloblogging (in which odors are delivered via RSS feed to fitted nostril […]

Online Reverb: Feed Your Audio Through a Real Tank

Ever routed audio a few feet to an outboard effects processor? How about routing your audio all the way to Oberhausen, Germany? Thanks to the online Tank-FX (link in German), you can. A server feeds your audio sample into the tank and records it with a pair of Rode NT-5s, adding a nice, natural reverb […]

Russian Nesting Doll Theremin

Tom at MusicThing scooped CDM on the Japanese cat costume accessory for your Big Briar/Moog theremin, but I'm surprised he didn't point out the other oddities at the same site, like a Matrioshka (Russian nesting doll) theremin shell. You know, given nearly-unlimited choices of things to wave my hands over, I just can't think of […]

Moog Etherwave Pro, Theremin How-To Coming

While we're on the subject of theremins, sure, you could build one yourself — this is one of the single most popular DIY electronic projects of all time — but would you feel like a pro "gigging musician"? Bob Moog, who cut his teeth building theremins before he'd even thought of building modular synthesizers, has […]

64-Bit Windows Drivers (Edirol, M-Audio)

The 64-bit Windows audio phenomenon does seem to be for real. In addition to 64-bit music computers and 64-bit Cakewalk software, drivers are starting to surface. M-Audio already has 64-bit betas, and today Edirol announced it was launching beta drivers (via Harmony Central). Of course, meanwhile on the Mac, in addition to the G5 Power […]

‘Easter Egg’ Asteroid Image in GarageBand

'Asteroid' / Q97 is the leaked Apple audio interface that has started a firestorm over blogging, journalism, and privacy. A preliminary ruling today declared that bloggers aren't protected as journalists, and can't protect confidential sources (see BBC News) — potentially a major blow for online journalism and even traditional journalists using email, says the EFF. […]

Jack 0.61: Linux Audio Power on Mac

An intrepid development team is quietly bringing the power of Linux audio to the ultimate flexibility of Mac OS X and Core Audio. It's called JackOSX, and if you haven't checked it out yet, now is the time: with this free software, you can route audio between any Core Audio-based Mac apps (that's basically everything […]