Live 4.1.1 Fixes – The Perfect Host?

Live 4.1 may have introduced Ableton's new Operator synth, but 4.1.1 looks like it contains just as many bug fixes and improvements — obesssive release notes are available on the Ableton forum. Here's the big one: if you don't want Operator, you can now hide it from the instruments list. (In 4.1 the Operator appeared […]

Remembering the 80s in Flyers

Quick: what do Nina Hagen, Laurie Anderson, Sonic Youth, and Run DMC have in common? Among many others, they hung out at 80s arts hub Danceteria here in NYC. Check out the history in flyers. As if the current real estate market didn't give us enough reason to be wistful for 80s New York. (via […]

Free Tune: Prefuse73 and The Books

The good folks at Warp Records are giving away a pre-release single (limited access, so get it fast) from Prefuse 73's upcoming Surrounded By Silence (coming later this month; thanks, disquiet). Best part about it: it features The Books, everyone's favorite oddball found-sound/Folktronic electronic duo (more info at their label Tomlab or their inscrutable, outdated […]

ASCAP’s Podcast Fees Nominal; Legal Licensing Still Complex

Updated: Wil Wheaton writes us in agreement that "$20 a year is entirely reasonable, and it doesn't make it cost-prohibitive for hobbyists to pay the fee." Of course, that still raises the question of how to handle other rights that may apply and could be more costly — those not administered by ASCAP. And I […]

Musicpole MIDI Controller

It's a keyboard wrapped around a pole. Rotate it, and you can play in a different key or mode. Run your finger along it, and you've got a scale. I suppose what makes this useful is the ability to find scales and modes more easily, with one downside: you've got to play a pole. (See […]

Miami: Must-see WMC Events

The Miami Winter Music Conference has an enormously overwhelming line-up of events. InternetDJ has the scoop on which events to check out. Here's what CDM sees as the big events: Remix Hotel should be fun again, and it's both chill and free. Wednesday BPM Magazine is hosting an all-female lineup — though we look forward […]

Echo Chambers, from Mayan to Modern

There's just something about an echo chamber, magical spaces that have the power to transform sound. An article in Nature (discussed at collision detection some weeks ago and more recently at aptly-named blog Echo Generation with anecdotal evidence) Mayans may have built the El Castillo pyramid with specific audio-filtering capabilities. Echoes can sound like chirping […]

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 […]