It seems to be a season of digital delays, but this is something different. Dedalus is a creation of some beloved devs and experimentalists. They’ve combined delay with distortion, modulation (with drawable curves), and tons of granulation – all in a one-window UI. Calling it a “delay” almost seems like missing the point.
Roland SP-404MKII v3.0 firmware drops – here’s why we’re excited about it
Roland just released the 3.0 software update for its SP-404MKII sampler/sequencer/effects unit, and we’re psyched to share some of the features with you (and try them out ourselves!) Quick overview:
Wiggler is a bendy expressive DIY synth – and its creator is sharing their process
You’ve seen mechanical engineers attempt expressive synths, and real, polished products. But why not have fun with a slightly more punk, DIY, bendy synth of your own? Sound Werkshop has been working on that, using the eminently affordable and flexible Daisy Seed embedded platform (which in turn runs code and Pd and Max-generated patches).
Khabat Abas of Kurdistan-Iraq talking about cellos, bombshells, silenced stories of women
Making instruments, making music overlaps directly with the issue of mapping sound to emotional experience, meaning, and orientation. Let’s listen to Khabat Abas, a musician, composer, sound artist, and instrument maker from Kurdistan-Iraq. She works directly at the crossing of so many of the issues we’ve encountered in the past months – and finds ways to make experimental cellos out of repurposed bombshells.
Open call: Ukraine Resistance Radio, amplifying experimental sounds and music of Ukraine
Ukraine Resistance Radio is a new project for amplifying experimental sounds and music of Ukrainian artists and their allies. An open call is up now, with the first broadcast with partner Radio Vilnius on the 19th of March.
Free tool dumps KORG minilogue xd patches into images – plus patch sheets for volca modular
Korg sound design fans, you’ll want this: a user has made a free tool that automatically generates images from program presets. (Sounds like a great idea for other synths, too – and we get into other geeky scripts here, as well.) And now is a good time to revisit free patch sheets for volca modular, though for that you’ll need drawing software … or a pen.
Here’s what happens when you let ChatGPT make Eurorack patches for you
Human modular patches may at times involve randomly patching into jacks and seeing what happens – that’s surely part of the fun. But what happens if you let an assistive AI chatbot do the patching? One Gert Braakman decided to find out.
As crisis continues, albums bring Turkey and Syria earthquake relief
The scale of the recent earthquakes in Turkey and Syria is hard to conceive, atop ongoing crises in the region and world. Tens of thousands have died, more continue to die, and millions are now homeless across the territories of the two countries. With music scenes intertwined with those places, responding is essential in any way we can.
Watch legendary Octave One live in action, with tables full of gear
Few people can power through a live set quite like Detroit icons Lenny and Lawrence Burden – and few can plaster a table with quite this many synths and drum machines. Behold the joy of Octave One live.
Minimal Audio delivers Cluster Delay, a multi-tap with sound sculpting extras
Yes, there are too many plug-ins, but I’ve been looking for something like this for a while – especially to replace some aging options. Cluster Delay, a combination of multi-tap delay and multi-effects, could fit the bill.