Make orbits of planets and moons into music, with a VCV Rack module and an upcoming synth

In the early days of analog synthesis, you had to just turn knobs really slowly and imagine some planetary bodies moving around. Now we have computation. Let’s make ambient space music that’s accurate.

New KORG volca sample adds USB file loading, per-part groove, pattern chaining, more

The KORG volca sample was always a compact, hands-on, grungy little wonder box. Now a major revision solves its biggest problem – sample loading – and adds a ton of new features.

The best TR news is this free 808 emulator, made in SuperCollider

There’s been a ton of off-the wall TR-707/808/909 news this month, so let’s gather it in one place. But the really important development is having a powerful SuperCollider drum machine, for free – and here’s why.

Music with larvae, animism, low-tech soul, and Tad’s post-colonial guide to the Philippines

We get a deep decolonialist reflection on the Philippines, music, technology, and identity from new media artist Tad ErmitaƱo. And yes, some larvae make music as they eat their way through a log. Tad is a leading media artist from Manila; I got to know him through his participation in one MusicMakers Hacklab with us […]

closecontact contact-sharing app: the latest tool in the fight to keep Berlin clubs open

With backing from the Berlin Club Commission and an experienced development team, closecontact is a simple but promising solution to pandemic contact sharing in the German capital.

Unreal Engine is bringing tons of tutorials, from virtual concert halls to immersive eye candy fx

Some events translate poorly online. But making worlds in Unreal Engine has always involved sitting behind a display – so these tutorials prove essential. And they might just help audiovisual producers create new immersive creations.

No more generic synth sounds: excellent tutorial on sampling sound design on Prophet X

Sequential continues a grand tradition of analog/digital hybrid instruments. And a major advantage to that – you’re not restricted to the sonic colors of just the analog sound sources. Prophet X is a 50GB custom multisampler, too.

SOMA’s ORNAMENT-8 isn’t a sequencer, it’s an analog computer and behavior synthesizer

Its independent cells are delay lines creating a dynamic equilibrium. It represents a temporal dimension and an “infinite now.” Okay, mainly, it’s covered in a whole lot of metal patch points you use with alligator clips to f*** up patterns and time. Let’s do the simple take first. Inventor Vadim Minkin has developed the ORNAMENT-8, […]

Native Instruments exec shakeup: Daniel Haver and Mate Galic are out as CEO and President

It’s the end of an era. After more than 20 years leading the company, both CEO Daniel Haver and CIO/President Mate Galic are out of their roles.

The Sacred Rage, an all-star compilation for Beirut, as Lebanese fundraisers find an audience

When words fail, perhaps there is music. Morphine Records dropped its compilation The Sacred Rage last night, a profoundly personal LP. And even with a storm of crises the world over, these projects find receptive music lovers. On this moment, and the music it is assembling: