Premiere – Noise in the Key of Life: Lukasz Polowczyk meditates on music and listening

A funeral with violins, a hospital, a broken piano, a diesel engine, a farewell – artist Ɓukasz Polowczyk’s new work Noise in the Key of Life layers live players and field recording with equal standing and reflects on experience and sound. We talked to Lukasz and premiere a short film about the work.

Logic Pro 10.7.5: free tempo recording, personalized Spatial Audio, Ableton Link, more

Apple quietly dropped Logic Pro 10.7.5 with some highly desirable stuff. That includes support for Ableton Link, the ability to capture ideas without using a metronome, and the fancy new iPhone self-calibration for Spatial Audio, plus a hefty handful of long-awaited additions.

RNBO (“rainbow”): Start in Max’s UI, deliver to plug-ins, Web browsers, hardware, any OS

The new Max thing Cycling ’74 has been teasing is here, and it’s pronounced “rainbow.” Maybe the easiest way to see why this is a big deal: on the product page, you can mess with an interactive patch in your Web browser natively.

BOSS SL-2 is the slicer in a compact pedal with loads of powers, MIDI, and stereo in & out

BOSS has taken the advanced slicing / rhythmic / tremolo / panning powers of the SL-20 and packed it into a single stomp form factor. And despite that new compact size and price, you still get stereo in and outs as an option, and full MIDI control.

Morton Subotnick, singing out to new generations, in film premiere this week

Born in LA, known for the West Coast, worked on the East Coast – but this week a stunning portrait of Morton Subotnick and live performance will take place in a town with no coast. It’s SUBOTNICK in Berlin.

Offsets and stereo mixing are the latest Noise Engineering modular wonders

Noise Engineering is back with still more modules we want – this time, a stereo mixer with some specific desirable extras, and a handy utility for offsets (and other things).

Kyoka is imagining new worlds, playing machines, and exploring neurology: interview

Kyoka, the innovative producer and artist (Raster-Noton), has electrodes attached to her head with good reason. In collaboration with neurologists, she’s exploring the power of sound in mood and thought. She talks to us on the eve of a premiere at Berlin’s Signals Festival.

The late Dave Smith with Tom Oberheim, Marcus Ryle, Tony Karavidas talking OB-X8 design

We’re fortunate for all the time we get to spend together talking about the stuff we love and meeting the people who make our musical instruments. And that time is always limited. So this moment from the OB-X8 team is especially worth watching for all four designers – and RIP, Dave.

Healing, history, and a future reclaimed: Nina Pixel deep dive from Signals Festival

Ancestral Archaeology is more than the title of Nina Pixel’s new double-album. It’s an urgent practice at a moment of crisis for Slovakia and the world, taking a critical and scientific approach to folklore’s legacy, rather than a fetishistic one.

The Commodordion: 8-bit instrument made of taped-together C64s and floppies

Eat your heart out, Roland V-Accordion. Meet the Commodordion, an 8-bit chip instrument with bellows made of floppies and gaffer tape – and a surprisingly deep feature set.