Cancellation and reschedule updates guide: Musikmesse, SuperBooth, Loop, WWDC, more

Obviously, most near-term public events are canceled, as efforts to reduce transmission of COVID-19 ramp up. Some events already have new dates in 2020, however. Here’s the latest:

An open call for a compilation of 20-second hand-washing music, and more great choices

COVID-19 or no, washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds is always a good idea. And music can help.

Polyend teases Tracker: grid, tracker display, hardware

Polyend has been gradually releasing a set of teasers for Tracker – and today we get the first big picture, looking like a love child of a monome, 90s tracker software, Maschine, and Push.

Vuo Pro 2.0 for Mac lets you make your own video plugins, VJ FX – and now there’s a free version

Vuo is a visual tool for making effects, generators, and transitions for live visuals/VJing and production. And they’re so keen to get artists going, they’re giving away an edition – complete with online training.

All about Mutable’s Marbles random sampler – and a clever, just-released update

Mutable Instruments’ modules seemed poised to live forever, in synth terms. A clever update this week is a good reminder of the coolness of the Marbles random sampler.

In Russia, vintage MeeBlips have custom clones, thanks to open source hardware

The original version of our MeeBlip synth project has found a quirky new iteration in St. Petersburg – and it’s making some terrific grooves.

German music tech events enter the age of COVID-19; Musikmesse postponed

Novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, meet the musical instruments and music tech business. Events in Germany are threatened, and more could be in store worldwide.

That time in 1965 when a teen Ray Kurzweil made a computer compose music and met LBJ

At age 17, Ray Kurzweil – he of the “singularity” – wrote a pioneering piece of “AI” music software, and showed it off on a TV show with Steve Allen.

Here are ten hours of infinite fractals and falling Shepard’s Tones

Yesterday was one of the stranger 24 hours in the 15+ year history of producing this site, as you may have heard. So here is a palette cleanser, then, in case you have a … wine hangover.

Celebrate MeeB-leap Day weekend with these great synth vids – or make your own

One extra day in the calendar is clearly a reason to spend one extra day playing with synths and making and sharing music. So we’ve decided to get MeeBlip in on that.