WIRES from Hainbach, AudioThing turns a Soviet wire recorder into a plugin

It’s terrible recording technology, made into wonderful music tool. This 1970s Soviet machine saw Cold War spy and military action – but now you get to cheat and use it as a plug-in.

A haunting sonic portrait of a body post-trauma, from Palestine’s Dakn

Seared and sighing, the textures of Dakn’s debut release express pain and mourning. But these aching sounds find some feeling of grace. They are hurt expressed, like a cry.

Freeing music from hard disks, soulful asymmetries, Bloomfeld and Overthinker Mob

It’s a world of overabundant music and disappearing press, lockdowns and empty venues, endless production up against algorithmic listeners. But no mind: free those tracks, anyway.

Intimate portraits of music-making for times of isolation and futurism

For all the video portraits of music-making out there, this series for The Disappearance of Music is something special – and might just inspire you in your own solo creation.

Lockdown mapping: MadMapper + streaming tutorial, featuring NVIDIA Broadcast

It’s cold outside for much of the world now, and crowds are a no-no. But show off your projection mapping skills while streaming – and be on top of gigs when they come back. Our friends at MadMapper show us how.

Cherry’s CA2600 is a perfect ARP 2600 for $25 – here’s a tour

This could be the easiest and most inexpensive way to put the epic 1971 semi-modular synth in your rig. Cherry Audio has a killer ARP 2600 recreation – and it costs only US$25.

Capture the lockdown mood with these short, poetic indie horror games

Architecture and topography themselves become horror in these underground experimental games – titles you can play with a few minutes in the dark.

Reason for the Season: Free sound packs, inspiration, and … carve a pumpkin

Let’s be honest – days are dark in the wrong ways now. Here are some free Halloween sound packs and a software update for Reason to give you some inspiration – plus a pumpkin carving game, just because.

Pure Data is running in the browser, for free Web-based sound patching

It’s just an alpha version, but it’s already impressive: the open source visual programming tools Pd is running in a browser window, even with externals.

The VJ play: InMusic buys ArKaos, live visual developer

From the VJ M&A file: ArKaos, the pioneering developer of live audiovisual tools, has been snapped up by InMusic. That puts this VJ name alongside brands like Akai, Numark, and M-Audio.