Beirut and Berlin exchange artists, workshops, and music – listen to mixes and releases

For all the crises, Beirut’s international connections continue to grow. Next up is an extensive residency-exchange project, starting in Berlin this week and returning to Beirut later this month. And that’s an excuse to give you some music to check out.

Videosync, AV tool for Ableton Live, adds more shaders and formats and expressive tools

Quick! Make visuals for that track! Uh… yeah, normally visual tools aren’t nearly as immediate and playable as music ones. And that’s where Videosync comes in – now with a vastly expanded feature set belied by today’s 1.1 release.

Sounds from the Iranian Ultraverse compiles “underbelly” music, supports Afghan people

People are starving; now is the time when dismantling imperialism and supporting family is vital. So let’s turn our ears again to the poignant sounds of the Iranian “underbelly” – and enter the ultraverse.

Bastl Instruments is teasing something about pizza

Meanwhile in Czechia – the zany minds of Bastl Instruments are teasing a new product, which is possibly a modular product but knowing them, could be a module and a pizzeria. Behold:

Ableton releases free Microtuner – but tuning is more than spaces between notes

Ableton has released another free Max for Live device. It’s cool, it can be useful, it’s free (if you have Live Suite or a Max for Live license). But it’s worth pausing to consider whether tuning solutions could be more.

Free Markov Variations elegantly morphs between Ableton Live settings with chance

Max for Live creator Dillon Bastan has created one of their best yet – automatically using controllable Markov Chains to shift settings via Ableton Live’s new Variations feature.

Through Friday, Kyiv’s 20ft Radio will soothe you with music and sound, resisting occupiers

Grains of Peace may be the essential addiction of this week. Wars are designed not only to produce physical harm but anxiety and hopelessness. From Kyiv comes a beacon of peace and calm – with a call to make a material difference for those fighting to end the war and protect Ukraine.

Mira Calix, ground-breaking composer, producer, multidisciplinary artist, has died

Now we’ve lost Mira Calix, an artist whose music imagination spanned every discipline and collaboration imaginable. Warp Records, the label most associated with her work, broke the bad news about the artist, born in South Africa as Chantal Passamonte, with a statement: We are devastated to learn about the death of our dear Mira Calix […]

Soundtoys gets full native Apple Silicon support, for some evergreen effects

Soundtoys has announced full support for its complete suite of effects on Apple Silicon. So let’s use that as an excuse to go over some favorite tools here, as I’ve been … just rinsing these things again on projects.

itch.io indie gaming distribution for musicians: free open-source Scritch player and more

With gaming giant Epic buying Bandcamp, why not let music-makers put their albums on indie gaming darling itch.io, too? Thanks to homebrewed, customizable, free players, it’s now totally doable.