Composer, producer, and percussionist debashis sinha delved into spiritual spaces of his ancestral India in a double-release from late last year. These projects interweave rhythm, mythology, decolonization, and artificial intelligence. We talk to Deb about his take on machine learning – uniquely humble and human just when we need it – and the significance of the sonic imagery on this album. He reflects on the process of making and meaning for these gorgeous releases.
Speldosa is a virtual music box from Klevgrand and Marble Machine creator Wintergatan
Production tool or stress relief? Maybe it’s both. Swedish artist Wintergatan, best known for the physical Marble Machine instrument, has worked with Klevgrand to create a software music box in plug-in and app format, and it’s just $6 during the intro.
Georgian-made Ambient audio is bringing home-grown modular to the Caucasus
Buy local: the world of gear for musicians is opening up to independent makers in more places. That includes Tbilisi-based Ambient audio, who are making everything from glowing and recycled patch cables to modular kits.
Noise Engineering’s latest Versio is Yester: three-tap delay with tons of controls
Yester Versio adds a bunch of sound-shaping and performance controls to a three-tap delay it what looks like a promising package. It’s the latest addition to Versio, their stereo module line that lets you swap firmwares at will – meaning you might just get this for free when it arrives this week.
ASM Hydrasynth 2.0: bit reducer, per-voice modulation, quantized LFO and ENV, more
ASM’s Hydrasynth is one of the most capable sound design instruments available now, packed with modulation features for its polyphonic architecture. Version 2.0 packs expanded memory and new modulation and envelope tools, including quantization and the ability to advance one at a time through their unique LFO Steps.
Resolume 7.14 visual software arrives – and with it, a bunch of new Wire tutorials
Live visual – VJ – media server tool Resolume gets another big update with a little version number. But we’re not just here to talk new and shiny: Resolume has al new set of tutorials for patching in their Wire modular environment, too. Spring semester is on the way.
Dozens of recipes on Mutable Instruments Plaits, for your Eurorack kitchen
Artist Rochefsky has been busy cooking up a ton of Mutable Instruments Plaits recipes – which seems just the thing to share on a Sunday. Plus even if you don’t have the module (or like me are on a train at the moment) you can give this a go for free in VCV Rack in software (with the Macro Oscillator 2 module).
Bandcamp’s workers in the USA are unionizing
Bandcamp workers today announced they are unionizing under the name Bandcamp United (BCU). It’s doubly relevant because this workforce represents everyone from engineers to journalists, working at a meeting point between music, tech, and gaming. And they’re asking artists and labels to support them.
Pixel Music for iOS generates sequences from your images
Who needs presets or AI? An idea can start from anything – even extracted from the pixel values of some images you have stored on your phone. Pixel Music tries a different take on sequencing.
Audio Damage Replicant plug-in rebuilt in v3, looks great, does way more than stutter
Replicant 3 might be the most unique of Audio Damage’s entire stable of plug-ins. The new version is rebuilt from the ground up, comes packed with new slice effects, and yet has a more capable, cleaner UI. It might just be the kind of software update that re-launches IDM as a genre.