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NAMM Years’ Eve: Favorite 2007 Musical Moments

New Years’ Eve? What’s that? The music tech year begins and ends at the massive NAMM trade show, across from Disneyland in Anaheim, California. So, as we settle in for a few hours’ rest before the big circus begins, I asked Liz McLean Knight and Mike Una to offer some of their 2007 highlights. And […]

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CDM @ NAMM: All The News That Fits or Not, We Print

Liz McLean Knight and I are converging in Anaheim to bring you coverage from the NAMM show floor for the coming days, inaugurating a new CDM video channel and bringing you our biggest NAMM coverage ever. Beatportal posted their own NAMM 2008 preview with some speculation of their own from Francis Preve. Here’s who I’m […]

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All-Kaossilator Album Makes Korg King, Plus Not-Quite-All Monome Albums

All Kaoss, All the Time: In a world of endless choices, what happens to the creative power of limitations? Back in November, we saw Norman Fairbanks make an album entirely on Tenori-On, Yamaha’s interactive blinking-lights button pad. “Ah,” you said. “But that sounds suspiciously like the music of Toshio Iwai, the Tenori-On’s composer-inventor. And it […]

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Roger Linn on New Instrument Design; Experimental Instrument Round-Up

There’s no shortage of ideas for how to make new instruments. And once upon a time, the MPC sampler (bottom right) was a new idea. While on the subject of Roger Linn, Roger also lets us know he’s put up a new page with reflections on instrument design and a round-up of alternative electronic interfaces […]

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Free Gravity-Simulating Music Generator, Built in Java

It’s the music of the spheres. Or at least, the music of the various, floating geometric shapes, bouncing around a virtual galaxy with gravity simulation. Kepler’s Orrery is a (newly) open-sourced generative music maker, based on a gravity simulation algorithm. As bodies collide, they make sound; it’s a bit like what would happen if you […]

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Macworld: Becoming a Mac Visualist – Live Visual Resources

Once, digital image editing was a fringe medium. Now, almost everyone who uses a computer does basic image editing. So, I’m pleased to get to talk today at Macworld Expo about live visuals and reactive/interactive animation. I chose some relatively simple examples since time was short, just to cover the basics. I think some of […]

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Soundcells, a Homebrew Nintendo DS “Ukelele”

Homebrewers continue to dream up new ways of making music with mobile game systems. Sometimes the results are useful as actual tools, and sometimes they’re more of a fascinating novelty. In the latter category is the truly unusual Soundcells, a virtual “ukelele” inspired by the grid-based music interface of Toshio Iwai’s Tenori-On. The interface looks […]

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Korg KAOSS Pad 3: Enter the Matrix, with Grid-Based Music Playing All Around

While I haven’t gotten official word from Korg, it appears the KAOSS Pad KP-3 is now official, as reported widely. (First full scoop this time appears to be SonicState (who have the most details) after a leak and later confirmation on Music thing.) Here’s what’s new, along with some other competing musical “grids”:

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Futuresonic: Toshio Iwai, Atau Tanaka, Zach Lieberman and Futuristic Musical Art

Manchester’s Futuresonic conference featured some of our favorite people. Fortunately, while none of Team CDM could be there, we do get to live vicariously through others: Toshio Iwai traced his work from childhood to present-day in a talk. Our friend Chris O’Shea has copious notes and images on the talk at Pixelsumo, and Régine Debatty […]

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