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iPhone, iPad for Wild Performances: Nonstandard Sequencing, Ableton, Gestures

Whatever the platform, you can expect musicians to do weird things and make noise. (It is, after all, our raison d’ĂȘtre.) In this case, while the input controller is an iPad or iPhone, the emphasis remains on running sound from additional gear, whether an inexpensive hardware synth in the form of a Korg monotron or […]

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Extreme Time-stretched Hamsterdance and Free and Open Source Sound Treasures

Before Bieber, there was Hamsterdance – what in 1998 counted for viral on the Internet. In today’s ever-geekier times, even obscure sound software can go viral. Photo (CC-BY) twodolla / Wendy. In this age of the 24-hour news cycle and instant publication of stories, sometimes it’s good to slow down and wait. And thus, while […]

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New Music Listening, Free and Pay-What-You-Will: Shigeto to Squarepusher to Ambienteer

Squarepusher plays Rome in April of last year. Photo (CC-BY-ND) funkoolow. To take us into the weekend, here are some favorite online music releases this week to download, stream, and enjoy. Be sure to click over to the site if you’re on RSS for the included players if they’re not appearing.

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AudioMulch Update, Asymmetrical Time Sigs, Artists, Tutorials, and Resources

AudioMulch 2.1: Time signature support from AudioMulch on Vimeo. Does music production need more software with more features? Probably not. Could it use a little spice in its rhythms and time signatures? Absolutely! So, while I already have great respect for the idiosyncratic, underground-favorite AudioMulch, the addition of custom time signatures in the video above […]

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Tired – LED Walls; Wired – Giant Fluorescent Tube Displays! Meet "I Am Display"

I AM DISPLAY from dada technology on Vimeo. “I Am Display” is 10,000 watts of lighting goodness, composed of original, handmade electronics and some 182 lighting tubes, deployed in a 13-meter length, which debuted early this year. I’m not entirely sure I follow the designers’ intentions here: There is a sense of inverted communication between […]

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Music Hack Day London Registration This Week; Your Music Wanted

Music Hack Day from Your Neighbours on Vimeo. Music Hack Day rolls into London September 4-5 with a huge lineup, ranging from Domino Records to Queen Mary, University of London, and I expect some real work on music creation hacking, not just the Web. If you want to register, time is short – registration closes […]

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Free Shigeto EP Explores More Textural, Narrative Worlds

Michigan-born, Brooklyn-based artist Shigeto is one of my favorite artists on Ghostly International. AKA Zach Saginaw, Shigeto has been making collages of electronic beats, richly-textural releases, many of them following the narrative of his family’s experience in Japanese internment camps here in the US during World War II. “What We Held On To” is a […]

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monome Meets Max for Live Control, New Album

A close view of the monome 128, (CC-BY) bm.iphone monome user Myr (aka James Waterworth | site | soundcloud) has worked on a set of tools that helps make working with Max for Live in Ableton Live easier, more capable, and friendlier with the monome and other gear. It includes a variety of tools and […]

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Create Analog Music: All-Analog Kick Percussion Joins Compact Boutique Range

Image courtesy Abstract Data. Rockstar sparkle not included. Operating small runs out of his basement, Justin Owen is on a mission to bring his idiosyncratic, all-analog sounds to musicians in affordable, portable form. “Affordable” and “portable” often aren’t associated with analog, though even players as big as KORG have gotten in on the game recently, […]

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A New Reaktor in Public Beta; First Look and Sweet Lazerbass Sounds

Reaktor 5.5’s refreshed interface. Click for a full-sized image. Reaktor 5.5, the software that’s both a giant bundle of out-there effects and synths and a visual development environment for making your own creations, has entered public beta. Despite the “point-five” appended to the name, it’s a major, new release, with new sound modules, streamlined multi-pane […]

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