Apple added an orange dot that’s a showstopper for live visuals – and it needs a fix

In the interest of security and privacy, Apple on macOS Monterey has added a prominent orange dot to display outputs when audio capture is active. That renders their machines unusable for live visual performance, though, since it’s also shown on external displays. Dear macOS team – we urgently need a fix here.

The best music and creative hardware deals for Cyber Monday from Amazon

Amazon has a surprising sale on Roland and Novation drum machines, among others. Here are some top picks. The big surprise comes from some of my favorite Roland boxes, if you’ve been following CDM this year. Heck, I don’t have the TR-06 and kinda want one thanks to its trigger ins, so I may cause […]

Peter Kirn - November 29, 2021

Laurie Anderson, in video, on the stories behind her custom-built instruments

A violin can be totally transformed – and the performance with it – from ice skates to neon instruments to ventriloquists’ dummies. Laurie Anderson in this film talks about her many ingenious instrumental inventions.

Peter Kirn - September 27, 2021

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