Saturday, May 31, 2008

Paper Drum Machine

"BeatMachine Amateur is krokowym sekwencerem music. Thanks to him, you can easily create music, using the capsules (of course, beer).

The action is not very complicated. A special Table has blatu windshield, which was affixed to the card is dedicated paths. Each path consists of the same fields. Webcam set up under the table, send the image to the program, which examines the fields in which there are shadows capsules. It is a shadow - is sound. For each track, you can assign a different sound.

To play this device is sufficient to construct a special table and fire written by our program. We will be happy if you share your photo-enforcement machinery and screenem program (marcinw87 [at]" - Googlish

Goto say it does'nt look too hard to put it together... this guy got it done he says in about 15 minutes...

Thursday, May 22, 2008

TOKTEK life at Steim

You might have read on MusicThing that STEIM is in danger of closing. "Things are not well at STEIM. We are in the danger of losing our structural funding from the government, based on a review from the advisor board which called us 'closed and only appealing to a niche audience'. The outlook isn't exactly bleak, but at the moment our future is unclear." There is an online pertition asking you to show your support for STEIM. All you have to do is click here and file out an email form showing your support.

Well I hadn't heard much about STEIM so I went looking. Yep there are a few youtube clips but I liked this one by TOKTEK a lot... scratching, live sampling, laptops, joysticks, sequencers, the occasional old school phone sample... what's not to like :) - thanks to tschuuuly for posting it.

Boss RE 201 Space Echo

"A very quick clip of some Moog Voyager running through a Boss RE 201 Space Echo which is based on the legendary Roland RE201 tape echo." - thanks to simonsound1

Monday, May 19, 2008

How to control Ableton Live with your iPhone

Emusic have posted step-by-step instructions on how to Control Ableton Live with your iPhone. thanks to chipcollection.

So I went onto Youtube and had a look at how it works. djwask posted a nice little clip showing how it works, the faders, clips etc.

In response to the above video heywhatnooo posted a fairly long and detailed clip going through how to set the whole thing up. At the end he knocks of the background music and starts using the XY pad.... The added bonus to this clip is it has a deadly sample from Ghost Dog... one of my all time favourites :)

Soft Synths

A Jam session with plenty of analogue gear. A TB303, TR606, SH101, A fair bit of modular gear all sequenced by the Doepfer Schaltwerk. It starts to hot up near the end... and the filters have a sweet bite to them. - thanks to dbosten

Are you the Annoying Synth Neighbor

"a short film about having an annoying roommate with a lot of synths. " - thanks to electriceyeLLC

Are you, or have you ever been an annoying synth neighbour? - Yes, yes I have ;)

Are you or have you ever been annoying synth neighbour

Starkey Hearing Science modular synthesizer

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Part 3

"Starkey Hearing Science analog modular synthesizer laboratory. It is a scientific instrument, with many particular synthesis features... with this gear you can also process any external signal inputs between filters, vco's and more... The Starkey laboratory is absolutely not common & classic instrument ;-)" - thanks to scienceforce

I don't know anything about this thing except that it is ultra rare has "four oscillators, three multimode filters, two A/R envelope generators, digital gate sequencer, noise generator, phase shifter, external audio input...but no CV control. Uses mini-banana jacks. Built in 1977."... and sounds cool. Check out zonkout's flickr account to see a few more photos.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Sound Synthesis - Physcial Modelling

"The sound here is synthesized by computer on the fly, according to interactions caused in the virtual world by the user.Best with headphones or bass." - thanks to dylandio

I wish physical modelling synths worked like that. It'd be great for some live weirdness :)

Elektor Retronics presents: Formant Sound Demo

"The Formant Synthesizer was published in Elektor magazine during 1977-1979. It was the first mini analogue synthesizer around with modular construction that could be built at home at an affordable price. A tribute article appears in Elektor, April 2008.** best played LOUD ** " - thanks to ElektorIM

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Digidesign Transfuser 01 - Free~ish

Good news for Pro-Tools users. You can now download a free demo of their new audio warping tool Transfuser. It's a time limited demo with a stripped down sampler library. It will run until the end of June and has 200Mb of phrases and loops rather than the expected 2Gb of the full version.

Digidesign Transfuser:a brand new, upcoming RTAS® virtual instrument plug-in for Pro Tools® from the Digidesign Advanced Instrument Research (A.I.R.) group. Transfuser is an innovative, real-time loop, phrase, and groove creation workstation that allows you to quickly and easily create, manipulate, and perform loop- and rhythm-based music on the fly. Ideal for electronic, hip-hop, and dance music production, remixing, and anyone working with loops. interview Photocell controller for Max/MSP

"This is an interview from about my photocell controller for Max/MSP made out of a hacked PS2 Game Controller " - thanks to yakthekyle

€20 for a MIDI controller.... sweet.

Friday, May 09, 2008

What is the Bubblegum Sequencer?

The Bubblegum Sequencer is a physical step sequencer that lets you create drumloops by arranging colored balls on a tangible surface. It generates MIDI events and can be used as an input device to control audio hardware and software. Finally, people can't claim anymore that electronic music isn't handmade.
Here's how it works: A grid of holes, consisting of several rows with 16 holes each is the canvas. On it, you arrange colored gumballs. The 16 columns represent the 16th-notes in a measure. Each color is mapped to a specific sample.
Because the output is generated in the form of MIDI events, the Bubblegum Sequencer can be used to control any kind of audio hardware or software.
If you'd like to know more about the Bubblegum Sequencer, read our course paper.

via Colz ... cheers buddy :)

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Dub 4 ever in Ableton

Dubbing out in Ableton Live! from Andreas Wetterberg on Vimeo.

Andreas Wetterberg walks ya thru a serious feedback delay line in Ableton...lovely effect and some nice tips in this and other videos. Tho that dely effect alone would _crush_ my humble laptop!