Monday, September 29, 2008

Cat & A Theremin

What's not funny about this? :D

Crackle Canvas

Tom Verbruggen has created a series of circuit bent canvases that are interconnectable with audio patch leads to create performances. More here.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

HUGE archive of reggae/dub samples

Absolutely tons of reggae/dub/hip-hop oriented samples over at DubSelektor! All the lasers, cockbacks and bigups you can eat...nice one!
(via DuttyArts)

Friday, September 19, 2008

Toshio Iwai talking about the visual-musical interface

Toshio Iwai, inventor/developers of Yamaha's Tenori on, talking about the visual-musical interface at Ars Electronica 2006. It's nearly impossible to hear what he is saying so you can read it at

It's a bit boring for the first 4 mins with a fair amount of unintelligble speech and a demonstration a kind of music box interface. After 4 minutes though it gets better and it's kind of like a run through of some of the more interesting interfaces out there.

Alessandro Cortini and the EAR Synthesizer

Alessandro Cortini, touring keyboardist with Nine Inch Nails from 2005 - present, has posted some very tasty vids. There is the vid above demo, a of the EAR synthesizer, and others where he discusses the Buchla 200e. Well worth the watch. Go to plugtpd to check out the rest of them.

Sunday, September 14, 2008


LumiSonic is a sound application that visualises sound in real-time in a way that allows hearing-impaired individuals to interact with a specifically designed, graphical representation of sound.
The software translates sound waves into circles that radiate on a display.
The project to develop Lumisonic involved the London Philharmonic Orchestra, whose musicians performed with deaf children at Whitefields School in East London.

The children played instruments to see how their actions influenced the circles appearing on monitors.

I've always found that making music using sequencing software is a very visual experience (as much as it is also a sonic one). Nice to see someone taking a simple idea and applying it well (and yet _another_ use for the WiiMote!).

Good BBC News overview here.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Columbia Computer Music Centre Software

Came across the New York based Columbia Computer Music Centre (or Center as they would have it!). and their page of software developed there. The Percolate set of externals for MaxMSP have come in useful for me in the past and some of the others sound like they could be good nerdy fun (sinusoidal partial editing, analysis and resynthesis anyone?).

Monday, September 08, 2008

Macbeth modular synthesizer prototype

Part 1

Part 2

"This is a UNIQUE modular synthesizer prototype in the world created by Ken Macbeth, his sound & features are impressive with 7 VCO + 6 suboscillators, 13 oscillators in total!!! In my experience I can say that this modular project is much more complex and powerful than the new M5n or M3X... this modular has a FAT sound, another planet!" - thanks to scienceforce who also has a few clips of the ultra rare Starkey Hearing Science modular. Don't know who this lad is but he sure does get his hands on some rare synths.

Monday, September 01, 2008

The New Wave - Video Art & Synths

"1973 WGBH Boston Public Television program exploring the
relatively new area of video art. The program highlights several video
artists exploring the video medium and pushing its boundries, with a
focus on artists working with video synthesizers." -

There are 6 parts in the player. Might be a few ideas in there. Thanks to Maff for finding this one.

Treatment For Hearing Loss?

Are you one of the many out there suffering the constant ringing of tinnitus? Either through constant bashing of the audio hair cells when listening to your ipod or through an ear infection or when you've fallen asleep inside the bass port of a speaker and were too drunk to register the pain. Most people couldn't care less until they have their first scare and then it becomes very real.

Well if you are in the unfortunate but fairly common position of working in sound with less than stellar hearing there could be hope. Oregon Health & Science University scientists have successfully produced functional auditory hair cells in the cochlea of the mouse inner ear. The breakthrough suggests that a new therapy may be developed in the future to successfully treat hearing loss. The results of this research was recently published by the journal Nature.

You can read the rest of the article at Science Daily.