Friday, April 24, 2009

Reggae PreProcessor

"A pre-processor for reggae-dub music playback soundsystem style. To download a free demo:" - A nice idea. Even if you not playing over their juicy looking soundsystem you can still have a bit of fun. Going to the website lets you download a free cut down demo version. The demo is standalone, a single track can be loaded and no reverb or semi parametric E.Q.. It has the delay, the dub siren, the graphic EQ and the kills. No sign of the one in the vid on the site so I'm not sure if they just use it themselves or they are going to release it. Either way nice simple idea and good fun to play around with.

thanks to t-woc for sending me this one.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Donk Mecca - The Heart Of Donk

A Donk-umentary following the Blackout Crew as they tour around northwest UK playing "Put A Donk On It" to sold out venues. Everybody slags Donk and Scousehouse but it's hard to deny the numbers. Donk for those that might not know is Northern Hardcore. A kinda of slapstick derivative of Hardcore, Grime and.... Donk! Glowsticks, Bikinis, sweaty topless steroid ridden men hugging, social deprivation and a lot of drugs. The documentary is in 5 short parts with Part 1 showing the fairly well kitted youth centre where Donk started, moving to mental hardcore kids partys and lastly to the brawly streets and nightclubs where it is now.

I might not like Donk but I'm a dirter raver at heart and always like the hardcore sounds. Can't help it ;) If you have secret dirty raver leanings check out Hard N'Bouncy a free sample pack from Serious Sounds. It's a great free sample pack that I use it fairly often. 500 odd samples with a really good Hoovers folder, a lot of the classic Hoover/Reese samples.

Miss California! Gay Marriage! Weed! It's the AutoTuned News!

Best and only good use of AutoTuning ever?

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Bohemian Rhapsody Printer Remix

We've featured some stepper motor music before on AudioLemon but this is a particularly niiiiice example so I thought I'd stick it up. Enjoy!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Audio Damage Pulse Modulator FREE

Always a fan of the plugins from the Audio Damage crew and here's another freebie from em; the Pulse Modulator. Modelled on a vintage tremolo pedal it'll put some serious wobble in yer sounds!

Saturday, April 18, 2009


Photosounder is a tasty looking tool (currently Windows only) for turning sound into images (and vice versa) that can then be used for instrument extraction, resynthesis or other processing. While the concept of using graphics to represent and edit sound is hardly new (the closest example I can think of is Metasynth) this seems to be a pretty cool implementation, particularly when used with a powerful graphics editor like Photoshop.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Linux Multi Media Studio

Linux users have so far got the short end of the stick as far as music making programs go (never mind trying to get your hardware to work!) but the new free LMMS looks promising (and for Windows too!). Utilising an interface very similar to FL Studio you have audio, piano roll and block sequencing at your disposal as well as a range of built-in synths and effects. The LMMS WiKi is pretty helpful too and they're open to working with user-developers (check out the artwork contest!).

(Via LifeHacker)

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Max/Msp Video Tutorials

Baz has very generously created a large number of Max/Msp tutorial videos. So far it's up to tutorial 10 with a couple of parts to each tutorial. According to Baz there is going to be "a ridiculous amount" of tutorial videos. Not a substitute for the 100 or so text/patch tutorials that come with the software but if you are just downloading the 30 day Max/Msp demo and want to get up and running without getting bogged down in lots of text tutorials then this is the way to go. 

The first tutorial is a basic sine wave oscillator and it works it's way through subtractive synthesis, tutorial 8 shows how to make a polyphonic sampler and the last vid so far is a delay feedback tutorial. Thanks to BazTutorials

First use of Electronic Instrument in Film - L'Idee (1932)

I was reading a book on the history of film and according to it the first film to use the sound of an electronic instrument is the 1932 film by Berthold Bartosch L'Idee (The Idea). The book itself said it was the sound of the Theremin but as you can see from the opening credits the instruments is in fact the Ondes Martenot so maybe the book is a bit dodgy and there is an earlier use of electronic instruments in film. So far this is the earliest I've found.

The score was composed by Arthur Honegger a Swiss composer born in France and spending a large part of his life there."For Berthold Bartosch's animated satire L'Idée, Honegger set the remote, ethereal tones of the Ondes Martenot (representing the eponymous Idea in all its purity) against a restless, urban-jazz tinged ensemble dominated by trombone, trumpet, and alto sax that hinted at the influence of Kurt Weill."

L'Idee iteslf is also groundbreaking being described as the first serious, poetic, tragic work in animation. This of course was before Walt Disney sealed animations fate as being suitable for children only :(

thanks to Tomsutpen for posting the vid.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Secret ACTA International Copyright Treaty leaked to Wikileaks

A discussion draft of a 2008 secret ACTA International copyright treaty has been leaked to Wikileaks. I'll just point to the story. No point in embellishing it any further. I read it on Inquisitor and you can get the document from Wikileaks. Needless to say this is a kind of secret strong arm aggreement put together by bigger countries to encourage/force smaller states into adopting strict laws.

Wonder how France will react?

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

"You sell it for $18.98 and I make 80 cents?" - Trent Reznor

"One of the biggest wake-up calls of my career was when I saw a record contract. I said, 'Wait - you sell it for $18.98 and I make 80 cents? And I have to pay you back the money you lent me to make it and then you own it?" - Trent Reznor encouraging young musicians to dump the record labels... and as well kind of advertising his new iPhone app. Trent Reznor gave away the stems for his last album for people to download and remix and now he seems to be rolling out the remixes and the community built around the remixes into a kind of NIN empire. 

Some call it the future of music distribution, some say Reznor is becoming the preachy Bono type of digital audio, most say he's a decent musician with a few new ideas on how to generate interest and revenue. With 11'000 remixes and counting he is doing something right. So far stunts like this have only really been possible for musicians established before the music industry meltdown of the late 90's. Somebody who used to get paid for their product giving it away for free in (supposed) defiance of copyright and record labels is worthy blogospace material. Somebody who never made SFA giving it away for free doesn't mean so much... just the way things are I guess.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Felix's Machines

These are Felix's Machines. Beautiful music machines/kinetic sculptures made in his bedroom.  There are other people making music machines but it is not often the music is this powerful. If you are interested in music machines have a look at Gil Weinberg or even the yellow drum robot. There also used to be LEMUR (League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots) run primarily by Eric Singer but that site seems to be dead so I guess he is focusing on MIDITron. Anyways the video below is an extract from 'Glide' filmed by Tom Windell at Gasworks winter 2008.

Little update: LEMUR is up and running they just changed their web address, lots of new stuff