Friday, January 29, 2010

2 Step Drum Programming

Nice tutorial/masterclass on how to program killer 2step drums (it's all about the eighth note swing apparently) over on the BlackdownSoundBoy blog. Featuring tips from productions gurus like El B, Grievous Angel, MJ Cole and Sully this is a WICKED read!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

HAITI 2010 by Monome Community

Einpuls, a member of the Monome online community, sent me an email telling me that the Monome community have made an digital download album in order to generate donations for aid relief in Haiti. If you haven't already donated (or even if you have) you can download the 27 tracks in MP3 320 or FLAC for as little as a $1 donation. 100% of the sale proceeds will be donated to Médecins Sans Frontières ( You can listen to the album and donwload it HERE. With 2 hospitals destroyed and 54 NGO workers missing they could do with the the help.

"When the community came up with the idea of a compilation album to generate charity donations in light of the terrible disaster in Haiti, einpuls started gathering tracks for the album and the monome community answered swiftly with more than 25 tracks being submitted in just a couple of days.

The community teamed up with Summer Rain Recordings ( to compile the compilation, with the end result being a 27 track album, each track contributed for free. The minimum price for the compilation has been set to $1 with no upper limit. Every penny helps, so please donate what you can." - Press Release

In Bb 2.0

"In Bb 2.0 is a collaborative music and spoken word project conceived by Darren Solomon from Science for Girls, and developed with contributions from users.

The videos can be played simultaneously -- the soundtracks will work together, and the mix can be adjusted with the individual volume sliders.

Learn more in the FAQ." - Go To In Bb 2.0

Nice little thing. I guess the original idea comes from Terry Rileys In C. (score here). It kind of reminded me of that Windows Sound Recorder video that was floating about a few years ago. Not the same but reminded me of it.

thanks to Keith for sending it to me.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

How to use AR Midi Tool with the Augmented Reality DJ system and ableton live

How to set up your midi with the ardj system and ableton live, or any other DAW like logic, garageband, etc...

download for free at Mac only.

Looks pretty straight forward. There a few more demo clips if you look in the related section. Pretty nice demo here. Latency is always going to be somewhat of a problem when using video tracking but with Ableton only triggering on beat it's manageable. It's all free so if you have a Mac, Ableton and a Camcorder your ready to go.

The Eyewriter - Worth Watching

The Eyewriter from Evan Roth on Vimeo.

Graph artist Mr.Tempt suffers from the terminal Lou Gehrig's Disease. The disease is particularly cruel as it paralyzes the body but leaves the brain perfectly intact. The disease is always terminal but people can survive for extremely varied lenghts. Steven Hawking is one of the longest known sufferers having the disease for 30 years.

The Eyewriter is the combination of a €50 Playstation Eye, free software, a network connection and projector and with it Mr.Tempt can still tag the city buildings.