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Friday March 1, 2019. 09:17 PM
Complex music conjures up radical, fluid architectures, vivid angles – why not experience those spatial and rhythmic structures together? Here’s insight into a music video this week in which experimental turntablism and 3D graphics collide. And collide is the right word....
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Gamers’ interest may come and go, but artists are always exploring the potential of computer vision for expression. Microsoft this month has resurrected the Kinect, albeit in pricey, limited form. Let’s fit it to the family tree. Time flies: musicians and electronic artists...
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Thursday February 28, 2019. 07:46 PM
It’s the season of the wavetable – again. With Ableton Live 10.1 on the horizon and its updated Wavetable device, we’ve got yet another free Max for Live device for making sound materials – and this time, you can make your wavetables from images. Let’s catch you up first....
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Wednesday February 27, 2019. 08:48 PM
Many DJs still believe track lists and track IDs are proprietary information to be guarded … for some reason. But however defensible this position may have been in the past, opening up information matters now like never before. The issue blew up again in the past 24 hours as...
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Tuesday February 26, 2019. 10:43 PM
It’s a module as big as Scotland and as loud as creator Ken MacBeth. But the module, spotted rarely like the folkloric monster it is, seems about to go from legend to product. Ken MacBeth is a kind of esoteric mad genius of the synth world, so when he does flagship synths,...
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Wavetables are capable of a vast array of sounds. But just dumping arbitrary audio content into a wavetable is unlikely to get the results you want. And that’s why Wave Weld looks invaluable: it makes it easy to generate useful wavetables, in an add-on that’s free for Max...
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Grabbing the mouse, keyboard, or other controller while playing an instrument is no fun. Developer Geert Bevin has a solution: put an Apple Watch or (soon) iPhone’s Siri voice command in control. We’ve been watching MidiWrist evolve over the past weeks. It’s a classic story...
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Monday February 25, 2019. 06:55 PM
Why should a synth be a metal box with some wooden endcaps? Why shouldn’t be a severed baby doll head with glowing red eyes and buttons in its skull? Moon Armada helps the forward evolution of synth form factors, and the results are … uh … adorable is the word? Synthpatchers...
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Friday February 22, 2019. 07:50 PM
Reimagine pixels and color, melt your screen live into glitches and textures, and do it all for free on the Web – as you play with others. We talk to Olivia Jack about her invention, live coding visual environment Hydra. Inspired by analog video synths and vintage image...
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Tuesday February 19, 2019. 06:34 PM
SoundCloud has a new pitch to creators: upload your music not just to SoundCloud, but to all major music services, too. Distribution is launching in a new beta as part of Premier service, and the terms look appealing. Okay, first, to understand what digital distribution is,...
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Monday February 18, 2019. 08:28 PM
Apple has a serious, unresolved bug that causes issues with audio performance with external interfaces across all its latest Macs, thanks to the company’s own software and custom security chip. Following bug reports online, the impacted machines are all the newest computers...
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VCV Rack, the open source platform for software modular, keeps blossoming. If what you were waiting for was more maturity and stability and integration, the current pipeline looks promising. Here’s a breakdown. Even with other software modulars on the scene, Rack stands out....
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Friday February 15, 2019. 05:21 PM
What began as a niche field populated mainly by code jockeys has grown into a worldwide movement of artists, many of them new to programming. Onekey group, TOPLAP, celebrates 15 years of operation with live streams and events. Image at top – Olivia Jack’s Hydra in action,...
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Thursday February 14, 2019. 09:30 PM
It put the boutique Swedish maker on the music map, and helped usher in new interest in mobile devices and slick design. Now the OP-1 from Teenage Engineering is back in stock, and its makers say it’s here to stay. Updated: price increase? Yes, €1399 is a surprise to me, to...
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Wednesday February 13, 2019. 11:19 PM
Do you hate AI as a buzzword? Do you despise the millennial whoop? Do you cringe every time Valentine’s Day arrives? Well – get ready for all those things you hate in one place. But hang in there – there’s a moral to this story. Now, really, the song is bad. Like...
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Tuesday February 12, 2019. 08:34 PM
Instead of just accepting all this machine learning hype, why not put it to the test? Magenta Studio lets you experiment with open source machine learning tools, standalone or inside Ableton Live. Magenta provides a pretty graspable way to get started with an field of...
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Now the Nintendo NES inspires a new groovebox, with the desktop hapiNES. And not to be outdone, Twisted Electrons’ acid line is back with a MKIII model, too. Twisted Electrons have been making acid- and chip music-flavored groovemakers of various sorts. That started with...
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Monday February 11, 2019. 06:26 PM
The Well-Tempered vector rescanner? A new audiovisual release finds poetry in vintage video synthesis and scan processors – and launches a new AV platform for ATOM TM. nuuun, a collaboration between Atom (raster, formerly Raster-Noton) and Americans Jahnavi Stenflo and Nathan...
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Thursday February 7, 2019. 07:24 PM
The answer to questions like “I just need a simple audio interface,” and “I want a compact keyboard that doesn’t suck,” along with “did I mention I’ve got almost no money?” – just got some new answers. Native Instruments launched the new audio interfaces and the latest...
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Wednesday February 6, 2019. 04:29 PM
Roland has quietly filed for trademark protection (Unionsmarkenanmeldung) in Germany for the designs of the TB-303 and TR-808. The filings were uncovered by a poster on the sequencer.de forum. The discussion is in German: Roland versucht aktuell sich die 808-Farben und das...
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