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Piano Phase
"This site is based on the first section from Steve Reich’s 1967 piece Piano Phase. Two pianists repeat the same twelve note sequence, but one gradually speeds up. Here, the musical patterns are visualized by drawing two lines, one following each pianist." Lovely.
webaudioapi  stevereich  pianophase  music  visualisation 
12 weeks ago by infovore
In League With Paton: 2014 Albums: Half Time Report
Bookmarked for reference - Dan's lists are usually good.
music  danpaton  recommendation 
june 2014 by infovore
Kinetic Sculpture Blends Bizarre Mix of House Beats and Lego Bricks | MAKE
Alex Allmont's "Play House" is brilliant. I'd seen his Clunky Drummer, but this is lovely - really like the emphasis on analogue, from contact mics onwards, and on making it as legible as possible. Also, his work-in-progress videos are lovely.
lego  modularsynthesis  electronics  house  music  alexallmont  kinetic  sculpture 
april 2014 by infovore
Learn How Pantha Du Prince Combines Acoustic Instruments with Ableton Live, In C - Create Digital Music
CDM rounds up all of Ableton's videos about Pantha du Prince and the Bell Laboratory performing In C. Lots of nice stuff on performance, live sampling, but mainly just about how performers play together. Very analogue, in that regard.
music  panthaduprince  terryriley  performance  musicians 
april 2014 by infovore
rhythm of the tide. - As Jackson couldn’t fluently play any instruments,...
"We then witnessed him giving the most heartfelt and profound vocal performance, live in the control room through an SM57. He would sing us an entire string arrangement, every part. Steve Porcaro once told me he witnessed MJ doing that with the string section in the room. Had it all in his head, harmony and everything. Not just little eight bar loop ideas. he would actually sing the entire arrangement into a micro-cassette recorder complete with stops and fills." It's all there, already, in his head; and god, he hits those notes so well. No auto-tune there.
music  composition  behindthescenes  howtomakethings  harmony  michaeljackson 
march 2014 by infovore
Nico Muhly > Beyoncé - The Talkhouse
Nico Muhly does a track-by-track breakdown of Beyoncé by Beyoncé. It's pretty great.
music  beyonce  nicomuhly 
january 2014 by infovore
Looking back at 2013 | Mutable Instruments
Lovely yearnotes from Olivier at Mutable Instruments, especially if you're interested in what it's like running a modern, small boutique hardware companies. Really excited to see what's next from them - must get around to finally building some music around the Shruthi.
music  electronics  mutableinstruments  yearnotes 
january 2014 by infovore
WeeklyBeats.com
"Weeklybeats is a 52 week long music project in which artists compose and publicly release 1 song a week for the entire year." Not sure I'll even get anything in for Week 1, but worth bearing in mind.
music  production  composition  motivation 
january 2014 by infovore
A DIY Multitouch Music Controller, monome-Style, Built From Scratch [Instructables, Arduino] - Create Digital Music
"Because it’s IR-based, the system is sensitive to natural light. But Amanda turned that accident into something creative, producing beautiful, organic ambient performances by leaving her controller outdoors." Easily my favourite part of this post were the "bells" and "breathing" outdoor videos; lovely, accidental, ambient patterns.
music  controllers  happyaccidents 
december 2013 by infovore
The Suite Science: Paul Weir Talks Generative Music | Rock, Paper, Shotgun
This is a super-good article about developing generative music - though it's on a games site and one of the focuses is games, it also talks about generative piped music for buildings. And, notably, comments on the difference between a generative score and generative mixing. It's a great article, even if you're not into games.
games  music  generativemusic  paulweir  composition 
november 2013 by infovore
Why I Hate The 'Goldberg Variations' : Deceptive Cadence : NPR
"Bach wonders: yes, this is hellaciously monotonous, but what if I multiply these eight notes by four, 8 x 8 x 8 x 8, making 32 total, creating a larger symmetry, giving the harmony some space to breathe? And then what if I write some real canons, not this pathetic excuse? I know everyone discusses the Goldbergs as if born from the mind of God in some beautiful Olympian harmony-paradise. But here's another way to frame it: Bach set out to write something less boring than one of the most boring pieces ever written. And he succeeded. If the Handel Variations are Last Year at Marienbad, the Goldbergs are Die Hard." Spoiler: Jeremy Denk doesn't really hate the Goldberg Variations. But boy, can he both write - and play the piano.
jeremydenk  music  bach  goldbergvariations 
november 2013 by infovore
Nicolas Collins: Handmade Electronic Music
"My class handouts grew into a crude PDF textbook, which somehow escaped the walls of the school. Emails began to arrive asking me to conduct workshops. An editor at Routledge, invited me to elevate my drawings and prose to a publishable state, and the result was Handmade Electronic Music -- The Art of Hardware Hacking" Might have to get this.
audio  electronics  music  engineering  making 
october 2013 by infovore
Musical vandalism, or more simply, The Clap. | Colin Currie's Blog
"I’m not asking for the world here. I really don’t think I am. I would merely like to suggest some manners, no different to those used by anyone out there who wouldn’t walk in front of someone engaged with a painting in an art gallery, or emit a loud noise during the crucial speech in a play. Music needs a certain environment and respect to have full effect. And no – that is not, not, elitist." I, too, could have punched the man - it was clearly a man - who, in what seemed like an attempt to show off about just how much he enjoyed the performance, was early to the gun. Why not let it breathe? Why not let it sit? Currie's description of applause as a train you get led onto is particularly good, as is his point about how applause-whenever can have its place. But there were only two people who should have been making Contacts with things at that point of the concert, and they were both on stage.
music  applause  colincurrie  stockhausen  kontakte 
october 2013 by infovore
Playing pictures: the wonder of graphic scores | Music | theguardian.com
Nice article from Tom Phillips on a potted history of graphic scores - with a rather good gallery "attached", buried in the Guardian's IA.
music  scores  tomphillips  graphicscores  notation 
october 2013 by infovore
Dentaku
Yuri Suzuki and Mark McKeague have a new design/invention firm. I like that they emphatically describe themselves as making "machines" (along with products and experiences). (Found because of Ototo).
design  studio  work  making  sound  music  yurisuzuki  markmckeague 
october 2013 by infovore
RA: Machine Love: Daedelus
"...the 808 is such a storied instrument in electronics. It casts a large shadow. There's whole genres based on just the kick or the snare or the cowbell sound. As soon as you turn it on and start working, you hear every single gesture that's happened in electronic music since its advent. It's this crazy machine of history, and it's really hard not to be beholden to it in that way." Daedalus on the history embedded in instruments, as part of an interview about his use of technology for Resident Advisor.
daedalus  music  technology  history  808  drummachine 
october 2013 by infovore
65daysofstatic - PRISMS (Official Video) on Vimeo
""Prisms" is fully algorithmic. There are no cuts, just one continuous generative animation. All decisions (camera work, movements, formations, etc...) are made by my system's interpretation of the audio track. My work was creating the system and then curating its output or, to put it another way, I just wrote a computer algorithm, and the computer did it all."
music  generativeart  generative  video  65daysofstatic  mattpearson 
september 2013 by infovore
Alex McLean | Texture 2.0 bug exposure
"It has reached gabber zero – the point at which a programming language is able to support the production of live techno."
programming  livecode  terminology  music 
august 2013 by infovore
Alive: DJ Shadow and his Samples (Part One) "Endtroducing ....."
This is the most comprehensive breakdown of Endtroducing...'s samples that I've seen; it's mainly good for all the complete original tracks, some of which are wonderful in their own right. If you like that record, you're going to lose a lot of time to this.
music  samples  hiphop  endtroducing  djshadow 
july 2013 by infovore
Roll Your Own Looper, Cheap: Raspberry Pi + Pd + KORG monotron Hands-on - Create Digital Music
Great CDM post on using pd on the Raspberry Pi, along with hardware controllers, for a headless MIDI interface. Makes me think about what you could do with this, an MBED, and some cunning.
music  midi  pd  puredata  raspberrypi 
july 2013 by infovore
Groovesizer: DIY 16-step sequencer and synth | MoShang - Chill Out Music - Musician and Producer
"I’ve attached a 16-step sequencer to the original Auduino lo-fi synth and have added 8 LEDs and 5 buttons to the original design, and thus the Groovesizer is born." Fun.
synthesizer  sequencer  arduino  music  diy 
july 2013 by infovore
Analog a la carte
"Analog a la carte is an experiment I (@urtubia, @bigrobotstudios) am conducting for rendering sequences on real synths remotely. This webfrontend will enqueue sequences into a job list that is read by a raspberry-pi at "headquarters". Once the raspi receives the job, it then both sends the sequence via midi to a synth and records it in realtime. Finally it encodes the resulting audio file into an mp3 file and uploads it to Amazon S3, so that this server is nice and ready for getting more sequence requests."
synthesizers  music  analog  web 
june 2013 by infovore
RA: Kompakt: An oral history
Lovely big oral history of Kompakt, on Resident Advisor; a really good article.
music  minimal  electronic  kompakt 
june 2013 by infovore
OWL Programmable Effects Pedal by Martin Klang — Kickstarter
"The OWL is an open source, open hardware, reprogrammable effects pedal designed for musicians, coders, and hackers." Ie: a DSP stompbox with an ARM Cortex in it; you reprogram it by writing C++ and uploading new patches over USB.
music  diy  opensource  effects  dsp 
june 2013 by infovore
Piano roll production at QRS Music - YouTube
"A late-1980s tour of QRS Music's piano roll manufacturing facility in Buffalo, New York, originally aired on the TVOntario children's show "The Acme School of Stuff"." This is wonderful - detailed, careful. I'd never seen a recording piano before.
playerpiano  music  pianola 
may 2013 by infovore
3D printing some sweet music
"The Lulzbot is being driven specifically to produce a certain frequency of sound with its stepper motors. The results of a few different songs are what’s hanging on the wall to the right. You can hear it printing Bizet’s Carmen in the clip after the break." I'd been thinking about this; glad someone's already implemented it.
3dprinting  sound  music  steppermotors 
april 2013 by infovore
BBC Radio 4 - Into the Music Library
"It's the music which has surrounded us our whole lives, but which most of us have never quite heard let alone listened to... and nearly all of it made in the UK." Two years old now, but this is a lovely little documentary about library music, with lots of interviews with composers and collectors alike; so nice to contextualise this stuff. (And: a reminder why secretly I always wanted to be a session player).
bbc  music  librarymusic  composition 
april 2013 by infovore
NIN's 'Head Like a Hole' mashed with 'Call Me Maybe' is terrible and perfect | The Verge
"There are many things about my youth that have been ground into fine dust by a relentless online culture determined to use every emotion I've ever felt as a wedge into CPM advertising or a dubstep meme remix.

This is not one of them."
music  mashup  nin  carlyraejepsen  iseewhatyoudidthere 
march 2013 by infovore
Xtreme Mapping
"Xtreme Mapping 1.4 is an advanced editor of MIDI controller mappings for Native Instruments' Traktor DJ software." I'm always amazed how bad Traktor's mapping editor is, given how much you can do; this looks like a powerful way to build more complex mappings.
app  traktor  mapping  music  djing  controller  software 
january 2013 by infovore
Top Page - Petit Computer
"In the golden age of BASIC, it was easy for anyone to write a program. Now we offer you this exact same capability, but this time with the advanced features of the Nintendo DSi™ system... Many programs are included to ensure that you can fully enjoy using BASIC. The included programs were also written in BASIC, so you can add new features to them in order to enhance your games. You can also take the programs and data you create and convert them to QR codes that can be shared with friends who also have Petit Computer on their Nintendo DSi systems. (Programs included: 12 feature samples,5games, a character picture tool,a background screen creation tool,a graphics tool,and a picture-drawing tool.)" Interesting - especially the music-creation stuff, as Create Digital Music proved.
computer  programming  nintendo  dsi  ds  basic  music 
august 2012 by infovore
Tambour
"Tambour is a musical game about attacking and countering with rhythm." Really nice: definitely musical, interesting balancing mechanics, and I love the range of inputs. Also it looks good, which helps.
game  music  rhythm 
march 2012 by infovore
Rob Ricketts — Graphic Design & Typography
"A series of informative posters detailing how some of the most notable drum sequences were programmed using the Roland TR-808 Drum Machine. Each sequence has been analyzed and represented as to allow users to re-programme each sequence, key for key." Gorgeous. (If I had to pick, I'd take Voodoo Ray - which is a lovely piece of drum programming amongst many other things).
art  design  music  drummachine  808  techno  posters 
march 2012 by infovore
BeepStreet - software - on the wave
Sunrizer - basically, a tiny JP8000 clone.
syntheszier  ios  ipad  app  music 
march 2012 by infovore
DM1
"DM1 is an advanced vintage Drum Machine. It turns your iPad into a fun and creative beat making machine."
app  ipad  music  drums  drummachine 
march 2012 by infovore
polychord: iPad App for Music Creation and Performance
Curious scale-based texture performance instrument.
app  ipad  music  synthesizer 
march 2012 by infovore
Shruthi-1 | Mutable instruments
"The Shruthi-1 is a hybrid digital/analog monosynth. Its hardware design is deceptively simple, but the sonic range is wide: sometimes grungily digital like a PPG-Wave, fat and funky like a SH-101, videogame-y like a Commodore 64, weird and warm like an ESQ-1 ; but more often than not, truly original." Looks nice, not expensive at all.
diy  hacking  music  instruments  synths  synthesizers 
march 2012 by infovore
Repatcher | Open Music Labs
"rePatcher is an Arduino shield that allows you to “repatch” your Max/MSP or Pure Data patches with a 6 x 6 patchbay matrix. It also has 6 general purpose control knobs for modifying parameters in your patch. Since it does all of this over USB, it can be hacked to work with any other program that can accept a serial stream." Oh, very nice.
maxmsp  pd  puredata  music  serial  arduino  shield 
february 2012 by infovore
MURK AVENUE, I FOUND ICE CUBES 'GOOD DAY'
A process of elimination leads to discovering when Ice Cube's "good day" was.
music  icecube  rap  investigation 
january 2012 by infovore
This Is My Jam - The Future Of Music Sharing Online? - NME Blogs - NME.COM - The world's fastest music news service, music videos, interviews, photos and free stuff to win
"I also think there's tremendous value in creating a dedicated music graph (as opposed to a social network that also has music); it's in your best interest to follow (or unfollow!) someone regardless of whether you're strangers or best friends. It's all about the music you're going to get from that person in your playlist of jams." Yep, this - which is the thing I always try to explain about TIMJ. I don't follow the list of people I follow everywhere else; I follow people who make my playlist of music better/worse. It means I discover all manner of new music, but I hope nobody takes it personally. (About the worst thing you can do on TIMJ is just import all your Twitter contacts and not add anyone else ever).
music  social  graph  thisismyjam  mattogle  flaneur  discovery 
january 2012 by infovore
notes.variogr.am - Why music ID resolution matters to every music fan on Facebook
"I cannot think of a worse fate: hearing something worse than John Mayer when you have to click on a link that says John Mayer. (Consider clicking on a Google search result for your dentist’s office phone number and getting your ex-girlfriend instead.)" This line is very funny, but the whole post is a shrewd explanation of the importance of resolution, and the fist Facebook makes of it. I hope consumers will discover they care about this more than they thought, too.
api  music  echonest  facebook  resolution 
october 2011 by infovore
KeygenJukebox.com - Streams Keygen Music Directly to Your Web Browser!
This is brilliant: mp3s of the little mod/tracker music tracks that accompany keygens, cracks, and intros. Hundreds, and it's strange to say "hey, PHOTOSHOPCS4CRK is my favourite!" A weird little bit of culture, perfectly captured.
music  demoscene  cracks  mp3  tracker 
october 2011 by infovore
ishback» Blog Archive » Creating music samples with vinyl records
"Driven by my devotion for vinyls and analog processes (perhaps a bit of Dj wannabe too), and emulating the audio tape cut&paste technique, I tried to make the vinyl sampling a bit more analog – literally cut and paste pieces of vinyl to create samples." Cut & Paste with physical vinyl; bonus points for excellent Delia Derbyshire video.
sampling  vinyl  lasercutting  music  records 
october 2011 by infovore
DJ TechTools  |  Interview: John Beez and the Fretless Fader
"The Fretless Fader concept involves a cross fader which can move vertically as well as horizontally, allowing an extra parameter to be controlled simultaneously with the traditional fader movement – most notably, pitch. It’s probably best demonstrated in video..." Nice chat about productising this, but seriously, the first video is marvellous - it's "Drunk Trumpet" all over again...
turntablism  modification  hacking  music 
september 2011 by infovore
Sky Orchestra balloons serenade London - video | Culture | guardian.co.uk
"Seven hot air balloons, each with speakers attached, took off at dawn and flew across the capital. Each balloon plays a different element of a musical score, together creating an expansive audio landscape." Marvellous.
balloons  music  ambient  cities 
august 2011 by infovore
Sound Of The Funky Drummer « liner notes
More comprehensive notes from Gavin Bradley - this time, on the legacy of Funky Drummer.
jamesbrown  clydestubblefield  funkydrummer  music  samples  breaks  loops 
july 2011 by infovore
Total Deconstruction: Buffalo Stance « liner notes
"What fascinates me about this evolution is not just the multiple levels of cut-and-paste that went on through these productions, but the fact that this exposes a clear example of the sort of rewriting/rethinking that sometimes must happen before a song hits its apex.  Cherry’s rap on the b-side of ‘Looking Good Diving’ isn’t the fully realized version of the lyrics she went with on ‘Buffalo Stance,’ and neither is her confidence in place, yet, vocally." Marvellous, fascinating deconstruction of the mighty "Buffalo Stance"
buffalostance  music  nenehcherry  timsimenon  sampling 
july 2011 by infovore
Review: Patrick Stump @ Water Rats | Londonist
"Patrick Stump survived The Scene, then." I went to see Patrick Stump play some music. Then I reviewed it for Londonist.
londonist  patrickstump  music  reviews  writing 
may 2011 by infovore
cityofsound: Stadsmuziek, by Akko Golenbeld
" A physical model of Eindhoven rolled onto a drum and attached to a piano. A form of player piano with the city as the score." Just beautiful.
playerpiano  cities  music  art  eindhoven  architecture 
april 2011 by infovore
Classic arcade game deaths (Boing Boing Video) - Boing Boing
Totally lovely montage of arcade-game death/loss animations. Watching this: I really forgot how beautiful Afterburner looked in the arcade.
music  games  nostalgia 
march 2011 by infovore
tantramar: More and Moore
"Where does this go from here? DVD boxes that have screens on them, that are players too. Or perhaps simply projectors. Player and media combined as a single usage item. Experiments like this have been around for ages but are mainly novelty items. I think we need more of this silliness, relating to what I said recently about dreaming and being experimental. We need seemingly crazy ideas like stickers that are screens. That's how we create the new stuff, from the random throw-away ideas." More hopeful monsters.
music  mooreslaw  invention  hopefulmonsters 
march 2011 by infovore
Team Teamwork - Big Boi - Shutterbugs (Super Metroid) From the...
Shutterbug vs the Super Metroid soundtrack, from the new Team Teamwork joint. Oh yes.
music  games  mashup  bigboi  teamteamwork 
march 2011 by infovore
Time & Materials
Matt Brown and Mark Slater, writing about music and things. Looks set to be like a cracking little blog.
matthewirvinebrown  markslater  music  blogs 
february 2011 by infovore
Touch
Reviews of Phill Niblock's "Touch Three": drones created by stripping out attack/release/breath sounds from acoustic performers, and then gluing them together. What we're listening to right now, too. (It is better than that description makes it sound).
music  phillniblock  drone  miminalism 
february 2011 by infovore
irvinebrown » Music for Shuffle
"I set myself a half-day project to write music specifically for shuffle mode – making use of randomness to try and make something more than the sum of its parts... Over an hour or so, I wrote a series of short, interlocking phrases (each formatted as an individual MP3) that can be played in any order and still (sort of) make musical sense." This is brilliant, and I do like Matt's ear.
matthewirvinebrown  music  shuffle  randomness  media 
january 2011 by infovore
blissblog - 10 for 2010
Simon Reynolds' list of records from 2010. It is long and deserves returning to, which, at some point, I shall.
music  lists  simonreynolds 
december 2010 by infovore
Isle of Tune
Music sequencing by drawing small towns: things by roads are noises; cars are your cursor. Currently in Flash; coming out for iOS soon. Worth checking out some of the best examples to see what's possible. It's a bit fiddly, but utterly delightful
music  sequencer  towns  whimsy 
december 2010 by infovore
Music from Saharan Cellphones. This is amazing.... | intercourse with biscuits
"Sahel Sounds rounded up music salvaged from the discarded mobile phone memory chips in West Africa." Wow; the after-life of dead electronic media made real.
music  culture  media  data  storage  africa 
october 2010 by infovore
Halcyon Preview on Vimeo
"Halcyon is named for the mythological bird of ancient Greece, said to charm the winds and seas into a calm during the Winter Solstice. It is a spacial action puzzle game and interactive stringed instrument designed specifically for the iPad." Lovely.
games  zachgage  ipad  music 
october 2010 by infovore
Future Of Music - Music Hack Day
""Future of Music (2010)" is a Mac OS X app that scans your iTunes library and computes the music you are not supposed to listen to anymore based on your preferences. It then helpfully deletes it from iTunes and your hard drive. Skips the recycle bin. Just like other recommender systems, it uses a lot of fancy math (and data from Echo Nest and last.fm) that really doesn't matter in the end. Just click the button and let it take care of your life."
music  itunes  recommendation  trends 
october 2010 by infovore
Halo: Reach Audio - Sound Mixing in Halo: Reach - Popular Mechanics
"Here's how important the music is: In all of the Halo games to date, Bungie has left out the option to turn the music off." Nice article on Marty O'Donnell's work for Bungie; I really enjoyed the shot of the "stripey room".
games  audio  sound  music  martyodonnell  halo  bungie 
september 2010 by infovore
Go behind the scenes with Red Dead Redemption's accompanists | Joystiq
Nice, if somewhat DVD-extra-y, video on the RDR soundtrack. The most interesting footage is of the recording sessions and the musicians. It's a shame we're still at layering everything at same tempo/key, when it comes to interactive scores; I miss iMuse. But otherwise: great stuff.
music  recording  games  reddeadredemption  soundtrack 
july 2010 by infovore
Sixty years of the Fender Telecaster | Music | The Guardian
"In other words, it beggars belief how an object designed six decades ago doesn't look – or, more importantly, sound – kitsch or outdated. The Telecaster's younger and less elegant sibling, the Stratocaster, tends to go wildly in and out of style, but this guitar remains as unimpeachably cool as ever."
guitars  music  fender  telecaster  design 
july 2010 by infovore
Emo « Matthew Sheret.com
"Emo’s rise coincides with the explosion of social networking, the fracturing of commodification, the emergence of micro-trends, the mainstream adoption of alt-porn tropes… Emo’s the musical centre of a pop-culture whirlwind that doesn’t really seem to have been explored much, and when it has it’s often been addressed either in dismissive or alarmist tones." As an emo apologist, I really need to write more in response to this - they're topics I've covered in my head several times.
music  writing  emo  mattsheret 
june 2010 by infovore
Passion Pit « Levi's Pioneer Sessions
Passion Pit cover Smashing Pumpkins' "Tonight, Tonight".
passionpit  smashingpumpkins  music  cover 
june 2010 by infovore
Hands On: Rock Band 3 Adds Keyboards, Realistic Pro Mode | GameLife | Wired.com
"But then, nobody’s expected to be able to sight-read the Pro guitar tracks. It’s meant for actual students of the guitar. And if you use the game’s slowed-down Practice mode, the game packs the potential to become a real tool for learning to play music." The notion that Harmonix were always a music company, who just happened to make games, becomes ever more true. Proper tab notation, proper strings on the Pro instruments? Well done.
harmonix  music  education  games  rockband3  rockband 
june 2010 by infovore
Kon + Amir Present: The 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Samples Of All Time
Great list: interesting selection, well-justified, and lovely to have all the original songs to listen to as well. That's this afternoon's listening sorted, then.
music  sampling  hiphop  culture 
may 2010 by infovore
ReBirth for iPhone — Home
Blimey, ReBirth, entirely ported to iPhone and on the App Store. Looks finickity, but it was loads of fun, and for $7... I might end up with that.
rebirth  music  software  propellerhead  iphone 
may 2010 by infovore
Spotify - the next generation - Spotify
Blimey. Spotify want to own social music - linking out to Facebook and creating a more public Spotify profile - but, more to the point, they also want to own music playing, by making your own library available inside the Spotify app... and even offering wireless sync of your own music.
music  spotify  product  social  facebook  integration 
april 2010 by infovore
Soundshapes: Amit Pitaru/Zach Gage bring Sonic Wire Sculptor to iPhone - Boing Boing
Hard to explain, but a must-watch; lovely spatial music sequencer/toy. (And: I miss Offworld :( )
sound  music  3d  spatial  sequencer  iphone 
april 2010 by infovore
The online portfolio of John Finley
"I missed the selection, the album art, and the dusty trays and hand-written CD-Rs. The absence of the compact disk reminded of another format that had recently gone away: the 3.5" floppy diskette. The Floppy Stereo attempts to recreate that ceremony within a single device. An album's playlist file is stored on a floppy disk, complete with the album art. When it is loaded, the playlist is read and retrieves the songs from my MP3 collection." There's a similar tactility in the 3.5" disk to, say, an eight-track cart. I like that.
hardware  music  media  clunkclick 
april 2010 by infovore
David Byrne's Journal: 03.18.10: Collaborations [updated]
"Is writing ever NOT collaboration? Doesn’t one collaborate with oneself, in a sense? Don’t we access different aspects of ourselves, different characters and attitudes and then, when they’ve had their say, switch hats and take a more distanced and critical view — editing and structuring our other half’s outpourings? Isn’t the end product sort of the result of two sides collaborating? Surely I’m not the only one who does this?" Something else that's been on the pile (to link) for a while now.
davidbyrne  music  writing  creativity  collaboration  process 
april 2010 by infovore
Yoshi AKAI - Lego Step Sequencer
"The Lego Step-sequencer is 3 channels 8 steps sequencer. The different coloured Lego pieces each have their own sound. Connecting the Lego three-dimensional makes complex sound. This is building sound more than playing sound."
music  lego  stepsequencer  hardware  electronics 
march 2010 by infovore
Jonas Friedemann Heuer - portfolio - Noteput
"“Notput” is an interactive music table with tangible notes, that combines all three senses of hearing, sight and touch to make learning the classical notation of music for children and pupils more easy and interesting."
music  learning  education  notation  interaction 
february 2010 by infovore
Revisiting the click track « Music Machinery
"Over the weekend, I wrote a web application that takes advantage of the new [EchoNest] APIs to make it easy to get a click plot for just about any track. Just type in the name of the artist and track and you’ll get the click plot – you don’t have to find the audio or upload it or wrestle with python or gnuplot." Echonest is bloody magic.
echonest  music  drumming  drummers  rhythm 
february 2010 by infovore
Serious Jazz, Celtic Punk on RBN | Plastic Axe
"I saw these two videos of Rock Band Network tracks over at RBDLC and couldn’t resist sharing them. The first is a serious jazz tune: “Footloose and Fancy Free” by Bill Bruford’s Earthworks. The thing that’s interesting about this is that the “guitar” track is actually piano — something Guitar Hero has done in the past but Rock Band has generally shied away from. But what’s even neater is that the “vocal” track is actually a sax line, intended (one would assume) to be played with a sax or other horn; the “lyrics” are simply the notes being played." There's no question that building tunes for RBN is hard wokr, but god, this Bill Bruford video is stonking, and the sax-as-vocal idea is cracking.
jazz  rockband  rhythmaction  music  games  rockbandnetwork 
january 2010 by infovore
Review: Maestro: Jump In Music - Tiny Cartridge - Nintendo DS & DSi News, Media, Videos, Imports, Homebrew, & Retro Junk
"Two music games got it right on the DS this year, both eschewing fancy controllers, instead focusing on the system’s touchscreen to present their engaging concepts: Rhythm Heaven and Maestro: Jump in Music." Ooh, sounds interesting - will have to hunt that down. (Via Simon Parkin)
ds  games  music  interaction  play 
january 2010 by infovore
It Took Seconds
"Every day a song is posted, one second shorter than yesterday's. A tumblr by Tom Ewing." Awesome.
music  blogs  yearlongprojects  tomewing 
january 2010 by infovore
The official game music on Spotify thread of awesomeness - NeoGAF
Spotify playlists of videogame soundtracks, and links to soundtrack albums as well.
games  music  soundtracks  spotify 
december 2009 by infovore
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