Sunday, March 11, 2018
It's a little hard to believe, but yesterday the download count on the Art + Music + Technology site went over 1,000,000. That's one million downloads, which represents a lot of human time spent listening to my croaky voice talk to some of the amazing people in the art and music technology worlds.
Thanks to everyone that listens, and special thanks to my friends at Synthtopia.com, Cycling 74, Ableton and 20 Objects for their help in making this happen. Now to snag the next million!
Friday, March 9, 2018
Alas, this weekend is going to feature some quality time with a modular oddity: the Monome Teletype. Featuring some of the most cryptic programming imaginable, the Teletype pushes my programmer's brain in really interesting directions, and I ended up with code that is substantially different than I do on any other platform.
I recently got a TXI input expander for it, and I'm going to implement a multistage sequencer/recorder; I've long been using something like this on the Ardcore, but I now want to start implementing it on the Teletype. I'd had problems doing this in the past due to limited numbers of CV inputs; the TXI makes it possible, now, to do what I want.
So into the rabbit hole I go!
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Very excited today - we made Synthtopia.com's front page! Already seeing a big addition to the activity on the site, and lots of new waveforms being generated. Huge thanks to the folks at Synthtopia for their help spreading the word...
Saturday, March 3, 2018
My friend Tom Hall has put together this little intro video for the Single Cycle Waveform editor, available from this link: http://scw.sheetsofsound.com/
Feel free to check it out, take a gander at the video, and make yourself some samples. Note: I just added a 'randomize' function that gives you the ability to passively scan your way through some crazy sample sounds.
Friday, March 2, 2018
Randy Jones (from Madrona Labs, developer of my favorite softsynth: Aalto) makes a welcome appearance at a great website: designingsound.org. In this article, he talks about the history of expert-focused user interfaces - with a number of examples that might surprise (and hopefully intrigue) you. Buchla and Haken make appearances, but so does the Canon Cat! This is an interesting and thought-provoking article, and worth reading whether you work on user interfaces, or just use them (or create them using modular systems).
Check it out!
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Sometimes good ideas go south; in this case, I did a quickie video for the SQ-1 Soft Hacking article I did for Cycling '74 (https://cycling74.com/tutorials/soft-hacking-the-korg-sq-1-sequencer), but the image quality was far south of our expectations. So we went with still images for the article, but I thought you might get a kick out of seeing it in action.
Messing around with the timing systems really made for a fun alternative course for the SQ-1, and I had a lot more fun doing it this way vs. running it straight.
Enjoy, but don't judge me on my videos...!
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
The old school Bass Bot TT-303.
Saw this on the local Craigslist, and tossed and turned over picking it up. My friend Tom Hall pushed me to do it - especially at the offer price. Places like RA raved about it, and I had a 303 back-in-the-day that I quite enjoyed (although I would have liked a little more useful I/O). So along comes the chance to pick this up, with its MIDI I/O, it's CV/Gate outputs for the modular, it's quirky editing style along with its updated 'generative' OS - and I went ahead and bought it.
I've been playing with it for the last week or so, and I've been plugging it into the Tiptop modular for sequencing fun. Totally weird, and totally lovely. The InstaDJ OS that they developed for this thing is a blast, and is a real dice game during performance - you will get something related to the 'personality' of the slots where you gen new material, but it'll often take you by surprise.
In many ways, this is the 303 I really wanted back in 1996, and it cost me about a third of what I paid back in 1996, and I'm thinking that I'm going to hang onto this for a while...