Sonos Playground Deconstructed is a site-specific installation in the Nam June Paik / HBO Production Lab at the Museum of the Moving Image. It is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Spectacle: The Music Video, April 3–June 16, 2013
Visitors are able to select any song from an iPad and watch a visualization of the music projected onto the surrounding walls. Through motion-capture technology, visitors can interact with and manipulate the animation through movement.
The installation aims to bring minimalist art to life as an immersive music video environment. Inspired by the wall drawings of Sol LeWitt and the room-flooding sound of the Sonos Playbar, Sonos Playground was originally installed in a 250 sq. ft shed at the Sonos Studio at the 2013 SXSW festival. At Museum of the Moving Image, Sonos Playground Deconstructed has re-imagined the experience using five detached walls suspended above a reflective floor. Each of the walls has been painted with 27 1-inch wide white lines and 26 2-inch wide black lines. By mapping the white lines set between black lines we were able to create a more immersive and surreal environment.
Installation by Aramique, Red Paper Heart, Fake Love
Fabrication by 11th St Workshop.
Music by Gary Gunn.
Director of photography Sesse Lind.
Editor Nathan Punwar
We’ve written about this interesting tool in a previously, but Soundmorph has decided to make it available outside of the library it is normally bundled with. $19 for a UI synth anyone? Check it out here.
Galactic Assistant is a synthesizer tool used for creating high-tech sci-fi interface sounds. It’s free for a limited time with the “Users of Tomorrow” sound effects library.
visit www.soundmorph.com for more details.
The AutoTheory Harmonic Engine enables anyone, regardless of musical theory or keyboard training, to easily create professional-sounding melodies and harmonies.
AutoTheory makes it easy to play in harmony. Simply choose a key and a scale and AutoTheory will map all relevant chords and notes to the keys of your keyboard. Connect it to one or more Reason instruments and it will transform the way you play. Play full chords with just one finger. Experiment by modifying chords with the chord sliders and modifier keys. Adjust individual chord note voicings and transpose or remove any note to create a customised chord. Create your own scales or select one from the many provided. Use what sounds good to you.
AutoTheory automatically remaps notes to match your chords. Now you can easily improvise melodies that sound good. Maintain your hand in the same position while composing melodies over different keys, scales and chord configurations. Optionally lock specific chord tones to fixed white keys. Four mapping modes accommodate different levels of user experience. All controls in AutoTheory can be automated for easy transitions anywhere in a song. This means you can change the key or scale in the middle of a song without moving your hands.
AutoTheory also provides a Strum effect that can be used to add drama to any chord. Subtle and extreme timing changes are easily applied and fully CV-controllable. AutoTheory can control multiple instruments at once. One option sends the root note of chords to a dedicated bass instrument. Four chord and four melody channels provide independent control of velocity and octave for each connected instrument. This allows you to create a rich soundscape – all from a single sequencer lane or just your own hands. CV inputs are provided, which are useful for driving AutoTheory with Arpeggiators and Pattern sequencers.
Check out the included Demo Songs that demonstrate how to use AutoTheory. A set of useful Combinators is also provided.
This guide shows how Mozaic’s AutoTheory Rack Extension applies to music theory.
For a free demo of AutoTheory please visit http://shop.propellerheads.se/product…
For the main tutorial, please watch http://youtu.be/hQVnfd3WGyM.
“Whether it’s an exclusive single from an up-and-coming band or a pre-release stream of an entire album, iTunes Radio has it all. iTunes Radio will also be home to special events including live streams direct from the iTunes Festival in London and other exclusive iTunes Sessions.”
So will this be the death sentence for the likes of Spotify, Pandora and Last.fm – perhaps / perhaps not. It will all boil down to the catalogues available, niche segmentation on music, ability to differentiate and size of user base, but it is clear that this will have an impact going forward. What may lie in favor of the existing players is that Apple will most likely not be an indie lover, as share holder profits come first and one may expect that there will be room for those who really differentiate on music – not just music for the masses. There’s reason to assume this may be a long game going forward. While musicians may well wind up being as impoverished as always, the companies serving up the streams might eventually want to profit – Spotify for one is still chasing growth rather than profit, something that might have to change now.
“It’s the music you love most and the music you’re going to love, and you can easily buy it from the iTunes Store with just one click.”
Apart from iRadio we were also treated with the all time fattest Mac Pro to date:
The next generation Mac Pro is architected around an ingenious unified thermal core that allows the desktop to efficiently share its entire thermal capacity across all the processors. The result is a pro desktop with breakthrough performance packed into a design that is one-eighth the volume of the current Mac Pro.
face-meltingNext generation Intel Xeon E5 processors with up to 12 core configurations deliver double the floating point performance. With two AMD FirePro workstation-class GPUs, the all-new Mac Pro is up to 2.5 times faster than the current Mac Pro and delivers up to an amazing 7 teraflops of compute power.
The new Mac Pro also features PCIe-based flash storage that is up to 10 times faster than conventional desktop hard drives and includes the latest four-channel ECC DDR3 memory running at 1866 MHz to deliver up to 60GBps of memory bandwidth. With all that power, the new Mac Pro lets you seamlessly edit full-resolution 4K video while simultaneously rendering effects in the background.
The next generation Mac Pro is the most expandable Mac® ever built. With six Thunderbolt 2 ports that can deliver up to 20Gbps of bandwidth to each external device, Mac Pro is perfect for connecting to external storage, multiple PCI expansion chassis, audio and video breakout boxes, and the latest external displays, including 4K desktop displays. Each of the six Thunderbolt 2 ports supports up to six daisy-chained devices, giving you the ability to connect up to 36 high-performance peripherals. Thunderbolt 2 is completely backwards compatible with existing Thunderbolt peripherals, and allows you to transfer data between Macs faster and easier than ever.
Well of course iOS has gotten a well deserved and long awaited face lift, but looking specifically at it from a music creation perspective the news are meager, but three things stand out though -
- Multiple pages in folders
- Multitasking for all apps
- Automatic app updates will be a good thing
Sonic Faction has introduced Whoosh Machine v2.0 for Ableton Live 9, an effects creation tool designed for creating ‘face-melting’ transitions.
- Major update to the original instrument? ‘this is the Whoosh Machine on steroids’.
- Live 9 browser support: Search for effects based on keywords and categories.
- High quality sampled white noise and sampled analog oscillators.
- Built in Filter & Pitch Envelopes for one-push auto sweeping.
- Integrated LFO’s for rhythmic textures and pitched mayhem.
- 8 filter types, built in Multi FX Rack.
- Includes 50 custom made clips for drag/drop whoosh intervals.
Here’s an audio demo of Whoosh Machine v2.0:
Subatomic Software has announced the release of Audulus 2.1 for iPad and Mac. This update to the modular music processing app adds support for JACK on iPad, as well as five new nodes for both iPad and Mac versions.
JACK for iOS is a free app that allows JACK-compatible apps such as Audulus to be connected in any way, with the only restriction being CPU power.
“JACK is a mature, powerful inter-app audio system,” explains Audulus developer W. Taylor Holliday. “It’s great to see it ported to iOS.”
Audulus 2.1 introduces the Poly Pack, an In-App-Purchase upgrade consisting of four new nodes which facilitate stereo and quadraphonic processing of audio input. Audulus nodes can process multiple channels of audio.
“Previously, the only way to generate a polyphonic signal in Audulus was via the Keyboard node in Poly Mode,” explains Holliday. “Now, you can do polyphonic processing of audio input. You can even use the QuadToMono node to apply separate processing chains to each voice of a synth.”
“I’m not aware of another app on iOS that gives you this fine-grained control of multi-channel processing,” adds Holliday.
Version 2.1 also adds a phasor node (not to be confused with the phaser effect), which outputs a phase angle suitable for driving custom oscillators.
Audulus development is user-driven, and these new features were requested by users on the Audulus forum.
Audulus for iPad is available on the App Store for $9.99, 30% off for the remainder of June to celebrate JACK support.
Audulus for Mac is available on the Mac App Store for $29.99.
Koushion was just updated, adding a host of new features that make it an even more powerful music composition and production tool. It now has eight independent layers, each with its own MIDI Channel, Scale, Octave, Clock Divider and more. Each layer can have a different number of scenes (up to eight), making long, evolving patterns possible.
It works great with external hardware synths and softsynths, as well as other iPad music apps. Use this link to download Koushion: http://appstore.com/koushion
Some extra footage from a video that ‘Experimentalsynth’ created for the Koushion Step Sequencer app.
Fingerlab has announced Musyc, the a fun and innovative music application where touch turns into music, details below:
Discover the new music application by Fingerlab, winner of the Apple Design Award 2012 for DM1 – The Drum Machine.
Musyc on the AppStore :
Musyc is a fun and innovative music application where touch turns into music.
No use of piano keyboard or partitions, draw shapes and listen to your piece of music while viewing sounds bouncing on the screen.
Enjoy the 64 instruments (organized into 16 groups) exclusively created and produced at Fingerlab music studio as well as all the exciting and new physical and music tools provided in Musyc.
Musyc is free and its full version is available through in-app purchases.
WARNING: Musyc is not compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch 3 and iPod touch 4.
-Graphic design by Jonas Eriksson
-Optimized for iPhone 5 and new iPad
-High quality sound engine
-Ultra-realistic physical engine
-Audio track mixer (level, pitch, length, pan, mute)
-2 effect channels with 5 effects (Delay, Overdrive, Reverb, Dalek, Compressor)
-Advanced physical objects (planet, black hole, modulator, …)
-Real-time audio recording
-High-quality or compressed exports (DropBox, SoundCloud, Mail, AudioCopy and iTunes)
Watch Musyc video trailer:
Coming soon in next updates:
-iPhone4 & iPodTouch optimization
-Import & Export song project (DropBox, Mail, iTunes)
-User sound kit with samples import
-Audio background support
More info: http://bit.ly/175awvf
In this video, Reason guru James Bernard takes a look at Propellerhead Reason 7′s new features including MIDI / CV output, the spectrum EQ analyzer, parallel processing, some new retro effects, and the addition of ReCycle to the already powerful music production and sound design software.
Just a test! For more info see:
And ALL your questions can be answered on the best forum on Earth (especially for modular synthesizers and cats . . . . but mostly cats . . . ):