Google has helped to celebrate Robert Moog’s 78 Birthday today with a really cool Moog Doodle. We are also going to celebrate by giving you a free set of synth drum sounds created on and recorded from a Moog Voyager! The synth that was an integral part of the Dj Puzzle Scratch Tactics sample library. Here ya go DOWNLOAD FREE MOOG SYNTH DRUM SAMPLES
Resident Advisor continues its Real Scenes series with a visit to the birthplace of techno: Detroit.
Featuring interviews with Brendan Gillen (Ectomorph), Rick Wilhite, Jon Dixon (Underground Resistance), Josh Glazer (URB Magazine), Luke Hess, Kyle Hall, Mike Huckaby, and others, the 19-minute documentary goes beyond the usual Motor City cliches, exploring not only Detroit’s urban blight but also efforts to bring younger generations into the music; the footage, meanwhile, is flat-out gorgeous.
Otomata is a musical sequencer that you can play with online. Click the above URL and have fun.
Update: Stay tuned for iOS (iPhone/iPad/iPod) version, hopefully an Android one and also standalone versions with MIDI + OSC support!
Otomata is a generative sequencer. For now you can play it online! iPhone and iPad version coming soon. It employs a cellular automaton type logic I’ve devised to produce sound events.
Each alive cell has 4 states: Up, right, down, left. at each cycle, the cells move themselves in the direction of their internal states. If any cell encounters a wall, it triggers a pitched sound whose frequency is determined by the xy position of collision, and the cell reverses its direction. If a cell encounters another cell on its way, it turns itself clockwise.
This set of rules produces chaotic results in some settings, therefore you can end up with never repeating, gradually evolving sequences. Go add some cells, change their orientation by clicking on them, and press play, experiment, have fun.
If you encounter something you like, just press “Copy Piece Link” and save it somewhere, or better, share it!
Hexstatic is a UK music duo, consisting of Stuart Warren Hill and Robin Brunson, that specializes in creating “quirky audio visual electro.” Formed in 1997 after Hill and Brunson met while producing visuals at the Channel Five launch party, they decided to take over for the original members of the Ninja Tune multimedia collective Hex that had disbanded around the same time. They soon collaborated with Coldcut for the Natural Rhythms Trilogy, including the critically acclaimed A/V single Timber. Much of their music involves integrated visual experiences, and both of their main album releases have been CD and DVD combinations; the latest, Master-View, includes 3D “anaglyph” versions of some of their music videos and comes packaged with 3D glasses. Hexstatic has also been instrumental in designing VJ equipment, including the Pioneer DVJ-X1 professional DVD player. Other artists they have worked with include EBN, Juice Aleem and David Byrne of Talking Heads.
Lover of John Cage and non-standard time-signatures Richard Devine might seem out of place on a bill that includes dance-music-hero BT, but his decidedly more avant-garde musical stylings actually served to highlight the wide-raging appeal of the new iZotope Stutter Edit performance and production software.
Gino Robair spoke with Devine after his eclectic set at the iZotope NAMM party. Though he was there to help support the release of Stutter Edit, he had a lot of nice things to say about the new Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4, the newest controller that makes use of all the sound shaping and loop creating abilities of Traktor Pro.