Create Digital Motion Domain Screwup; Fix Coming – Stay Tuned Here

Image: Nima Badiey. If you are unable to read CDMotion, you’re not alone. createdigitalmotion.com’s domain was not properly renewed by our previous registrar, 1&1, because of a foul-up with closing out an account with them for hosting. (Early in CDM’s history, the site – small at the time – was hosted by 1&1.) I’ve verified with 1&1 that this domain isn’t getting sold to anyone or anything like that — it’s in the ICANN’s redemption period, so I’m working on getting it back. It’s an embarrassing situation, and my apologies to readers. All the rest of CDM’s domains are happy …

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CDM RSS Problem – Fixed

Thanks to those of you who reported a temporary issue with Create Digital Music’s RSS feed. I believe we’ve resolved this problem: you can blame an accidental edit to a configuration file. (WordPress users, if you ever happen to encounter this problem yourself, feedvalidator.org has a tip for you.) We have traditionally used the Feedburner service for RSS; I even knew folks who worked there and were CDM readers prior to the Google acquisition. Since the Google acquisition, though, that service seems not to have evolved much, and we’ve grown, too – meaning we’re really happy to let you subscribe …

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Informal Live Broadcast Tonight from Brooklyn: Handmade Music

Our stream experiment worked – thanks for enduring it! So, we did get a very basic stream going and were able to successfully broadcast over 3rd Ward’s network. I imagine it was generally not so interesting if you tuned in (we had some equipment and camera placement issues). However, it functioned a proof of concept, and in future we can actually make it much more interesting, with videos of projects queued, more interaction, and camera + audio that actually brings you the event. So thanks for those of you who helped (who also clued us into making chat work on …

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April Fool’s? Bah, Humbug!

April Fool’s, San Francisco style – with a parade. Now that’s more fun than sitting in front of blogs. Photo: Patrick Boury. Here’s a cruel joke for you: the first day of Frankfurt’s Musikmesse trade show? The date on which all the music tech press releases for the show have dated their embargo? April First. Now, to me, the whole point of April Fool’s is surprise, or at least humor. April Fool’s has become so obligatory that everything from faux press releases to blog posts are dedicated to the topic whether they were inspired or not. So, you know what? …

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From the Game Developer Conference

I’ve just finished my first full day of the Game Developer Conference. While this is not Create Digital Games, there are some real highlights here, from ideas in music and visual production and experimental interface design to the work to promote and codify interactive music at the Interactive Audio SIG. Between GDC and the usual cast of characters in San Francisco, there’s a remarkable roster of folks. Text is in drafts, so stay tuned. The fundamental contradiction of all writing is that of being and recording your being. But to me, beneath headlines about development products or new games, these …

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For the Latest NAMM News, Follow Us on Twitter; News Release Schedule

I do promise that CDM will have up-to-the-second coverage of the stuff you care about (that is, when we’re not getting scooped by early print runs of Electronic Musician or the Akai website), but for those of you who are reloading our page every few moments, here’s an alternative: Follow us on Twitter. cdmblogs @ Twitter I’ll post tidbits the moment I know them, and you’ll be the first to know when new stuff goes live here, I promise (including revisions/updates to stories). At 3:30 pm (CUT/GMT -5 Eastern Time), we’ll carry Ableton and Cycling ’74 news. At 4:00 pm, …

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CDM Does Not Break NAMM Embargoes; Why That’s Good For You and When to Tune In

(Harry Potter book shipment.) Photo: Michael Henderson. When should you tune in tomorrow to get the news? Thanks to the fact that some folks do send CDM press releases under embargo, some big announcements should happen at: Thursday, 1:00pm Eastern Time: This is the opening of the NAMM show, so it’s when many embargoes are lifted. Any really big stories that deserve it will get immediately published then. Thursday, 3:30pm Eastern Time: I have some specific stories that are held for this specific time that will definitely be published then. Over the weekend and later: Because I want to actually …

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New Gear and Software: NAMM News Coming; Stay Tuned For…

Can we cover less, but get some deeper information? That’s my goal for CDM this year at NAMM, the music manufacturers’ US trade show. There’s plenty of new stuff that comes out annually at NAMM. From CDM’s New York City nerve center, I’ll be honing in on the stuff about which I think you’ll care most. I can’t be in Anaheim for the show. That’s no loss to you, because trade shows floors aren’t necessarily conducive to the press. The main reason I go is to get to hang out with people I might not otherwise see. If you are …

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Get the CDM Winter 2008 Guide Bound, Printed, Shipped by 12/24 Worldwide

Having been published the old-fashioned way, I’m really interested to see what on-demand printing will make possible in publishing and content – and, particularly, what it will mean for Web entities like CDM. (We need a new term: Web Treeware?) On-demand isn’t as fast as a retail outlet with a book in stock, but they’re getting faster. Lulu can turn around our new CDM Winter 2008 guide in time for Christmas Eve. If you order by tomorrow, you’ll get the book custom-printed, bound (in a lovely, publisher-style) “Perfect Binding”, and shipped by 12/24: Order deadline: Saturday 12/13 (note: US East …

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On Demand: CDM Winter 2008, with Gift Guide, Bending and Slicing Tutorials, More

“What if, instead of targeting Web content to a single day, you turned it into an object that would last a season? What would you want to save and savor?” That’s the question I ask at the beginning of the Create Digital Music Winter 08 guide. We’ve filled it with good stuff we love, plus good stuff we hear that you love (via our survey of hundreds of readers for the holiday guide). Via Creative Commons-licensed images, you’ve shared your world of music, and so we share the whole guide as fully free work (it’s got a CC Attribution / …

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