Don’t Mean A Thing: Swinger Adds Swing to Anything

Photo (CC) John Manoogian III. Wish you could make any track swing? Tristan Jehan, grad of the MIT Hyperinstruments Group and c0-founder of The Echo Nest, made that happen at San Francisco’s Music Hack Day. The Python code uses the Echo Nest’s sound-processing magic, available to the world via open Web APIs, in order to analyze tracks and re-synthesize them in swing form. The results are — well, somewhat terrifying, though in a cool way. Paul Lamere of Music Machinery points this our way and has a ton of examples on his terrific, sound geek-friendly blog. (The post must have …

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Visual Interlude: Mixing Like Oil and Water – And After Effects

VISION from Drasko Vucevic on Vimeo. Musician Drasko Vucevic of Barcelona and Toronto sends us this lovely bit of work. It’s a real tank of water, real oil, shot real-for-real – then manipulated to heck. What’s interesting to me is that the process for the sound design mirrors the process for the visuals: recordings of water were heavily manipulated digitally to produce sonic effects to match the visuals. I never get tired of water. Of course, you may need it for all the coding you’ll be doing with what we show you on the site. I’m reminded of an O’Reilly …

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CDM at NAMM: Peter Reporting Live at CDMu and Noisepages

The National Association of Music Merchants show isn’t quite so much an orgy of technological excitement for Visualists. However, many of our favorite controllers are designed with musicians in mind, so it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on the NAMM news to get an idea of what interesting gear might appear later this year. Peter’s at the show this year, and will of course be covering the highlights on CDMu. However, this year he (and some collaborators) will also be live-blogging press releases and short-form video on the CDM NAMM Live site at Noisepages.com. If you’re in the area, you …

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Modul8 2.6 Available with DMX, Responsive Audio Set to Music by David Last

Modul8 2.6 feature: Sound Analysis from modul8 on Vimeo. As visualism evolves, part of making tools smarter is making them more musical. So what better way to show off the new 2.6 update to Modul8 than to show visuals popping away to butt-bopping beats by David Last. (I’m entirely addicted to David Last‘s grooves – it was an utter delight having him play Create Digital Music’s fifth anniversary the other night at Love Veranda.) It’s worth watching the video through to its conclusion. Yes, you’ve seen this sort of sound-responsive visual before. But note how important it is to be …

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VVVV AV with Blender, Fraps, MeshLab – Vadim Smakhtin's Internal Thinking

On the weekend we saw plenty of love expressed for windows-only patching tool (or “Multipurpose Toolkit”) VVVV [tag on CDMo]. Another recent VVVV piece which has impressed me is Internal Thinking, from Vadim Smakhtin. Sune spoke about how audio-linked visuals can be “jumpy”, which is often the case. But Internal Thinking shows that random, fast-moving, erratic elements can be combined with smooth control and precise performance to create remarkably subtle work. Vadim used vvvv, Blender [on CDMo] and Meshlab for creation, and the superb Fraps for capture. The fantastically gritty music is Growls Garden, by Warp records artist Clark. Vadim’s …

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VVVV AV with Blender, Fraps, MeshLab – Vadim Smakhtin’s Internal Thinking

On the weekend we saw plenty of love expressed for windows-only patching tool (or “Multipurpose Toolkit”) VVVV [tag on CDMo]. Another recent VVVV piece which has impressed me is Internal Thinking, from Vadim Smakhtin. Sune spoke about how audio-linked visuals can be “jumpy”, which is often the case. But Internal Thinking shows that random, fast-moving, erratic elements can be combined with smooth control and precise performance to create remarkably subtle work. Vadim used vvvv, Blender [on CDMo] and Meshlab for creation, and the superb Fraps for capture. The fantastically gritty music is Growls Garden, by Warp records artist Clark. Vadim’s …

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Going Mobile: Velocity-Sensitive Touch Pads – on an iPhone? iGOG Says Yes

The iPhone’s glass touchscreen may be a thing of beauty, but despite its multi-touch capabilities, it would seem this device is incapable of responding to how hard you tap it. But the developers at Wave Machines Labs apparently didn’t want to take no for an answer. The iGOG drum suite for iPhone provides drum pads and sample triggering in unique ways, most notably in its velocity-sensitive VelAUcity. How do you get velocity response from a device that’s supposedly not pressure-sensitive? Presumably there’s additional data in the touch events that makes this possible, but for now Wave Labs aren’t saying: iGOG’s …

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Subcycle: Multitouch Sound Crunching with Gestures, 3D Waveforms

multi-touch the storm – interactive sound visuals – subcycle labs from christian bannister on Vimeo. What if you could mash, mangle, mush, and morph sounds with your fingers on a screen, watching the waveforms dance in response in three dimensions? That “what if” is expressed beautifully in a project by musician-developer Christian Bannister of Portland, Oregon, who works as Subcycle Labs. The result is like being able to touch sound directly. Three-dimensional forms morph and vibrate using visuals programmed in Processing, making architectural-organic shapes and spaces that really begin to “look” like sound. These forms can represent synthesis and effects …

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The Speaking Piano, and Transforming Audio to MIDI

Austrian Composer Peter Ablinger has transformed a child speaking so that it can be played as MIDI events on a mechanically-controlled piano, making the piano a kind of speech speaker. Via Matrixsynth, the readers at Hack a Day get fairly involved with how this may be working. It seems not quite accurate to describe this as vocoding in the strictest sense, so much as a simple transformation to a (much) lower frequency resolution – that is, the 88 keys of the piano. Ablinger, for his part, describes the events as “pixels.” It’s pretty extraordinary that without a bandpass filter, you …

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DAW Day – SONAR 8.5 Production Tastiness, and the Smooth 64-bit Transition

SONAR’s AudioSnap now has cleaner markers, and an understandable interface – and does quite a few things Logic 9’s new Flex Time does not. SONAR 8.5, I’m sure at some point, was to be SONAR 9. There’s an enormous amount of functionality in this release. But I think the surprise is some of the stuff that won’t necessarily appeal to the widest audio production audience. Here’s a DAW that’s adding unusual new features for arranging tracks, putting an integrated arpeggiator on every track, beefing up its step sequencer (really), and dumping a bunch of class LinnDrum samples into the package. …

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