iPhone/Touch Roundup: Control, Art, Snow Patrol, Visualizers, Recording, One for India

What could a pocket-sized computer be? It could be a new kind of album extra (yawn), a new kind of generative musical format that samples and responds to the world around it (whoo). It could be a more effective controller (fun), or an Indian drone (really). The Apple iPod touch / iPhone, as always, brings both wonder (potential as an art platform or recording device) and trouble (respectively, restrictions on who can see your art and problems actually getting mic input or transferring files). So here’s this week’s snapshot of what’s happening on Apple’s micro-sized pocket Mac phone mediaplayer thing. …

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Review: Quantum Leap RA World Instrument Library

Film and video scoring aficionados out there, listen up. CDM’s W. Brent Latta takes on Quantum Leap RA from East West, a massive library of sampled world/ethnic instruments. As usual, it’s not just about the product itself: Brent offers some insight into music-making using this tool, and shares a really gorgeous melody he created on the included Bulgarian duduk. Truly scary that you can get sound like this out of a computer. Read on . . . -PK

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Ethnomusicologist Lysloff Responds: Finding Skillful 8-bit Music

It seems I may have misunderstood the comments of at least one of the experts quoted in Wired.com’s recent story on 8-bit music. (See my original comments and ensuing discussion.) Ethnomusicologist Rene T.A. Lysloff, faculty at the University of California Riverside and author of Music and Technoculture, writes in response; here’s his letter in its entirety which, aside from being thoughtful and well-reasoned, offers some ideas for where to find really good 8-bit music: To the editors, my name is Rene T.A. Lysloff and I am the ethnomusicologist quoted in the Wired.com article on 8-bit composition. I want to clarify …

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DITNB: Ambiencello, Gamelan, Electronica, and More Great Online Music

We welcome back Cris atariboy Pearson, the Melbourne-based musician and plasq developer/artist, for another installment of Dithered is The New Black. He’ll be checking in weekly with great independent music, much of it free, for taking your playlists to new places: Hey all. Welcome back to the second edition for this new column. Thanks for the suggestions and keep them coming. This first site is not direct suggestion, but a great way to discover lots of music. It is a communal site that allows you to share and download playlists other people have put together. These playlists point to MP3s …

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Obscure Plugins: Turkish Folk Instrument, BS, Seizure Generator

We continue to interrupt Moog Week for Weird Plugin Day. Forget parody plugins — truth is nearly as strange as fiction. Just watch the latest on KVR: Turkish Folk Instrument goes Virtual: First, there’s the Volko Baglama (via). The thousand year-old Turkish folk instrument known as a Baglama or saz has been converted to Windows VSTi. Great; I can see it now: the master Baglama player shows up to a gig only to have been replaced by some youngster with an Oxygen8. (at least it doesn’t sound half bad.) Great Plug-in? BS! The “unfortunate plug-in branding” award has to go …

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Obscure Plugins: Ancient Egyptians and FM Synthesis

Curiouser and curiouser . . . A reader named Atomic Afro (so glad I’m requiring you to register now!) is more astute than I am (not saying much). Mr. Afro points us to a new SynthEdit-created Windows VSTi called Luxor. Apparently this plugin “contains the magic powers of ancient egypt dietes and pharao’s.” (So, they were a people of hieroglyphics — no wonder they can’t spell.) If you’re channeling ancient Gods via a VSTi plugin, there’s only one place to go — KVR.

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