Zoom H2 Portable Flash Recorder Coming Soon; Mic Design Delay

Photo: Josh Jancourtz Everyone is looking for the Zoom H2, a nifty portable flash recorder with a merciful street of around US$200 and a built-in mic. We know because you’ve all started hitting our ancient page on the H2. It in fact isn’t shipping yet; Sweetwater has an explanation on their site: The Zoom H2 is expected to begin arriving in stores in August (slightly delayed by an improvement to the microphone design). Just to demonstrate I’m not linking to them for affiliate cash, I’ll, erm, not link to them. But I expect you can find them (add a dot-com …

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Look Out, MPC: Homestar Runner’s MixMastah 800, Free in Flash

Okay, Akai. You’re going to have to get on the ball, fast. Sure, the new MPCs have all kinds of sophisticated music production capabilities. But can they remix the sultry, animal call of The Cheat, or make the ladies swoon with a solo by Strongbad?* Onetwo, short video made with looping … uh … things [Homestarrunner.com] Onetwomixer: MixMastah 800 for mixing it yourself Yes, a lot of these Flash-based remix tools / mash-up gimmicks have been somewhat … limited … musically-speaking. But this is strangely fun. I dare you to use it live. (If they had only played up the …

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Flash-Powered, Animated Musical Painting: Visual Acoustics

Visual Acoustics is an online musical toy built in Flash designed by Alex Lampe (“Ample Interactive”) of the UK. (Via Music Thing.) The motion visuals are beautiful, and the music and interface is very reminiscent of Toshio Iwai’s work (see Nintendo’s ElectroPlankton, for instance). As with Iwai’s designs, just about anything you play will sound good and ambient. Now, there are two schools of thought on that. One suggests that these kind of futuristic interfaces make music accessible to anyone. The other would hold that part of what makes traditional musical instruments lovely is that, while they take a long …

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Remix Beatboxers Online in Free Interactive Flash App; Beatbox Tutorial Site

It’s not Ableton Live by any stretch of the imagination, but Verizon has commissioned an interactive app built in Adobe Flash that lets you remix the sound of some top beatboxers. Featuring samples from Antoinette “Butterscotch” Clinton (international female beatbox champion), Masai Electro, max b, rahzel (also a member of The Roots), and click, the app gives you a basic MPC-style interface and sequence timeline on which you can create and share mixes. Watching the video clips at top is sort of fun as you play, and this does demonstrate that all kinds of creative musical apps could be built …

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Tonight in New York: Detecting and Visualizing Motion, Free Workshop

Tonight here in New York, I’ll be presenting a free workshop on detecting and visualizing motion from camera inputs, which may be of interest not only for those of you eagerly anticipating the new Create Digital Motion site, but also anyone who’d like to use cameras as controllers for music. Full details after the jump. If you’re not in New York, don’t fret; I plan to organize this stuff and have online examples/tutorials in the near future. But if you are there, say hi! And yes, I finally plan to deliver on my New York CDM get-together promises in June; …

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Music Boxes, Reimagined as Animated Installation Art

Motion graphics and animation are everywhere you look, but an installation last week reached out to audiences with a simple device: old music boxes. Visitors to the elegant 18th-Century Norfolk House Music Round found several music boxes atop a table with projected visuals. Turn the crank, and varied scenes produced in Flash responded to the sounds. From the photos, it looks like it was a big hit: Plink-Plonk This project comes to us via one of its creators, our friend Chris O’Shea, interactive designer, musician, and now at ubercool UK design firm AllofUs. He’s done some great work with his …

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Soundtoys: Sound Artworks Online

Why leave art to the visual artists when you can get sonic stimulation with your eye candy? Curate your own sound art exhibition on your browser with the new soundtoys.net site. Thanks to a tagging scheme (a la del.icio.us), you can quickly navigate to artworks and even pull together your own themed show. For a real art opening experience experience, though, I suggest you buy some cheap wine and cheese cubes and invite unshaven friends wearing vintage. And because it’s a sound art exhibition, you can leave out the lame DJ. Chris O’Shea has a superb write-up with background on …

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Flash-Based Super Mario Bros. Super Synth [Updated]

Got too much time on your hands on this lazy Monday? Head over to Nintendo news-site 4 Color Rebellion: Super Mario Bros. Super Synth! And play with the Super Mario Bros. Super Synth! A collection of samples from the classic NES title, this will either make your office-mates laugh, cry, or go completely insane. Enjoy! Ed: Best. Sound. Designs. Ever. Unless you can think of another half-second blip that’s immediately recognizable. Oh, and what’s “work”? -PK Mo Mario Muso: While we’re sharing gratuitous Mario musical love, from CDM2’s Graphic Designer Nat comes this link: Super Mario World, Fully Orchestrated [onetonnemusic]

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Hip Musical Flash Movies and How to Use Your Head as a Mallet

Tokyoplastic’s Flash animations have won them widespread acclaim, including a Sundance Online award for their film drummachine. Their animation is hip, sexy, and centers around fabulous sound design with dramatic musical cues. Don’t miss the drum machine in particular — because nothing can compare with watching someone use their head as a mallet. To find it, you’ll have to do a little site navigation: click ‘enter tokyoplastic’ for the Flash site and then prepare to watch the user interface try to crawl away from you. Just be patient: find drummachine or poke around other bits of the site. So the …

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Freezepop Goes Anime: Music Videos in 2005 All About Flash

Music videos with actual live video? That’s so expired. Wired: using Flash to create interactive visuals to listen to while you play a track. That’s exactly what our tech-savvy friends in Boston band Freezepop have done (the same folks who I noted have a PlayStation version of themselves and jam live with their PS2s: Fancy Ultra*Fresh Kind of makes you want a hip, anime version of yourself, doesn’t it? The good news about Flash, by the way, is that the Macromedia – Adobe merger isn’t likely to threaten Flash — it’s probably why Adobe bought Macromedia in the first place, …

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