Hack Biology, Body, and Music: Open Call for MusicMakers Hacklab

For the past two winters, CDM has joined with Berlin’s CTM Festival to invite musical participants to grow beyond themselves. Working in freshly-composed collaborations, they’ve built new performances in a matter of days, then presented them to the world – as of last year, in a public, live show. This year, they will work even more deeply inside themselves, finding the interfaces between body and music, biology and sound. And that means we’re inviting everyone from choreographers to neuroscientists to apply, as much as musicians and code makers. Playing with the CTM theme of “Un Tune,” the project will this …

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The impressive, futuristic physical form of the 4DSOUND system. Photo: George Schroll.

Spatial Sound, in Play: Watch What Hackers Did in One Weekend with 4DSOUND

You can’t really hear the results of the Spatial Audio Hacklab sitting at your computer – by definition, you had to be there to take in the experience of sounds projected in space. But you’ll probably feel the enthusiasm and imagination of its participants. And that’s why it’s a pleasure to share the video documentation, produced for 4DSOUND by a team from FIBER – the Dutch audiovisual events and art platform – at Amsterdam Dance Event last month. In unleashing a diverse group of artist-experimenters on 4DSOUND’s unique speaker installation, we got a chance to create a sonic playground, a …

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Ableton Push, Disassembled by Czech Music Hackers, Down to the Screw [Video]

For months, many musicians have been waiting to get assembled Push hardware from Ableton. But here, you get it disassembled – down to bare washers and screws – in a massive teardown. It’s a chance to see what lies inside that mysterious black box without voiding your warranty. The video is narrated in Czech, so most of you will be out of luck, but you don’t really need the narration to follow what’s happening and now has English subtitles! You’ll find a gallery of photos on Dropbox, too. The teardown comes courtesy of THORtronic, the duo of Patrik Veltruský and …

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MIDI-Enabled Pipe Organ Rocks Edinburgh

One of the wonderful things about control data is that there’s no saying you only have to interface with software and digital worlds: you can connect directly to the real world, too. Digitally-sequenced music can use acoustically-generated sound. 20th Century technology, meet 19th Century technology. CDM reader Gareth Edwards writes to let us know about his current project: Just wanted to let you know about a wee toy we’ve just finished building here in Edinburgh. We are a group that is part of the dorkbot movement (http://dorkbot.org/) and have just finished hacking a robotic MIDI retrofit onto a 1890s Gray …

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Reminder: HOPE “We Are Hacks” A/V Event Tonight; Listen to HOPE Online

Tonight, musical and visual artists converge for an evening of live performance at the HOPE hacker conference in NYC, 11p – 2a. Hope you can make it there, New York area peoples. There are other ways of joining the event (and the rest of the HOPE conference): IRC Channel — irc.oceanius.com #radiostatler And for live radio, which should (technicalities notwithstanding) broadcast CDM’s performance: http://radio.hope.net/listen.php More on the event: CDM event details and preview Facebook page

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