Aphex Twin Releases a Whole “F***ing Racket” Free, Plus Reams of Studio Notes, So Go Nerd Out With Him

Few things would make my fingers go numb and my brain at a loss for words quite like this. But there’s simply not much to add to this, other than to say that Aphex Twin has released a 21-track modular album and loads of other things, plus pages and pages and pages and pages of interview notes via the wonderful noyzelab blog. There’s a two-part interview, and as for everything else, you might as well just head to SoundCloud, queue things up, and not sleep for a long time. (They’re all free downloads, too.) The whole thing looks like the …

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(Sensor) Size Matters: Pocketable Picture Quality in NYT, as Dedicated Devices Are Here to Stay

The digicam for people who can’t fit an SLR in their pocket, the Canon S95. Photo (CC-BY) Erik Forsberg. The New York Times ran a story over the holiday weekend on sensor size calculations and picks for pocket digicams that’s an absolute must-read for anyone who works with pixels. David Pogue is in rare form; this is one of my favorite stories from him recently. Mainstream tech stories often shy away from the nuts and bolts behind the scenes, but here Pogue has some interesting revelations about sensor size measurement. As usual, a little (odd) history is involved: It turns …

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Mobile Projection with a Chihuahua

No, you’re not misreading that headline – it’s exactly what it sounds like. It’s a dog with a mini projector (and in some cases, a camera, apparently) strapped to his back. I’m not exactly sure this is something I would choose to do with a dog, but video artist Fernando Llanos says the animal is earning access to globe-trotting through gourmet food: t I didn’t care, he’s my dog and he has to work, it’s like in a circus, there’s a price the animal has to pay, in order to eat foagra in France and jamón in Barcelona. Mmmmm, jamón. …

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Free Tutorials, Techno iPhone Ringtone from Francis Preve, Celebrating Single “Caboose”

Sound designer, technologist, and remix artist Francis Preve sends us some gifts of techno and technology to celebrate his first solo release. For your brain, we’ve compiled the tutorials he’s been working on for Beatportal, which together provide a really great look at some basic music production skills. For your ears, we have his new Ableton-produced single “Caboose” which, coupled with a Josh Gabriel remix – and a free iPhone ringtone exclusively provided to CDM by Josh’s label Different Pieces. Being a technologist often makes actually finding time to make music a big challenge. But I’ve always been impressed at …

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Elsewhere: Mixxx Open Source DJ Software Review

Chris Everest of Vinyl Project has some first hands-on impressions of Mixx, the open-source DJ software that recently added vinyl control (among other features). So far, he says he’s not sure it’s ready for prime-time: “There are definitely some things I could try to help the situation, but at this point I wasn’t convinced by the overall experience.” Software Review: Mixxx Open Source DJ Software [Vinyl Project] Previously: Mixxx, Open Source DJ Tool, Adds Vinyl Control He does, however, wonder if a controlled operating environment would help. As it happens, I’m testing Mixxx on just such an environment, the custom-Linux …

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Weekend Reader Link Roundup: Global VJ Map, Australian AV DVD, VJ Publication

Here’s a couple of links which were sent in by CDMo readers over the weekend: Zac pointed out the Frappr VJ Map, showing visualists from all around the planet. Kat sent through an email from Timon, who is working on a VJ publication entitled VisualJockey (and is looking for submissions). Finally, Mitchell is sending through a copy of the Synchresis DVD, although considering it’s a Creative Commons project, perhaps it could be posted on a nice online video hosting service. Physical media aside, Mitchell has a lot to say about the project.

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Geek Gawking: An Opticon Podcast and a Plogue Maestro

Chris Randall of Analog Industries (and, of course, Audio Damage) is on a roll in his latest around the Interwebs roundup. Not to steal your post here, Chris, but on the off chance someone missed this, he nets both: 1. A podcast episode with music made entirely on the Optigan, Mattel’s bizarre “optical organ” of the 70s. (See Optigan.com for more on that.) 2. Stefan Goodchild’s blog, aka “Stabilizer”, who’s on Peter Gabriel’s multimedia team (nice work if you can get it), and — in addition to having lots of wonderful goodies built in Mac/Windows music patching software Plogue Bidule, …

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