Hey, Bostonites! Boston CyberArts Events?

I’m off to Boston where I’ll be presenting work Saturday and Sunday 4/21-22 in the Ideas in Motion (dance + technology) portion of Boston CyberArts. (At the last minute, I wound up involved not only Saturday afternoon at 2pm with my own work, but Sunday morning at the Swiss Consulate with Andrea Haenggi.) More on this here on CDMusic and CDMotion soon. Anything going on that weekend? (Making my travel plans now.) Anything worth making an additional trip from New York to Boston to see? Let me know!

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DustBook: Another DIY Solution for Burning Man Desert Performances

Mashup/files/media/music maven Moldover checks in in comments with another tip for surviving the desert of Burning Man (or, you know, your next gig in Yemen): I’ve been bringing my laptop to the playa for several years now. My solution this year was a modified briefcase. I made a mount for my MIDI controller to sit right on ontop of the open case. This minimized my footprint which was very helpful. The case worked like a charm at night but it would overheat during the day. The quick fix was to put it ontop of a bag of ice. (Not very …

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Burning Man: Musical Mac Laptops in Home-Built Bio-Hazard Boxes

Laptops as bio-hazard? Dust problems in the desert? Just stick them in a miniature “clean room” environment. Chris Martinez of effect69 writes us with details: Worried about dust and dirt? PowerBook got an alien plague? This should help. Burning Man 2006: Hope & Fear the Future When we were asked to play on the playa, I immediately thought of all of the stories of â€Å“That dust gets everywhereâ€Â? and did I really want all of my precious gear getting destroyed? Would you? No! So I went to work on a plan that would help keep most of the dust and …

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Line6’s KB37 Guitar/Vocal/Bass-Processing Keyboard

Multi-instrumentalists, Line6 must have you in mind. The equipment maker, known primarily for their guitar products, has plunked a keyboard on their multi-effects box / audio interface hybrid, TonePort. There are plenty of reasons to like the TonePort line: a broad approach to effects that caters to vocalists as well as guitarists, and cheaply-priced but good-sounding effects, in an interface with excellent low-latency performance. (Not to mention retro-looking VU meters, and they’re not just eye candy — they’re assignable.) Not everyone will need a keyboard in the same unit, but if you do, it’s nice to see a real mod …

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FlyLoops: In-Development Live Looper, Phrase Sampler Tool

Loopers and phrase samplers can be fun tools, but odds are you’ve wished a hardware or software looper would work more musically. Aaron Leese has designed a prototype system, combining a piece of USB hardware, wireless USB pedals, and Windows software, that intends to do just that: Imagine seeing a musician who could play a bit of music, loop it, add another bit, loop that ….then add a longer loop …… then some drums and a solo … maybe change the volume on that second loop …. turn the first one off … then play the third one backwards … …

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For Those Dark Club Environments: DIY LED Light

I don’t care how great your touch typing skills are, when you’ve been drinking beer and jumping around on stage for an hour you’re going to need some light to help you trigger that next sample. Fortunately for laptop performers an increasing number of current machines are coming with integrated lighting solutions. Whether it’s the Macbook Pro’s backlit keyboard or the Thinkpad Thinklight these gadgets are a boon for electronic musicians. My primary VJ machine is a Thinkpad so I’ve got no lighting issues there, but I also have a second Asus laptop for running Live or generating visuals. It …

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Thomas Dolby’s Blog, Road Rig, Build Your Rig Cheap

Thomas Dolby is on the road again after 15 years. And how times have changed: unlike the year 1991, the year 2006 means he can blog the whole tour. For starters, he’s posted the gory details of his performance rig “for the geeks and musicians out there.” (You called?) Power Mac G5 Dual 2.0 GHz, to be replaced with a MacBook Pro when everything gets ported to Intel MUSE Receptor for still more plug-in hosting Logic Pro 7.2 acts as a MIDI host (for outboard hardware synths and plug-ins), plug-in host, and (primarily) playback device for presequenced backup tracks Stylus-RMX …

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Messe: KORE Pricing, Availability Official — US$579, May 8

Native Instruments KORE is a new product a lot of us can’t wait to get our hands on. By providing a unified interface for working with soft synths and effects, KORE promises to create a whole new product category: it’s a universal catalog for all your sounds, a universal host, a universal control mechanism for adjusting sounds, in performance and in the studio. But it’s also likely to be a tough sell for Native Instruments, since it isn’t quite like anything previously in the marketplace, and it doesn’t do much if you don’t already have a library of plug-ins. NI …

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