Generative iPod? Deep Modular, Generative Music System Bound for iPhone, Phones, Windows, Mac

Northwest Reef from Umcorps on Vimeo. Aside from being toy-like mini-computers, could mobile devices take on a musical usefulness all their own? At the Electronic Music Foundation’s 10th Anniversary Symposium in 2004, Morton Subotnik and fellow panelists imagined an iPod that, instead of playing canned music from your music library, would actually generate music for you on the spot. Believe it or not, commercial demand aside, that might soon be reality. We saw Intermorphic’s fascinating generative music engine noatikl at the end of last year. It’s the “spritual successor” to the Koan generative system used by Brian Eno in 1996. …

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iPhone, iPod Touch as Music Controllers: Transmit MIDI or OSC

The iPhone and iPod Touch have big, pretty screens, plenty of space for touch control, and fit in your pocket for lots of other useful things (like, you know, calls or music or whatever these things were invented for). So, why not put them to use in performance? Just this week, Create Digital Motion has picked up two new solutions for doing just that, free: MIDI Control with iPhone and iPod Touch: i3L MIDI Bridge Mrmr : iPhone + 10.5 + Quartz Composer = Wireless VJ Nirvana Mrmr’s support of OSC is geared for VJ apps, but something similar could …

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Make Your iPhone into a Drum Pad

Way back at the Apple iPhone introduction, I said I thought people would want to use the phone as a musical instrument. Well, here you go: meet BeatPhone, a clever code hack from a chilled-out Spanish mobile musician. Feature set: 9 one-shot pads 6 loop-pads Samples in “any” format : WAV, AIFF, … Output at 44.1kHz, 16-bits Up to 256 samples polyphony BeatPhone Project Page [I-lusio] Via: BeatPhone [appSafari.com] The project will be open, and more cool features are planned: Strudder pads (stop previous playback and start again) Metronome, BPM detection on “tap” Loop stretching Record samples and live mixes …

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Make Music on Mobile/PDA: Syntrax Now Free for Windows Mobile, Symbian

Being on the go is a terrible reason to have to give up your music creation tools. Syntrax is a popular solution, with a sequencer, a synth, and a sample editor in one software package for Windows Mobile (PocketPC) devices and Symbian smartphones from Nokia, Siemens, Sony Ericsson, and Motorola. Now, this popular package is free. I just discovered the other day that Syntrax one of the PocketPC/Smartphone sequencers has now been released as free. It only has a monophonic synth, but its quite customizable, and you can do pretty long and reasonable quality compositions on it… Moreover it’s free.. …

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Mobile Phones for Music, Built in Java/Processing

No one uses Java any more, eh, Steve Jobs? Why, we use Java for … you know … useful stuff. Work stuff. (Shown: Snake on a Plane, built in Mobile Processing.) All rational arguments for development on mobile phones aside, some phone owners are driven by the irrational, purely personal need to tap into their phones and do stuff. Our friend Sebastian Tomczak reports back on a first experiment with the mobile version of Processing, the Java-based “coding for artists” tool. Simple Live Synth for Phone Sebastian says, hello, world — now, we’re looking forward to DIY music apps from …

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Apple Tells Developers “We Invented Internet”, Forgets Multimedia and Multi-Touch

Apple made a controversial announcement at the World Wide Developers’ Conference, which went something like this: “We’ve got a new, innovative way of giving you developer access to our phone: we’re not.” (I’m paraphrasing; see the full quote below.) In less than 24 hours, this has devolved into an online debate between defensive “traditional” developers and Web developers, Apple critics and apologists. Many have tried to turn it into a debate over what whether or not web apps are applications. That’s silly. Of course web applications are apps. Here’s the real problem in a nutshell: 1. Apple is ignoring what …

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