Brain Caps: Brain-Music Interfacing

Is the real future of music interfacing directly with our brain? Jon Appleton, the composer and electronic musician who was on the team for the ground-breaking Synclavier keeps talking about how he thinks a 'brain cap' will be the interface of the future. Put it on, and it knows what music you're thinking. He talked about this on a panel at the Electronic Music Foundation in the fall. I sat down to lunch with him a few weeks ago, talked about the Synclavier and the future, and asked him again. Maybe he was joking before. Maybe I'd get a different …

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Profile: VJ Miixxy (Melissa Ulto)

New Yorker "imagineer and visualnaut" Melissa Ulto, aka VJ Miixxy, is interviewed by Vidvox, developers of GRID and VDMX VJ software. Melissa chats about her latest gigs (Museum of Modern Art, Madame Tassauds Wax Museum, Broadway, The Ramones, and a Pilates vid for MTV enough variety for you?), and her dreamy rig: Edirol V4s, Canon video cams, and of course Vixvox's GRID. (If you can't afford all that, GRID2 is just US$75 for Windows and Mac!) Mixxy is working on a documentary on VJing; stay tuned here and we'll bring you news once that's out. If you're in NYC tonight, …

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Cypernetics to Forbidden Planet: The Barrons

NPR's Morning Edition had a story yesterday morning, now streaming online, on husband-and-wife electronic music pioneer team Louis and Bebe Barron, who birthed the score for Forbidden Planet. Together, they created an entirely new language of experimental sound, manipulating homemade circuitry and tape, going on to work for the likes of Cage. Like many of the pioneers, it's incredible to hear how groundbreaking these sounds were — and humbling to consider given the technology available. Can we make new sounds that are just as surprising now? Can we reimagine what alien music sounds like? (For electronic music innovators gone another …

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Stewart Copeland on Inside Mac; Setup Described

Stewart Copeland, drummer for The Police and leading film composer (Wall Street, Pecker, many others) as well composer for ballet and opera, talks to Inside Mac Radio's Scott Shepard in an interview posted today. [ Show notes and downloadable MP3 ] Copeland was a keynote speaker at the O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference, an appearance I wrote up for the February Keyboard Magazine. Copeland's setup isn't all Mac: he uses a PC to run Tascam's Gigastudio sampling software, controlled from his primary G5 tower. He is, however, a longtime user of the Mac-only MOTU Digital Performer, joining other film composers …

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Digital Music Pioneers Converge on NYC, Look to Future

The Electronic Music Foundation is celebrating its 10th anniversary by holding a panel on the future of electronic music at New York's Chelsea Art Museum; the guest list reads like a who's who of music. These are the people who literally invented the technologies we now use: Jon Appleton: worked on the team that built the Synclavier Max Matthews: pioneered digital audio technologies at Bell Labs Robert Moog: first commercially successful synthesizer Laurie Spiegel: first software instrument (in 1985!) Morton Subotnik: worked with Buchla on one of the first synths Daniel Teruggi: worked on the SYTER digital synth in the …

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