Clutter + GStreamer: Graphical Programming Awesomeness, Now With Video

As your options multiply, I think there are few excuses in 2009 not to develop using portable, free and open source, multi-platform, mobile-ready platforms — period. We talk a lot about the Java side of the pond, or even C/C++, but the other reality is you have options for just about any job using just about any language of choice. If you’re a developer (or programming artist), it’s worth paying attention. If you’re a user, you should be able to look forward to being able to use whatever OS you like — Linux included — and be able to work …

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Code Your Own Sequencer? Archaeopteryx Generates MIDI with Ruby

Archaeopteryx: Ruby Self-Generating Pattern Sequencer from giles goat boy on Vimeo. Who needs NAMM? Well, sure, you could wait 48 hours for the mind-bogglingly awesome announcements I’m sure we’ll be scooping on this site know absolutely nothing about. But that’s 48 hours you could be spending right now, coding your own sequencer. And unless Ableton and Steinberg and Apple and Digidesign and all are reading your thoughts, it may just do something they haven’t imagined yet. Ah, you say, but wouldn’t that mean learning something ancient and arcane like C? No, I’d say. You can do it Ruby, and impress …

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Alternative Sequencers: Elysium Generative Mac App and the Joy of Hex

Switching tools isn’t a panacea, but it can inspire new ideas, by changing the way you structure your music. Elysium is a powerful new sequencer in development for the Mac the creates generative patterns on a beehive-shaped hexagonal grid. For the hardcore, you can even extend the tool with Ruby and JavaScript. Elysium is a MIDI sequencer only: it has no sound generation facility of its own. But that makes it an ideal complement to your existing tools and favorite synths; the creator shows it off with Apple Logic Studio (Sculpture physical modeling, anyone?) and Native Instruments Kore. Elysium [Mac-only …

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