By Giuseppe Acito


MUTE: music productions and much more

Mute and Dirty Electronics are delighted to announce the release of the Dirty Electronics Mute Synth II (MSII), a hand-held synth and sequencer designed in collaboration with the designer and writer, Adrian Shaughnessy. The MSII follows the first Dirty Electronics Mute Synth (MSI), originally created for the legendary Short Circuit presents Mute event at the Roundhouse in 2011.

MSII’s elegant design and focus on usability pushes through a pick-up-and-play approach, and switches and knobs, in conjunction with the touch controls inherent in the MSI, enable complex and infinite rhythms and sounds to be created.

And watch the synth in action here:

Dirty Electronics Mute Synth II (MSII) features:

Noise generator
Wave shaping (triangle – square)
Buffered output
External clock option
Touch and knob/potentiometer controls
Mini patchbay

Dotmatrix display (external module)
PCB artwork
Bend and hack points
Expansion board capability
Mini jack/headphone output
Battery powered (9v battery not included)

Mute Synth II is available to pre-order now HERE

There will come the Elastic Drums

From the Mouse on Mars instruments page I’ve discovered the announce of forthcoming release of this app for IOS iPhone and iPad. It looks like very cool although it remind me my favorite virtual drum machine Sonic Charge Microtonic but this is for touchable devices…I can’t wait (of course)!

From the MOM’s site:

Elastic Drums is an iOS app with 6 channels of synthesized sounds, a step sequencer and 4 effect channels, all tweak-able in an elastic way.

The first release will be iPhone optimized only. The second release will be optimized for iPad, it will be landscape instead of portrait mode, a one screen user interface and many more optimizations and additional features.

– iPhone version: End of 2014
– iPad version: Beginning of 2015


The basic idea was to create an easy and fun in handling drum app, with a genuine sound, an Instrument with it’s own character, not a virtual clone of any classic instrument.
Elastic Drum works with drum synth modeling, so the drum sounds are much more „elastic“ compared to the use of samples, most drum apps do so far. The sounds can be changed more drastically and combined with an elastic effect section Elastic Drums can be even a tool for sound-design, not only for creating beats.
Hardware originals would be the Korg Electribes for their ease of use handling and the recoding of parameter and the Elektron Machine for it’s concept to have different switchable drum synth models for every sequencer channel. This, combined with the possibilities of software and touch screens and non-analog sound effects like grainy delay lines, etc.

See some tutorial videos



“808” The heart of the beat that changed music

This is the official trailer of “808” Film that Coming in 2015
“808” features appearances and commentary from: Arthur Baker, Pharrell, David Guetta, Phil Collins, Lil Jon, Afrika Bambaataa, Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim), Rick Rubin, Diplo, Goldie and more.

Produced by You Know Films in association with Atlantic Films
Directed by Alexander Dunn
Executive Producer: Alex Noyer
Producers: Alex Noyer, Craig Kallman & Alexander Dunn
Producer & Co-Executive Producer Arthur Baker for Re-Covered Content Ltd
Written by Alexander Dunn & Luke Bainbridge

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Make a 16\44.1KHz WAV trigger sampler with 45$

The WAV Trigger was born from the collaboration between Robertsonics and Sparkfun, it is an audio development platform that allows you to easily add music and sound effects to your project. The WAV Trigger plays uncompressed WAV files up to 16-bit stereo 44.1kHz, the same quality as audio CD’s. One significant feature is that the board has the ability to play multiple tracks at the same time, mixing up to 8 stereo tracks together on the fly. The board has an audio jack for use with headphones or speakers and a 2 pin output that can be connected to a speaker for audio output.


  • Input voltage: 6-15VDC
  • Current Consumption: 80mA idle, 120-200mA playing
  • File system: FAT16/FAT32
  • Audio out: 1/8″ stereo headphone jack
  • Audio out: On-board 2W mono amplifier speaker output
  • Trigger inputs: 3.3-5V, default active low inputs with internal pull-ups
  • Serial: Full duplex, 8N1, 57.6K baud, MIDI
  • Polyphonic: Play and mix up to 8 stereo tracks independently and simultaneously


Glitch invasion in Time square

Every day this month, for three minutes before midnight, some of the giant electronic billboards in Times Square flicker violently in rectangular sequences of black and white. This is not a glitch. It’s test pattern [times square], an electronic piece by Paris-based Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda, reworked for 47 screens across five blocks of one of the most iconic and irritating places in the world.

The future of capacitive touch screens interaction

Created by Florian BornModulares Interface B.A. is a physical interface for iPad comprised of knobs, buttons and sliders to provide precision and haptic feedback when operating a digital interface.

Multi-touch devices like the iPad have become more and more popular over the last couple of years. Nowadays they are not only used for browsing and sending e-mails, but also as a medium for new fields of applications. One particular thing of multi-touch devices is in need of improvement: It is the lack of haptic feedback, which makes it difficult to set parameters precisely.
Regarding to this problem the project has been developed to provide a variety of physical controllers. These controllers expand the usage of a touch device with a haptic feedback while adjusting parameters. By using magnets, the different controllers can easily be arranged onto the iPad. A modular interface appears, which uses a given device just like the iPad.
The system contains three different parts:
– The physical controllers (button, slider and knob), made out of conductive aluminium to pass on the electrical discharge of the human skin.
– A frame, made out of aluminium and plastic, in which the iPad is inserted. The edge of the frame has embedded magnets, making it possible to position the controller precisely and easily.
– The software, running as an app on the iPad. It organizes the control elements and sends the parameters to the corresponding software, which is controlled by the modular interface.

From Hasso Plattner Institute site :

“Recent research proposes augmenting capacitive touch pads with tangible objects, enabling a new generation of mobile applications enhanced with tangible objects, such as game pieces and tangible controllers. In this paper, we extend the concept to capacitive tangibles consisting of multiple parts, such as stackable gaming pieces and tangible widgets with moving parts. We achieve this using a system of wires and connectors inside each block that causes the capacitance of the bottom-most block to reflect the entire assembly. We demonstrate three types of tangibles, called CapStones, Zebra Dials and Zebra Sliders that work with current consumer hardware and investigate what designs may become possible as touchscreen hardware evolves.”

Toa Mata Band on tour News

After a few months from the publication of Episode 3, I’m very proud to announce that the Toa Mata Band will be on tour in the last months of 2014 and for all 2015.

The live-set is growing up, It will be a blend of improvisation and sequenced parts playing on analog drums and also by introducing new digital devices.Soon a short demo filmed live in studio.

One of the next date will be a pleasant participation at Cafe Neu Romance, the first international Robot Performance Festival in the End of November 2014 at Galerie NTK Prague Czech Rep.

For more info about the tour date take a look to my profile on Bandsintown

Everybody who loves music should know

The Distortion of Sound is a documentary about the decline of sound quality and how technology has changed the way we listen to music. It will open your ears and inspire you to reach for richer, more soul-stirring musical experiences. Hear it all at

Imitone : audio to MIDI app

Audio to midi process is not really a “brand new” but this seems working very good… Much more expressive and dynamic than other devices I know! The Kickstarter fundraiser project by Evan Balstersoon is gone, but
he promise that this app for Mac & Windows will be soon avaiable for sale.

Imitone is a “real-time, low-latency, monophonic audio-to-midi controller”. It is designed to be simple enough for a child to use, elegant enough to do its job with no set-up whatsoever and powerful enough to compose a symphony.

Imitone offers live pitch detection competitive with the best available, with superior latency and MIDI sequencing. Its unique core technology, combined with a streamlined design, make it a tool with unprecedented potential for creatively empowering musicians of all experience levels.

Its features include:

Volume control (instant and continuous modes)
Scale selection
Vibrato detection
Pitch slide (bend + glide)
Octave shift
Automatic scale/key detection (stretch goal hit!)
Percussion control mode (stretch goal hit!)
Hardware output
Audio / MIDI file support
VST Version (stretch goal hit!)

For more info: