By Giuseppe Acito

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Cymatic SoundScapes from the 60’s

The film footage seen here is from experiments performed by Swiss scientist, Dr. Hans Jenny in the 1960s. More of his experiments have been compiled into a 60-minute DVD called Cymatic SoundScapes: Bringing Matter to Life with Sound, available through the publisher at www.cymaticsource.com

Cymatics is the study of visible sound and vibration, a subset of modal phenomena. Typically the surface of a plate, diaphragm, or membrane is vibrated, and regions of maximum and minimum displacement are made visible in a thin coating of particles, paste, or liquid. Different patterns emerge in the exitatory medium depending on the geometry of the plate and the driving frequency. The apparatus employed can be simple, such as a Chladni Plate or advanced such as the CymaScope, a laboratory instrument that makes visible the inherent geometries within sound and music.

Add Tuna Knobs to your tablet

Tuna knobs are control knobs that stick to any touchscreen and let you control DJ and music making apps like you would with dedicated music hardware. Tuna Knobs are designed to give you the tactile precision you need when making music, while giving you the versatility of mobile applications.

Toa Mata Band Live in Prague

In November 2014 the Toa Mata Band was guest of  Cafe Neu Romance, the World’s first international robot performance festival (part of European Robotics Week 2014) in Prague where I did some audio\video live recording while performing. Here the first 2 episodes extracted from that sessions, part of a  video-series in progress. Enjoy!

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

 

PYRAMID: stand alone step-sequencer promises

Pyramid is fully polyrhythmic. This means that you can set different and unusual time signatures on each track, to create shifted-beat sequences. Polyrhythmic constructions will bring new flavours to your productions. You can set a track with a 4/4 standard signature, and for the other tracks 5/4, 6/8, 15/8… The direct access button enables you to change the left and right numbers without limitation. It’s an incredible and easy way to add complexity to your songs!

Pyramid offers one algorithmic euclidean sequencer engine per track, auto generating uncommon and rich rhythmic patterns.
Change the number of total steps, the number of filled steps, the step width, rotate the pattern, all of this on the fly. The displayed euclidean circle helps you to visualize the pattern.

Here  http://www.squarp.net/index.html  the pre-order and info.

Oplab by Teenage engineering overview

This video gives you a basic overview of the Oplab musical experiment board.
It shows names of all the available ports and illustrates a few basic ways to use Oplab.
Click the video to play. Enjoy!

The Bleep Drum Module for littleBits

The Bleep Drum is a lo-fi Arduino based drum machine. Dr. Bleep thought it would play nicely with littleBits. http://littlebits.cc/bitlab/bits/the-…

The littleBit module version allows you to trigger it from any changing signal such as a a sequencer, button, or all manner of bits.

These crunchy samples go great with the smooth sounds of the synth modules!

Dr. Bleep and company think it would be a great addition to the littlebits library. Head over tohttp://littlebits.cc/bitlab/bits/the-…
if you think so too!

All audio direct from what you see. The littleBits proto module at the end of the chain is used to give direct audio output.

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
Feedback
Oscillator
Wave shaping (triangle – square)
Buffered output
Sequencer
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