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Tag: Electronic Music

Apple ][ Gets a Brand New Synthesizer

Apple ][ Gets a Brand New Synthesizer
I still remember my first Apple computer. It was an Apple ][ with a whopping 16k of RAM and it didn’t even have a floppy drive. So the sounds that come to mind when I think of my old ][ are the squeals of program data loading from cassette tape.

Pikatron: Pikachu Gets (Circuit) Bent

Pikatron: Pikachu Gets (Circuit) Bent
Here’s something fun to have rattling around your brain for the rest of the weekend. This is what happens when you take an electronic talking Pikachu, and let circuit bending musician Kaseo have his way with it.

Vj Fader’S Fadertouch Touchscreen a/V Interface Lets Audience See What He’S Playing

Vj Fader’S Fadertouch Touchscreen a/V Interface Lets Audience See What He’S Playing
Live audio-visual artist VJ Fader tipped me off about this cool visual interface he built for manipulating music and images in real-time. The faderTouch 3.0 isn’t just your run-of-the-mill sequencer. Nope, the unique portable device features an innovative rear-projection system that allows not only VJ, but his audience to watch the on-screen action.

Misa Digital Guitar Says Good Riddance to Strings

Misa Digital Guitar Says Good Riddance to Strings
This digital guitar runs on Linux and has a touch screen interface. How cool is that? What is it exactly? The Misa Digital Guitar is a pressure-sensitive touchscreen MIDI controller that’s been built into a guitar body.

On Ebay: Old Seiko Watch With… a Drum Machine?

On Ebay: Old Seiko Watch With… a Drum Machine?
Nowadays we have wristwatches that are also cellphones. Or is it a cellphone that’s worn on the wrist? Anyway back in the day “watch + something” combos became all the rage, although personally I’ve never seen any other combo aside from calculator watches here in the Philippines.

Ion Audio’S Discover Dj: be a Real Dj Hero

Ion Audio’S Discover Dj: be a Real Dj Hero
If you want to pretend to be a DJ, you could always go out and buy DJ Hero, but if you really want to scratch your own tunes, check out ION Audio’s Discover DJ – a real turntable controller for your digital music applications that costs about the same amount as the game.

Merry 8-Bit Christmas

Merry 8-Bit Christmas
Retro gamers, If you’re looking for some nice background music for your holiday parties, you might want to check this out. Chiptune musician Rush Coil has put together this full-length digital album of classic Christmas tunes, rearranged with the inimitable sounds of classic 8-bit sounds of 1980s video games.

Recording Artist Makes NES Cartridge Music

Recording Artist Makes NES Cartridge Music
Do you still have your old NES console? Do you love electronic music? Then I know what you’re getting for Christmas. This new cartridge for the old Nintendo Entertainment System features a bunch of new “chiptunes” by electronic recording artist Animalstyle (or is that 4NIM4L57YL3?)

Ableton Novation Launchpad Controls Music With Lots of Lights and Buttons

Ableton Novation Launchpad Controls Music With Lots of Lights and Buttons
For digital musicians who have longed for a performance controller for Ableton Live, you’ll be totally stoked to check out this cool new control pod that lets you interact with Ableton Live in real time. Designed as a collaboration between Ableton and Novation, the new Launchpad is a dedicated controller that offers a 64-button grid of backlit buttons which can be used to create and display music sequences using the same sort of interactive interface you might find in a Monome or a Tenori-On.

Microsia Makes Molecular Music

Microsia Makes Molecular Music
Here’s a cool little PC program for creating ambient electronic music. And it sure looks purty while it’s doing it. The setting for Andreas Illiger’s Microsia is inside of a virtual “plant cell” of a leaf.

Korg Nano USB Midi Controllers Let You Make Beautiful Music

Korg Nano USB Midi Controllers Let You Make Beautiful Music
These little USB controllers let you build out a full-fledged recording studio anywhere you go. The Korg nanoSeries of controllers are small enough to throw in a backpack or briefcase, but when connected to your computer let you set up a robust studio on the road.

Drawdio Music Pencil Lets You Doodle Electronic Sounds

Drawdio Music Pencil Lets You Doodle Electronic Sounds
Feeling musically inclined, but haven’t the time or knowledge to write sheet music? Now you can produce your own sonic creations simply by doodling on a piece of paper. Designed by Adafruit (in collaboration with Jay Silver), Drawdio is an analog synthesizer circuit that straps to any soft-leaded pencil, and lets you crank out electronic sounds while you sketch.

Thingamagoop: Super Cool Portable Analog Synth

Thingamagoop: Super Cool Portable Analog Synth
While researching the topic of innovative musical devices, I came across the guys at Bleep Labs and their totally wacky Thingamagoop custom synthesizer series. These portable sythesizers generate electronica using a unique control interface: as you move a colorful LED over a photosensor, the sound’s waveform changes.

Box Generates Dance Music With Press of a Button

Box Generates Dance Music With Press of a Button
Australia’s Mungo Enterprises has engineered the “Infinite Horizon“, a concept device capable of programatically generating modern dance/trance music with, literally, the push of a button. Just press the BIG RED BUTTON, and out comes a track.