Michael Page: hardware step sequencer and machines

Michael brought an impressive collection of home made hardware machines built to make sounds. Michael Page The Victorian Synthesizer The circuit bent Bontempi toy synthesizer bent toy synth Bent toy analog drum machine Bent Karaoke machine with added Spring reverb The mechanical step sequencer The set-up The step sequencer The drum machine and the Karaoke machine All sorts of little gadgets I wanted to blog as the workshop went, but instead I made a few... Read More

Enrico Bertelli

Enrico Bertelli PhD candidate in Contemporary Performance – Percussion and Electronics. Website. Deeply interested in alternative performance solutions, focussed on the theatricality of the percussive gesture. The regular performances in various European festivals showcase an interest in creating a strong connection with the audience. The speech is consistently present between pieces and is also incorporated directly into the more theatrical one. The public is led seamlessly... Read More

Inspirational Audio Projects

Creative Applications is one of the few blogs that I follow. Showing a wide range of interesting experiments and installations. A fair few of them happen to be sound related. With courtesy to Creative Applications I have selected a few of the more recent audio related posts that I liked best. Hope it will bring some inspiration. A hand held poem Generator dadaBox – making dadaism tangible from jifei ou on Vimeo. The video below, created by Lasal, shows a short part of a... Read More

Music Hack Day report

A few of us attended Music Hack Day, held at the Barbican this week end. Martin had taken some gear and soldering irons from the space that were put to good use by the people there. A list of all the hacks presented on Sunday is available here. Among the hacks presented, the Music Hackspace was represented by Alex Shaw and Anthony Bowyer Lowe. Alex, with distinctive bright orange hair, presented a collaborative step sequencer that runs on Facebook, presented under the catchy... Read More

Introduction to Pure Data by Andy Farnell

Pure Data is a visual environment for programming sound. Andy uses it for sound design and for teaching purposes. He finds it a very useful tool to teach secondary school students and PhD students. It allows to mock up ideas very quickly, faster than by using programming languages such as C++. Andy is the author of the excellent book Designing Sound, available from MIT Press and other online distributors. It’s a great way to get into Pure Data and programmatic sound design.... Read More

One-day workshops, once a month

At the end of Mick Grierson’s presentation, we realised that we wanted more. More time together, more technology, more space for exploring ideas. We wrote down the following subjects that we would like to explore in the course of a week end. A doodle was created to get people’s vote to decide of a date on a week end in December to start off workshops. Cast your vote here!    Read More

Mick Grierson: Maximilian and OpenFrameworks

Thursday 24/11/2011 Mick Grierson setting up Maximilian is an open source C++ toolkit for audio dsp. https://github.com/micknoise/Maximilian http://maximilian.strangeloop.co.uk Maximilian is an open source, MIT licensed C++ audio synthesis library. It’s designed to be cross platform and simple to use. The syntax and program structure are based on the popular ‘Processing’ environment. Maximilian provides standard waveforms, envelopes, sample playback, resonant filters, and... Read More

Electronic music legends are back

I’m sure that many of you are just like me. “If I only had [insert piece of gear of your dreams] My music would be so much better”. The grass is always greener on the other side. When I first started tinkering with electronic music in my teens me and a few friends had access to small MIDI studio at a youth centre run by the council. You had to book in to use it. We had an Ensoniq EPS 16+ Sampler, a Roland Juno 106 and some crappy sound canvas thing. None of... Read More

Martin Klang and Adrian Gierakowsky

Thursday 17/11/2011 Martin presented  Taquito, an electronic wind instrument. Adrian presented  a piece of software, which he has been developing since May 2010 and a multitouch iPad controller, which was especially designed to facilitate the use of this software in live performance. Martin and Adrian performed together at the end of the presentation. Martin and Adrian presenting Project description The ag.granur.suite is a modular system for sound design, composition and... Read More