90min Songwriting Challenge 23/12/2011

Tonight we had our first ever songwriting challenge. Two teams of music hackers who’ve never worked together before. 90 mins to write a song…. Here’s what happened! 90 Min Challenge 23/12/2011 by musichackspace   Team 1: Billy, Gal, Tom, DoorBot > Bikes&machines.mp3 <–download Tom went on to finish the track. Here it is after 4 hours worth of editing, sampling and mixing > Bikes&Stuff-Final.mp3 <–download       Team... Read More

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Marek Bereza: 5 audio projects

Marek started doing audio in his teens. At 14, he wanted to use pedals and started making his own ones!   Then he wanted a guitar, so what did he do? He made one… His interests moved to software later on and he designed SampleToy, an audio freeze tool for the iPhone and the iPad.  Read More

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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