April 1, 2014 – 11:56 am | No Comment

Are you tired of cheap synthesizers that tend to fall apart at the slightest nudge? Or change their sound simply because you accidentally scratched it while changing out cords? The Dave Smith Prophet 12 is …

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Nude bodies as a musical instrument
April 17, 2014 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

Cocky Eek’s Tactile Research Lab has created an art-installation-meets-musical-instrument-meets-organic-weirdness. Called the “Get in Touch” exhibit, it invites the public to create sounds by touching the backs of nude people in an effort to help people “question the way an interface influences behavior.”

This group has worked with many strange ideas, but this is definitely one of the stranger ones.

“We started this project, because of our shared interest in using the body as a material; we wanted to create a human interface. The result of our collaboration is get in touch, a work that is both installation, performance and a musical instrument.”

Essentially, the “instrument” is made up of a large cylindrical shape of fabric – openings in the fabric show various bits of peoples’ nude backs who are naked inside the cylinder. Each of the five performers is attached to a circuit bent radio and cracklebox, which is attached to a speaker. People who want to interact with the instrument are invited to come up and touch the skin showing through the openings, creating various sounds. If you touch more than one person’s back, a virtual connection is made between the crackleboxes, which starts the sound. The sounds change based on the amount of pressure applied.

“This warm instrument questions the way an interface changes our behaviour. As soon as you start playing, something very strange happens; you forget that you’re touching a human. Somehow this almost sensual action of touching someone’s naked back, is transformed into an a-sexual action and that body into an object.”

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Massive Synth Collection
April 15, 2014 – 6:27 pm | 2 Comments
Massive Synth Collection

Michel van Osenbruggen is a musician and synth collector from The Netherlands, and he produces music under the name Synth.nl. He had a friend over to take some pictures of his drool-inducing studio, and …

Mantaray iTar: turn an iPad into a digital keytar
April 13, 2014 – 6:14 pm | 2 Comments
Mantaray iTar: turn an iPad into a digital keytar

Franz Keller has come up with Metal frame into which you clip an ipad and/or other music gear, turning it into a keytar.

From their promo material:
Sturdy hand cut plexiglass body holds iPad, Kaoss Pad and …

The first Drum Machine – Wurlitzer Sideman
April 11, 2014 – 5:55 pm | 6 Comments
The first Drum Machine – Wurlitzer Sideman

The Wurlitzer Sideman was the first electronic drum machine ever produced (if you don’t count tape loops), sold as a Wurlitzer organ accessory beginning in 1959. It’s got some fantastically great sounds and the …

Somebody That I Used to Know – Computer Remix
April 9, 2014 – 5:42 pm | No Comment
Somebody That I Used to Know – Computer Remix

Sometimes I don’t know why people do it, but I am glad that they do. One song i really like, Somebody That I Used to Know by Gotye, done via an old school remix. …

Dark Synth: A Worthy Abelton Plug-in?
April 8, 2014 – 7:31 pm | No Comment
Dark Synth: A Worthy Abelton Plug-in?

What is Dark Synth? It is just the latest in the efforts to give the Max for Live synthesizer added depth and control for digital sound generation. It’s a polyphonic additive that comes with 136 …

The Wicks Looper – Acid Mix
April 7, 2014 – 5:35 pm | No Comment
The Wicks Looper – Acid Mix

If you’re into noise generation, or even if you just like to fiddle with cool little sound gadgets, the Wicks Looper – Acid Mix might be just the thing for you.

Made in Australia by a …

RJD2′s Studio
April 5, 2014 – 5:31 pm | 5 Comments
RJD2′s Studio

In this video, Ramble John Krohn (better known as the musician/producer RJD2) shows off his incredible home studio – while baking apple-raspberry cobbler a la mode.
RJD2 shows off his massive collection of synths, drum machines, …

Lava Lamp MIDI controller
April 3, 2014 – 4:40 pm | 4 Comments
Lava Lamp MIDI controller

Jason Hotchkiss is a DIY-er who has created the ultimate psychedelic ambient music generator. He took a lava lamp, a bit of custom electronic work and a Miduino PCB from Tom Scarff, put it …

Roland Makes a Killer Bassline Roland AIRA TB-3 Synthesizer
March 20, 2014 – 11:53 am | No Comment
Roland Makes a Killer Bassline Roland AIRA TB-3 Synthesizer

One of the most difficult components of sound generation for today’s musicians is a realistic bassline. Today’s bass sounds, whether saw generated or the popular wobble bass of modern music, still need a component of …

Overhead projector as musical instrument
March 10, 2014 – 11:52 am | No Comment
Overhead projector as musical instrument

Blair Neal has created an art project installation entitled ‘Color a Sound’ which was set up at RPI’s West Hall Gallery 111 for the month of April 2010.
The installation invites participants to make colored markings …