Feedback Synthesis – John L. Rice’s ‘Rear Window 3′

Sunday Synth Jam: This video, Rear Windows 3 by John L Rice, explores the idea of using ‘feedback synthesis’ – using mixer loops to create sound using controlled feedback.

Here’s what Rice has to say about the piece: Continue reading

Roger Linn Demos 3-Dimensional Synth Control With The LinnStrument

Instrument designer Roger Linn (LinnDrum, the MPC) shared this video, which captures him exploring 3-dimensional synth control, using his LinnStrument and the Madrona Labs Aalto software synth. Continue reading

WebX0X Turns Your Web Browser Into A Drum Machine

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Irritant Creative’s WebX0X is a free drum synthesizer and sequencer that runs in your web browser.

It’s built using the Web Audio API. Because it’s based on web standards, it works in recent versions of Chrome, Firefox and Safari on desktop and iOS.  All sound generation is performed entirely in the browser without the use of samples. Continue reading

Sonic Faction Releases Polytek Max For Live Instrument

Polytek_ProductPage_GUISonic Faction has introduced Polytek, a new Max for Live instrument that fuses rhythm and melody to generate patterns.

It combines step sequencing with vocoder and multiband gate processing, which the developers say delivers ‘deep tech chord progressions, ambient dub soundscapes and gritty robotic polyrhythms’. Continue reading

Jean-Michel Jarre Collaborates With Armin van Buuren On ‘Stardust’

Here’s another preview for Jean-Michel Jarre‘s upcoming collaboration album, due out October 16,

Stardust – a collaboration with Armin Van Buuren – is the sixth piece of music to be announced from the Frenchman’s forthcoming project. Taking his place alongside M83, Tangerine Dream, Gesaffelstein, 3D (Massive Attack) and Vince Clarke, Armin van Buuren is the first artist announced from pure trance roots, something that Jarre himself insisted upon. Continue reading