The latest episode of the Art + Music + Technology podcast is an interview with electronic instrument designer Keith McMillen of Keith McMillen Instruments (KMI).
McMillen has been active as an instrument designer for nearly thirty years. In that time, he has managed music technology departments at Gibson, Harmon Kardon and other companies and created a variety of new instruments, ranging from advanced stringed instruments at Zeta Music to new types of music controllers at KMI. Continue reading
Developer Matthias Frick – who created the Bluetooth over MIDI app MIDI LE – wants to take the technology to the next level.
Here’s created sketches for the Arduino platform designed to connect USB MIDI devices to OS X and iOS wirelessly over Bluetooth.
Here’s what he has to say about the video demo, embedded above: Continue reading
Liine today released Lemur – it’s open-ended multi-touch music controller platform – for Android.
Lemur was originally a hardware controller – the JazzMutant Lemur. But, when Apple released the iPad, the dedicated hardware version was doomed. By 2011, the platform was reborn as a Lemur application.
Now Liine has introduced Lemur for Android. But, while it’s available for Android, it’s only officially supported on the Nexus 7. Liine explains why: Continue reading
Developer Denis Kutuzov let us know that Navichord Harmony Explorer – an instrument designed for exploring chord progressions – has been updated with new MIDI options.
Here’s what’s new in Navichord 1.1: Continue reading
In this 1986 instructional video, Toto keyboardist & composer Steve Porcaro talks about MIDI basics.
While the video is dated, it offers a vintage demonstration of a 80s MIDI electronic music production set up that was state-of-the-art for its time. Continue reading
The original Skoog is a MIDI controller that looks like a big squishy toy. It was designed to be accessible and bring physical modeling synthesis, sampling and MIDI to users that may not be able to use a standard controller.
Now Skoog Music has announced the Skoog 2.0, above, a new version that’s designed to be more affordable and more powerful. Continue reading
This MacGyver-esque Clothespin Piano is a cheap DIY project, created by Adam Kumpf, that turns clothespins, aluminum foil and rubber bands into a playable instrument: Continue reading
Monome.org has introduced a grid kit, based on the electronics in their latest 128 controller. They say “It’ll be perfect for our (monome-controlled) Eurorack modules”.
The kit includes a milled faceplate and bottom plate, ready to play after some assembly. Continue reading