New App, Rhythm Necklace, Lets You Explore The Geometry Of Rhythm

rhythm-necklace-appRhythm Necklace is a new ‘geometric sequencer’ for iOS, designed to let you explore the geometry of rhythm.

The concept of ‘Rhythm necklaces’ – circular representations of repeating patterns – comes from author Godfried T. Toussaint’s book, The Geometry of Musical Rhythm.

According to Toussaint, circular representations of rhythms show the underlying geometric properties that make them enjoyable, such as the degrees of evenness and symmetry.

And Toussaint has found that analyzing rhythms geometrically reveals relationships between rhythms the world over. For example, a core group of geometric algorithms are shared in rhythms iused in African, Cuban, Balkan, and Spanish folk music. Continue reading

How To Make 8-Bit Music: An Introduction To FamiTracker

nes-systemIn this post, guest author Joe E. Allen takes a look at making 8-bit music with FamiTracker  – a free windows tracker for producing music for the NES/Famicom-systems.

How To Make 8-Bit Music:
An Introduction To FamiTracker

In this series, I’ll be introducing programs that you can use to make music on old video game consoles, or more specifically, the sound chips found inside these machines.

Each of these programs can be learned using information and tutorials found online – so through this series, I hope to simply offer an overview of the software/hardware in question and the artists that use it. Perhaps this will whet your appetite and encourage you to learn more in your own time.

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One of the best places to start is the Nintendo Entertainment System, above, or the Famicom, right, as it was known in Japan.

The NES redefined the home console experience when it was rolled out across the globe in the 1980s, and these days its sound chip (commonly known as the 2A03) enjoys a prominent role as one of the most popular tools for making chiptune/8-bit music. And one of the most popular ways to program this chip is with FamiTracker. Continue reading

FeelYourSound Debuts Sundog Scale Studio 2.0

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FeelYourSound has just released a new version of their electronic songwriting studio, calling updated Sundog Scale Studio 2.0 “the biggest update yet.”

Sundog is a standalone composition software that connects to any DAW via MIDI. With Sundog, the user is able to develop new chord progressions, melodies, bass lines, and arpeggios “within minutes.”
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Propellerhead Reason 8.2 Now Available – Here’s What’s New

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Propellerhead has released Reason 8.2 and Reason Essentials 8.2 – free updates that include new features, improvements and bug fixes.

These updates are recommended for all Reason 8 and Reason Essentials 8 users.

Here’s what’s new in Propellerhead Reason 8.2 & Reason Essentials 8.2: Continue reading

New App, StaffPad, ‘The Most Natural Way To Write Music On A Digital Device, Ever’

StaffPad is a new pen-friendly music notation application for Windows 8.1 and Surface.

StaffPad features advanced handwriting recognition, and will convert your music into a typeset score. Simply write your music straight on to the screen, using your device’s pen. As you move from bar to bar, StaffPad will convert your handwriting into an ‘engraved’ score. You can draw notes, beams, stems, articulations, accidentals, slurs, ties and more.

The developers describe it as ‘the most natural way to write music on digital device, ever.’ Continue reading