Robo Instrument Plays Algorithmic Bell Music

Sunday Synth Jam: Composer and maker Sarah Angliss creates compositions for musical automata, of her own design, using Max/MSP, Supercollider, PRAAT and other tools.

This video captures a performance by the Ealing Feader – an musical automata that plays bells. In the video, the instrument plays an algorithmic composition.

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Behind The Scenes With Squarepusher’s Music Robots

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This video, embedded below, takes a behind the scenes look at Squarepusher’s music robots, the Z-Machines, which are featured on his latest EP. 

For me there has always been something fascinating about the encounter of the unfamiliar with the familiar”, notes Squarepusher. “I have long been an advocate of taking fresh approaches to existing instrumentation as much as I am an advocate of trying to develop new instruments, and being able to rethink the way in which, for example, an electric guitar can be used is very exciting.” Continue reading

MKAdapter Lets You Use Any Mic With Your MicroKorg Vocoder

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The MKAdapter is a new adapter that lets you attach any standard microphone gooseneck directly on your Korg MicroKorg, without needing to set up a separate mic stand.

Combining the MKAdapter with a gooseneck lets you use a high-quality mic to control the MicroKorg’s vocoder.  Continue reading

Understanding The AlphaSphere

Why is it spherical? Why not just use a keyboard?

These are the first questions a lot of musicians have when they see the AlphaSphere MIDI controller. Nu Desine has released a series of videos that look at the these questions, exploring the design ideas underlying the AlphaSphere and how the new instrument works with DAWs and synths.

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