Fourier Analysis With A 100-year-old Mechanical Computer

‘Engineer Guy’ Bill Hammack is the professor you wish you had. He’s a member of the faculty at the University of Illinois and the creator of a series of videos that explain technology.

This set of videos take a look at Albert Michelson’s Harmonic Analyzer – a nineteenth century mechanical computer that performed Fourier analysis by using gears, springs and levers to calculate with sines and cosines—an astonishing feat in an age before electronic computers.

Fourier analysis is the study of how complex functions can be broken down into simple ones. In the area of sound and synthesis, Fourier analysis can be used to break down any periodic sound into component sine (and cosine) waves. And, going in the opposite direction, sine waves can be combined to create complex sounds.

This is now done with computers, but 100 years ago, it was done with machines.  Continue reading

Giorgio Moroder “74 Is The New 24″

giorgio-moroder-74-is-the-new-34Dance music and electronic soundtrack pioneer Giorgio Moroder has announced plans to release a new album – his first solo album in 30 years – in Spring 2015. The new album will be titled 74 Is The New 24.

The album will feature collaborations with a variety of artists, including Sia, Charli XCX, Kylie Minogue, Mikky Ekko, Foxes, Matthew Koma & Britney Spears.

In conjunction with announcement, Moroder today released a new video, for the track 74 Is The New 24. You can watch the video or listen to the track via embeds below: Continue reading

BT Raises $100K For Electronic Opus Symphony Concerts

bt-opus-electronicaIt looks like there are a lot of people interested in seeing and hearing electronic symphonic music.

The BT Electronic Opus project – a planned symphonic + electronic performance series and album – has raised $100K via Kickstarter.

BT plans to create hybrid symphonic electronic arrangements of 12-14 of his tracks and then perform them with a hybrid orchestra.  Continue reading

Korg Announces Module For iPad

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Korg USA today announced Module for iPad, a new app that turns an iPad into a mobile sound module.

Korg Module features five dedicated sound engines, a set list function with PDF image score viewer and music player, and the ability to record performances and share them via SoundCloud.

The engines feature technology that was developed for Korg’s keyboard workstations and synthesizers, including: Acoustic Piano, Electric Piano, Clav, Organ, and Multi. Continue reading

Image-Line Intros FL Studio 12, Now In Beta

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Image-Line has announced FL Studio 12  – an update to its popular Windows DAW. Version 12, now in beta testing, totally reworks the user interface and adds user-requested features.

If you already own FL Studio, you will get free access to the FL Studio 12 Beta and to FL Studio 12 release.

Here’s a video intro to the update: Continue reading

New Documentary About Suzanne Ciani: A Life in Waves

Editor Bradford Thomason let us know about a new documentary that he’s working on about electronic music pioneer Suzanne Ciani.

Suzanne Ciani: A Life in Waves is an upcoming feature-length documentary film that explores Ciani’s life and work.

If you watched television, went to the movies or listened to the radio in the 80s and 90s, you’ve heard Suzanne Ciani’s work, whether you knew it or not. Continue reading

BT Plans Electronic Opus – Orchestral Electronica Concerts & Album

Electronica artist, film composer and technologist BT has announced plans for Electronic Opus – an immersive ‘electronic symphonic’ album project.

Electronic Opus will draw on BT’s classical background, featuring hybrid symphonic + electronic arrangements of his compositions. It will be produced by BT and Video Games Live creator Tommy Tallarico. 

“This collaboration is an acoustical merging of tradition and technology, not simply symphonic versions of popular EDM songs,” says Tallarico. “This ‘electronic symphonic’ collaboration reinvents what a 21st century symphonic experience can be: incredible high-energy, melodic electronic music from one of the top artists in the field, blended with the artistic and cultural merits of a full symphony.” Continue reading