Developers of the ‘first person synthesizer’ game, FRACT, have announced that it will be released April 22 and is now available for pre-order.
FRACT is a musical exploration game. You arrive in a forgotten place and explore the unfamiliar landscape to discover the secrets of an abandoned world that was once built on sound. As you start to make sense of this strange new environment, you work to rebuild its machinery by solving puzzles and bring the world back to life by shaping sound and creating music in the game. Continue reading
Toronto has banned electronic dance music.
The Toronto Star reports that city-owned buildings at Exhibition Place will no longer host electronic dance music parties, as a result of a 4-3 board vote on Friday. Advocates of the ban argue that it will make young people safer, saying that ‘drug and alcohol abuse among minors is rampant at electronic dance music (EDM) events’.
Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti, who introduced the motion, said the use of MDMA and ecstasy is of particular concern, arguing “this is not what city property and taxpayers’ money should be use for.”
Opponents argued that the ban was bad for business, would drive dance music fans to unregulated underground events, and was driven by the friendship of notorious ‘crack-smoking mayor’ Rob Ford, above right, and Zlatko Starkovski, owner of the local Muzik nightclub. Continue reading
Superstar electronic music producer BT & Dr Richard Boulanger, Professor of Electronic Production and Design at Berklee College of Music, have released a new music app, MUSE, which works with the Leap Motion controller & OS X.
The MUSE app gives the user the ability to create ambient electronic music using gestures, captured by the Leap Motion.
Here’s an introduction into MUSE and how it works: Continue reading
Warp Records has released a couple of tracks from the upcoming Brian Eno & Karl Hyde album, Someday World.
Someday World is comprised of nine songs, composed and sung by Eno & Hyde, with a distinguished cast of supporting musicians, including Tessa Angus, Nell Catchpole, Marianna Champion, Will Champion, Kasia Daszykowska, Don E., Darla Eno, Fred Gibson, Georgie Gibson, Andy Mackay, John Reynolds and Chris Vatalaro.
The release was produced by Brian Eno with 20 year old Fred Gibson, continuing an ongoing collaboration between Eno and Hyde which sees the two together on a complete album for the very first time.
Here’s what Eno and Hyde have to say about the collaboration: Continue reading
Dutch synthesist Rene Splinter shared this video that offers a behind-the-scenes look at the making of his 2010 album, Transit Realities.
In the video, Splinter talks about the music on the album and takes a look at some of the (now vintage) gear that was used in making it.
Here’s what he has to say about it: Continue reading
The success of Apple’s iOS has led to an explosion of mobile music applications. Microsoft is working hard, though, to make its mobile ecosystem just as vibrant – and just as much a player in the area of mobile music making.
This video captures an hour-long session at Microsoft’s Build 2014 conference that focuses on building mobile music apps: Sequencers, Synthesizers, and Software, Oh My! Building Great Music Creation Apps for Windows Store. Continue reading
Audiobus 2 – a major update to the app-to-app audio routing app for iOS – is now available.
Audiobus 2 introduces a new interface and a number of significant new features:
- New Multi-Routing feature (In-App Purchase) allows unlimited connections and effect chaining.
- Presets let you save and share connections and the settings of the individual apps within your Audiobus workflow.
- Multi-channel input hardware support.
- New hardware latency controls
A list of apps that have been updated for compatibility is available in the Audiobus forum.
Here’s a video overview of the new features in Audiobus 2: Continue reading
Reader Youngmin Joo let us know about an event scheduled for tonight, Wed April 2nd that will be of interest to readers in the LA area – the Los Angeles Music Creators Meetup.
The event, being held in the SEED Center in the Downtown Arts District of Los Angeles, will feature a great line-up of speakers, gear demos, and giveaways.
Details below; RSVP at the event site. Continue reading