Free DiN30 iNDEX03 Album Download Through The End Of 2012

Free Music Friday: The DiN30 iNDEX03 sampler album is available as a free download from the DiN Bandcamp store until the end of December 2012.

DiN30 is the third DiN sampler album and has 18 tracks from releases DiN21 – 29, featuring the artists Robert Rich, Ian Boddy, ARC, Tetsu Inoue, Radio Massacre International, Surface 10, Parallel Worlds, Klaus Hoffmann-Hoock & Bernhard Wostheinrich.

You can preview the album below:

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New Compilation Album Features DiN Synth Artists

Synthesist Bakis Sirros, aka Parallel Worlds, sent word of a new DiN label compliation album, iNDEX04, that features the work of Ian Boddy, Parallel Worlds, Markus Reuter, Erik Wøllo, Bernhard Wöstheinrich, ARC & Mazmoneth.

Label boss Ian Boddy has mixed and cross-faded the 18 tracks into a continuous ambient mix, designed to not only showcase the artists’ albums, but to present an exciting and varied CD in it’s own right.

The music ranges from ‘deep analogue synth grooves through vibrantly melodic instrumentals to powerful, epic ambient atmospheres’.

You can preview iNDEX04 below.

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New Side-Scrolling Step Sequencer – Matthew Davidson’s Plane

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Synthesist + developer Matthew Davidson has an interesting new project – Plane, a side-scrolling step sequencer for the Monome + Arc.

It’s a work in progress and is not downloadable yet, but already looks interesting. Plane treats the monome’s grid as a window into a larger matrix sequencer, which you can scroll through using the Arc rotary controllers.

The video, above, captures Davidson discussing his work in progress.

Davidson says this about Plane:

I’ve always loved step sequencers and I see the monome as an opportunity to address some of the grey area between the one-knob-per-function analog step sequencer and step sequencers with memory. The idea is to increase the available note range without sacrificing precision and increase the available sequence length range, without sacrificing direct manipulation and feedback.

So, when the arc came around it seemed like a useful navigational tool to manipulate a large plane of data.

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Stretta’s Holocene For Monome Arc 4

Back in January, we reported on the Monome Arc 2 and Arc 4, a pair of premium high-resolution knob controllers from the creators of the monome. While some readers choked on the pricing of the Arc controllers, buyers snatched up the first run in about 15 minutes.

Musician/developer/designer Matthew Davidson (Stretta) put together this video, Holocene, that demonstrates the monome arc 4 in action, both as a musical tool and a gorgeous piece of craftsmanship.  Continue reading

New Music For A New Instrument – Stretta & The Arc

Matthew Davidson (Stretta) has posted these videos, demonstrating a new instrument, the Arc, in action.

The Arc, made by the creators of the monome, is a high-end, hand-crafted high-resolution knob controller for electronic music.

Davidson’s first piece, soome, above, is an improvisation for piano, monome, arc and an application he created, grainstorm:

I’m using a hand-built arc prototype, generously on loan from tehn, who is very busy building and shipping monomes, dealing with the transition to serialosc required by the new edition and finalizing the arc firmware. I’m sure he’d prefer to be playing with the arc himself.

hardware: monome arc2 (knobs) monome64 (buttons)
software: grainstorm

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The Monome Gets Some Sexy Knobs With Arc

Brian Crabtree and Kelli Cain of have announced Arc, a high-resolution knob controller designed to complement the monome.

Here’s what they have to say about Arc:

arc embodies the same basic design principles as our other devices. this time instead of having numerous controls with low detail (grids of on/off), arc has few but highly-detailed controls. by decoupling the encoder (knob) input from the light (ring) output we establish the opportunity for adaptable interaction.

encoders are typically low resolution, normally detecting large-ish jumps and few ticks per revolution. analog pots have resolution, but send absolute position, and can suffer from noise and latency. the high-resolution optical encoders we’re using provide a level of flexible control that is uncommon. add a programmable led ring and the single encoder becomes an intuitive control system.

The video above, via tehn, demonstrates using Arc to control a live micro-looper. Continue reading