Fairlight CMI Honored Australia’s National Film & Sound Archive

fairlight-CMIAmong this year’s entries into the Australian National Film & Sound Archive’s Sounds of Australia are sounds of the Fairlight CMI.

Established in 2007, the Sounds of Australia is the NFSA’s selection of sound recordings with cultural, historical and aesthetic significance and relevance, which inform or reflect life in Australia.

Here’s what they have to say about the selection of the Fairlight CMI sounds: Continue reading

Goldilocks Analogue Combines Arduino With Audio I/O, Is ‘Just Right’ For Music Projects


Reader Phillip Stevens let us know about a Kickstarter project he’s running to develop a new Arduino, just right for audio projects, Goldilocks Analogue. 

Arduino is an open-source computer platform, designed for creating microcontroller-based devices. The goal of the Goldilocks Analogue is to bring sophisticated analog and audio input, output, and storage capability to the Arduino environment.

Here’s the official intro video: Continue reading

Professor David Wessel Has Died

david-wesselProfessor David Wessel, Director of the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies  (CNMAT) at the University of California at Berkeley, passed away on October 13, 2014, at the age of 73.

Wessel was a musician, composer and mentor to many electronic and computer musicians. He was also known to some as “The Patron Saint of MaxMSP”.

CNMAT invites those in the Bay Area to come by on Friday, October 17, between the hours of 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., to share stories and celebrate Wessel’s life. The Main Room at CNMAT will be open to all those who wish to visit.

Friends and colleagues are leaving their memories of Wessel on his Facebook page.

“He shaped the lives of so many of the graduate students at Berkeley with his tremendous generosity as a thinker, interlocutor, listener, teacher, performer, and cook,” notes Yale assistant professor of music Brian Kane. “The great, electronic music studio in the sky just got a new director.” Continue reading

What’s The Best OS For Doing Music & Audio Production? (Poll)


MusicTech magazine recently published a guide to tuning your computer for audio.  It covers topics like the performance benefits of hard drives, CPUs, additional RAM, SSDs and decluttering your hard drive.

One thing that’s striking about the article, though, is that it’s mostly stuff that OS X users never think about. As the article notes:

Mac will provide a better all-round solution for many users, thanks to the excellent build quality and the stability of Mac OS X.

If on the other hand you prefer much wider customization options or perhaps use a Windows-only DAW, a PC can offer more bang for your buck.

When it comes to Synthtopia readers, Windows is the most common platform used by people visiting the site, followed closely by Mac and iOS…… Continue reading

Cosmosƒ vSaturn Now Available, Designed For Real-time Dynamic Stochastic Synthesis

Sonic Lab has released Cosmosƒ vSaturn, a real-time dynamic stochastic synthesis engine, which generates sonic textures with a complex event distribution process.

According to the developer, Cosmosƒ vSaturn is a tool for computer music and sound design, that uses the computer for sonic calculation and digital audio rendering – “the kind of which is impossible to do by hand.” Continue reading

The Computer Orchestra


The Computer Orchestra is a crowdsourcing platform, created by Simon de Diesbach, Jonas Lacôte, Laura Perrenoud, that allows users to create and conduct their own orchestra.

Users can choose to upload their own music or download samples to integrate into their formation Once the ‘orchestra’ is configured, users can direct it with the movements of their body.

Here’s a demo of the Computer Orchestra: Continue reading