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.

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KISS2013 Kyma International Sound Symposium Coming Sept 12-15

kiss2013-kyma-symposiumOrganizers have announced this years Kyma International Sound Symposium, KISS2013, scheduled to be held in Brussels Belgium from September 12-15 2013.

Featured events will include hands-on demonstrations of interfaces for interactive sound and performance, a public dialog on spatialization featuring electronic music pioneers Annette Vande Gorne and Joel Chadabe, a competition pitting teams of sound designers and engineers against the clock to create new performance interfaces, an exclusive preview of new developments in the Kyma sound design language, concerts of new music inspired by the Belgian painter René Magritte, live Kyma electronics spatialized through a 70+ speaker Acousmonium in the Espace Senghor, and an installation in the ISIB foyer where visitors (tracked by a Kinect camera) will create a continuous, collaborative soundscape. Continue reading

Processing 2.0 Now Available For Programming New Media Art

processingDevelopers have announced the release of Processing 2.0, the latest incarnation of the free and open source programming language designed for electronic arts and new media art.

Processing is free and open source, and runs on the Mac, Windows, and GNU/Linux platforms.

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Keith McMillen On Kickstarting A Music Controller Revolution

keith-mcmillenKeith McMillen (right) has been exploring new ideas for electronic music instruments for nearly 35 years, starting in 1979 with his company Zeta Music and more recently with Keith McMillen Instruments. His most recent creations are the QuNeo and QuNexus controllers, both developed using a ‘crowdfunding’ approach.

Synthtopia’s Elisabeth Lewin talked with McMillen about new instrument design, new music and how they intersect.

Synthtopia: Over the last 35 years, you’ve designed new electronic stringed instruments, MIDI mixers, created high-tech violin bows,  MIDI foot pedals, a pad controller and now the QuNexus keyboard controller. Why focus on new instruments?

Keith McMillen: Being able to transition from amplified acoustic instruments into a new era of music where the computer is an interactive participant in a performance is significant.

Pretty much everything is organized around the theme of being able to play live computer music in an ensemble. It’s a complicated request that requires many components. And I’ve been chipping away at it for 30+ years. The vision gets clearer as I get closer to the goal.

Synthtopia: It seems, with Moore’s law, that what is possible grows exponentially each passing year. Does your vision of an electronic music ensemble broaden or narrow as the technology gets better? Continue reading

The New Sound Of Music – A View Of Electronic Music From 1979

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The New Sound of Music is a vintage BBC documentary (1979) that looks at the development of recorded music, from the first barrel organs, pianolas, the phonograph, the magnetic tape recorder on to the concepts of musique concrete and electronic music.

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ADDAC System Voltage Controlled Computer For Eurorack Modular Synthesizers

ADDAC System has published a dedicated website for its Voltage Controlled Computer, a line of Eurorack modules designed to create flexible programmable modular synthesizer microcontroller.

The VCC is intended to be a “Swiss Army Knife” module.

Built around the Arduino framework, it sports an Atmega2560 IC, USB communication and an 8 channel 16-bit Digital to Analog converter.

It ships with a standard set of applications that let the module perform a variety of functions, ranging from complex random functions to quantizing. You can also create your own programs,

Expansion modules offer additional functionality, including:

  • WIFI connectivity
  • MIDI connectivity
  • Extra VCC Gate, Manual or CV I/O
  • One powerful feature is that it can be connected to a computer through USB and interfaced with Pure Data, Max/Msp, Live, IanniX, or your favorite software using OSC or MIDI.
  • iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch connectivity is also easily achievable through the combination of the ADDC007 Ethernet Module and a wireless router.

This paper (.pdf), presented at the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, offers an introduction to the concepts behind the VCC.