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)

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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

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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

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.

Here’s what the developers have to say about the new release: Continue reading