LittleBits Electronics recently debuted their bitLab where users, prototypers, and designers can submit their idea for what the company should manufacture next.
LittleBits eCommerce Manager Phil DeGisi explains, “If the module gets enough votes from our community, we review it, and in many cases will manufacture it. If we manufacture it, the module designer gets 10% of the revenue. We like to say that it’s the app store for hardware.”
One bitLab submission that may be of particular interest to Synthtopia readers is The Bleep Drum by Austin, Texas-based Bleep Labs.
Musicworks Magazine has announced an Electronic Music Composition Contest.
The magazine invites musicians to compose an experimental piece in one of the following genres: acousmatic, audio art, electroacoustic, glitch, intelligent dance music, microsound, noise, turntable art, or video music.
Focusrite Audio Engineering this morning announced a ‘dream recording competition,’ in celebration of the company’s 25th Anniversary.
Focusrite is giving one entrant an opportunity, for the winner and three bandmates, to record a track with Grammy Award-winning producer Guy Massey at AIR Studios in London, UK.
The contest winners will spend an all-expenses-paid weekend in the legendary AIR Studios, where Focusrite’s original recording console modules, designed by Rupert Neve, still reside. Continue reading →
Love modular synths + the iconic soundtrack of Blade Runner?
Then you may want to check out the Moments Lost Modular Challenge.
The contest is organized by the creators of Moments Lost – a crowdfunded project to create new music and art inspired by Blade Runner. The project is now fully funded – but the Modular Challenge is open through Jan 7th.
Today Korg USA announced the “KronosX Studio Makeover Contest*.
One contestant will win a complete, over-the-top home studio prize package, featuring Korg’s KronosX Music Workstation and a full suite of gear that includes new monitors, studio furniture, software, headphones and even acoustic room treatment.
The prize package includes gear from PreSonus, Neumann, Dynaudio, Audio-Technica, Mogami, On-Stage and Auralex.
All you have to do is film a short video – terrible video phone footage will do – and show them why your studio needs an upgrade.
Synth legend Vince Clarke is conducting a pretty unique “synth” competition:
“We all know about ‘Air Guitar’ (a form of movement in which the performer pretends to play rock or heavy metal-style electric guitar) and ‘Beatboxing’ (a form of vocal percussion primarily involving the art of producing drum beats, using one’s mouth, lips, tongue, and voice).
“But what about ‘Synth Gurning’? Synth Gurning is defined as the art of producing synth sounds or effects using just the voice whilst pulling a funny face.
“In order to give this little known artform the attention and respect it rightly deserves, we’re launching the worlds first International Synth Gurning competition.
“The concept is simple. We’d like you to video yourself making your own synth sound or effect with just your voice. We’re also looking for ‘interesting facial expression’ (gurning), to enhance the performance. Basically we want to hear you make silly sounds and see your face while you do so.
“Like Vince, you may already have a head full of synth sounds in which case you can freestyle your entry as in this example [above] recorded by Vince himself.”
Clarke calls this a “just for fun” project, but is offering up his own personally autographed, limited-edition, Mute Synth to the best performer. Slightly less funny-looking (and sounding) runners-up will receive signed “certificates of distinction.” Continue reading →