The Vo-96 Acoustic Synth Opens Up New World Of Acoustic Synthesis

This video looks at the Vo-96 Acoustic Synth – the newest instrument design from Paul Vo, the inventor of The Moog Guitar.

Vo’s approach to acoustic synthesis involves controlled modulation the amplitude of the harmonics in a vibrating object – in this case, guitar strings. So, instead of plucking a guitar string and the sound quickly dying out, you can shape how the various harmonics of the string  sustain or even build over time.

In the preview video, Will Rayan and Vincent Crow of The Electric Jazz Project try it and explore creating organ and sustained pad sounds using acoustic synthesis on Vo’s new guitar design.  Continue reading

AirHarp For The Leap Motion

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Developer Andy Somers let us know about his AirHarp app for the Leap Motion USB motion sensor:

AirHarp is the result of a weekend hacking session with a Leap Motion dev board. Leap Motion is a highly precise and responsive motion tracking device, making it a perfect tool for expressive musical interactions.

AirHarp is being developed in C++ using my audio processing toolkit, MusKit. The source code for both projects is available at

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MacBeth Touch Capacitance Keyboard (Sneak Preview)

Macbeth Studio Systems Touch Capacitance Keyboard

Ken MacBeth of MacBeth Studio Systems has released this image and video demo of his prototypes for touch capacitance keyboard controllers.

Check it out and let us know what you think of it!

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Make A DIY Tangible Music Sequencer – With Paper & Lentils!

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Free Music Software: The D-Touch Sequencer and D-Touch Drum Machine are free downloadable apps that let you experiment with tangible sequencing:

The audio d-touch interactive surface consists of a simple printed piece of paper. The movable physical objects are marked using labels, also printed on normal paper. The computer observes the blocks and the paper through a low cost web-cam, and thanks to the d-touch marker recognition algorithm it can localize them precisely.

The information about the position and orientation of each block is used to control a digital audio synthesis process. The system was designed to be extremely low cost, robust and easy to set up, which makes it possible to fully and freely release it for download.

More info and download are available at the D-touch site.  See below for performance demos. Continue reading

How To Draw A Working Modular Synth Controller

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This video demonstrates how to draw a working modular synthesizer controller, using a modified adafruit Drawdio with a Blacet/Metalbox/Wiard/Cynthia Frac format modular synthesizer system.

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Tonewheels Workshop In Bulgaria

Tonewheels is an experiment in converting graphical imagery to sound, inspired by some of the pioneering 20th Century electronic music inventions.

In this three day workshop from 24-27 October 2009 in Bulgaria, participants built a simple light-to-sound converter and DC motor controller, and then began to experiment with drawing sounds onto transparent “tonewheels”. The workshop ended in a group performance and an invitation to the audience to try out the instruments for themselves.

Who Wants An Awesome Hoodie Synthesizer?

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Kanjun Qiu demonstrates the soundie, her awesome musical touch-sensitive light-up hoodie, aka the hoodie synthesizer.

Qiu created the hoodie synthesizer using the LilyPad Arduino, designed by MIT High-Low Tech guru Leah Buechley.

According to Qiu, “The hoodie was designed with purely artistic intentions and with absolutely no practical applications in mind.”

Take one look at the words hoodie and synthesizer put together, though, and you know you want one of these things!

Who needs practical applications when you’ve got a hoodie synthesizer?

If you feel the need for more hoodie synth, Qiu has put together a tutorial on making one.

Marielle Demos The K-Bow, The Violin Bow For Electronic Music

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Marielle Jakobsons demos the Keith McMillen InstrumentsK-Bow at Musikmesse April 4 2009 in Frankfurt, Germany.

The K-Bow captures subtle gestures and elements of a string player’s performance and uses them to control just about anything.

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