Microsoft Surface Book First Look

This video, via mobile technology vloggers Pocketnow, is a first look at the new Surface Book.

While the video is for general audiences, it does show that Microsoft is interested in winning over electronic musicians. At their introduction, the company was showing their new laptop as part of an electronic music setup.  Continue reading

Windows 10 Promises Better Audio & MIDI Performance, Easier App Development


At the 2015 Summer NAMM Show‘s Advanced Audio & Application Exchange (A3E) session, Pete Brown of Microsoft gave a keynote that offers a preview of their new Windows 10 OS.

In the video, embedded below, Brown discusses:

  • Audio and MIDI in Windows 10;
  • The new AKAI MPC, which runs a version of Windows 10 Embedded;
  • Xi-Machines custom Windows workstations for audio;
  • Obedia high-performance audio workstations;
  • DAWs that are working on Windows 10;
  • Windows 10 audio performance statistics;
  • Propellerhead Reason on Windows 10;
  • The Windows Mobile port of Propellerhead Figure;
  • Image-Line FL Studio and Windows 10;
  • Bitwig Studio working on Windows 10; and
  • A preview of Microsoft Hololens augmented reality system and virtual reality music software.

Brown says that, with Windows 10, Microsoft is ‘back in the game for pro audio and music’. Check out the video below and let us know what you think!

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Seattle Symphony Debuts New Work For Orchestra & Kinect-Controlled Music Robots


The Seattle Symphony (Music Director Ludovic Morlot) recently premiered Above, Below, and In Between, a commission and site-specific composition by sculptor, sound artist and composer Trimpin.

Above, Below, and In Between is a sculpture and musical composition for small orchestra, soprano voice, prepared piano, kinetic instruments and gesture-controlled conducting.

The piece was created in partnership with Microsoft. Here’s the official video overview: Continue reading

Nagual Dance Uses Kinect To Translate Movement Into Music

Berlin-based Nagual Sounds has developed a new gestural musical instrument, Nagual Dance, based on the Microsoft Kinect.

The system is based on two main components:

  • Control data – from sensors, cameras, files and all kinds of sources – is used to turn gestures and movement into sounds; and
  • The Soundscape -an interactive piece of music that doesn’t consist of pre-recorded musical sequences, but of musical possibilities. The music decides the behavior of the used data source.

In the example above, a Kinect camera is used by Nagual Dance to control the Soundscape ‘Firedance’.

Here’s how it works: Continue reading