Generative Sound Sequencer For iOS – Otomata

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Batuhan Bozkurt’s Otomata is a generative sound sequencer for iOS.

On one level, Otomata is a music toy – just press the buttons and something musically interesting emerges. Otomata is also surprisingly deep, though, because it uses cellular automaton style logic:

Each alive cell has 4 states: Up, right, down, left. at each cycle, the cells move themselves in the direction of their internal states. If any cell encounters a wall, it triggers a pitched sound whose frequency is determined by the xy position of collision, and the cell reverses its direction. If a cell encounters another cell on its way, it turns itself clockwise.

This set of rules produces chaotic results in some settings, therefore you can end up with never repeating, gradually evolving sequences. Go add some cells, change their orientation by clicking on them, and press play, experiment, have fun.

Otomata originally was created as a browser based music app and has been adapted for iOS.  Continue reading

Angie Dickinson Performs Steve Reich’s Clapping Music While Beating Up Lee Marvin

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Angie Dickinson performs Steve Reich’s Clapping Music while beating up Lee Marvin – just about the best thing ever, if you’re a music geek

Unfortunately for Dickinson – you can’t beat up Lee Marvin.

Clapping Music is a minimal work from 1972 that explores the idea of shifting the phase relationship of two copies of the same 12/8 rhythmic pattern.

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Tristan Perich’s 1-Bit Symphony

This video offers musical excerpts from Tristan Perich’s 1-Bit Symphony –  an electronic composition in five movements on a single microchip.

Though housed in a CD jewel case, 1-Bit Symphony is not a recording in the traditional sense; it “performs” its music live when turned on. A complete electronic circuit—programmed by the artist and assembled by hand—plays the music through a headphone jack mounted into the case itself.

1-Bit Symphony is now available from Cantaloupe Music.

Free Phase Shifting Looper Inspired By Steve Reich

Free Looping Effect Inspired By Steve Reich

Free Looping Effect Inspired By Steve Reich

Free Music Software: Reichatron is a free phase shifting looper effect for Reaktor 5, inspired by Steve Reich and his early loop pieces.

It was created by Matt Mower:

Reichatron is a sample playing instrument that grew out of my desire to experiment with phase-shifted looping (a la Steve Reich’s early works It’s Gonna Rain and Piano Phase) and as an homage to Metaphysical Function which is, I think, one of the most interesting Reaktor ensembles.

Reichatron allows you to mix together the phase-shifted blending of two samples and then modulate that mixture using a block of six effects that can be independently controlled. Reichatron also offers stochastic control of the effects block and sample selection. You can take as much, or as little, control over how the sound evolves over time as you like.

See also Phase Shifter, another audio effect inspired by Reich.

iPhone App Creates Minimal Music Based On Schenkerian Analysis

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Akihiko Matsumoto‘s Minimalist Style for iPhone RjDj generates minimal music algorithmically:

Minimalist Style algorithmically generates music based on the analysis of composers such as Bach, Stravinsky, Squarepusher, and many more. Choose your favourite composer by touching one of the squares. Shake the device to move forward in the musical progression. Touch the screen and tilt the device to change the timbre of the synth.

This music is generated by a realtime prolongiation algorithm base on Schenkerian analysis

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New Optigan Disc Turns A Bizarre 70’s Music Toy Into The Philip Glass Ensemble

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We’re proud to announce the latest in our series of new Optigan discs: MINIMALISM! This is a special release for us, since it marks our first musical collaboration with the fabulous Tara Busch of Tara sang the vocal solfege scale for the keyboard, a haunting sound that you’re sure to find plenty of uses for.

The Optigan is a bizarre 70’s musical instrument/music toy that’s features an electomechanical optical sound generator.

It’s available for pre-order now, for $99.99.

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Cluster Sound Minus Morph

cluster-sound-minus-morphCluster Sound has released Minus Morph, a massive sound tool designed for Minimal music productions and based on morphing techniques.


Minus Morph is a massive sound tool designed for Minimal music productions and based on morphing techniques. The library consists of 930 Mb of worldclass construction loops, incisive basslines, compact percussive loops, dark and mysterious pads, sparkling hi-frequencies, crispy glitches and much much more.

In addition to the 1000 Wav loops and samples you will get also 450 Rex2 loops, 790 instruments for Kontakt and Rason and 1500 Live Devices and Clips. Minus Morph elements can be combined to create every kind of Minimal styles with the best audio quality and in the simplest way. Just select few loops and you are ready to build hypnotic, gloomy, genuine Minimal tracks.

Minus Morph is available for download now for 39.95 EUR.   Download the Free Pack (Loops + MP3 + PDF) for a preview.