This video, via University of Warwick professor Duncan Lockerby, explains The Molecular Music Box – an approach to music composition that explores how simple rules can lead to rich patterns.
Feelyoursound.com has updated its MIDI composition software Sundog Scale Studio, for Mac & Windows, to version 1.4.0.
Sundog is a stand-alone MIDI sequencer that is designed to provide tools focused on composition.
It works like this:
The update adds enhanced sequencing options, improved MIDI support, ‘tighter’ MIDI clock, new views and more. Continue reading
‘Engineer Guy’ Bill Hammack is the professor you wish you had. He’s a member of the faculty at the University of Illinois and the creator of a series of videos that explain technology.
This set of videos take a look at Albert Michelson’s Harmonic Analyzer – a nineteenth century mechanical computer that performed Fourier analysis by using gears, springs and levers to calculate with sines and cosines—an astonishing feat in an age before electronic computers.
Fourier analysis is the study of how complex functions can be broken down into simple ones. In the area of sound and synthesis, Fourier analysis can be used to break down any periodic sound into component sine (and cosine) waves. And, going in the opposite direction, sine waves can be combined to create complex sounds.
This is now done with computers, but 100 years ago, it was done with machines. Continue reading
Fiddlewax Pro – a new instrument for iPad – has been updated based on feedback from users since it was launched.
This update adds new low-level features, updated graphics, fixes MIDI bugs, and delivers ‘extreme BPM ranges’. Continue reading
In this Aspen Institute video, producer/DJ Moby offers a personal perspective on the role of music in his life and his perspective on the benefits and future of music therapy. Continue reading
Developer Jesper Nordin has introduced ScaleGen for iPad, described as ‘the ultimate tool for musicians who want to explore new ways of thinking about music.’
ScaleGen is a tool for organizing pitches into custom scales and tunings. It lets you create and audition scales within the app, and then export it as a MIDI file or to their gestural music app Gestrument.
It goes far beyond mainstream types of scales, letting you experiment with up to 24 notes per octave, use historical and experimental microtonal tuning and even scales that are different in each octave, like the overtone series.
Weidenbaum’s discussion focuses on the “cultural afterlife” that the album has experienced in the two decades since its initial release on the Warp and Sire labels in 1994.