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:
- Connect Sundog to your DAW via MIDI.
- Pick a scale – like C Major or E Minor.
- Sundog will show you a list of chords that can be used on this scale.
- Create a chord progression by clicking and listening.
- Use the internal step sequencer to create melodies or arpeggios on your chords and scale notes.
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.
This series of videos, via John Moriarty, looks at the physics behind musical tunings, microtonal tuning, just intonation, temperament and more.
This video captures a hour+ discussion at CCRMA by author Marc Weidenbaum on Two Decades of Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works Volume II.
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.
The discussion is based on Weidenbaum’s book in the 33 1/3 series, Selected Ambient Works Volume II. Continue reading
Could a a pill one day improve your musical abilities?
Takao Hensch, professor of molecular and cellular biology at Harvard, is studying a drug that restore your brain’s early-life learning abilities. In an interview with NPR, Hensch discusses how how a pill might be to give adults perfect pitch: Continue reading