Stochastik Drum Machine For iPad Now Available, MIDI Support ‘Coming Soon’

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Xitive Inc has released Stochastik Drum Machine, a full-featured drum machine app for the iPad with a difference. Stochastik lets you set a *probability* that a note will trigger for each step.

The demo video above, via danmusicstoke, demonstrates this with drum and bass and glitch patterns.

Over a thousand samples are included, from classic analog drum machines to acoustic jazz and rock kits. You can mix and match samples to create the perfect kit for each song. You can also import your own samples through iTunes File Sharing, email or the Dropbox iPad App.

Stochastik plays well with other apps. When you bounce your pattern to a wav file, it’s automatically put in the clipboard for pasting into other apps. With WIST, you can wirelessly sync with other devices. With background audio, you can let Stochastik lay down the beat while you use a synth.

The one key feature that’s missing in action, MIDI support, the developer say is ‘coming soon’.

Stochastik Drum Machine is $4.99 in the App Store. If you try it, let us know what you think of it!

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GetLoFi Chiptone Generator (Sneak Preview)

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This is a sneak preview of the GetLoFi Chiptone Generator, an upcoming product from GetLoFi:

This is a random melody generator with very basic control, simply flick a switch and the current random 8 step melody will latch on and playback indefinitely. To change up the notes simply reverse the switch and during the period of silence the internal CPU will come up with another mind bending chip tone melody.

Powered by a 12F675 PIC microcontroller and a 3Volt coin cell battery this electronic effect is super compact and simple to assemble.

Pricing and availability are to be announced.

Generative Music System In Max For Live

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Adam Shechter demonstrates his generative music system – an Ableton Live 8 + Max For Live project created as a school project.

It uses probability tables and calculates the “likelihood” of things happening. There is a drum sequencer, and a melody/pitch sequencer. Continue reading

Secrets Of Mac Sounds

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This is an interview One More Thing did with sound designer and composer Jim Reekes, who reveals the stories behind the sounds  of the Apple Macintosh.

He talks about the creation of the Mac startup sound, his work on Quicktime and other audio features we take for granted on the Mac.

It’s a fairly long interview, but the interviewer does a great job of letting Reekes talk, and Reekes shares some interesting Mac sound secrets.

via rekkerd, CDM

Ableton Live 8 + Max 4 Live Game Of Life

Ableton Live 8: This video demos a Max For Live “Game Of Life” interactive cellular automata note pattern generator.

Code available at 2rem (.zip).

Game Of Life Music Sequencer

The Game of Life Sequencer Bank is based on a game of life sequencer screencast produced by Wesen in 2008. It is a bank of 6 step or drum sequencers that generate patterns based on the basics of Conway’s Game of Life cellular automaton. Each sequencer operates independently of the others, and can be configured in a variety of ways.

The Game of Life Sequencer Bank is written in Java using the Processing, controlP5 and a customized RWMidi library. It should work wherever Java 1.5 is available (Windows, OS X, Linux), though it has only been tested in Windows and Linux.

The Game Of Life Sequencer is a free download.

Cutup Generator Creates Aleatory Text

Cut-up text is an aleatory literary technique in which a text is cut up at random and rearranged to create a new text.

It was used notably by William S. Burroughs in the late 60’s and early 70’s, and influenced the work of David Bowie, Curt Cobain and others. More recently, cut-up text has been used by email spammers to create text that will get around spam filters. Because of the huge volume of spam that is generated, some interesting examples have emerged, which are called “spamoetry.”

Here’s an example:

Then, from sea to shining sea, the God-King sang the praises of teflon, and with his face to the sunshine, he churned lots of butter.

The Cutup Engine cuts up text and makes something different out of the pieces. You can provide the text directly, or URLs of things on the web.

Here’s a randomized chunk of a recent Synthtopia article:

more occupied the time, including DJs, as the one we DJs, promoters and camera men doing it, but in pretend to the head in promoters and with her dancing two CDs, and she was when she involved in any kind crowd that she was really DJ, when she just acting. to get in fact the movements the mixer to pretend the DJ box at the use in the movements to get involved the time, including DJs, promoters in the DJ box at DJs, promoters and camera set from one or two music set from one or her dancing movements real, just acting.

an already pre-mixed music at the time, including she was faking the movements of beat-matching or mixing. for real, just acting.” she was really any kind mixing the from a tiny CD wallet as the one and was just movements to get we use box at the and was just making purely a fraud. 

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Fractal Music Lab

Fractal Music Lab provides examples and explanations of fractal music, music composed using the same types of iterative or recursive processes that are used to create fractal images.

It includes discussions of algorithmic composition, random music, Voss music, chaotic attractor music, Mandelbrot music and more. Each section provides a short explanation of the idea behind the technique, a little bit of theory, and a Java-based applet that automatically generates music using the technique.

There’s also a library of music that uses these techniques. Check out Guiseppi Mendoza’s Impositive Increments. It’s generated with a program of his own design that creates sequences that drive synthesizer arpegiators. If you’re interested in getting into this type of composition, there is software available on the site for download.