Steinberg has introduced Sonote Beat Re:Edit – a new app, for Mac & Windows, designed for remixing. The app extracts characteristic beat slices from an audio loop and lets you swap them with similar sounds from other audio files.
The track, Sun Son?s Seal (Part 1), comes from TD’s 2004 album Purgatorio.
Contest organizers say that this is the first time ever anyone besides the band has had official access to the stems to remix a Tangerine Dream song.
The winning remix will be selected by TD’s Jerome Froese and be included on an upcoming release.
You can preview the track below:
Here’s what’s new in Genome MIDI Sequencer 1.1.0:
- Fixes for playhead visual positioning issues
- ?Create? option for Grooves (create a groove template from a pattern, such as recorded MIDI notes).
- Remix Pads
- File management ? Delete, email, Open in? (for opening files in other apps including Dropbox)
- Improvements to Zooming ? Zooming in and out should work a little better now in general. When zoomed out, the view now smoothly zooms in instead of abruptly zooming
- New zoom mode. In additioned to the standard ?fixed? zoom (where X and Y scale is locked together), there?s an ?advanced? mode that lets you zoom X and Y are independently zoomable.
- OMAC App Fast switch ? This allows you to quickly switch between compatible apps (not every app supports this yet) via a menu in Genome. The button for this is on the sequencer page.
- Important Change: Genome?s virtual port is no longer ?on? by default. You have to enable it via the config menu. The reason for this is that this is a frequent point of confusion for users. Having a virtual port can lead to issues where apps get connected twice (resulting in doubled tempos and other weird cases). It?s only necessary for Genome to have a virtual MIDI port when other apps don?t have one of their own. Only a few apps _don?t_ have virtual ports (such as Animoog), but for the majority of apps you won?t need it on.
- Bugfixes and stability improvements
Not in 1.1.0 but being worked on:
- MIDI Learn (for binding controllers to Patterns and Song steps) ? I had wanted to get this in 1.1.0, but there are important bug fixes that need to get out now. This will be one of the first things I implement for the next update.
The strangest music technology news in a long time has to be the digital reincarnation of Tupac.
The performance that generated the most buzz at this year’s Coachella wasn’t from a rising star, but from a virtual version Tupac Shakur, who’s been dead 16 years.
Thanks to Dr. Dre and visual effects company AV Concepts, the ‘Tupac Hologram’ was able to perform with Snoop Dog at the festival, as shown in the video below.
Here’s what AV Concepts had to say about the Tupac Hologram:
After months of design, engineering, and creative consultation, AV Concepts delivered a perceived 3-dimensional, life-sized holographic projection of Tupac to perform on stage with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, during the renowned desert festival.
Utilizing the Musion Eyeliner system, the 30′ x 13′ screen was customized by AV Concepts to descend onto the stage in mere seconds between sets of the performance to bring the infamous, deceased singer back to life.
Here’s Holographic Tupac and Snoop Dog in action:
Kirby Ferguson has released a new episode of his series, Everything Is A Remix.
Part 4 looks at the unexpected consequences of intellectual property laws:
Our system of law doesn’t acknowledge the derivative nature of creativity. Instead, ideas are regarded as property, as unique and original lots with distinct boundaries. But ideas aren’t so tidy. They’re layered, they?re interwoven, they’re tangled. And when the system conflicts with the reality… the system starts to fail.
While not specifically about music, Ferguson’s series looks at ideas that directly impact musicians.
See the previous parts, embedded below.