An Interview With Sound Designer & Composer John Keston

john-kestonThe latest episode of the Art + Music + Technology podcast features an interview with sound designer, developer and composer John Keston.

Here’s what host Darwin Grosse has to say about the interview:

John Keston came onto my radar in sort of a random way – he sent me a link to some of his music, and I kind of fell in love with it. It was sound designerly, but also musically deep. Then I started digging into his work, and it touched on a lot of my interests.

So wouldn’t you know that, when I interviewed him, I find out that our paths were constructed in similar ways. Musc, tech, art – it boils together to become an interesting – and personal – mix. In John’s case, this was programming, music and gigging, expansion into visual arts and finding a way to bring it all together. Some of his concepts on scores and improvisation are incredibly insightful, and I really appreciated him sharing his background and perspectives.

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New iOS Looper Designed For ‘Drastic’ Mangling

poolpFlart Studio has introduced Poolp – a new iPhone looper that features 3 loopers, 3 send effects and 2 global fx, all tweakable.

Poolp is designed to let you to record your own samples and change them in ‘drastic’ ways.


  • 3 synchronised loopers
  • independant record length (1, 2, 4 bars and free) for each looper
  • independant direction and speed (0.25, 0.5, 1, 2) for each looper
  • one low pass filter for each looper
  • volume and pan for each looper
  • 3 send effects: Reverb, Delay, Distortion
    2 Master effects: EQ, Autopan
  • Audio input and resample (pre/ post effects)
  • adjustable gain
  • adjustable loop points per sample (trim)
  • adjustable count in (‘record in 2 steps, 4 steps, or immediately)
  • Audio paste
  • Audiobus
  • global performance recorder

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The Human Harp Transforms Suspension Bridges Into Instruments


The Human Harp, a global multi-media project founded by Di Mainstone, explores the idea of attaching controls to suspension cables, making it possible to ‘play’ a bridge as an electro-acoustic instrument.

Here’s an example, recorded at Bristol’s Clifton Suspension Bridge: Continue reading

M. Geddes Gengras Interview On Sound Design With Analog Modules

Today, Moog Music released a conversation with M. Geddes Gengras as part of their new interview series, Category 5.

The series derives its name from the cables used to enable modern digital communications. Via Skype, Gengras explores the motivations behind 3 Impressions, a three song EP (embedded below) that explores analog effects modules and process-based sound design. Continue reading

Diego Stocco Releases Experibass Album & Producer’s Edition Loop Library


Sound designer, composer and instrument builder Diego Stocco has released Experibass, a new album of 8 compositions played with his custom Experibass instrument; and Experibass Producer’s Edition, which adds 100 Experibass rhythmic loops in REX format.  Continue reading