Amazon Echo: Super Cool or Super Creepy? You Make The Call!

Amazon has introduced a new type of ‘smart device’ – the Echo – that’s a reimagining of the home stereo as a always-connected, voice activated speaker. It’s got some impressive features – combining Siri-style voice recognition, with search, music and news service. You can tell it to play some music by Boards of Canada, tell it to wake you… Read More Amazon Echo: Super Cool or Super Creepy? You Make The Call!

Music In The Age of Democratization, With Ableton’s Gerhard Behles & Coldcut’s Matt Black

As part of Berlin’s recent Social Media Week, Peter Kirn, editor of createdigitalmusic.com hosted this conversation with Matt Black (Ninjatune founder and member of A/V group Coldcut), and Gerhard Behles, (CEO of Ableton and former member of Monolake). Behles and Black are both technologists and musicans, and the hour+ discussion delves into the intended and unintended consequences of today’s… Read More Music In The Age of Democratization, With Ableton’s Gerhard Behles & Coldcut’s Matt Black

New Instrument Uses Tattoos As A Score

Reader Dmitry Morozov – a Moscow-based media-artist, musician and ‘engineer of strange-sounding mechanisms’ – has created a new instrument that uses a tattoo for a score. Morozov creates experimental electronic music and advocates for circuit bending and DIY electronics in Russia, under the moniker ::vtol::. Here’s what Morozov has to say about his instrument, ‘Reading My Body’: this is… Read More New Instrument Uses Tattoos As A Score