FRACT ‘First Person Synthesizer’ Coming April 22

Developers of the ‘first person synthesizer’ game, FRACT, have announced that it will be released April 22 and is now available for pre-order.

FRACT is a musical exploration game. You arrive in a forgotten place and explore the unfamiliar landscape to discover the secrets of an abandoned world that was once built on sound. As you start to make sense of this strange new environment, you work to rebuild its machinery by solving puzzles and bring the world back to life by shaping sound and creating music in the game. Continue reading

Figure Updated With New Drum Kits & Sharing Options

propellerhead-figurePropellerhead has updated Figure – it’s beatmaking app for iOS – adding new drum kits, additional sharing options and more.

Here’s what’s new in Figure 1.6:

  • Share your songs with your friends on Facebook and Twitter
  • Three new drum kits: Sonny, Code and Boom Bap
  • Bug fixes

Figure is available in the App Store for US $.99.

If you’ve used Figure, let us know what you think of it!

Behind The Scenes With Squarepusher’s Music Robots

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This video, embedded below, takes a behind the scenes look at Squarepusher’s music robots, the Z-Machines, which are featured on his latest EP. 

For me there has always been something fascinating about the encounter of the unfamiliar with the familiar”, notes Squarepusher. “I have long been an advocate of taking fresh approaches to existing instrumentation as much as I am an advocate of trying to develop new instruments, and being able to rethink the way in which, for example, an electric guitar can be used is very exciting.” Continue reading

MobMuPlat Update Adds Audiobus Support

mobmuplatMobMuPlat (short for Mobile Music Platform) – a free app that lets you create custom audio software for iOS – has been updated to version 1.5. 

Here’s what’s new:

  • AudioBus integration (input, output, and filter port).
  • Menu widget, to choose item from pop-up list.
  • Button to invert interface.
  • Panels can optionally pass touches to scroll the canvas.

Here’s how you can create a custom app with MobMuPlat:

  • Get the MobMuPlat iOS app
  • Create a user interface in the MobMuPlat Editor
  • Create an audio engine in PureData
  • Drag those two files into the MobMuPlat Documents folder in iTunes
  • Play your app on your iOS device.

Here’s a video intro to MobMuPlat:

MobMuPlat is a free download from the App Store.

If you’ve tried MobMuPlat, let us know what you’re doing with it!

Free App, PhonoPaper, Lets You Create & Play ‘Audio Barcodes’

Developer Alexander Zolotov has introduced a new app that explores using graphics as tool for manipulating sound, PhonoPaper.

PhonoPaper is a free platform for representing sounds as graphics. It combines a PhonoPaper-code generator to convert sounds into images that you can print on paper and a realtime reader that runs on smartphones (iOS & Android).

Because PhonoPaper turns audio into a tangible object, it lets you tangibly control playback. You control playback speed by the way you move the smartphone ‘playback head’. You can play it forward, backward or ‘scratch’ it.  Continue reading