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

Switched-on: The Birth of the Moog Synthesizer

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On May 2, 2014, The History Center in Tompkins County, NY, in partnership with the Bob Moog Foundation, will open a new exhibition Switched-On: The Birth of the Moog Synthesizer.

The exhibit will explore the life of Dr. Robert Moog and the creation and evolution of the electronic instruments bearing his name. Based on new interviews with family members, colleagues, and contemporaries, including Herb Deutsch, Bernie Worrell, Bill Hemsath, Don Preston, David VanKoevering, Shirleigh Moog, David Borden, and others, the exhibition will offer a unique view into the life and work of Moog.

Robert Moog came to Ithaca, NY in 1957 to begin his PhD work at Cornell University. He founded the R.A. Moog, Co. in the late 1950s, selling theremins and theremin kits throughout Ithaca.

In 1963, Moog opened a storefront for his small factory, in nearby Trumansburg, NY. It was there that the Moog modular synthesizer and the iconic Minimoog were born. The factory grew to become a mainstay in the region until Moog sold the company in 1971, and the new owners moved it to Williamsville, NY.

Switched-On: The Birth of the Moog Synthesizer tells the story of Moog’s Trumansburg years, through the oral histories of those who knew him, worked with him, and shared his path in shaping a revolution in sound, technology, and music.

The exhibit will also feature a collection of rare Moog instruments.  Continue reading

Musicworks Magazine Announces 2014 Electronic Music Composition Contest

Musicworks2014ContestMusicworks Magazine has announced an Electronic Music Composition Contest.

The magazine invites musicians to compose an experimental piece in one of the following genres: acousmatic, audio art, electroacoustic, glitch, intelligent dance music, microsound, noise, turntable art, or video music.

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New Kick Drum Synth Plugin – Big Kick

PlugInBoutique_Big_KickPlugin Boutique has just released their first plugin, Big Kick, designed specifically from kick drum synthesis.

Features:

  • Kick drum synthesis – can replicate the majority of today’s and yesterday’s kick sounds*
  • Factory library includes 300 attack types and 110 presets
  • Tuned kick drums
  • Easily integrates with your existing sample libraries
  • Easier to use than any previous kick drum design tool
  • Drag-and-drop sample creation
  • Auto-play mode for instant start and jamming
  • No-phase-shift free-sound-shaping Overdrive
  • High pass filter (again, phase-shift-free): avoid nasty surprises in the bottom end.

Here’s a video demo: Continue reading