This is a great project I stumbled up on, it’s called Darwin Tunes. The website offers listeners some music that was generated by software and asks them to respond with an appeal level with a score of 1-5. then after calculations new performances are created with the bad scoring melodies thrown out.
I have been getting a lot of emails about that Ensoniq ASR-X sample library I talked about making a while back. I started doing the tedious task of cutting and bouncing each sample, when one of the other producers I work with sent me this link.
Now I don’t know who this Ste_clectic person, but many thank yous are in order. This is by no means excuse for why I have not finished my ASR-X library, but hopefully this will tide you all over until I can finish it up. So as usual enjoy, have some fun, and make music.
Oh and here is another link to download the library, if ever the link in the forum stops working.
This is a program I created that allows you to add some randomization to what you play. It waits for a MIDI message in, then alters that note up a perfect 3rd, a perfect 5th, a perfect 7th, or an octave, also it is velocity sensitive and is polyphonic! I wanted to add more controls but as they say “keep it simple, stupid!” I planed on adding the other intervals but wanted to share what I have with the world! Shoot me an e-mail with any suggestions, and I will be more than happy to add them to the program. Watch for updates and new versions.
Updates coming soon!
– More Intervals: minor 2nd, major 2nd…. diminished… (As of now, it supports perfect intervals.)
– Color coordination for diminished/augmented/major/minor/perfect inversions
– Negative inversions: octave down…. perfect 5th down… etc. (Currently, it adds value to the note you are playing.)
PRI nanoKey edition allows you to turn on/off the three middle controls with the pitch down, pitch up and mod buttons on your nanoKEY controller
Listen to “C,D#,G#” a quick song I made with the PRI pressing only three notes C, D# and G# making the Cm chord. I recorded some loops in Abelton and threw on a beat. I had the “octave” and “5th” settings activated during this song, there are 4 different MIDI loops. Enjoy
Max/MSP/PD Chiptune externals
Here is a really cool repository of some chiptune patches. I was happy to find these because I have always enjoyed chip tune sounds. I have made a touch screen/MIDI interface for the atari2600 external and I will probably make some more. I just wanted to make a multi touch MIDI interface, but after playing with the externals from this link I just had to integrate one into my design. You can download Phew for windows right now. If you guys like it I will make something eles with the NES patcher.
Download Phew1.0 for windows
So here’s Januarys link of the month. I wanted to share with you viewers some of the sites I frequent and tell you what I think. I couldn’t pick just one so I have five.
1. Hack a Day If you don’t already frequent this wonderful site then you must. It is full of great projects and if you’re ever bored and on the web, this site has some humor and intrigue as to what some people can think up.
2. New Scientist I check this site regularly for updates. I find myself opening almost every new story in a new tab and wanting to read each one! I always get excited by new discovery. So I think this site is up there in my top favorites on the web.
3. Slashdot Here’s a jewel of the web. Slashdot’s been around for a while and I always enjoy a jump to this site.
4. instructables This site is pretty fun. I like to go to this site to poke around and see what kind of cool things people break down for you. You can see instructions for making soup all the way down to how to surface mount with normal soldering equipment.
5. Make Another great how to website, full of info on tons of projects and new toys.
If you have not heard of www.nativekontrol.com and own one of these midi controllers; Korg padKONTROL nanoKONTROL and nanoPAD, Akai APC40 and MPD32, or Livid Instruments Ohm6. Make your way over there and check out some of custom midi set ups by Native Kontrol. I use nPSCS for the Korg nanoPAD and would highly recomend it owners of the midi controller. Over at Native Kontrol’s site they have videos demonstrating the their software in action. Here are a couple of those demo videos.
With the release of Max for Live happening at the end of this month, I thought it would be a good idea to let all of you prospective Max programs know about Baz and his tutorials. The Baz tutorials are a collection of MAX/MSP youtube tutorials packed with information about the software. This is a great place for everyone that is new to MAX/MSP to hit the ground running. So without further ado here is the first couple of videos in the collection. Oh and if you make anything cool feel free to send it our way and we can do a write up about it for you.
So you may have noticed that we have numerous posts about applications made with Cycling ’74’s MAX/MSP. Max is an object oriented programing language that is awesome for building audio and video applications. Now for all of you that went to Cycling ’74’s website to get a copy of the software but then saw the not so cheap price tag, don’t worry you still have another option. This is where Pure Data makes its entrance. I would describe Pd as the little brother of Max, and best of all it is free to the public. For a full description of the software click here. I was using Pd before I even found out about MAX/MSP, and when I switched over to Max I found out that everything I knew about Pd had a direct correlation with Max. If you check out the post “Sequencing Kids Toys”, the software I am running in the video is the last patch I ever made with Pure Data. The video was filmed right before I got a copy of MAX/MSP. So if you are now ready to give Pd a try you can go to the download page by clicking here. Pure Data is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. As always the illuminated sounds team is interested in what you guys are doing, so if you make any fun patches send them our way so we can play with them too. Also below I have included some of the videos that helped me get started with Pure Data. Enjoy.