Archive for January, 2010

Random7 Launchpad Edition now for OSX

January 29th, 2010 No comments

Took me a little bit longer then I expected to get this built, but as promised here is the OSX version of Random7 for the Novation Launchpad.  More information and a video of  Random7 running on the Launchpad can be found here.

Download Random7 for the Launchpad (OSX)


Launchpad + linux in the works

January 29th, 2010 1 comment

I stumbled across this thread on the Ubuntu forum and I wanted to share it with everyone. I am extremely intrested in getting the launchpad to work with linux because then we can do some real interesting stuff!






Update the launchpad is now supported in the alsa v1.0.24 check out the the alsa projects changelog page

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James’ Circuit Bent Library 2

January 26th, 2010 No comments

Hello again!
I’ve got some more samples and downloads.

I got this toy for Christmas to mod from a fellow musician/producer Jarad an accompanying artist in Dub Amor.

I really enjoy this toy. I found a lot of mods for it. I decided to reuse some of the existing buttons on the device, so as it stands I have 10 different mods on it that fall in to 4 categories.

1. Augmentation glitch: causes a glitching of the phrasing while held on. Makes words incomprehensible or sound more interesting.

2. Catalyst: An action that causes a spontaneous, sometimes random noise occurrence.

3. Tone bend: increasing or decreasing voltage somewhere on the toy creates a pitching up and down in the speed of the sound being produced.

4. Word length modifier: differs from a tone bend because modifies the length of her syllables so that they loop or stretch out. instead of slowing down the entire waveform

By popular request I have included some more Musini samples! Enjoy


Roland TR-626 Sound Library

January 25th, 2010 5 comments

Recently I picked up a used Roland TR-626 from ebay. I finally got around to sampling beeps and buzzes that this guy makes. Here is a sound library of all the sounds this drum machine makes. Each sounds has 15 different pitch levels that I label -7 to +7, 0 being the original sample. All the samples were recorded into Pro Tools at 44.1/16 bit. Also I circuit bend the hell out of this thing, so expect future posts with pictures and samples of it glitched out.

Download TR-626 Sound Library


Random7 now on Launchpad

January 13th, 2010 2 comments

Here is an update to my Random7 program that allows control and feedback with the Novation Launchpad.  For everyone new to Random7 a short description is Random7 is a generative music application that randomly picks midi notes and velocities in a scale you choose.  For more information about Random7 here is a link to older posts about this application and some music made by Random7.  Below is a picture diagram of the different controls on the Launchpad,  click on the picture to get a closer view.


Here is a quick video demonstrating the Launchpad control of Random7.

Download Random7 Launchpad Edition (Windows)

Download Random7 Launchpad Edition Code (MAXPAT File)


James’ link(s) of the month

January 12th, 2010 No comments

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.

Happy surfing


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Ableton Mind Control

January 6th, 2010 2 comments


Being that it is now 2010 and we are living in the future lets take a look at a new unconventional Ableton Live controller. For your consideration I give you the Emotiv Epoch.  This headset with 14 sensors of pure awesomeness detects player thoughts, feelings, and expressions.  I just received mine a couple of days ago and last night was the first time I really got a change to play with it.  The Emotiv Epoch comes with a software application call Epoch Control Panel.  In the Control Panel there is a tool call Cognitiv Suite.   This is that part of the application I use to control Ableton Live.  In Cognitiv Suite you move a floating box around on the screen using thought.  You can then can assign these different “thought actions” to keyboard commands.  Next I assigned these commands to start and stop an audio clip in Ableton Live.  Here is a video of my buddy Jay using the Epoch for the first time.  In this video when he pushes the box with his mind he triggers a drum loop to play and when he lifts the box it stops playback of the clip.  This video was made last minute so it does not have the best lighting.  Next I plan on getting the Emotiv Epoch to communicate with MAX/MSP, and making some custom applications for it.