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Written By: evan on September 26, 2013 2 Comments

Saw this nice little tutorial on Reddit. It shows you how to synthesize drums using an analog synth. The same rules basically apply to an analog simulation as well, so many people may find this useful.

I recently wrote some chiptunes for a game based on a TV license. I usually use Drumatic for [...]

Written By: evan on January 22, 2012 No Comment
Interview with Viznut, Creator of Minimal Art Platform IBNIZ

Recently, this video of IBNIZ in action made its way around the electronic music blogosphere. IBNIZ is an extremely enigmatic art platform. It’s not necessarily easy, or pretty, or even broadly useful. IBNIZ is uniquely targeted at a small coterie of artists with specific aesthetic goals. I had the opportunity to [...]

Written By: evan on December 31, 2011 No Comment

As demonstrated by the video, IBNIZ (Ideally Bare Numeric Impression giZmo) is a virtual machine and a programming language that generates video and audio from very short strings of code. Technically, it is a two-stack machine somewhat similar to Forth, but with the major execption that the stack is cyclical and also used at an [...]

Written By: evan on December 1, 2011 No Comment

This morning, one of the students in MUSC80C recommended this documentary about chiptunes.

Reformat the Planet (RTP) is a feature length documentary which delves into the movement known as chip music, a vibrant underground scene based around creating new, original music using obsolete video game hardware. Familiar devices such as the Nintendo Game Boy and Nintendo [...]

Written By: evan on October 11, 2011 No Comment

This reminds me of the algorithmic poetry by Nick Montfort. He has a series of programs that generate poetry from a 256 characters of code.

Via CDM

Written By: evan on April 27, 2011 No Comment

The Bends Collective was born out of a 10 week project in early 2011 as part of the Sound Design MSc at The University of Edinburgh.

The project focussed on circuit bending, and hardware hacking. The group learned how to modify various electronic devices ranging from cheap kids toys to a Nintendo Entertainment System. With their [...]

Written By: evan on April 16, 2011 No Comment

Over at CDM, there’s a great interview with the creators of Sword & Sorcery, an ambient music game for the iPad. The game combines minimalist gameplay with tightly integrated sound and music. It draws heavily on nostalgia, employing sounds and visuals that are very reminiscent of the original Legend of Zelda and Castlevania [...]

Written By: evan on July 5, 2010 No Comment

CrashSpace hosted a night of hand made music on June 25th 2010. Among the performances was a Concerto for Three MakerBots composed by Frank Capodieci.MakerBot’s are 3D printers that create objects out of plastic, but in this case the extruder portion was removed and the stepper motors were driven at different speeds to create music. [...]

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