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Indian E-music – The right mix of Indian Vibes… » 2012 » October » 22

The Future of Tabla Design: TransTabla

Delivered... sanjay kundalia | Scene | Mon 22 Oct 2012 11:40 pm
The Future of Tabla Design: TransTabla | By Robin Sukhadia www.tablapusher.com What is tabla’s best friend? “The Hammer,” according to David Yovino, who launched a Kickstarter Campaign http://kck.st/WiuStF to advance the design of tabla. “Without the hammer, a tabla player cannot tune their instrument. Tabla players must develop sensitivity with their hammer, striking carefully and accurately. [...]

News : LOOK: The Polyphonic Spree Releases ‘Holidaydream’ TODAY & Joins Kickstarter For 2013 Releases

Delivered... info@filtermmm.com | Scene | Mon 22 Oct 2012 11:05 pm
LOOK: The Polyphonic Spree Releases ‘Holidaydream’ TODAY & Joins Kickstarter For 2013 Releases

If you're one of those superstitious and morbid individuals under the assumption that the world is going to end in December, let the ambitious Polyphonic Spree assure you otherwise.

I mean, if the world was truly going to call it quits before the New Year, why would this enormous collective and psychedelic symphony join Kickstarter, to raise funds for a live album, a concert documentary, and a studio LP (available February and May 2013 respectively)? Because the world is not going to end, that's why. So start celebrating today, by picking up a copy of Holidaydream: Sounds of the Holidays Vol. One (Good Records Recording/ Kirtland Records), and play the video below, featuring PS leader himself, Tim DeLaughter, telling important, upcoming information about the self-described "first ever choral symphonic rock band" and its collaboration with you

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Patch Anything: Audulus Could Be Killer Modular for iPad [Exclusive Video]

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Mon 22 Oct 2012 10:34 pm

Sometimes, it can be quicker and more expressive to simply patch together what you want from basic building blocks, rather than wrangle with something built for a specific purpose. And that explains the ongoing appeal of modular software environments. Audulus is an elegant, efficient modular environment on the Mac. It’s not as deep or broad as some alternatives, but it does bring a range of ideas to making these features easy to use.

And now, it’s coming to the iPad. That’s significant for several reasons. First, it could be one of the nicest modulars to grace the iPad, for people looking for touch interfaces to do such things. Secondly, it’ll have a round-trip workflow with the Mac version. So, for those of you who see iPads as a companion to a laptop, rather than a placement, using the two in harmony could work nicely.

CDM has an exclusive first look at the video demonstrating the UI. Since it’s easier to see these features than listen to me talking about it, I’ll let your eyes have at it.

Audulus, looking quite nice on iPad. Click for the full-sized version. Courtesy the developer.

Developer Taylor Holliday does point us to some key features in the iPad rendition of this tool. (Mac users, you can grab this for fifty bucks on the app store.) Taylor notes:

  • All nodes are there except the Audio Unit node (as you know the iPad doesn’t support plugins)
  • Files are cross-compatible with the Mac and Audio Unit versions: build a patch on the iPad, load it on the Mac or in your DAW
  • The initial version is iOS 6 only, but I’m going to try to rewrite the iOS 6 specific stuff so it will run on the iPad 1
  • MIDI input is supported
  • There’s a nice patch browser for flipping through your patches, with big previews.
  • Example patches included
  • looks GREAT on the Retina iPad
  • iCloud support coming soon
  • audio recording coming soon
  • Supports background audio now
  • Initial price will be $9.99

Audulus is in for Apple’s review; watch our Twitter feed for news of when it ships. Or check out the Audulus site:

The usability and workflow features look great (with tools like iCloud, even if I prefer Dropbox). This one will be nice to try. It’s a shame I’m stuck on the first-generation iPad, but I think a lot of us in that boat will be watching Apple closely this week.

The 10 best Detroit techno documentaries ever

Delivered... Ken Taylor | Scene | Mon 22 Oct 2012 9:00 pm
There's no city in the history of dance music that's been mythologized quite like Detroit has. And, if today's offering is any indication, there's no city in dance music history that's been as documented as Detroit as well. But hey, that's all good by us. With new compilations like the one jointly curated by Jimmy Edgar and Derrick May called We Love Detroit about to be released, and Richie Hawtin's new educational tour, CNTRL: Beyond EDM, afoot, we figured the time was nigh to ply you with some of the D's greatest hits: the 10—count 'em, 10!—best documentaries about Detroit techno ever—and they're all available to watch right here for free.

Mark Henning on Berlin, his favourite DJs and more

Delivered... RA - The Feed | Scene | Mon 22 Oct 2012 8:03 pm
The UK jock explains how a move to Berlin has helped his career, lists Zip and Craig Richards as two of his favourite DJs, and rounds up some current studio equipment.

Beatport wraps up Traktor’s Cookery school at ADE with Daniel Miller, Francois K, and Loco Dice

Delivered... Ken Taylor | Scene | Mon 22 Oct 2012 8:00 pm
Over the past three business days, we've been wrapping up multiple days of Amsterdam's sprawling ADE, and particularly our participation in the Traktor Cookery school. Here's what else took place on Friday and over the weekend.

Watch Sigur Rós – “Varðeldur” (video)

Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Mon 22 Oct 2012 8:00 pm
The Valtari Mystery Film Experiment continues ...

Watch A Place To Bury Strangers – “And I’m Up” (video)

Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Mon 22 Oct 2012 8:00 pm
A Place To Bury Strangers have a new video out today for the song 'And I'm Up,' off of the album Worship. The video was directed by Karl Ackermann, who is the brother of APTBS lead singer and guitarist Oliver Ackerman. Lots of destruction here ... although set against the image of toys it seems almost light-hearted.

Watch The Black Keys and RZA – “The Baddest Man Alive” (video)

Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Mon 22 Oct 2012 8:00 pm
The Black Keys team up with RZA from the Wu-Tang Clan. on the song and video for “The Baddest Man Alive,” from the soundtrack for the film The Man With the Iron Fists.

The Future Score, Dynamic and Networked: OSCNotation on iPhone

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Mon 22 Oct 2012 7:54 pm

In this corner, the computer: dynamic, networked. In this corner, the trained human musician: still, in fact, very much able to read scores. Combining those two technologies – human and machine – has been surprisingly limited.

That’s why OSCNotation, while a very simple app, is an intriguing glimpse into the future of the score. Normally, notation is fixed on paper. Here, you can send musical notes to a performer live, and dynamically – without the use of a printer and dead trees. In fact, with musicians able to sightread, it’s a little bit like being able to send musical patterns to a human in the way that you would over MIDI to a machine or synth. (Ask nicely. Sudo make me a sandwich.)

The app is free and intended for handheld iOS devices. (Hmm, iPad support, please? Although I do rather like the idea of minimal patterns as the focus.)


Developer Sylvain Poitras shares his work with CDM, and notes that since rhythm and notes are sent separately, modifying transposition (or rhythmic disposition) is a simple matter. Sylvain suggests some implications of how this would be used on his site:

Live-coders can send patterns and melodies to musicians.
Composers can create pattern based music and use a notation server to send patterns to musician (think of Riley’s In C).
Musicians could use OSCNotation to perform works that require random selection of passages.

There’s a video demo, as well:

I think it suggests some nice possibilities, and I don’t see why centuries of learned notational convention need to be discarded just because we now have computers. Putting the two together could be really powerful.

It’s not a new idea – I recall a Morton Subotnick piece from years ago that used the same concept, though I unfortunately don’t recall the title of that work. (Anyone?) But, of course, ubiquitous mobile computing means what was once confined to big, heavy computers and academic research is now literally in everyone’s hands.

The sorts of people with imaginative thoughts on how to use this tend to read this site, so, I humbly submit to your fancies. Let us know if this inspires you in your own projects.

While You Wait For Live 9, Get That Mixer for $9990

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Mon 22 Oct 2012 5:08 pm

So, we can’t talk more about Ableton Live 9 at the moment, and it seems Ableton has worked out how to use their YouTube settings. But at least one intrepid Live fan has shared the identity of the beautiful mixing desk you saw in the leaked Live 9 video from the weekend. This mixer also involves the number nine, though in enough digits that you may need to save up before you redo your studio.



The LiLo is a high-definition desktop analog line mixer for routing and blending your external gear. Short for Line-in/Line-out, the LiLo was designed as a “quiet-transparent” platform that allows you to build a mixing system using the gear you already own.

The LiLo is the work of Vince Poulos, the designer and owner of Speck Electronics.

After all, who would want to mix in a piece of music software, let alone something like Ableton Live? Analog is the only way to go, really.

Joke. that’s a joke. I’m sticking to Live while I wait to get lucky enough to use this desk. It sure is pretty.

Richie Hawtin exits ENTER. and goes beyond EDM with his upcoming CNTRL tour

Delivered... Ken Taylor | Scene | Mon 22 Oct 2012 5:00 pm
Most folks head into Ibiza with plans for a pretty chill summer—but that's not really Richie Hawtin's style. The Minus label head and constant re-inventor of what we've come to know as techno doesn't ever really stop, and this past season saw him rachet up the activity as usual, with his first-ever residency on the island (at Space) and now, a 17-day-and-night tour of the US and Canada called CNTRL: Beyond EDM. The tour, which he'll embark upon with friends like Loco Dice and DJ TechTools' Ean Golden, and which will feature guests speakers and DJs such as John Acquaviva, Carl Craig, and Kevin Saunderson, will find Hawtin hitting college campuses by day to teach a bit of techno's history and technology to students and then by night connecting all those dots in a club atmosphere in the same city. The CNTRL tour is set to kick off next week in Buffalo, NY, and will take him through his hometown of Windsor, Ontario (full disclosure—it's also my hometown, where I formerly worked for Hawtin's Minus label years ago) and other midwestern cities, but before it does, we checked in with Hawtin to get more insight into the upcoming road trip and his just-completed Ibiza residency.

REVIEW and PHOTOS: Grimes and Myths @Basilica, Hudson, NY

Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Mon 22 Oct 2012 5:00 pm
Grimes’ dream pop and dark wave blend with scarcely tangible vocals might seem kitschy on paper, but she means it and it is perfect for this cold, autumn weather. Just because it's so listenable doesn’t mean it is bad.

Dixon: There’s a lot more music being released now

Delivered... RA - The Feed | Scene | Mon 22 Oct 2012 4:04 pm
The Berlin resident chats on about why, in the current digital age, it's more important than ever for DJs to dig deep.

DJ Mag announces the Top 100 DJs, Chase & Status start a free school, Moroder joins SoundCloud, digital data back-up tips, and more

Delivered... Ken Taylor | Scene | Mon 22 Oct 2012 4:00 pm
That's right. It's that waiting-with-bated-breath time of the year when DJ Mag announces their much-ballyhooed Top 100 DJs. So read on to see who won (hint: it's not Above & Beyond), plus check out Giorgio Moroder's SoundCloud page and some awesome news from Chase & Status.
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