Experimental Music Links

I’m usually happening upon all kinds of things while I’m across the Internets for work or play, and I’ll document the more interesting and pertinent ones here on sounding.com.

I keep my own list of interesting Audio Hardware, as well as links to useful Audio Software, a lot of which centers around open source or DIY.

Check out Audio Culture for general experimental audio society.

Get Some is my list of “obtaining” art and sound across the Internet, both pay-sites and places you can get free stuff.

Last but not least, I try to keep a tally of enticing online Music Labels where I’ve enjoyed releases and projects. Most of these are of the “netlabel” type and I’ve put some of my favorites at the top; the remaineder are those I tag with delicious.

Enjoy the links and don’t hesitate to drop me a line to suggest something.

Nodal: Generative MIDI software

There’s a new generative music package out now called Nodal, which uses an object oriented interface that gives composers control over every aspect of MIDI in a string-it-together sort of Max/PD style.

It will work with any MIDI capable synth, software or hardware, which means it works with most anything like Live, GarageBand or Logic as well as your outboard synths. My outboard synths with MIDI are long gone, and I do next to no work with software synths, but it does look interesting.

The whole concept of “generative music” is weird. While I appreciate the removal of the ego in music making to explore new avenues of creation, I haven’t been able to embrace algorithmic composition very easily. And I would spend the time on it, really I would… but doing hardware circuit bending and made instrument improvisation is much more satisfying to me – in the indeterminate sense – than setting up a bunch of programs to do things for me.

Noise.io: The iPhone Synth

The noiseforiphone looks promising as the worlds first official iphone synth, with FM synthesis and gestural parameter adjustment.

The folks over at Noise Addicts have a nice blog entry including video clips and some detailed description of the four-channel FM synthesis model called “Enhanced Subspace Frequency Modulation” (ESFM).

I like that they are purposefully limiting the synth to a monophonic tool instead of a polyphonic mess; it looks like a well thought-out and highly intuitive interface, and for $7 you can’t beat it.

Comes out later in August, should be a fantastic addition to the rig. I used to have an old yamaha pseudo-FM synth, lost it in the move from Chicago to LA. It will be fantastic to have FM-type synthesis at my fingertips again.

Bell Rung for Hiroshima

Yesterday at 4:15PM (Pacific) I took a break from the chaos of networks and enjoyed a ceremonial oneness to honor the victims of Hiroshima in a gesture of world-wide harmony.

hiro1615080508shima starts about a minute before I rang in concert with many others across the globe for the Hiroshimia Peace Memorial Ceremony.

The recording was done in our garden walkway among our tropicals and succulents, you can hear the neighbor’s roof-top AC droning in the background, accompanied by our other neighbor’s dog. I love how the sound of the singing bowl (pictured here!) blends back into the surrounding drone.

Getting into Circuit-Bending?

Sound Art at Anti-Theory.com professes to be where “the art of circuit-bending was launched on the internet,” and it’s actually a nice resource for getting into avant-garde uses of musical toys.

In [how it works] a step-by-step example shows the simple circuit-bending process, and other topics go into things like tools and equipment and advanced things about electronics.