VoiceJam 1.2

The VoiceJam app for iPad was the centerpiece of my performance at TekServe a few months ago. They recently updated the app. The main new feature is a plug-in architecture and the first available plug-in the C1.

“The version adds In-App purchase of a VoiceTone C1 plug-in for adding the HardTune effects along with a long list of other features, improvements and fixes.” – tc-helicon.com

Download the App: itunes.apple.com/us/app/voicejam

Music Painting

Imagine this is how you sequenced.

“With the composer Matteo Negrin, we decided to make a video for his song ‘Lacrime di Giulietta’, experimenting a new tecnique that we called ‘Music painting’, a sort of music animation, painting notes on a score, telling a story. We wanted to tell a story giving a civic and environmental message, in a soft and kind way. The video took only one take (15 hours long), painting on a 12 metres paper sheet (obtained joining togheter on the back 30 A3 sheets). Then, with a long editing work, the 15 hours bacame the 3:30 minutes of the video, synchronizing each painted note with the played one.” – hodeiprogetti.com

For more info: hodeiprogetti.com/music/lacrime-di-giulietta/

MoMA Music 3.0

A friend of mine asked if I would check out the Looking at Music 3.0 exhibit at MoMA (The Yoshiko and Akio Morita Media Gallery, second floor). As a New Yorker who lived and breathed music in the 80s and 90s I’m definitely going to get my nostalgia on.

“Looking at Music 3.0, the third in a series of exhibitions exploring the influence of music on contemporary art practices, focuses on New York in the 1980s and 1990s. In this dynamic period, imaginative forms of street art spread across the five boroughs, articulating the counter-culture tenor of the times. As the city transitioned from bankruptcy to solvency, graffiti, media, and performance artists took advantage of low rents and collaborated on ad hoc works shown in alternative spaces and underground clubs.” – moma.org

For more info: moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/1147

Short Circuit

If I could go to any upcoming concert the Short Circuit Electronic Music Festival would be it. A vacation to London is out for next month but this is one event very much blog post worthy. This event is all about the iconic Mute. There will be music from Nitzer Ebb, Richie Hawtin (Minus, Berlin) With Visuals By Ali Demirel, Daniel Miller (Dj Set), Komputer, Martin L. Gore (Dj Set), Moby (Dj Set), Recoil, Alison Moyet (Special Guest), Laibach, T.Raumschmiere, Thomas Brinkmann, Erasure And Special Guests, Andy ‘Fletch’ Fletcher (Dj Set) and more. There will also be a Schneiders Beuro installation, “Dirty Electronics” Workshop and Gareth Jones will talk on Producing Mute Artists. May 13-14.

“Short Circuit Electronic Music Festival returns with two days hosted by the influential label Mute. In a celebration of Mute’s unique culture this event will include performances from artists past, present and future plus installations, films, talks and more.” – roundhouse.org.uk

For more info: roundhouse.org.uk/short-circuit

SoundCloud Player Customizations

Did you know there are a few hidden or extra ways to customize a SoundCloud player? First, for a few extra color choices head over to a Get Satisfaction post which shows you some text and numbers to enter into the Embed code: link. If you want to go further check out The SoundCloud Custom Player at GitHub (that’s how the image of the player above was created): link. If you have customized your player let me know I’d like to see it!

“This plugin allows you to create easily customizable, HTML/CSS/JS based audio players. It uses jQuery together with the official SoundCloud Flash widget for the audio streaming and widget JS API for its control.” – github.com

Follow me on SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/thingstocome


Slewpi is similar to MIT’s Singer Fingers but instead of samples it uses an synth engine. You draw with sound. Different colors, thicknesses and locations on the iPhone screen represent different sounds. This is a fun music App for kids and adults alike. There’s no reason you couldn’t find use for this in your music productions.

“Slewpi is a new type of app that lets you create music and synthesized sound and animation by painting on the screen with your fingers. Slewpi is super easy to use, just paint with your fingers and choose different colors and brushes to change the strokes and sounds. Slewpi records what you do and plays it back in a loop. Choose different brushes to change the visual style as well as the sound of your strokes in real-time. The different brushes correspond to different synthesizer waveform and vibrato settings allowing you to create new and diverse audio/visual compositions.” – slewpi.com

For more info: slewpi.com

Nomad Factory Echoes

My favorite effect is a toss up between Analog Tape Echo and Spring Reverb. The new Nomad Factory Echoes plug-in emulates some classic Tape Echo boxes. I have a Boss DM100 (not actual Tape) and often use Fabfilter’s Timeless both which I highly recommend. I love the detuning effects you can achieve as you mess with the delay time.

“ECHOES faithfully models the greatest delay effects of all time, PLX-1 based on* Echoplex® 1, PLX-3 based on Echoplex 3, OILCAN based on Tel-Ray® Oilcan Delay, EHX-DM based on Electro Harmonix® Deluxe Memory Man, and ADM-2 based on Boss® DM-2 Analog Delay.” – nomadfactory.com

For more info: nomadfactory.com/echoes

Post all your music in full on YouTube

Yesterday’s post where I asked the question if your a musician should you fight piracy was very interesting. Most people agreed with my first inclination that you want the most fans no matter what the means. Therefore today I ask: Should musicians post all their music; full length songs on YouTube? Here’s my reasoning. Over time fans are going to post your full songs on YouTube. If you have a music video they will repost that. If you don’t have an official video they will just put the song up with some text or often they will get creative and have a slideshow of photos of you or something similar. Why not beat them to the punch this way you control the video? If you control it you can at least add links to buy your tunes somewhere legal. You can have your own annotated links, images, etc… If the song is a hit you could even make some money with Google AdSense. I’ve attached two examples to this post. The first one for my song One Night in NYC. It has over 800,000 views but I wasn’t the one who uploaded the the video. I certainly wish I did so. Maybe I can claim it somehow without it loosing it’s view count? The second example is for a song I recorded “Soul of Emptiness”. Someone just played the record and displayed the lyrics. I think most fans know the YouTube audio quality is cassette-ish so if they love the song they still seek out a better version to own. What do you think? Upload each song in full to YouTube starting on day one?

“Join the largest worldwide video-sharing community!” – youtube.com

For more info: youtube.com/thingstocomerecords

Muso TNT

Here’s the scenario: You release a new album. On day one pirated/illegal download links rank higher than any other result when people search for your music. Muso TNT is a product which I assume helps you get rid of the offending links. I have some questions. Is this service worth $40 – $130 for the first month or two? It seems the main time you would want this service would be during the initial release period. The company is based in London. Do you think that makes any difference in it’s effectiveness in stopping illegal files in the USA or Russia? Do you think it’s a good idea to stop the illegal trade of your music? After all, illegal file trading of your music increases your fame and gigs no? Has anyone used this service? Are there known competitors to Muso TNT that are worth looking at? I know from my “Horrorist” Google alert everything I’ve released is constantly being shared. Some friends of mine spend quite a lot of time working to remove their music from file trading sites. I’ve never attempted to stop it myself. What do you think?

Muso TNT enables you to track and remove every infringing file for your artist or title across millions of sites daily. Muso TNT is an online interface for rights holders to gear your fans towards legal download sites. We empower you to remove ALL pirated files with absolute speed and complete accuracy. We give you the tools to enforce your rights 24/7 and make legal downloads the easy choice for fans. – muso.com

For more info: muso.com


Here’s a little piece of sunshine in the form of an iPhone App. Launch Barcodas and scan a barcode into it using the iPhone’s camera. It will turn the barcode into a musical sequence. You can change the tempo of your new audio sequence and share it on Facebook. Now I finally have something to do other than filling my cart while shopping in the supermarket.

“The barcodas app scans any ean (8 or 13) or upc (e or a) barcode and turns it into a musical pattern in a user-selectable harmonic scale. Imagine walking into a supermarket filled with thousands of tunes to discover, supermarket symphony! Share the barcodes you love listening to on Facebook, so all your barcodas friends can scan them too.” – nr74.org/barcodas.html

For more info: nr74.org/barcodas.html

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