Ray Kurzweil is in the news this week. I think he’s a pretty interesting person. He believes the singularity is coming. If we can survive that long I think it’s a sure bet too. He’s just been hired at Google which seems highly appropriate or frightening depending on how you look at it. On a side note (pun intended) my favorite sample makers UVI are teasing a virtual version based on the Kurzweil K250.
“The technological singularity is the theoretical emergence of greater-than-human superintelligence through technological means. Since the capabilities of such intelligence would be difficult for an unaided human mind to comprehend, the occurrence of a technological singularity is seen as an intellectual event horizon, beyond which events cannot be predicted. Proponents of the singularity typically state that an “intelligence explosion”, where superintelligences design successive generations of increasingly powerful minds, might occur very quickly and might not stop until the agent’s cognitive abilities greatly surpass that of any human.” – Wikipedia
I have a huge box of cassettes I recorded off NYC radio in the 1980s. Hands down some of the most cherished are the Latin Rascals mixes. They took hundreds of tracks and mixed them in such an amazing musical and technical way. I used to play basketball and swim to this stuff everyday after high school. Even though it may not be apparent my own music is heavily influenced by these tracks. Hearing this is just a reminder I have to somehow convert my cassettes to digital ASAP. This stuff is the soundtrack of classic NY.
“As far as trends in DJ Culture go, New York always was light years ahead of anyone else on the planet. This mix changed everything – Latin Rascals – 1984 – I remember hearing it and that was it for me, it’s never been topped actually.” – Frankie Bones
“Albert Cabrera and Tony Moran (collectively known as the Latin Rascals) got their start as movers and shakers on the budding early’80s New York City club scene, hosting an influential continuous-mix show on local danceradio. The duo went on to become the most in-demand editing and remixing teams in the record business. The Latin Rascals also masterminded the Latin freestyle dance scene, including work for TKA , Sa-Fire and The Cover Girls…among others. The Latin Rascals were also artists for two albums released on Polydor records.” – rascaltunes.com
So you want a fully analog hardware synthesizer with a metal touch keyboard that costs a lot less than a Macbeth Nexus? Dubreq has created a new Stylophone call the S2. I have an original and they have been used by some big artists over the years. The new S2 has an 8 waveform LFO, 2 Sub Oscillators, Aux in and for me personally the most exciting addtion: CV in!
“The First British Made Stylophone For 30 Years: The New Dubreq Stylophone S2. Dubreq, the original creators of the Stylophone and Stylophone 350S, are proud to announce the new Stylophone S2. This fantastic new analogue synth, made in the UK, is now available worldwide!” – stylophone2.com
Audiobus was released today. It allows multiple iOS music apps to work together. I have found many music apps to be useful but I usually just record one at a time into Ableton. Audiobus opens things up. I’m still not certain I want to be bouncing in and out of Apps but this functionality is certainly welcome. I’m also glad to see many developers working together on it. $9.99
“A Tasty Pixel in partnership with Audanika today launched Audiobus, a revolutionary new app for iPad and iPhone set to reinvent iOS music making with its ability to connect music apps together, just as cables connect audio equipment. Support for the app is already built into such leading iOS music apps as Rebirth, JamUp, NLog, Sunrizer and more, with over 750 more developers registered to implement Audiobus in their own music apps.” – audiob.us
Anything that has a Forcefield Mode has to be a little cool no? Robert Tubb’s Masters degree project The Wablet has such a mode. Another good iPad app for glitch and drones.
“Scanned Synthesis is a way of generating complex tones by scanning an interactive model of a physical vibrating system. Scanned synthesis provides a good solution to some of the main issues in digital musical instrument design, and is particularly well suited to multi-touch screens.In this implementation, animated, vibrating mass-spring networks with a wide variety of configurations can be displayed. These can be manipulated by touching, dragging and altering the orientation of the tablet. Arbitrary scanning paths can be drawn onto the structure using the fingers.” – Robert Tubb
I think the Analogue Solutions Telemark is a really killer synth. It’s based off an Oberheim SEM them pumped up with some added features. It’s new and has MIDI yet has a vintage sound and has CV too. I own one and use it on most of my songs. There is now a V2.0 Telemark with a Ring Modulator and Sub Oscillator/Divider. Check out the video above to see the additions in action.
“Here’s a first look at the Analogue Solutions Telemark V2.0 synthesizer. The new release features the addition of a SUB OSC / DIVIDER as well as a RING MOD. The inclusion of these two sound sculpting elements have a vast and powerful effect on the overall sound of the TM.” – Rezfilter
Metrono.me has interviewed Anthony T. Rolando of Make Noise. Tony’s eurorack modules are considered to be some of if not the best and most interesting. There is some interesting stuff in the interview including news of a Make Noise Reverb module. Read the full interview here: metrono.me/makenoise.html
“The only thing I am seeking at the moment is a unique reverb algorithm to design a Make Noise reverberation module around. Tom Erbe and I are currently chatting about that one.” – Metrono.me