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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby Martin Walker » Thu Mar 24, 2016 8:44 pm

Hi sig-ex!

I've been trying to resist posting this one for over a week, so I'm glad you succumbed rather than me ;)

Anyway, with that admission out of the way, here's Part1 of 'how it works':





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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby Martin Walker » Mon Mar 28, 2016 4:21 pm

This mechanical 'interactive rhythm sequencer' is certainly innovative, although a little more attention to the sounds being triggered would have made the mechanics seem far more impressive ;)

"Rhythm Ring Official Demo (Cornell ECE 476 Final Project)"




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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby Martin Walker » Thu Apr 07, 2016 3:51 pm

Had to post this one - inspired by a bucket full of creativity and some lateral thinking, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you...

...the Drum Buddy, a 4 oscillator, light activated, mechanically rotating drum machine and the invention of renowned New Orleans musician, Quintron:



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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby Martin Walker » Mon Apr 11, 2016 3:11 pm

Just had to post this one ;)

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you... making music with a cactus!




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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby Martin Walker » Tue Apr 12, 2016 12:41 pm

Today's innovative sound is a 'feedback piano':

"a computer-controlled feedback loop which engages the strings as a sort of resonant memory. Any sound made in its vicinity will hang sustained in the air as it is slowly transformed. Its sound is at once familiar and alien"



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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby Martin Walker » Sun Apr 17, 2016 12:40 pm

I have a sneaking suspicion that I may have posted this somewhat bizarre link before, but if so it's nevertheless well worth a repeat performance:

"Austrian media artist Bartholomaus Traubeck making the connection between year rings of a tree trunk and grooves of a record. His record player "plays" slices of wood, with the year rings translated into music."

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http://www.cpr.org/classical/blog/turntable-plays-tree-rings-instead-vinyl-grooves-how-did-he-do

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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby Martin Walker » Wed May 25, 2016 7:48 pm

Since this thread is concerned with innovative sounds and recording methods, what better than 'A Brief History of Recording to ca. 1950'? ;)

www.charm.rhul.ac.uk/history/p20_4_1.html

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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby Martin Walker » Mon Jun 06, 2016 8:33 pm

Now if this isn't innovative I don't know what is! ;)




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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby tea for two » Sun Jun 12, 2016 7:27 pm

http://mogees.co.uk

"Transform anything into a musical instrument"

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Connect Mogees sensor (£109) to any object.
"When stuck to an object, the Mogees sensor captures every vibration you create as you play the object."

Launch iPad App with sound engines to transform hits scratches taps into notes.


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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby Martin Walker » Sun Jun 12, 2016 8:11 pm

Wow - now that looks like fun! 8-)


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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby Martin Walker » Wed Jun 22, 2016 3:29 pm

Now this is most certainly innovative:

"Artificial Sound Effects Have Now Entered the Uncanny Valley"

"Using machine learning, researchers from MIT have developed a system that produces sound effects that are so realistic they even fool human listeners.

The new algorithm, developed by researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, can predict the precise acoustical qualities of a sound, and then simulate it in an extremely realistic way. When analyzing a silent video clip, such as an object being hit by a drumstick, the system can produce a sound for the hit that’s realistic enough to fool human listeners."

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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby Martin Walker » Mon Jun 27, 2016 5:58 pm

"A rusting water tank in the Colorado desert emerges as one of the sonic wonders of the world "

And quite right too - its reverb sounds amazing!! :cool:

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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby Martin Walker » Wed Jul 06, 2016 3:42 pm

Martin Molin of Wintergatan (remember that insane marble machine instrument?) is back with more self-created instrumental whimsy. Behold the Music Box & Modulin:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFfe4ZRQOH8

"The first is a rather complex take on a traditional music box that uses punched paper-tape to control individual notes, and the second is something he calls a Modulin. The Modulin sounds a lot like an electronic theremin but seems to have an interface like a stringed instrument."


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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby zenguitar » Wed Jul 06, 2016 4:01 pm

The Modulin looks like Eurorack modules with a ribbon controller for note CV and some modulation controllers operated by the other hand.

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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby Martin Walker » Wed Jul 06, 2016 9:30 pm

Indeed it does Andy, yet we must allow him his modular indiscretions, since the end result is so good ;)


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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby Martin Walker » Mon Jul 11, 2016 5:06 pm

I can't decide how innovative this release by Korg actually is, but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt:

"Korg adds '80s arcade game sounds to its iOS synth app - The company worked with Bandai Namco to create a virtual chiptune synth."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PLmPEYKOFU



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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby Martin Walker » Fri Jul 15, 2016 1:23 pm

Well this one is certianly innovative, although I'm still debating how musical the results are ;)

Ladies and gentlemen, behold the 'Autonomous Musical Soundscapes from 42 Fans and 7 Lasers':

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" The piece is called “divider” and is a large, wall-mounted set of rails upon which seven red lasers are mounted on one end with seven matching light sensors mounted on the other end. Interrupting the lasers’ paths are forty-two brushless fans. Four Arduino Megas control the unit.

Laser beams shining into light sensors don’t do much of anything on their own, but when spinning fan blades interrupt each laser beam it modulates the solid beams and turns the readings of the sensors on the far end into a changing electrical signal which can be played as sound."

Here's a video of it in action (I won't say 'playing a tune', as that's rather an overstatement ;) )



Whatever, just enjoy! :mrgreen:


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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby Martin Walker » Thu Jul 21, 2016 8:25 pm

Now this is truly innovative, if somewhat academic in nature. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you:

"Acoustic Voxels: Computational Optimization of Modular Acoustic Filters (SIGGRAPH 2016) "

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPeGpjGHk4Y

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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby Martin Walker » Fri Jul 29, 2016 6:11 pm

I know lots of people prefer playing percussion with pads, and although this isn't that innovative, I nevertheless expect it to appeal to various musicians here.

So, ladies and gentlemen...

"Melbourne-based musicians Henry and Jack Madin have launched Hundo Instruments, a range of electronic percussion instruments handmade from Tasmanian oak with a modernist aesthetic."

http://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/hun ... din-270716

Behold the Hundo Basic:

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And see it in action here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_DKOIvdr8I


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