Cecilia: An Amazing Front End For CSound-Version 4.2 for OSX & Windows

If you have never user CSound, this software is a great introduction to a huge universe of sounds.

 

Download the Software Here: Cecilia

Cecilia is an audio signal processing environment using Csound as its audio engine. Cecilia lets you create your own GUI (grapher, sliders, toggles, popup menus) using a simple syntax. Cecilia comes with many original builtin modules for sound effects and synthesis. Previously written in tcl/tk, Cecilia was entirely rewritten in Python/wxPython and uses the Csound API for communicating between the interface and the audio engine. Version 4.2 beta is the current release.

 

Electric Independence: Morton Subotnick

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Wiki:

“Morton Subotnick (born April 14, 1933 in Los Angeles, California) is an American composer of electronic music, best known for his Silver Apples of the Moon, the first electronic work commissioned by a record company, Nonesuch. He has taught for many years in the Music School at CalArts.

Subotnick has also worked extensively with interactive electronics and multi-media, co-founding the San Francisco Tape Music Center with Ramon Sender, and often collaborating with his wife Joan La Barbara. His children are animator Steven Subotnick, sound designer Jacob Subotnick and social worker Tamara Winer. His notable students include Ingram MarshallMark Coniglio, and Lois V Vierk.

Silver Apples of the Moon was notable for more than being an answer to a record-biz trivia question. Early electronic music was made using wave generators and tape-manipulated sounds. Subotnick was among the first composers to work with electronic instrument designer Don Buchla. Buchla’s modular voltage-controlled synthesizer, which he called the Electric Music Box and which was constructed partly based on suggestions by Subotnick and Sender, was both more flexible and easier to use, and its sequencing ability was integral to Subotnick’s music.

At a time when electronic music was highly abstract, largely concerned with pitch and timbre, with rhythm an afterthought or of no consequence and patterns largely avoided, Subotnick broke with the academic avant-gardists by including sections with regular rhythms. Its rhythmic energy perhaps has something to do with Silver Apples and 1968’s The Wild Bull (another Nonesuch-commissioned work for tape; they have since been combined on a Wergo CD) being subsequently choreographed by dance companies around the world.

Where previous electronic music had used non-traditional structures, Subotnick’s electronic compositions are structured more like the classical music for acoustic instruments that audiences are familiar with, but with the added benefit of untraditional timbres and pitch manipulations no orchestra could produce. He has, in fact, written for acoustic instruments, and studied with Darius Milhaud and Leon Kirchner at Mills College in Oakland, California.”

U B U W E B – Film & Video: Iannis Xenakis – NEG-ALE (1960)

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NEG-ALE (1960) (8:08)
for piccolo, horn, cello, and percussion
with the film “Vasarely” 

In 1960, Xenakis composed the music NEG-ALE for P. Kassovitz’s “Vasarely”, an abstract film on the artwork of Op-Art master Victor Vasarely, documenting an exhibition of that painter’s work at the Denise Renée Gallery. Xenakis provided music in the form of a piece entitled NEG-ALE for piccolo, horn, cello and percussion, but later withdrew the work from his catalogue.

Guitar Heroes: Legendary Craftsmen From Italy To New York – MET Exhibition

The Museum Site Is Here: MET

 

New York City and nearby New Jersey, Long Island, and Westchester County have been home to a vibrant Italian American population since the late nineteenth century. Within this community, a remarkable tradition of lutherie (stringed-instrument making) has flourished. Italian American craftsmen have produced an enormous variety of musical instruments, from traditional European-style violins, mandolins, and guitars to newer American instruments such as archtop guitars and mandolins and even electric guitars. Since the 1930s, makers from this tradition in the New York region have become especially well known for their extraordinary archtop guitars. This exhibition examines the work of three remarkable craftsmen from this heritage—John D’Angelico, James D’Aquisto, and John Monteleone—their place in the extended context of Italian and Italian American instrument making, and the inspiration of the sights and sounds of New York City.”

 

WWW Ircam: “Images of a Work” Documentary Series

Entering Philippe Manoury‘s studio is understanding the persistence of continual research on the interaction between musicians and computer systems. This film seizes a few instants of conversations between the composer and computer scientists, researchers, and musicians leading up to the premiere of his string quartet where the real and synthesized quartets share musical figures and blur frontiers.
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Golly: An Open Source Application For Exploring Conway’s Game of Life

Find It Here: Golly

Golly’s key features:

  • Supports bounded and unbounded universes, with cells of up to 256 states.
  • Supports multiple algorithms, including Bill Gosper‘s super fast hashlife algorithm.
  • Many different types of CA are included: John von Neumann‘s 29-state CA, Wolfram’s 1D rules, WireWorld, Generations, Langton’s Loops, Paterson’s Worms, etc.
  • The RuleTable and RuleTree algorithms let you plug in new rules.
  • Responsive even while generating or garbage collecting.
  • Reads RLE, macrocell, Life 1.05/1.06, dblife, and MCell files.
  • Can also read common graphic formats: BMP, PNG, GIF, TIFF.
  • Can extract patterns, rules and scripts from zip files.
  • Can download patterns, rules and scripts from online archives.
  • Includes a state-of-the-art pattern collection.
  • Can paste in patterns from the clipboard.
  • Unlimited undo/redo.
  • Configurable keyboard shortcuts.
  • Auto fit option keeps patterns sized to the window.
  • Full screen option (no menu/status/tool/scroll bars).
  • Supports multiple layers, including cloned layers.
  • HTML-based help with an integrated Life Lexicon.
  • Scriptable via Perl or Python.
  • Runs on Windows (2000+), Mac OS X (10.4+) and Linux (with GTK+ 2.x).

 

 

 

Mixxx: Free, Open Source Cross Platform DJ Software For Live Mixes

Mixxx Is Available Here: Mixxx

 

“In less than 48 hours since we went liveMixxx has become the #1 Top Free App in the USA, Germany, and Italy. We’re also one of the top 3 Apps in Brazil, Canada, France, Japan, and the UK.
We’re completely overwhelmed by the response – I don’t think anyone saw this coming. We wanted to be in the Mac App Store to reach more users, and now we’re reaching far more than we ever expected!
I’d like to thank our entire community of DJs, artists, and developers for their dedication and cooperation that have brought Mixxx this far. Without the devotion of many individuals, Mixxx would not be the software it is today.”