120 Years Of Electronic Music

120 Years of Electronic Music* is a project that outlines and analyses the history and development of electronic musical instruments from around 1880 onwards.

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The ideas put forward in Ferrucio Busoni’s ‘Sketch of a New Aesthetic of Music’ (1907) inspired a generation of composers to explore micro-tonal and varied intonation and Hermann von Helmholtz’s ‘On the Sensations of Tone’ (1863) provided an understanding of the physics of sound suggesting the possibility of creating an unlimited palette of tones and shapes beyond the restriction of traditional instrumentation. This lead directly to the design of several new instrument; Thadeus Cahill’s Telharmonium (1897) and Jörg Mager’s Sphäraphon (1920s) amongst many other, that explored new forms of interaction freeing the composer and musician from the ‘tyranny’ of the fixed tempered Piano keyboard (which at the beginning of electronic music instrument design was a fairly recent standard). Though this experiment was ultimately doomed due to commercial pressure on instrument designers to provide simulations of existing instruments on a fixed tempered scale for popular music, the concept survived into the 1960s in ‘serious’ experimental music with the era of the Electronic Music Studio; GRM, Milan, WDR, Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center etc. and even Moog (in the original instruments) and Buchla’smodular synthesisers. More recently interest in atonality and non-manual control has re-surfaced with software synthesis and audio computer languages.

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Monkey Machine-Online Drum Machine

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Large Archive Of MIDI Drum Beats: Here

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Breakage: The Intelligent Drum Machine

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Native Instruments Kontakt Scripting Tools

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Excellent Kontakt Tools

Features:

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  • Syntax highlighting of script code.
  • Indent/dedent selected code (you can indent/dedent several rows with one key press).
  • Automatical reindentation of selected code
  • Pressing F5 runs compiles the code (this lets you declare and use user-defined functions and organize variables into families) and puts the code on the clipboard, ready to be pasted into K2.
    The compiler now reports common errors and automatically moves the cursor to the right place to let you fix them. Furthermore the syntax has been extended.
  • Pressing F10 exports the script to syntax highlighted HTML and automatically opens the page in your browser for previewing.
  • Code completion (pressing Ctrl+Space fills in the rest of the current word).
  • Call tips (pressing Ctrl+Shift+Space shows documentation for the function being called).
  • Parenthesis matching. When you write “)” the corresponding “(” is highlighted.
  • Goto line function
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  • Unlimited undo / redo
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  • ‘end …’ lines can optionally be automatically added and there’s support for automatic indentation of pasted code.
  • Navigation panel which lets one quickly jump to any callback or function.
  • Tabbed interface for editing multiple scripts at the same time.
  • new Code folding and improved syntax highlighting. It is off by default since it makes files slower to load, but can be activated in the Settings menu.