Computer Music Goodies

I have a huge backlog with reading my favourite magazine “Computer Music”. Every month I’m looking forward to the next issue, but lately I have been too busy with my work, my family life and my participation in the online Artificial Intelligence course, so the latest 6 volumes were still wrapped in their cellophane packaging, […]

Blade: Rob Papen’s new synth

Rob Papen has built a new synth: Blade. The UI is beautiful, but does it sound good? According to this month’s Computer Music #175 Blade is Papen’s response to Image-Line’s Harmor; additive technology but presented in an easy-to-use way. At the heart of BLADE, ready to twist and transform your musical mind, lies the Harmolator. […]

Harmless 2010 – Image Line’s Christmas Present

Although I also work with other music software, Image Line’s FLStudio is my favourite DAW. Now they’ve almost given away their new synth: Harmless. Harmless is an additive synthesizer doing subtractive synthesis. Or if you prefer, a subtractive synthesizer powered by an additive synthesis engine. Until the end of the year customers can decide for […]

  • The Aesthetics and Beauty of Knowledge

    Shih was the opposite of facts and raw information; shih was the elegance of knowledge, the insight and skill to organize knowledge into meaningful patterns. As an artist chooses colours or light to make her pictures, a master of shih chooses textures of knowledge – various ideas, myths, abstractions, and theories – to create a way of seeing the world. The aesthetics and beauty of knowledge – this was shih.

    – David Zindell, The Broken God, 1993

  • Geek Attitude

    The attitude thing is about flexibility, portability, creativity, sociability and jamming (ran out of suitable “ity” words!). It’s about improvising – in the practical and musical senses of the word; not getting tangled in boundaries and the “right” way to do things.
    Definitely the only way to travel.
    Martin Delaney – “Laptop Music”.