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Tuesday, July 31, 2007
  Piano + Computer

For some reason I don't usually mix my piano playing with my electronic music. I'm quite happy with this new song, though, so I suppose I'll have to do it more often. It's very frenetic and crazy, but that's kind of my mood these days! I'll be playing this song (among others) at the Forest next tuesday night.
The Amazing Rolo - EarthFireWindWaterHeart

Thanks to the University of Edinburgh Physics Department for the use of their MS-20 for the bass. The banjo part is sampled from Lucius Smith.
Friday, July 27, 2007
  Another sound toy

I'm quite busy these days working on my thesis - I'm making an interactive sound installation based on movement. It's very cool but very stressful! So all of my other projects have taken a bit of a backseat for the moment.

Well, almost all of them. I have found the time to make a new little bit of software for you. In audio-geek-speak it's an FM synth where the modulating frequency is generated using subtractive synthesis. The frequency and harmonicity ratio are controlled by seperate step sequencers. In non-geek-speak it's a fun sound toy that generates rhythms and melodies.

Download (mac osx only for the moment), unzip, and play around:
The Amazing Rolo's Filtractive Synth 2.0
Update 7.29.07 :: I just uploaded a new and improved version, so click the link again if you already tried it.

I'll also be playing a gig at the Forest Cafe on August 7th, with some other sound designers. Details to follow.
Friday, July 06, 2007
  Mariage Blanc

Cory and I recently finished the play we were working on in France. We wrote and performed original music at a 13th century abbey outside of Paris, and it all went quite well. We recorded most of the music, here is the main theme:
The Seznec Brothers - Mariage Blanc
For this song Cory would play guitar and sing, and I would sample and loop his playing and singing to build up all of the layers in real time. It was a bit nerve racking but it worked each time!

In other news, you will notice a new link in the upper left corner of this blog, replacing what was previously my "links" page. Instead I have an online resume (or CV, depending where you're from) that lists many of the projects I have been involved in over the past few years. Please take a look at it and email me any thoughts (or job offers).

Finally, there is some interesting movement afoot on the Wii Loop Machine front, stayed tuned for further updates.
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