I enjoyed the talk last night, it was interesting and explained some of the questions I had about audio modification / circuit bending. I especially enjoyed the presentation / talk by Brian Duffy of Modified Yoy Orchestra fame.
He was very enthusiastic about modification, passionate even, and that’s good to hear. It is worth checking out the Modified Toy Orchestra site which has some good video and audio clips.
I guess for me the thing that kept coming to mind was how this applies to mobile music. Lots of the modified toys are very mobile, but they aren’t really what I’m after. I love the noises, I love the sounds, but it isn’t quite right for me. It is a good place to start. Let’s see where it leads.
I’ve posted on Intermorphic before, but if you didn’t know, Intermorphic is Pete and Tim Cole (colartz), creators of miniMIXA, a powerful mobile music mixer for Windows Mobile / XP, Symbian and Linux.
They are developing a range of multimedia tools to help you come up with new ideas, be they musical, lyrical or visual :
noatikl – replacement for the “legendary” Koan Generative Music system
liptikl – powerful lyric ideas generator for songwriters and poets
optikl – colourful light synthesiser for experimentation
Whilst all of these are aimed at desktop systems, let’s hope they get some time to do something mobile too.
I went along to the audio modification talk last night at kinetica. Very interesting indeed. I shall post some more info when I have time.