Bleep!Box and the user interface

I was using Bleep!Box today and really enjoying it, but having used Bhajis Loops just before I started to think about interface design for sequencing.

Bhajis has a great user interface with a traditional piano roll, but in many ways I don’t think that this works on a multi-touch device for a variety of reasons.

So, what’s the answer? The solution in Bleep!Box is ok but not perfect. I can use the sequencer in Bleep!Box but a piano roll is much better althought it wouldn’t work in Bleep!Box.

So where next? What is the ideal note entry solution for the iPhone and multi-touch devices in general?

If I can think of it I’ll let you know!

Bleepbox at the app store:

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Teenage Engineering: OP-1 News (again)

Another demo from OP-1

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Bhajis in the air …

I was on a plane today and used the few hours to make lots of music. Of course using my old T3 means I can only make Bhajis music for about an hour and a half before it needs a recharge, but even that amount of time is worth spending with Bhajis Loops.

Every time I use Bhajis I realise that it is still my favourite music making software, and I think it is going to be difficult to find something better.

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What is FLYPT?

I read this piece on FLYPT, and it sounds interesting in a way, but in the same way as Zoozbeat, maybe not entirely aimed at more serious mobile musicians, more like casual music makers.

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Arduino synth code released

If you’re into Arduino synths then take a look at the code here released under GPL V3.

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A Pixelh8 date for your diary

A Pixelh8 workshop and talk next year in Feb, and the V&A is a great venue too. Details at Pixelh8’s site.

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Brian is teasing us

Brian Whitman has just posted to his blog, or rather he did yesterday. In the post he includes a permalink to a post on Pushpin, music software for the Gameboy, and in that post it mentions the elusive Capers.

If you’re wondering what on earth I am on about, don’t worry. I’ve been asking Brian Whitman about releasing Capers for a long time now.

Capers was a replacement operating system for the Palm PDA. Some beta applications were released, but never the entire OS.

When Brian released Pushpin I thought that there was a real chance he might finish Capers because of this comment:

On the tray table was my trusty Palm VII, the same one that supported earlier developments as Egg Timer, Hedgehog (and baby Hedgehog), Tractor Pull and the nascent Capers API (more on these later)

Sadly, nothing has happened at all.

I guess the idea of a whole music related OS has appealed to me a lot, but I doubt somehow it will ever see the light of day.

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