PhonoPaper for iOS arrives!

Another unique app from Mr Nightradio who makes the awesome Sunvox, PixiTracker, Virtual ANS and more:

PhonoPaper is:

  • format of graphical representation of the sound (music, human voice, etc.); in other words, it is the 2D audio barcode (by analogy with the QR-code);
  • real-time PhonoPaper-code reader (using the camera);
  • PhonoPaper-code generator (sound to image converter).

Key features:

  • PhonoPaper-code is analogue, so it is not so sensitive to different types of the image distortion (bad camera, dark picture, wrinkled paper, etc.); at least you will hear the “silhouette” of the original sound;
  • PhonoPaper does not require access to the network; its code is self-contained;
  • PhonoPaper-code can be played in real-time with hand-controlled speed and direction;
  • PhonoPaper-code can be drawn by hand (paper version of the Virtual ANS synth);
  • PhonoPaper is free!

Examples of usage:

  • voice messages (or pieces of music) on the billboards, posters, postcards, goods;
  • audio labels for phonorecords;
  • audio examples in some textbooks;
  • art-experiments;
  • learning the basics of the spectral music.

PhonoPaper is based on the Virtual ANS engine – it is a software simulator of the unique Russian synthesizer ANS. So if you want to make more complex PhonoPaper-codes – use the Virtual ANS.

Default PhonoPaper-code length is 10 seconds. But you can make it shorted or longer – playing speed can be changed manually.

Official website with examples and FAQ:

PhonoPaper is free.

Studiolab update has more intrigue

I still haven’t got my head around this app, but the latest update looks quite interesting:

“Restore earlier composition states, up to three days selective undo. Collaborative composing with Facebook friends, using Dropbox. Synch compositions among devices, using Dropbox.”

Quincy Showcase (video)

Quincy Showcase from RoGame Software on Vimeo.

Quincy, modular cellular automata composition tool

Quincy is a most unique music composition tool. Its modular approach to interpretation of cellular automata renders Life worlds in styles ranging from Balinese Gamelan music to that of Stockhausen. Auto-generated on-device, interactive music that sounds authentic and goes far beyond the mere triggering of note events or squeeky sine waves. Compositions in Quincy are visually and musically spellbinding and wonderfully strange. They can be looped, react to touch during play and can be shared via AirDrop, messaging and email.

Quincy’s core engine is a full implementation of Conway’s Game of Life, capable of generating all possible Life variants including HighLife and Seeds. It comes with a Life editor, a large library of patterns, color mixer, features an adjustable grid size, random cell insertion and many display options. Editing tools go beyond pen and pattern stamp and also include options like copy, paste and rotate.

Quincy ships with three sound modules (Chroma, Gregorian and Pentrix) with many more to come. Each module uses its own algorithm to create sound but also defines the key and a base scale to be used as tone material. The Chroma module is geared towards atonal music with several symmetric and chromatic scales. The Gregorian module employs church modes and the Pentrix module offers 27 types of pentatonic scales.

There are two playback modes, audio and MIDI. In audio mode playback is routed through a device’s speakers or headphones. This mode offers 128 instruments and adjustable reverb settings. MIDI over WiFi uses Bonjour for discovery of suitable MIDI destinations to seamlessly integrate Quincy’s output into any DAW like Logic or Ableton.

Quick Features:

  • Universal app (iPhone, iPod, iPad)
  • Document based
  • Adjustable grid size
  • MIDI over WiFi
  • Full general MIDI instrument library and adjustable reverb
  • Performance view (iPad)
  • Large pattern library
  • File transfer via Email, Message or AirDrop
  • Extensive online documentation
  • Academic discounts are available

Quincy is very powerful and a joy to work with. Create infinite variations on a theme by combining playback loops with random inserts or use performance mode with one-tap document switching and the ability to draw into playing compositions without disturbing the original. Quincy renders stunning visuals, produces the craziest looking metronomes, very atmospheric soundscapes and strange rhythmic patterns that have many uses in music production.

The app is priced at $5.99

Argon Synth 1.3.0 and the Akai SynthStation25 (video)

The excellent app Argon Synth has been updated but it no longer works with the Akai SS25. WT…?! No problem. Just use Midibridge. Here I’m running it on a iPod Touch 4th gen using midibridge and the little midi machine sequencer apps. Cheers!

A big thank you to Stereofect for posting a link to this video on my post.

Great to meet Daniel from Codella Guitars

Of course I know him from his time with Sonoma Wire Works, and he was on their stand at Musikmesse.

And here he is with a Codella guitar. Watch out for these, they’re going to be great!

Printoo: Paper-Thin, Flexible Arduino™-Compatible modules!

More temptation from Kickstarter for any arduino / DIY types.

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