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Roli announces BLOCKS and takes a huge step in the world of mobile

What a week it’s been so far. With Arp Odyssei from Korg, PdParty this morning, and now Roli announcing BLOCKS. I knew something big was coming from them, but I had no idea that it was this impressive.

I’ve known Roli for a long time now and even tried one of the early prototypes of their SeaBoard. They’re a lovely bunch of people and I’ve spoken at some of their events in the past. Roli have also support my SoundLab project too, so these guys really do have a passion for music technology, and that shows with BLOCKS.

I have to say that from what I’ve seen so far, BLOCKS looks pretty amazing, and I think that this is just the start of what we can expect from Roli’s BLOCKS. Here’s what they say in about it:

ROLI BLOCKS is a modular music studio that opens up the world of music-making to everyone. Each individual Block offers unique capabilities that let people create music in simple but far-reaching ways. The Blocks connect together to create customisable kits that suit any budget, skill level, and musical style. With a click of magnetic connectors, music-makers can now build their instruments as they go.

Renowned artists including Grimes, Steve Aoki, and RZA are already making music on BLOCKS and creating signature soundpacks for BLOCKS musicians. Grimes — a composer, producer, and global superstar whose sound is redefining pop music — said, “ROLI BLOCKS will democratize music production. It’s so intuitive and versatile. I’m always on the go, and BLOCKS is the most powerful mobile production tool I’ve ever used.”

Three Blocks launch today. The Lightpad Block features a tactile, glowing surface that lets people shape music through presses, glides, and other natural gestures. The Live Block and Loop Block have controls that make it even easier to perform and produce in real time. BLOCKS is powered by NOISE, a free music app for iPhone and iPad that is now available at the App Store. NOISE connects to BLOCKS wirelessly over Bluetooth, becoming the system’s sound engine as well as a standalone app.

Roland Lamb, founder and CEO of ROLI, and inventor of BLOCKS, said, “Many areas of life have been transformed by the digital. Music, though, remains a universal language that everyone understands, but only a few can speak. BLOCKS will change that, and enable people around the world to experience the joy of music-making for the first time.”

The Lightpad Block, Live Block, and Loop Block are exclusively available at ROLI.com, Apple.com, and Apple Stores around the world. With a Lightpad Block retailing at $179 (£169.95) and the Live Block and Loop Block at $79 (£69.95), BLOCKS is extraordinarily affordable as well as powerful.

I think that this is just the start of BLOCKS. I’m looking forward to getting to try the system out very soon hopefully. When I do, I’ll let you know what I find.

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Tomorrow we’re off to Loop, if you’re going to be there, please say Hi!

Ableton’s Loop summit starts on Friday this week and I’ll be there for the whole weekend with Heart n Soul presenting this workshop, and it would be great if you wanted to come along and find out more about what we do at Heart n Soul and, more importantly, how.

If you’re going to be around please say hello as it would be lovely to meet/catch up with as many people as possible.

Hope to see you this weekend.

 

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Pd is now on your iPhone (and iPad) with PdParty

You may have been overwhelmed by the launch yesterday of Korg’s new Arp Odyssei, which you can find details of here, but quietly in the background this little app got launched too.

PdParty is an open-source iOS application for running Pure Data patches on Apple mobile devices using libpd. Directly inspired by Chris McCormick’s PdDroidParty and the original RjDj by Reality Jockey, PdParty takes a step further by supporting OSC (Open Sound Control), MIDI, & MiFi game controller input as well as implementing the native Pd GUI objects for a WYSIWYG patch to mobile device experience.

Various scene types are supported including compatibility modes for PdDroidParty & RjDj and both patches and abstraction libraries can be managed via a built-in web server. Unlike the rise of the single-purpose audio application, PdParty is meant to provide a platform for general purpose digital signal processing via Pure Data patches.

Getting Started

New users, check out the User Guide and download the PdParty Composer Pack which contains the abstractions you need when composing on your computer as well as scene type templates.

See the PdParty webpage: http://danomatika.com/code/pdparty

Who Is This App For?

PdParty is meant as a platform for running patches created in Pure Data, a graphical programming environment for multimedia. Related to Max MSP, Pure Data allows computer musicians and non-programmers to create custom DSP routines by connecting objects with virtual patch cables.

If you don’t intend to create your own PdParty scenes or run scenes provided by others, you may not find this app very useful. Please _do not_ download this app and give it a bad rating because you are unsure of what it’s for or how to use it.

How Can I Support PdParty?

In the spirit of the open-source Pure Data community, PdParty is provided for free on the Apple App Store. If you wish to support its author and or PdParty development, consider having your institution sponsor a PdParty workshop, specific development, or a robotcowboy artist residency.

PdParty is on the app store now and is free:

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