Friday, October 21, 2005

MAKE Magazine Vol 4: DIY Musical Instrument Projects!

MAKE: Magazine V0l 4 is onsale now. It includes 9 "Do it yourself" Musical Instrument projects inluding:
  • Cigar Box Guitar
  • Circuit Bending
  • Air Scratch
  • "The art of Digital Music"
  • Mint tin amp

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

League of Eletronic Musical Urban Robots

I stumbled into the coolest website tonight. You have to check out the LEMUR website. These guys have created robot musical instruments that are controlled by computer. They have combined my passion for making music out of found objects with my formal training in robotics. WOW, if only I had thought of that. This also reminds me of a physical version of Animusic. (the second Animusic DVD is due out at the end of the month.) If nothing else, check out the GuitarBot video.
In fact, you can now create your own robot with the MidiTron Electronic Interface (I'm ordering my first unit).
Another cool resource is Artbots (but it's not really musical)

Monday, October 17, 2005

Play the Virtual Gametone Instruments

Want to spend a few moments being creative online? Check out the Gametone Instruments online. You can also see a collection of their instruments. MonkeyC also has an online instrument collection.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

New Drumming Search Engine

Check out the the new drumming and percussion search engine: They have indexed all of the leading drumming resources on the web to provide a comprehensive and quick search tool.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

RANT: Six Monthes in Jail for Posting Lyrics Online!?

I'll tell ya, I am not the biggest fan of the corporate recording industry, especially when they can't get their heads out of a hole long enough to see the future. Now it seems that they've taking to sentencing a French lyrics website operator to 6 months in jail for posting "copyrighted" lyrics. As a musician, I clearly understand the copyrights owned by both the publisher and the songwriter, but to press the legal rights for this seems insane in my book. I remember the days of sitting down with a piece of paper and 'reverse engineering' a song to learn the chords, notes and lyrics (in the days of 8 track tape players and vinyl, no less). Should we make today generation go through the same pain? (learning the skill of listening and writing, not using 8 track tape - may it rest in piece). It's my belief that there is little harm in posting the "correct" lyrics, if anything it's one more viral marketing opportunity. I would say that the sheet music for a song is different entity, but lyrics? Come on. It's the naughties baby, and the world is evolving around us (well everything but the huge record companies it seems).