Tag Archives: Electroplankton

Open Source Licenses For Musical Instruments

I, as they say, am not a lawyer. But I’ve formed some definite opinions (and no small amount of confusion) while researching grid sequencers. My fascination with electronic noisemakers has introduced me to the world of microcontrollers. These noisemakers (and all devices built around microcontrollers) blur the line between hardware and software (being a combination […]

Grid Sequencers

The first time I ever saw a Tenori-On was at the Hollywood House Of Blues in the hands of Jonathan Coulton. He used it to play My Monkey. I knew what the crazy Lite-Brite sequencer thing was, because it was designed by Toshio Iwai, the man behind the Nintendo DS “game” Electroplankton. Back in 2008, […]

Oh Em Gee – Dee Ess Ten

I got the Korg DS-10 Synthesizer today. In case you haven’t seen the demos, the DS-10 is a software synthesizer for the Nintendo DS, based (loosely) on the Korg MS-20. Ignoring the cost of the DS itself, it’s a $40 analogue modeling synthesizer. Which is pretty amazing, given that quality software synthesizers can cost hundreds […]

iPhone Music

Brian Eno and Peter Chilvers have a generative music iPhone/iPod Touch app called Bloom. And it is awesome. It’s kind of a minimal Electroplankton without the creatures. Touching the screen plays a note. It’s very intuitive – the higher on the screen, the higher the note. It emulates a tape loop delay, so each note […]

Longer

Music For The Monsters progresses. Really. The aforementioned chip music documentary (extended for another week, in case you didn’t get a chance to see it last week) inspired me to play around with a Game Boy emulator and the LSDJ software (I still need to dig up my physical Game Boy). It’s insanely complicated (or […]