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Musical Mittens

article-0-11dfe33c000005dc-481_196×321.jpgScientists at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver have invented gloves that sing when you move your hands.

The musical mittens generate a computerised voice that replicates the sound of real vocal chords with every gesture. Yet – because the movements inside our larynxes are much more refined – the noise produced sounds remarkably like the Star Wars villain Darth Vader.

The inventors are confident the system could one day be simplified to help people with speech problems communicate.
But right now, it is enormously complicated and takes about 100 hours to play the extensive range of sounds that it is capable of.

Sidney Fels, who led their development, told New Scientist: ‘It’s very hard, it’s like trying to do your email while talking on the phone.’ Continue reading

Feb 26, 2012
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The Xth Sense Wins Guthman Prize

marco-donnarumma_xth-workshop-2.jpgThe Xth Sense,( Marco Donnarumma), a biophysical, wearable interactive technology for musical performance and responsive milieux has been awarded the first prize at the prestigious Guthman New Musical Instrument Competition as “the world’s most innovative new musical instrument.” The GNMIC is an annual event to find the world’s best new ideas in musicality, design, and engineering. It takes place at Georgia Tech, Atlanta, US.

This critically acclaimed event seeks to provide a fertile platform for the advancement of the studies on New Musical Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME).

The Xth Sense is a new and original, biophysical interactive system based on free, open source tools. The project goal is to investigate exploratory applications of biological sounds, namely muscle sounds, for musical performance and responsive milieux.

Complete information and a blog documenting the research can be viewed on-line. Continue reading

Feb 21, 2012
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Live Stage: Paweł Janicki and EU_tracer [fr Paris]

After presentations in Wrocław, Lviv, and Minsk, two final showings this year of Paweł Janicki’s EU_tracer performance with internet and acoustic instruments will take place in Paris and Brussels. Continue reading

Dec 6, 2011
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Live Stage: Music Hack Day [us Boston, MA]

boston-copy.jpgMusic Hack Day is coming up!:: Microsoft NERD, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA. :: November 5th and 6th, 2011 :: Attendance is free but you need to register to guarantee a spot :: The site:

The goal of Music Hack Day is to explore and build the next generation of music applications. It’s a full weekend of hacking in which participants will conceptualize, create and present their projects. Music + software + hardware + art + the web. Anything goes as long as it’s music related.

What happens at a Music Hack Day? Lots of hacking, lots of pizza, very little sleep. Send your questions to Or, Sponsor the event :: We are looking for sponsors to help with the event. Interested? :: Contact us at

Oct 21, 2011
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Drawdio — by Jay Silver and Mitchel Resnick — lets you draw musical instruments on normal paper with any pencil (cheap circuit thumb-tacked on) and then play them with your finger.

Oct 15, 2011
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Reblogged Urban Audio, Composing with Traffic

Live Stage: Infernal Machines [us NYC]

larshans-300×174.jpgPerformance: Lars Graugaard and Hans Tammen’s Infernal Machines :: October 19, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. :: at AC Institute 547 W. 27th St. #610, New York, New York 10001 :: Admission: $15; $8 Students and Seniors.

“These talking machines are going to ruin the artistic development of music in this country. When I was a boy … in front of every house in the summer evenings you would find young people together singing the songs of the day or the old songs. Today you hear these infernal machines going night and day. We will not have a vocal cord left.” (John Phillip Sousa, testifying before the US Congress 1906). Continue reading

Oct 7, 2011
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Weird tech repurposed as musical instruments

This video created by musician Mikael Mutti. Mutti likes to reverse engineer electronics and game controllers to create instruments and new sounds.

“When I find things like this, I am like a child. When I found that circular keyboard in New York, I immediately started playing it like a pandeiro (Brazilian hand drum) and the guy at the store was like, ‘what the %^(+!'” Continue reading

Sep 25, 2011
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Guthman Musical Instrument Competition

Live Stage: Patterns + Pleasure Festival [nl Amsterdam]

toktek-small.jpgPatterns + Pleasure Festival :: a new festival for adventurous electronic music in Amsterdam :: organized by STEIM ((Studio for electro-instrumental music) :: September 26-28, 2010 :: Theater Frascati, Nes 63 Amsterdam, Netherlands ::

For 42 years STEIM has helped local and international artists build their own dream instruments. The Patterns + Pleasure Festival will feature some of the newest and most adventurous approaches in today’s live electronic music. Every artist brings their own unique rendition of musical styles and genres – from Industrial Drone to Instrumental Hip-Hop and Tuvan singing to Boogie-Woogie-Noise. Continue reading

Sep 5, 2011
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