22.12.13

ChucK External Instrument for Ableton Live



Using ChucK as an External Instrument in Ableton Live.

Setup:
  1. Setup a MIDI IAC Driver Bus to receive MIDI messages from Ableton Live in ChucK 
  2. Download and setup the free Soundflower Driver to receive audio from ChucK in Ableton Live 
  3. Setup Audio Output to Soundflower 2ch in miniAudicle Preferences 
  4. Set Soundflower monitoring to none in Soundlowerbed 
  5. Setup External Instrument in Ableton Live, midi to IAC, audio from Soundflower 2ch
  6. Spork synth1.ck and THEN Ableton_External_instrument.ck, like in the video above.

Enjoy. :-)

Update 23/12/2013
For Winzoz users:
- use loopMIDI in place of IAC
- use VB Audio Cable in place of Soundflower
Not tested, please drop a comment if it works. Thank you.

Linux users have jack built in.



20.12.13

Doctor Who Lost Tapes

Derbyshire studied maths and music
at Cambridge before joining the BBC

"A hidden hoard of recordings made by the electronic music pioneer behind the Doctor Who theme has been revealed - including a dance track 20 years ahead of its time."




17.12.13

A Singular Christmas




"A Singular Christmas" was composed and rendered in 2004 by Brian Whitman. It is the automatic statistical distillation of hundreds of Christmas songs; the 16-song answer to the question asked of a bank of computers: "What is Christmas Music, really?"

"So then what is special about Christmas music? Let’s take the nativist view– that there is something in the composition, construction, timbre or production in every popular Christmas song that makes it fit into the genre. Some predefined, baked in, Chomsky grammar style language of melodies and instruments. So play a Christmas song to someone who’s never experienced a Christmas before. What do they feel? Do they rush out and buy spray-on snow? I never got around to doing the study. What I could do is try to distill holiday music down to its barest essentials. My hypothesis was that if we could figure out the dominant components of Christmas music, and train a system looking only at the audio to make more of it from those components, and if that new music passes the Turing test of the general public considering it Christmas music, then yes, we’ve cracked the code — we can have Holiday Forever, a Singular Christmas."

Links:
A Singular Christmas (2004)
The Echo Nest
Music Information Retrieval by Downie
Music Retrieval: A Tutorial and Review by Nicola Orio
Music Information Retrieval (Wikipedia)