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Neural Symphony: Make Music With Sounds of the Brain

28 Nov

I am so excited to finally announce the release of Neural Symphony, a free sample library of neural responses mapped to the piano keyboard. These samples allow composers, producers, and sound designers to create music using the raw audio of millions of neurons firing together in synchrony.  You can listen to demo of the sounds below, or download the sample pack and make your own “neuromusic:”

 

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Mixcraft 7 Teacher’s Guide

11 Mar

Mixcraft 6 Teacher's Guide

MIXCRAFT 7 TEACHER’S GUIDE

An updated version of the Mixcraft Teacher’s Guide is now available. As always, a .pdf-version of the book is free. Updates include new student projects, an overview of the added features in Mixcraft version 7, recommendations on hardware, and fresh screenshots. See below for a description:

Mixcraft 7 Teacher’s Guide is a teaching tool and reference manual aimed at educators who wish to incorporate music composition, music production, and digital audio workstations into an education curriculum. The book contains an overview of a great piece of music software called Mixcraft and includes lesson plans for making remixes, podcasts, film scores, and about a dozen other creative creations. Educators can download the book here along with supplementary materials (i.e., templates for making music and sample projects).

What does a Yamaha CS-40m sound like?

25 Nov

What sounds can you make with a Yamaha CS-40m analog synthesizer? Here is a collection of custom patches that I programmed into my Yamaha CS-40m. The demo includes basses, leads, sound effects, and more. I recorded these patches dry into Ableton Live. No effects processing was done. All parts were played by myself.

What does a Roland Juno-60 sound like?

2 Nov

What sounds can you make with a Roland Juno-60 polyphonic analog synthesizer? Here is a collection of custom patches that I programmed into my Roland Juno-60. The demo includes basses, strings, pads, arpeggios, and more. I recorded these patches dry into Ableton Live, and then used Ableton’s Large Space Chorus reverb preset to add some ambiance. (Ableton’s reverb sounds great on synths.) No other processing was done. All parts were played by myself; no DCB-MIDI conversion was used.

Interlude No. 1 “Waves:” New Synth-Pop Instrumental

6 Oct
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Sequential Circuits 6-Trak.

New synth-pop instrumental; completed demo.

Instruments:

Sequential Circuits 6-Trak
Moog Prodigy
Roland Juno 60
Guitar (Chorus)

Mixcraft 6 Teacher’s Guide

11 Apr

MIXCRAFT 6 TEACHER’S GUIDE

My first book,  a text about making music in the classroom, is now available for free. Mixcraft 6 Teacher’s Guide is a teaching tool and reference manual aimed at educators who wish to incorporate music composition, music production, and digital audio workstations into an education curriculum.  The book contains an overview of a great piece of music software called Mixcraft and includes lesson plans for making remixes, podcasts, film scores, and about a dozen other creative creations. Educators can download the book here along with supplementary materials (such as templates for making music and sample projects).

Ann Curry

2 Jun

I recently graduated Wheaton College in Norton MA and was privileged to have Ann Curry as our commencement speaker.   The speech she  gave was indeed inspiring, but as the press covered extensively the next day, Curry made one small mistake.  Here is her apology on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to Wheaton College and the class of 2010.  Congrats everyone!  I wish you all the best!