The AlphaSphere was recently used on the Howard Jones 30th anniversary tour around the UK, played by music producer/artist Robbie Bronnimann. Check out this picture from the Norwich date at Epic Studios.
A couple of months ago I became a technical reviewer for a new software development book about the JUCE software library. I use JUCE for the majority of the software I develop, including the AlphaSphere software, as it’s a great library for developing graphical, MIDI, and/or audio applications with ease. Check out more details about this book here:
I’m currently giving away three e-copies of this book - reblog this post for the chance to win one!
We recently started rolling out a new set of tutorial videos covering how to use every aspect of the AlphaSphere software, AlphaLive. The first video starts off with using MIDI Mode and mapping different notational arrangements around the ‘sphere. Check it out.
A sneak peak of Talvin Singh preparing for Worldtronics in Berlin this month with Soumik Datta and of course AlphaSphere.
For the past couple of weeks genre-defining band Enter Shikari have been using the AlphaSphere on their Autumn 2013 European tour, including the headline slot at the Warped Tour UK show at Alexandra Palace, London. Check out this fan-filmed video of them playing in Bremen, Germany to see what they did with it.
Computer Music Magazine recently did a interview with AlphaSphere inventor Adam Place about why we developed the instrument and how it has a place in the industry. Check out the article online here.
Ok, so it’s not Rolling Stone, but AlphaSphere made it on to the cover of the B&H Store catalogue.
Today we released the first ever set of AlphaSphere tutorial videos. This set of 7 videos shows you how you can setup the AlphaSphere as a multichannel MIDI instrument and then use it with a number of different DAW’s and MIDI sequencing applications. Keep an eye out for more coming very soon…
Back in March I posted about a project that me and my brother did where we recorded a vintage toy piano. Shortly after Ali wrote the article about it on designingsound.org it got picked up by Impact Soundworks to be developed into a commercial sample library. Fast forward to now, and after a lot of hard work by Ali it has finally been developed and released as a Kontakt instrument under the name CURIO: Cinematic Toy Piano. It’s very exciting to see this finally released!
Hacking a violin bow into a MIDI controller.
This week I took part in a project called Hack the Quartet - a 48 hour hack that brought together 20 talented participants to collaborate with the award-winning Sacconi Quartet to make a range of technology-driven explorations of the chamber music world. Over the two-day hack I worked independently on an Augmented Instruments based project called ‘Hyperbow’. I attached two FSRs (force sensitive resistors) to a bow in positions that relate to the most dominant fingers when the bow is held, and then using an Arduino and openFrameworks I created a system that translated the data from the FSRs into MIDI. I showcased the project by routing the MIDI into Ableton Live to control a number of effects that were modifying a live recording of a viola player. This allowed the musician control the sound of their instrument in a new way by simply applying varying degree of pressure to different parts of their bow.