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8-bit console inspired Chiptune Mix

Sometimes music-mixes hits the mood so perfectly. This mix has a nice blend of 8-bit console inspired chipmusic, that come along with sold beats and a relaxed, retro-urban atmosphere. Enjoy the night!

Spectral Eye: On the fly harmonics detection

The lovely app “Spectral Eye” is not only a neat music-visualizer, but makes jamming along with music not only possible, but really fun. The app consists of a “harmonics-ring”, where the frequencies of the current input sound is mapped to notes (from C, C#, D etc. to B). You can at a glance and on the fly see the main base harmonics of the current track playing. If you start playing the main notes, you instantly “got” the music harmonies. And you can see the play of the overtones as well.

Of course, there are apps in the market, that automatically match the harmonics and apply “automatic to MIDI magic” for example. But the human factor like “seeing the notes and start playing” is sort of charming and makes this a recommended music app!

Raspberry Pi as Gaming Platform

I am lately interested in the Raspberry Pi as a gaming platform. And say what? There are a couple of interesting projects doing exactly this. There is for example Cave Story available for the Raspberry! Between other goodies, browse for example the game-tag at the Raspberry-site.

Another cool project seems to be the “RetroPie-Project“. This is a dedicated Raspberry-distribution, that aims at turning the Pi instantly into a retro-gaming console.

Got more interesting project? Feel free to leave a comment!

Korg LittleBits

Hey people. There is new stuff from Korg flying into the shops. Check out the LittleBits.


Korg defines its new market-strategy once again: getting out nice-price gadgets, that dips into new areas of creating sound (think of Kaoss Pad Mini 2, Volca series, DS-10, Monotribe…). This strategy reminds me a bit on the things, that Nintendo does 15 – 25 years ago. Market-innovation from Japan?

Read the whole thing at Create Digital Music.

Mag Max – Arcade (1985)

Another obscure videogame-finding. Mag Max is an arcade game from Japan, made in 1985 by Nichibutsu. It’s basically a shooter-game. The graphic-style is interesting: it has some soft of pseudo 3d and an “over- and underworld”. Also some weapons are some sort of strange.

Hal Lasko – The “Pixel Painter”

This is a nice little feature film about Hal Lasko, a 97-year old man, who discovered digital painting tools as artwork expression helpers. The pictures he makes are somehow optimistic, playful and pixel art in the end.

Glitch Moment/ums – From tech accident to artistic expression

An excellent article about glitch-art and the development of this artistic genre is available at We make money not art. Nice pictures included, so go there!

Dragons Den (C64)

I just found this totally obscure C64 game, called “Dragons Den”. It seems, that this game was available back in the days on cartridge, meaning “plug-and-play”-fun. Also interesting, that the ride-level at full speed seems to be a very early predecessor of a “one-button-game”. If you want, the grandfather of Canabalt.

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DIN is Noise – Experimental Sound Tool

DIN is Noise

Today I discovered this neat experimental soundtool from India, called DIN is Noise, developed by S. Jagannathan. This tool is a little hard to describe at the first glance…

In DIN is Noise you have some sort of “soundboard”, where you can put individual sounds on it and modulate the sounds while the are playing – including movement of the tones in the range of pitch and velocity.

This tool seems to be quite inspired by Indian microtonal music, because you can mess around with micro scales and complex sound transforms and seamless note pitching – things you will not meet that often at “ususal” music software.

Here is some video-tutorial – as you can see, that user interface has also its very own charming style…

Google Street-View Landscape Sketches
Cologne based illustrator and CG-artist Peter Boehme made a handful of landscape-illustrations, that are based upon explorations of Google Street-View. He basically used the Google-tool to find a landscape and then overdraw them. The result are really nice landscape drawings. And the remembrance to go more often on virtual walks with Street View...

MOTORCHESTRA: Mechanical powered jazz-dub

You maybe already head of the MOTORCHESTRA. It’s the latest project from Cologne-based artist Jasper Diekamp. He build an “incredible machine”, that lets you make dub-techno-inspired music, but with real analogue machines. The “core” of the motorchestra is a collection of chains with magnets and other things, that can work as triggers for the real-world.

If you live in Cologne, you want to go to the premier-concert. It will be a ride between circuit-bending, hardwarehacking, livemusic and visuals. The others will enjoy the video about the project.

Vinyl-Records the FabLab-way: Laser Cutter and 3D-Printer

Vinyl still has many, many fans out there. And meanwhile people are trying to make their own vinyls in the DIY / FabLab / Maker-community. The first projects a “vinyl” made with a laser-cutter in maple wood. The sound-quality is how you might expect: not the best. But having such an exclusive item.. why not.

This second project was an earlier attempt to actually produce a vinyl-record on a high quality 3D-printer. The result is visually closer to a known vinyl-record. But also here the soundquality is not the best. But who knows… maybe the community will eveolve on that topic as well. Having exclusively made “audio-printouts” for the turntable is a great thing to have!

Do not Touch – Crowdsourced Mousepointer-Video


Do not touch – A lovely crowdsourced video, that makes the audience partly to the director. The mouse-movements of the visitors are recorded and put into the next iteration of the videoclip. Hell a lots of words here, it much more simple to just enjoy the production, for example by clicking here.

Jillian Aversa – Atlantis Awakening Kickstarter

Jillian Aversa is a game music vocalist singer and you maybe already know her voice from the remarkable Zircon-Album “Identity Sequence“. She now wants to produce an own album – a concept album with little about atlantis, “self-awakening” and such things.

Maybe the music sounds a little cheesy and esoteric at the first listen. I also though so about at Zircons “Identity Sequence”. But from my experience this impression leaves after some listening. It did at least at the Zircon album with I really listened heavily to.

The project got completely funded after just 12 hours – now bonus-programs are offered if the Kickstarter reach higher points, like Orchestra recordings, videoclips or remix-album.

SNESBox: Play Super Nintendo games online!

snesbox contra3


The site SNESBox is all about Super Nintendo games. With a Adobe flash ready-to-play emulator, you can launch any Super Nintendo game and have a play of Super Mario All Stars, Mario Cart, Contra or Zelda just one click away. People can also load up their walkthrough or speed runs. Everyone then can just enjoy the walkthrough of the game. A nice portal who want to play all this cool games again, without messing with the hardware or software emulators.

Videogames at The Simpsons

This video features a “supercut” of all videogames, that were ever played in The Simpsons. Most stuff to laugh at, but also some very interesting ideas in it. A especially like “Uh no, you’re in Texas”, the highly educational game “Word Jammers” and the golf-simulator at the end of the vid… (via)

Seung Mo Park: Portraits from Wire

Korean Artist Seung Mo Park uses wire meshes and simple wires to create huge, realistic looking portraits. They look a little bit like old woodcuts. Portraits are from the series “Maya“. (via)

ASCII Street View

A beautiful view over the river Rhine in Cologne

ASCII Street View is a wonderful mashup-application, featuring Google StreetView, WebGL and a Image to ASCII-renderer. You can go along with Street View and enjoy city-panoramas rendered in ASCII. Beatuiful stuff for digital nerds. A little bit, like landscape-painting 2.0. The project was made by Peter Nitsch. You can read more about it at Teehan and Lax.

Fugu: Procedural Scripting in Lua


By coincidence I found this neat tool called Fugu, that uses Lua to generate 3D-forms. The tools seems very straightforward: After download the small IDE you directly have a short tutorial and hands-on on your screen. After a small research, I figured out, that this project is currently alpha and discontinued. In the end it is open-source and the project-founders would be happy, if there would be someone to take this project further.

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