Saturday
Mar232019

MOVE 50 - A new CD to celebrate 50 years of Move Records!

Move Records is Australia's leading Classical Music label, and they're 50 years old this year.  3 Cheers for Martin Wright and the whole Move team!  And to celebrate, they've released a CD with 24 composers writing short pieces (most played on piano by the amazing Michael Keiran Harvey) to celebrate.  Here's the front cover:

and here's the rear cover, with the cast list (as they say on cop shows, "the usual suspects").

 My "Postlude" (made with the Arturia realization of the classic Fairlight Computer Music Instrument (CMI)) is track 20 on this CD.  For more information about the CD, and where to get it in physical form or as a download, go to http://www.move.com.au/disc/move-50.

 

Saturday
Mar232019

The Three Latest Reviews in Soundbytes Magazine

And the March 2019 issue of Soundbytes is out now, and I have three reviews in it:

http://soundbytesmag.net/music-for-tablets-synclavier-go-from-synclavier/

This one is a honey - the iOS port of the Synclavier 2.  Pure fm/additive/frame-based synthesis microtonal goodness from the late 70s/early 80s, now on your iPad.  And Synclavier Pocket for your iPhone or iPod!  I've been having a lot of fun with these.

 

http://soundbytesmag.net/review-walker-by-uvi/

 

More utilitarian, this one, but a lot of fun - a complete Foley footstep making sample set from UVI.  My colleague George Papanicolaou and I reviewed this one and were pretty impressed.

 

And from Spitfire Audio, a collection of 5 of compositional sample-set developer Pendle Poucher's Sound Dust sample sets.  These are quite wonderful.  Each of them is a complete compositional environment, all cleverly conceived and all flawlessly realized - they run in Kontakt Full - well worth checking out.  And they're all fairly inexpensive!

 

Tuesday
Jan222019

Four Latest Reviews in Soundbytes Magazine

The new (January 2019) review of Soundbytes Magazine is now out.  In it, I have 4 new reviews:  Here are the URLS:

 http://soundbytesmag.net/music-for-tablets-apematrix-an-app-by-alessandro-petrolati-for-ipad-iphone-ipod-touch/

This is a review of a wonderful new app for patching your apps and effects together in the iOS environment.  It will handle both AudioUnits (AUv3) plugins and InterAppAudio (IAA) plugins.  It's MIDI routing is very good, so you can access all those "hidden" MIDI-controllable parameters on things.

This is a review of Gestrument Pro, an ELEGANT upgrading of Gestrument, which allows so many different kinds of control and tuning possibilities.

A review of a complete environment - two Kontakt programs, Orbit and Eclipse, and a tablet-based (iOS or Android) Lemur controller for them, which enables all sorts of control possibilities not possible with just mice or keyboards.

This is an update of an article I wrote on this website last year.  Now updated and with more information.

Enjoy!

 

 

Wednesday
Dec262018

Seven Pieces for Gestrument Pro - Warren Burt - December 2018

7 Screengrabs from an iPad Pro running Jesper Nordin and Jonatan Liljedahl's marvelous new program Gestrument Pro.  I explore many different microtonal scales, different timbres and different kinds of rhythmic gestures and moods in these pieces.  This is only just scratching the surface with what this wonderful program will produce.  Since getting the program about 10 days ago, I've done little else other than explore its possibilities.  I had a great time making this video and I hope you enjoy yourself watching it.

For this video, by the way, I recommend headphones or good loudspeakers, and watching on YouTube, on full screen.

Wednesday
Dec192018

Peter Fraser and Warren Burt performance at "The Secret Life of Cecil" - farewell performances at Cecil St Studio, Dec 8, 2018

As part of the weekend of performances, "The Secret Life of Cecil," given at Cecil St Studios in Fitzroy, Melbourne, on Dec 8-9, 2018, Peter Fraser and I did a performance, "Sounds of Cecil St" which revealed some of the sonic history of Cecil St dance studio. Originally built in the early 1950s, as a factory for making sporting goods and clothing, it morphed into a dance studio and community arts centre in 1997-98. The performance involved Peter performing on his sewing machine, and me performing sounds of the building recorded and placed on an iPad using Launchpad software. Additionally, we both performed sound-oriented movement activities. The video is by Catherine Schieve. Cecil St Studio is now being sold and redeveloped into inner-city condos. Considering the overheated state of the Fitzroy real estate market, it's probably a miracle it survived as a studio for 21 years. But all good things must come to an end, so for one magical weekend, many of the artists involved with Cecil St gave celebratory performances, ours among them.