Two New Reviews in Soundbytes

I've got two new reviews published in the July issue of  I put a lot of work into these two, as they were both complex sets of resources that intrigued me greatly.

The first was a review of Sugar Bytes effects program Turnado, in its iPad version (there's also a computer version):

The second was for a set of free modules by Antonio Tuzzi, who makes things under the name NYSTHI, which are designed as extensions for the also free VCVRack synthesizer:

Enjoy them both!  The NYSTHI modules project, by the way, is a very rapidly developing one.  My review covers up to version 6.8.  He's now up to 6.10, with even more modules added.  Enjoy!





Intercontinental Skype Improv with tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE, Saturday 16 June 2018

On Saturday morning 16 June, 2018 (Melbourne time) and Friday evening, 15 June 2018 (Pittsburgh time), tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE and I did a short improv on piano and synth (him) and iPad electronics (me) via Skype.  The technology worked flawlessly, and we were able to improvise with each other quite fluidly.  Our piece was about 9:30.   This was part of tENT's 2018 project of doing a performance every day for a year, and a duet for every day in June.  I include here the last 3 minutes of our improv, so you can hear the kind of sonic hijinx we got up to.  We both were very happy with the way things went, so I hope we can do more of these.  The image above was assembled by tENT - it gives an idea of the way things looked from both of our perspectives.  tENT, on the left, with his piano and synth (in the background) and my hands with my Korg nano-Key, iPad (using Thumbjam and Elastic FX) and JBL Bluetooth speaker.  Hope you enjoy the piece as well.  If you can't see the flash  sound player below, then download the excerpt mp3 HERE.




for EB and MF - an excerpt of a performance for electronics, percussion and dancers

This is a short video of an excerpt from "for EB and MF" for electronics, percussion and dancers.  Electronics: Warren Burt; percussion: Carmen Chan Schoenborn; dancers: Brendan O'Connor and Tony Yap.  From a concert on May 7, 2018 at Melba Hall, University of Melbourne.  Video by Catherine Schieve.



Three new reviews in

The latest issue of is now online, and I have three reviews in it.

First up, in the Music for Tablets column, reviews of Elastic FX and Objeq, two new effects units that will enable you to change your sounds in unique and unusual ways.

Then there's a review of UVI's new VERY impressive "Augmented Piano" sound set.

And finally, a review of Ample Sound's gorgeous sounding 12-string guitar sample based instrument.

I hope you enjoy reading these as much as I enjoyed playing with the software to write these reviews!


Memento Memori: A Malaysian Circus on The Garden of Evening Mists at La Mama Courthouse Carlton Monday May 21