Monday, December 28, 2009

Alsa Modular Synthesizer 2.0.1 released

ams 2.0.1 has just been released.

Its a realtime modular software synthesizer for Linux.

tar.gzip and tar.bzip2 are available at
https://sourceforge.net/projects/alsamodular/files/

the NEWS:
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ams-2.0.1 (2009-12-26)

Fixed Bugs
o Compile error for Qt 4.2 fixed
o Highlight MIDI controller in Control Center,
if MIDI event has been received.
o Fix crash unbinding multiple controllables connected to the
same midi controller.
o Initialized variable in env-module.
Fixes env-module mute bug discribed by lee(mrleelee).

General Changes
o MIDI channel numbering changed from 0..15 to 1..16.



ams-2.0.0 (2009-06-12)

New Features
o Redesign of 3D look
o Application icon
o German translation
o Keyboard shortcuts for menu and dialog items
o Menu item for recently opened files
o French translation (by Fank Kober)
o New --name command line option to specify the ALSASEQ/JACK
clientname
o Legato in monophonic mode using the "--poly 1" command line
option (by Atte Andre Jensen)

General Changes
o Port form Qt 3 to Qt 4.x library.
o A newly written autoconf/automake environment now provides the
usual "./configure && make && make install" comfort.
o Command line options are reworked.
- JACK now is the default interface, if the connection fails ams
connects to ALSA. This behavior can be modified using the -J and
-A options.
- The initial patch file to be loaded no longer needs the -l
option.
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Hoerbar Ausklangfestival 28./29.dec 2009

*Jahresausklangfestival 2009*

Die Hörbar befindet sich Brigittenstr. 5 in Hamburg St.Pauli in den Räumen des B-Movie.

*Montag, 28. Dezember 2009, ab 20:00 Uhr*

MoHa!
Rainer Deutschmann und seine Freunde
Bohrmaschine Privat

*Dienstag, 29. Dezember 2009, ab 20:00 Uhr*

Paul Schütze + Simon Hopkins
Wolfgang Müller
Thorsten Soltau

Zusätzlich werden an beiden Tagen DJs im Keller auflegen und
Labelbetreiber ihre Waren anbieten.

Zu den einzelnen Konzerten:

*Montag, 28. Dezember 2009*

*MOHA! *(Norwegen)

sind Morten J. Olsen (Drums & Supercollider3) und Anders Hana (Gitarre & Keyboards)

MoHa! spielen eine etwas lautere Musik, die an zerhackten Bebop
erinnert. Manche sagen, es sei Geräusch-Splatter, andere bezeichnen es
sind schnatternde, zuckende Sounds, die ihre Formen verändern; intensive Kompositionen, wild und scharf in den Raum geschmettert.

www.n-collective.com/moha

www.myspace.com/themoha

www.runegrammofon.com


*BOHRMASCHINE PRIVAT *(Hamburg)

Wolfram Meier, elektromechanische Skulpturen (Bohrmaschinen) in
digital-elektronischer Klangbearbeitung, eine Neo-Fluxus Performance.

*RAINER DEUTSCHMANN UND SEINE FREUNDE *(Hamburg)

Rainer Deutschmann... Den gibt es doch gar nicht? Doch, es gibt ihn!
Tief in Dir schlummert er und wartet auf Kontakt mit etwas was Dir fremd ist und überwältigt Dich mit seinen Vorurteilen.

Seine Freunde:

*M. Stabenow *

(Audible Pain / VoiceNoise / www.ReduktiveMusiken.de
/ www.hoerbar-ev.de
)

*Volker Havlik *

(Renoised www.virb.com/renoised / Willi
W. / VoiceNoise / Konform / Fluxtrat / www.hoerbar-ev.de
)

Noise als Therapie:

-> Noise löscht die Erinnerung an eingefahrene Denkprozesse und macht
die Synapsen frei für neue Verbindungen.

-> Wir wollen Dir damit helfen die Angst vor allem Fremden aus Deinem
Kopf zu entsorgen.

Also lass Dir helfen: Komm zur Therapie!

Die Musik:

Raner Deutschmann macht interaktive Musik: Es existiert kein Thema, über das improvisiert wird, sondern die Musik entsteht augenblicklich – ein Dialog der Geräusche. Die Musiker formen klangliche Angebote, die sie einander machen, zu einem musikalisch homogenen Ereignis.



*Dienstag, 29. Dezember 2009*

*Wolfgang Müller *(Berlin)

Seit 1980 treibt sich Wolfgang Müller in der Kunst- und Musikszene herum und hat als Mitbegründer der Band „Die Tödliche Doris“ für viel Aufsehen gesorgt. Und es ging hier nicht nur um die reine Musik: Die LPs „Unser Debüt“ und „Sechs“ ergaben gemeinsam, gleichzeitig abgespielt, „Die Unsichtbare Neunte LP“. Sie ergänzen sich nicht nur musikalisch, sondern die Titel bekommen auch inhaltlich einen neuen Sinn.

Er ist einer der wichtigsten Begründer der Genialen Dilletanten und
Herausgeber des Buches „Geniale Dilletanten“, das Texte von Blixa
Bargeld, Alexander von Borsig, Dagmar Dimitroff, MaLe, Nikolaus
Utermöhlen u.a. enthält.

Zeitweise lebt der Berliner in Reykjavík und hat dort Kontakt mit den
Elfen. Er hat "bewiesen", dass es auf Island eben doch eine Eisenbahn gibt.

2008 nimmt Wolfgang Müller das Hörwerk „Séance Vocibus Avium “ auf. Hier macht er die Laute elf ausgestorbener Vogelarten wieder hörbar. Er nimmt die historischen Beschreibungen der Vogelstimmen und versucht sie
hiernach zu rekonstruieren. Umgesetzt werden die Ergebnisse von Justus
Köhncke, Annette Humpe, Frederik Schikowski, Frieder Butzmann, Hartmut
Andryczuk, Max Müller, Nicholas Bussmann, Wolfgang Müller, Françoise
Cactus, Brezel Göring, Khan, Namosh und Kristbjörg Kjeld.

Für „Sance Vocibus Avium“ erhält Wolfgang Müller 2009 den
Karl-Sczuka-Preis.

Hier alle seine Veröffentlichungen als Musiker und Autor und seine
Ausstellungen zu erwähnen würde den Rahmen sprengen. Da sei dem
Interessierten seine Website empfohlen, wo alles gelistet ist.

Links:

http://www.wolfgangmueller.net/

Das aktuelles Schaffen ist auf Myspace zu hören:

http://www.myspace.com/wolfgangmueller


Weitere Links:

http://www.die-toedliche-doris.de

http://www.myspace.com/dietoedlichedoris

* *

*Paul Schütze und Simon Hopkins* (Großbritannien)

Seit 25 Jahren ist Paul Schütze als Komponist tätig und hat sich in den
vergangenen Jahrzehnten ebenso einen Ruf Installations- wie als
Videokünstler und Fotograf erarbeitet.

Schütze hat mehr als 30 Alben veröffentlicht, war Gründungsmitglied der
Industrial-Legende „Laughing Hands“ und hat damit Musikgeschichte
geschrieben.

Seine musikalischen Stilrichtungen verändern sich immer wieder aufs
Neue: Ambient, Free- und Electronic-Jazz, Soundtracks.

In den letzten Jahren hat sich Paul Schütze auf die Arbeit an Sound- und Videoinstallationen konzentriert. Ausstellungen in London (Teilnahme an der legendäre „Sonic-Boom-Ausstellung“ 1999 zusammen u.a. mit Brian Eno), Riesenprojektionen im Gasometer Oberhausen 2001 und weitere Aktivitäten in Madrid und aktuell Paris.

Die Zusammenarbeit mit dem Gitarristen Simon Hopkins, ehemaliger
A&R-Manager von Virgin Records, begann vor 12 Jahren. Seitdem spielen
die beiden Künstler hauptsächlich bei Live-Auftritten zusammen.

Vor kurzem ist der gesamte Backkatalog von Paul schütze über iTunes
wieder erhältlich.

Ein freier Onlinerelease von beiden Künstlern:

http://www.paulschutze.com/uploads/4/5/8/9/458975/01_plasma_falls.mp3

Homepage Paul Schütze:

http://www.paulschutze.com/

Weitergehende Infos über Paul Schütze:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Sch%C3%BCtze


*Thorsten Soltau *(Bremen)

Thorsten Soltau präsentiert live neues und teilweise unveröffentlichtes
Material aus der Musique-Concrète -Periode seines bürgerlichen
Klangimprints. Thorsten Soltau steht für Plunderphonics in Kombination
mit digitalen Treatments, präparierten Instrumentalspuren sowie den
Einsatz von zweckentfremdeten Schallplatten (Endlosrillen, blanke
Vinylseiten).

Unter gleichem Namen als Produzent für musikalische Projekte wie
JuliJuni, TITO und Stefan Roigk tätig, wird unter klangakustischen
Aspekten der Ansatz einer verfärbten Musique Concrète auf das zugrunde
liegende Quellmaterial projiziert – und das fremde Material somit zu
einem Hybriden aus produziertem Projekt und Thorsten Soltau selbst.

Für den besonderen Anlass spielt Thorsten Soltau an diesem Abend in
völliger Dunkelheit. Präsentiert wird unter anderem ein
unveröffentlichter Auszug aus der aktuellen Zusammenarbeit mit dem
Berliner Künstler Stefan Roigk.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

PDforLogic

Still not decided for one platform, with Elektronengehirn I tend to use Ardour on Linux but for Notstandskomitee I still use Logic on Mac. With Jack its easy to route audio from Apple Logic to Pure Data and back. So you can create your own plugins : http://jackosx.com
After you started the Jack server with Jackpilot, you need to select it as audiodevice in Logic to get the routing possibilities. When you activated the autoconnect with physical ports in Jackpilot, a predefined multichannel routing in Logic behaves like before without making changes. Now you can use the in and outputs of Logic to connect to PD, also done in Jackpilot, or use the Jackplugin to insert PD in a channel.
Its also possible to route Midi between applications on OSX. So it has a similar flexibility as Linux which enjoys the blessings of Jack a bit longer.
Pure Data is recommended in the extenden edition which has the Jackpossibilities: http://puredata.info/downloads

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

media lab in Hamburg?

Thinking about setting up a media lab in Hamburg, a hackspace for artistic research. Its badly missed, a lot of people would enjoy but I have no clue how to financiate a permanent space. Founding was impossible already in the last years and its getting worse as Hamburg is out of money which they gave to the banks. It would be my third attempt to create a open media lab here.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

bugfixing time!

remember that I wrote about the bug in deStatik? Fortunally I could fix it a while ago. I guess I have the line from the examples of OpenCV where the mainloop is stopped when no frame can captured from the camera. In deStatik the image processing is done in a separate thread and that break statement lead to a simple stop of that routine while the rest of the program continue to run but didn't get any motiondata. It makes sense in examples and debugging sessions but its not good to have break statements in application which have to run 24/7!

But I wonder why it didn't happend in the first place in Graz. It had a month time to show up on two computers.

Anyway, tonight I fixed a small but annyoing bug in Minicomputer, not showing the patch and multinames correctly. So far its in the svn repository only.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

at last: realtime shadows on Intel chipset under Linux

With new Xorg Intel drivers and new Mesa I got finally realtime shadows running in OpenSceneGraph on my laptop with GMA965 chip. That makes the difference and change my plans for my upcomming live visualisation for Notstandskomitee performances. Finally my switch to Archlinux has a significant benefit.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The night of the Berlin Wall

I remember when the wall in Berlin came down, for a short while it was not clear whether Germany will be reunited or a new country was born. In the east they created an interims government and it could have been sort of best of both worlds, I watched it carefully and even considered moving there.

But soon it became clear that Kohl wanted to write history as the man who caused the reunited Germany so they pushed it without really thinking about the consequences.

The celebration night in Berlin I perceived with some horror, it was odd with the reoccuring patriotism. I think it was videoartist Björn Melhus who did once a videowork with these pictures, mirroring my feelings of it. With the samples from that broadcast I did at least 2 songs as Notstandskomitee.

Monday, November 9, 2009

deStatic installation acting up

Damn, deStatic installation is acting up. It currently runs allnight at Einstellungsraum Hamburg in the shopwindow but it seems to freeze sometimes. Actually the software is still running but the interaction is gone, i guess it loses contact to the USB cam. Perhaps the electricity is a bit shaky there, causing the USB ports to be underpowerd? Tomorrow I insert an active USB hub, maybe that will do the trick. In Graz it runs on two computers in two different locations, one which is used here in Hamburg too, for weeks without problems.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Ikea and Hamburg

Ikea gets not much love by the local Hamburg art scene because a new big store by them means the loss of several ateliers and artspaces in Altona.

http://www.kein-ikea-in-altona.de

Meanwhile the city of Hamburg celebrates Ikea in a museum, what a coincidence, not.


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

exhibition 5.-27.november 2009 Hamburg

next exhibition with interactive electronic art by Malte Steiner is in Einstellungsraum Hamburg from 5.-27. November 2009, read on for the german invitation:

Vernissage: 05. November 2009 19h

Dauer der Ausstellung:

05. bis 27. November 2009

Geöffnet donnerstags und freitags jeweils 17 - 20h

und nach Vereinbarung

Sie und Ihre FreundInnen sind herzlich eingeladen

Diese Ausstellung ist die neunte im Jahresprojekt shared space 2009 des EINSTELLUNGSRAUM e.V.

Mit der Ausstellung Verkehrsfluss präsentiert Malte Steiner seine neuste elektronische Installation. Zum ersten mal wird im EINSTELLUNGSRAUM mit 'Augmented Reality' gearbeitet, der reale Raum wird um digitale Informationen erweitert. Mit optischen Markern, die vom Computer erfasst werden, können die Austellungsbesucher mit einem simulierten Verkehrsgeschehen interagieren, welches projiziert ein animiertes Kunstwerk ergibt. Das Jahresthema ist share spaces und hier können im Virtuellen die Konsequenzen stadtplanerischen Handelns erprobt werden.

Malte Steiner arbeitet als Medienkünstler ausschließlich mit Open Source Software. Zur Realisation musste er eine komplett eigene Computerapplikation entwickeln, welche nur durch die Verwendung von quelloffener Programmierbibliotheken möglich wurde.

Malte Steiner, 2009

EINSTELLUNGSRAUM e.V.

FÜR KUNST IM STRASSENVERKEHR

Wandsbeker Chaussee 11

22089 Hamburg

www.einstellungsraum.de

Tel./Fax: 040 - 251 41 68

U1 Wartenau

Bus 25, 35, 36

Gefördert vom Kulturausschuss des Bezirksamtes Hamburg-Wandsbek und der Behörde für Kultur, Sport und Medien der Freien und Hansestadt Hamburg

Sunday, November 1, 2009

tracks released on online compilation

Elektronengehirn and Akustikkoppler just released new tracks on the free online compilation placas on amencoma

http://amencoma.wordpress.com/2009/10/29/amn010-placas

Its under creative commons.

Monday, October 26, 2009

csound blog

a blog about csound can be found on the noisepages at:

http://csound.noisepages.com/

Geocities closing down

Geocities is closed down today by its owner Yahoo. I don't know if it is something that we will miss but certainly a piece of internet history is taken away. Archive.org tried to preseve as much as they could but Yahoo was very uncollaborative.

Anyway, here is a beautiful collection of 'under construction' signs taken from geocities pages, those were the times: http://www.textfiles.com/underconstruction/

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Märchengrottenbahn and the last night in Graz

On todays sunday (just passed) we made it at least to the Märchengrottenbahn in Graz, another surreal attraction. Unfortunately didnt saw the Weltmaschine which we plan to do when we are in Austria next time, hopefully I get invited again. Soon we have to fly back to Hamburg, just checked our flights...

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Weltmaschine by Franz Gsellmann


(picture by Roman Klementschitz taken from Wikipedia)

Just learned about the Weltmaschine which is nearby Graz. A farmer visited the Atomium in Brussels and was so impressed that he started to create a machine like, functional artpiece till his death 1981. He never received the attention he deserved.

http://www.weltmaschine.at

Thursday, October 15, 2009

video installation deStatik at exhibition opening 9. Oktober Esc Graz, Austria

This video shows my installation indoor at the exhibition opening 9. October at Esc Im Labor Graz during the Steirischer Herbst 2009. It is also shown outside in a shopwindow of an empty shop at Annenstrasse in Graz, see the other video. I programmed the installation during my artist in residency at Esc. See PSP of Das Kombinat and artist Peter Brandlmayr interacting with it.

installation deStatik at exhibition opening 9. Oktober Esc Graz, Austria from Malte Steiner on Vimeo.

youtube video of deStatik in the public

Here is a crappy video I made with my photocam from my installation at Steirischer Herbst 2009 in Graz, which you can see at Annenstr.8 till 19.October 2009:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wg_SdrN14m8

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

notes from Graz

My installation deStatik runs now in a shopwindow Annenstr. Nr. 8, corner St.Georgen Gasse Graz, too, during the dark hours till 18.October. Lot of documentation waits for being released online and I hope I get it done soon.

Yesterday the PD~Graz Verein had their annual meeting at ESC and eventually I became member.
Tomorrow we will visit IEM.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

deStatik in Graz

yesterday was the opening at ESC Graz with my new installation, which runs fine now. Today I have to mount it in the public at an empty shop at corner Annenstrasse/Marschallgasse. It will be rear projected against the shopwindow and bypassers will trigger the interaction. But first I have to get the second computer running. OpenSceneGraph shadows seems to work, at least the shadowing technique I use, and fortunally I use power 2 textures because the ATI seems to reject other textures. Now I have only some problems with the PS3 cam and OpenCV...

Monday, October 5, 2009

Radio Helsinki Graz

Since 24. september I am working at ESC in Graz, Austria, programming a new installation which going to be shown from 9. October till the end of the artfestival Steirischer Herbst.
The installation is going to be projected outside and today I used the nice weather to do some location scouting but so far didn't found the right spot.
Anyway, tomorrow I am going to be at a early show at local station Radio Helsinki from 10:00 am till 12:00 am.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Mellotron about to return too

Even the old mechanical sample player which works with one tape per key is about to return. Hopefully they are more reliable when the original ones. Streetprice about 8000$:

http://www.gearjunkies.com/news/4252

Monday, September 14, 2009

Vulkanisierung by Notstandskomitee

A new track I produced recently. I used the unique commenting feature of soundcloud to describe the sounds which might be of interest for synthesizer enthusiasts.


Vulkanisierung  by  Notstandskomitee

Friday, August 28, 2009

Waldorf Wave gets updated OS

Long after its sold out, the Waldorf Wave synthesizer gets an updated OS. Its 75.- euro but I guess worth it. I wish I had a Wave...

http://www.unofficial.waldorf-wave.de/

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

BeatThang hardware running embedded Linux

I like sampling drumboxes so I follow the story of the upcomming hardware drumbox Beat Thang. Today I learned that it runs an embedded Linux inside which is pretty cool, hopefully it could be hacked and extended.

Manufacturer Beat Kangz had some trouble violating the GPL recently by distributing LADSPA Plugins with their software plugin without giving credit and sharing that source but hopefully its sorted out. Companies seems to have difficulties to understand open source licenses and how to do a proper business with it, the Kangz are not the first.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Ghosttown Hamburg

Hamburg has a long tradition of closing down music clubs but now its 3 in a row. Its Astrastube, Waagenbau and Fundbureau that are about to close shorttermed. All three are in one area and rented from the Deutsche Bahn railway company who are now about to renovate the bridge Sternbrücke which is running over that area. Its a sad loss for the shrinking music scene in Hamburg. I performed several times in Astrastube and Fundbureau.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

return of the dinosaurs

While some scientists plan to clon at least Mammuts, it seems that some early digital music synthesizers makes a comeback too.

On one hand its the Canadian Acxel resynthesizer, reborn as a soundcard. It analyses and mangles samples through additive synthesis with FFT and the first version from 1991 got a special device called Grapher with touch sensitve LEDs making it easy to draw filters and envelopes with your finger.



They promise a remake of the Grapher for 2010.
Even the website looks vintage.

http://www.idarca-audio.com

And then there is the Fairlight CMI sampling computer. You might have heard it at Yello, Trevor Horns projects Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Art Of Noise, Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, Coil, Graeme Revell/SPK.

While the company was around all the time, they were specialzed in high end studio recording systems for audio and video, a logical step from sampling. They claim now to simulate that certain sound through the hardware emulation with FPGA ICs. We are not talking about software emulating hardware like virtual analogue synths, its about hardware emulating hardware with reconfigurable chips. The price tag is vintage too, that system seems to cost 17.000$. I wonder what they will do with their typical lightpen because these devices only work on CRT monitors, not LCDs.

http://www.fairlightinstruments.com.au

The big question is if these systems nowadays have their place and market. While everyone seems to use software synthesis, dedicated hardware instruments still seems to cut better through a mix and provide a more lively sound. While there is a point in using real analogue synths today, what have these digital systems to offer?
I must admit that I find the early period of digital synthesizers in the 70s-80s most interesting, offering several new aproaches. This period inspired me often on my own software projects like 'Microcomputer' and 'Minicomputer'.

8bit sampler DIY style

Found an interesting project: 8bit sampler DIY style

http://narrat1ve.com/

Friday, August 7, 2009

control your Mackie C4 via OSC on Linux

I released a new open source software:
http://vimeo.com/5989498









contrOSC is a middleware to bridge hardware DAW midicontrollers to OSC (Open Sound Control) enabled software like PD, CSound or SuperCollider, so you can easily create patches which communicates with the devices. The first implemented one is the C4 by MACKIE. Get it at


Demopatches for CSound and PD are included

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Minicomputer doesn't like Midiclock

My softwaresynthesizer Minicomputer can freak out when you sent Midi Clock or other bigger amount of mididata to it, resulting in XRuns. I have to rethink the priority of the midi thread, it seems to high, cutting the audio task.

I learned it in a session yesterday when I connected a MPC 1000 to it to sequence the synth and accidently sent out Midi Clock sync

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

pd hacklab 2.August Hamburg

I conduct a Pure Data hacklab at Unlimited Liability (Norderstr. 71 ug) on 2. August 14:00 till open end in Hamburg, Germany. Less of a fullsized workshop, its more an event for introducing pd, exploring the possibilities, exchanging and discussing patches and ideas.

pd lab#1 is free and all operating systems are allowed. Bring some refreshments because its an unfunded venture so there is only limited support.

Its essential that you bring your own laptop and save your place via email to

pdlab AT block4 DOT com

Optionally bring more like :

- Midi- and other inputdevices
- Soundcards, cable, headphones, speakers, mixers
- Arduino, DIY electronics
- Webcams

About Unlimited Liability:

An extension of the target: autonopop exhibition/workshop/concert/debate series, "unlimited liability" is a store which sells artists multiples for 30 euros and less—stickers, DVDs, CDs, posters, zines, t-shirts, buttons, food, services, and works whose form is to be determined in the course of exchange with the purchaser.
The only media excluded are painting and drawing.
What makes the project different from multiples-shops and "affordable art" fairs is that it attempts to take the democratization-of-art project into as-yet untested waters. The DIY approach of alternative production/distribution is protected by a firewall against cooptation.

This is done by a legal contract which stipulates that no purchaser may have more than 50,000 euros in assets, subject to penalty in case of false disclosure. The art-gallery world partition of audiences—those who merely "appropriate symbolically" on the one side, "real buyers" on the other—is thereby inverted. Those able to buy at "unlimited liability" belong to social groups excluded (due to their insufficient ressouces) from buying on the art market.

This state of affairs is "shown" as much as the works on sale.
"unlimited liability"
art production
instead of art-commodities.

http://block4.com/index.php?id=106

http://www.targetautonopop.org

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Hamburg and creativity

This German TAZ article sums up well how Hamburg uses artists for gentrification and passes that as art support:

http://www.taz.de/nc/regional/nord/hamburg/artikel/1/kreative-fuer-den-standort

Hamburg just dont get it what creativity really means and what an active art funding could bring for the city. For instance there is no idea what media art is, it isn't teached at the artschools here. Creative city means for them cheap interns for TV.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Mackie C4 to OSC and back

I started the new open source project contrOSC for Linux, which enables the DAW controllers Mackie C4 and Universal Control to communicate with other applications via OSC protocol. This bridge software works bidirectional so the state can be shown on the hardware displays.




The Mackie C4, featureing 32 knobs with LED rings and 4 displays, is at the moment with 400.- euros rather cheap. Unfortunally not much software supports it so I decided to create contrOSC which will make it easy to integrate it for instance in Pure Date or Csound patches via OSC commands which are going to be well documented.
Not so well is the developer documentation for that device, nothing is available appart from Apple Logic docs about the Universal Control but it was easy to midisniff the communication. Expect a release soon...

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Augmented Reality with ARToolkit

Tonight I experimented a bit with the Augmented Reality library ARToolkit. Goal is to get a good marker based tracking of objects for multitouch applications. Can't really decide between Reactivision (of Reactable fame), openCV or ARToolkit.

When you start it on Linux you might got a error saying that the palette is wrong. ARToolkit expects per default a RGB image from your camera but more often they return a YUV format.

Solution was to export the following environment variable:

export ARTOOLKIT_CONFIG=-palette=YUV420P

Custom markers can be created with the help of this site:
http://roarmot.co.nz/ar/

CityGenerator multitouch installation

http://vimeo.com/5562920



Interactive multitouch installation I developed in 2009 and showed from 12. till 21. June 2009 in Hamburg at Linda on the exhibition SUB/OB I done with my group Urban Units. Several participants can make architectural picture rearranging themselves by touching them. The gestures are processed with the help of the openCV library.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Hamburg gets a policemuseum

While last weekend a massive police commando in Hamburg violently broke up a streetfestival in the neighbourhood Schanzenviertel and raided also a bar of StPauli supporters without apparent reason, the conservatives in the townhall suggested a police museum. CDUs Elke Thomas adds " Zudem ist es ein wertvoller Teil der Hamburger Kulturszene.“ roughly translated 'its a precious part of the Hamburg cultural scene'. 350.000 Euro should be provided this year alone for preparing the exhibition. That in a big wealthy city which decidedly not supporting the socalled Off- or media arts.

Monday, July 6, 2009

pd running on 64bit Linux

Finally I got PD running on my 64 bit Linux notebook. Older versions of PD had nasty problems when being run in 64 bit which kept me out of the game for a year or more. But recently I decided to compile the vanilla version and the externals straight from SVN and it went rather easily.

On August the 2. I will do a pd lab in Hamburg and if you like you can have a peek at this unfinished side with a german description. It will be announced officially in the next couple of days.

Till then you can read this tutorial or find some more at the usual tutorial space.


Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Firefox 3.5 is amazing

Quite thrilled about the new Firefox release 3.5. The reason is the inclusion/perfection of many new open web technologies which make proprietary plugins unnecessary. For instance native support for video with the open Ogg Theora codec/format will give it a boost, it could be a gamechanger. No need for Flash anymore, also for animated vector graphics. SVG, HTML5, Javascript and the Canvas element are really exciting. Only thing missing is complete 3D with OpenGL but they work on it.

http://people.mozilla.com/~prouget/demos/DynamicContentInjection/play.xhtml

The rest of the demos shows more possibilities inclusive motion detection. So you can create netart like with Processing, but without the need of Java. Actually there was already an implementation using Javascript.

This release reminds me on the 90s when we discoverd feature for feature from Netscape Navigator, creating all sorts of crazy things.

Monday, June 29, 2009

SynthForge modular synthesizer for Linux



With SynthForge a new modular softwaresynthesizer is born for Linux. Its early release but functional and free open source. Personally I percieve it a bit redundant because of its simularity to AMS but didnt checked out SynthForge yet. Get it at



native multitouch support for Linux by ENAC

At the french interactive computing laboratory ENAC they work on native multitouch support for Linux. They bypass the X11/Xorg and process the data in kernel space. Sourcecode is available.


Sunday, June 28, 2009

smasher beat slicer

Found this software for slicing and rearranging beats and creating loops, its free open source and available for Linux and Windows.

http://smasher.sourceforge.net

Saturday, June 27, 2009

UPDATE: dj set at Repsoldstrassenfest Hamburg tonight canceld

[update] Just in: The cellar is not flooded but unavailable hence no DJ set tonight!
sorry for the let down...

At this years Repsoldstrassenfest in Hamburg I am not going to perform but do one of my rare DJ-sets. From 22:00 on todays Saturday in a cellar at an empty shop corner Rosenallee/Repsoldstrasse I will surprise you with a strange mix of Industrial, Plastic, Electronica, dspHop and other electronic music, think Klangtest. You can follow me on Twitter for uptodate information, just in case that cellar get flooded or else:

exhibition finally done at Linda

On last monday I cleaned up and hand over the keys at Linda, finally the exhibition is done.



After this intense time I always get a bit melancholic when I see all the art pieces packed up.
At Urban Units there is some documentation but still some pieces are missing. Additional pictures can be seen on Lindas page. A nice blog entry is at http://www.mobile-sessions.com with a German review.

In November I will do my next exhibition in Hamburg at Einstellungsraum, topic will be shared spaces.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

ultimate last day of my exhibition

From 15:00 to 19:00 today you have the last chance to visit my exhibition SUB/OB I do with the group Urban Units in Hamburg, Germany.

More info at http://www.urbanunits.com

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Urban Units SUB/OB exhibition Hamburg till 21.6.

Till sunday the 21.6. inclusive you have the chance to see my latest exhibition SUB/OB at Linda e.V. in Hamburg I do with my group Urban Units. Here is the German text inclusive the opening times:

http://www.urbanunits.com/index.php?page=Linda_Hamburg_2009

Particular proud I am on my multitouch interactive installation City Generator:




I will add a video soon...

Monday, June 15, 2009

return of the homecomputer

With the advent of the small netbooks it was just a matter of time when someone build a whole computer in a keyboard, like in the good old late 70s/early 80s. Despite Asus strange hostile behavour against Linux lately, the operating system which helped them to create a cheap netbook and get them a better deal with Microsoft, they demoed a version of their EEE Keyboard with Intels Linux Moblin. They mentioned also that with Moblin they can use the multitouch functionality of the buildin touchscreen.

Quantix8 wavetable oscillator from France



Quantix 8 is a wavetable oscillator module for hardware modular synthesizer.

Its available as prepared pcb and preprogrammed PIC chip. The page has some informations and links about wavetable synthesis and provides a Windows application for editing and dumping the waves which looks interesting.


http://m.bareille.free.fr/modular1/quantix8/quantix8.htm

Monday, June 8, 2009

with opencv, dont forget cvWaitKey() when grabbing your frames

Currently I program an application in C++ with openCV and brought it together with the QT library. Transforming an example was easy, at least to get it compiled. But the capturing process was not running in its own loop, an update was triggerd regularly by a timer. The result was that I recieved only the first initial frame.

Solution was to reinsert the waiting for key function cvWaitKey with a small value which I removed because it seemed without any use. Now I get all frames...

For instance like this:
...
IplImage* image =cvQueryFrame( capture );
cvShowImage( "Window", image);
cvWaitKey(1);

...

whowatcheswho or German police uses private flats for videosurveillance

Whowatcheswho is a title of an installtion I show in my upcomming exhibition but reality beats art again: The German conservative newspaper Hamburger Abendblatt has an article about the local police who uses private flats in the neigbourhood Schanze (Schanzenviertel) for videosurveillance. Schanzenviertel used to be a creative neighbourhood in the 80s but lost it appeal due to recent gentrification. The police say they need to observe some of the new upperclass-shops to prevent further vandalism and decide to ask around if they can use private flats.

The German article even has a poll on videosurveillance without notice.

microblog at Twitter

You can now chase me on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/herrsteiner

Friday, June 5, 2009

Evolver editor for Linux

Alex Norman started an open source editor for the Dave Smith Instruments Evolver. So far it works with the monoversions only but maybe you can jump into that project and code support for Polyevolver? Read more at

http://www.x37v.info/projects/evolver_editor/

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Low latency audio with Linux on Acer Revo

I am preparing the hard and software for my forthcomming exhibition with Urban Units. Some computers received an major os update and I prepared our new Acer Revo (We are all Revo) to run well with Linux too. But it took me a while to get it running well with low latency audio, first it seems that the Revo couldn't run audio without xruns at all. I tried several distros like Ubuntu Studio, Debian and Fedora Planet CCRMA, compiled my own low latency kernel but no avail, it wont work. I was about to blame the NVidia closed source drivers, but wanted to run on that computer to benifit from the hardware.

Finally I discoverd the reason, it was actually the wireless driver which disturbed the sound. When I switched it off, it runs very well with the build in soundcard and the binary NVidia drivers. No interrupts anymore, even on heavy load plus OpenGL graphics.

Marije Baalman was in the simular situation and descriped her adventures on her blog:

http://www.nescivi.nl/?p=111

This German discription helped me to get started because its a while ago since I compiled a whole kernel on my own:

http://www.ubuntufreunde.de/forum/p189/vanilla_kernel_mit_realtime_preemption_rt_patch.html?highlight=preemption#post189

DIY modular synthesizer from Hamburg

Found an interesting blog on an DIY modular synth, also located in Hamburg. Not much information but nice sounds:

http://elektrolandmusik.blogspot.com

PPG at Myspace

PPG founder Wolfgang Palm has now an official site at Myspace and runs an interesting blog about the history of his company and his synthesizers.

http://www.myspace.com/wolfgangpalm

Interesting are also the comments to the blog providing even more insider knowledge.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Tribute to Geisterfahrer at Myspace

On Murdochspace are now some tracks from the 2006 tribute CD to the Hamburg elektropunk pioneers Geisterfahrer available for your listening pleasure:

http://www.myspace.com/hierkommtderleisetod

For instance the track Android I submitted as Notstandskomitee

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Elektronengehirn is going to perform the dataglove concert at the first concert on 16.April and Notstandskomitee will be at the Linux Sound Night on 17. April, both hosted by the Linux Audio Conference 2009 which will be this time in Parma, Italy.

Its the first time I perform in Italy.

lac.linuxaudio.org/2009/

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Easterhegg 2009 in Hamburg

From 10. till 13. April there will be the Easterhegg event by the Chaos Computer Club, this time in Hamburg. Its packed with workshops and lectures from netpolitics to media art.

http://eh2009.hamburg.ccc.de/

Its not free and the number of participants are limited so you need to register beforehand.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Linux Realtime Kernel Woes

Yesterday we had One Man Nation (he is on tour right now, checkout his busy schedule at Myspace for concerts nearby) in the Hörbar in Hamburg and we chatted briefly about Linux realtime kernels and the bad lowlatency performance with the recent ones. In Ubuntu for example it seems best to stay with 8.04, later versions are much worse, 8.11 doesnt work well.
So its good news that the Linux realtime preemption development are now being continued, hopefuly to improve the situation.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Attack Of The Gobos

We had to admit it, the current Block4 recording studio sounds bad. Lot of strange, metallic echos with a certain artificial character made it difficult to mix well. So the only consequence was to improve the room acoustics but we didn't feel fancy to stick these foam panels to the wall because it is not decided yet how long we stay in these rooms anyway. Fortunally there are freestanding Gobos or GoBetweens which didn't need much work to set up.




the gobos, ready to go to the studio

We orderd some Freeports XTs from Primacoustic and put two behind the monitor speakers and two to the opposite wall, hoping they cancel the resonances. But not before I did some impulse recordings of the strange room behaviour for later simulating it via convolution!
One major mistake is to make the room totally anechoic which would also lead to unatural and bad mixes so four Gobos should be enough. The result is rather impressive. They didn't eliminate the echos totally and the first days they emit some fumes from the adhesives but the recordings now sound a lot deeper and more defined, actually a bit louder although with less usage of compressors.
The impulse recording I use now as a nice and strange effect in a controlled manner.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Package from France


Recently I received a package from La Motte Servolex, France, with my equipment of the installation 'First Person Spam' which ran from October to December 2008 at an exhibition there. Its funny to see the whole setup compacted in a small parcel including the sensors, the interface and the small netbook which run the whole thing. I started a webpage describing the setup on this computer, in this case the Acer Aspire One 110L which was powerful enough to handle the virtual environment I created with Blender's game engine. It was still allright but in general the configuration on the solid state disc was a bit borked so I decided to reinstall everything and put eeebuntu instead of the Linpus default OS which came with the netbook and that was a bit limited. At the moment I am amazed what this small gadget can handle inclusive realtime synthesizer software like AMS, PD and Zynaddsubfx although not with low latency because its a default kernel without realtime patch, something I am going to install next...

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

developing for the Palm Pre

I am still searching for my dream smartphone which has to be feature rich, open source and hackable, touchscreen, syncs my data with software of my choice and being lightweight. I like the IPhone as an independent developer (and you can expect a game from me this year) but its far from being open. The Open Moko Freerunner is the closest match at the moment but sort of unfinished, it lacks some polish and sometimes I just want to use a cellphone to make a call. The Google Android Phone is Linux based like the Moko but closly tied to Googles services, and do we trust them :) ? At the moment the Mobile World Congress taking place in Barcelona and lot of manufacturers present new gadgets, a second Android Google phone is announced and looks promising.
On the CES in January Palm got some attention with their upcomming Pre smartphone. It looks very nice, is Linux based too but programming might be a bit strange. Applications are created with HTML, Javascript and some Ajaxglue when I understood right, hardware features like camera could be interfaced with that approach too. Thats why they dubbed their new operating system WebOs. But the question is if this powerful enough to code robust games and work for instance with OpenGL. And commercial, closed source software vendours prefer to obfuscate their code so competition can't look into it, how will it work on this phone, with scripts instead of compiled binarys?
Everything will be clearer when they release their SDK and today they started with the announcement of a forthcomming book they done together with O'Reilley and the release of the first chapter for free. Unfortuanally this chapter didn't reveal much as I hoped so we have to wait and I continue using my old Samsung D500...

Sunday, February 1, 2009

free open source software in Hamburg, Germany

Yesterday I went to a meeting of free open software groups here in Hamburg. Meetings like that happens not that often here and as expected the focus was on business solutions which bored me a bit. The most interesting group was Attraktor, a spin off the local arm of Chaos Computer Club, focus more on creative usage of technology. At the moment they searching for a room to open an hackspace which would be great to have finally here in Hamburg, there is no open medialab so far.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Notstandskomitee live video from Piksel 2008

Here is a rather low quality video taken from the livestream of the Piksel 2008 festival, coutesy of giss.tv, an independent global stream service. I performed my new visual synthesizer software which I am about to release sometime soon as open source, but it already influenced Minicomputer . This concert I performed 2 times so far last year, this show was 7.decembre 2008. Java required for the player.


Sunday, January 25, 2009

Minicomputer softwaresynthesizer 1.3 released

Standalone free open source Linux software synthesizer Minicomputer is released in version 1.3.

This version features better envelope generators with exponential behaviour and compiles now with newer versions of GCC.

Minicomputer is a standalone Linux softwaresynthesizer for creating experimental electronic sounds as its often used in but not limited to Industrial music, IDM, EBM, Glitch, sound design and minimal electronic. It is monophonic but can produce up to 8 different sounds at the same time. Synthesis is subtractive/FM with a morphing formant filter.

http://minicomputer.sourceforge.net/