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Interview with Leafcutter John, Musician

I spent hours and hours agonizing over an introduction to this interview. Everything I wrote sucked and realized that I have to let him speak for himself. I think Leafcutter John is brilliant. I love his music which I have been listening to over and over. It is extraordinary, and I'm enthralled with his Max patches, which are amazing artworks in themselves. We had a series of wonderful and fun conversations over a series of weeks...

The Phase Vocoder – Part II

In our last article about the phase vocoder we saw how to create a basic phase vocoder for time-stretching. While it is by no means a simple MSP patch, it is a useful one. In addition to time-stretching, the phase vocoder has been used for transposition and "freeze" effects, which we will be discussing in this article.

Q & A with Amoebazoid

Zuckung from Amoebazoid is the newest c74 music release. Take a quick look at what Amoebazoid, himself, has to say about his new album.

Our Collaboration with Ableton

At this year's Musikmesse, Ableton announced it has entered into a strategic partnership with Cycling '74 to develop new products. You can read Ableton's story about this partnership here. I wanted to share my perspective on what this partnership will mean (as well as what it will not mean) for Cycling '74 users.

Getting Around in Radial

I've been asked to write a couple of articles that discuss how I learned radiaL, and how I approach using it in a live performance setting -- both as a soloist and in an ensemble setting. While there are a good number of people out there who use radiaL, I'm surprised to discover that there are not nearly as many people who do what I do -- namely, to walk out on a stage, launch the program, and start improvising. While it seems a perfectly natural thing to do from my point of view, it may not nec...

The Phase Vocoder – Part I

The phase vocoder is a tool used to perform time-stretching and pitch-shifting on recorded sounds. Its name derives from the early "vocoders" (contraction from "voice encoders"), which used a set of bandpass filters in parallel over many frequency bands, to crudely analyze and reconstruct speech. In this article, Richard Dudas and Cort Lippe explain the workings of a phase-vocoder as well as how to construct and modify one in Max/MSP.

Cycling ’74 Releases Entire Line of Plug-in Products for Mac Intel

Cycling '74, a San Francisco-based music software company, today released Pluggo v. 3.6, Hipno v. 1.1, Mode v. 1.3 and UpMix 1.1 which add Universal Binary support for Intel-based Macs. The plug-in collections are for RTAS, VST and AU host environments.

A Video Interview with Jamie Lidell, Musician and Performer

Jamie Lidell: Rocking the "one man human tornado".

A Video Interview with Kevin Blechdom, Musician and Performer

Kevin Blechdom: Mind expansion through Max/MSP.

A Video Interview with AGF, Musician

AGF: Falling in love with patches.

A Noisy Matrix

Many people already know that Jitter can be a fantastic tool for video processing, but what about audio? Used with a bit of cleverness, a matrix can be just the thing for that patching impasse. Following is a set of simple examples to get you started thinking about a matrix when you've run thin on patching ideas or need a more elegant way to manage your numbers.

An Interview With Carl Stone

San Francisco resident Carl Stone has composed electro-acoustic and computer music exclusively since 1972. He has been commissioned to compose and perform his works in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, South America and the Near East. In this 1999 interview with Gregory Taylor, Stone talks about his methods for composing with new technologies and the artistic implications of sampling.

An Interview With John Eichenseer

jhno, a.k.a. John Eichenseer, is the culprit responsible for many of the plug-ins in the Pluggo collection. A musician and programmer living in San Francisco since 1994, jhno can be found DJing chill rooms in the bay area as well as experimenting with live collaborations in the diverse local scene. In this 1999 conversation with [...]

An Interview With Kim Cascone

Kim Cascone has worked as a synth tech, edited music for David Lynch films, founded San Francisco's first ambient electronic music label, and helped design new systems of audio for video games. In this conversation with Ben Nevile, Cascone discusses his electronic history, his interest in genetic algorithms, and a fresh compositional direction that he calls "New Density".

Cycling ’74 Releases Momentary Incursions

Cycling '74, a software company based in San Francisco, today announced the release of Momentary Incursions, the fourth volume in the Cycles series of audio source libraries.

Recording absences

Someone called me during my radio program last night and wanted to know about artists who, like Moby, had appropriated traditional folk musics into their work.