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Arvo Pärts’ Fratres on three Continuums

Edmund Eagon, Rob Swimmer and Sally Sparks played Fratres on three Continuums during ContinuuCon 2017.

Thanks for this beautiful and very emotional performance of this magnificent piece.

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From Arduino to LinnStrument

LinnStrument is an expressive electronic musical instrument with five dimensions of touch sensing. It is built with open-source hardware, the Arduino Due and runs open-source firmware. There are hundreds of playing cells and multi-color LEDs, making it ideal to discover embedded Arduino development with concrete musical and visual results.

This session introduces the Arduino development concepts, tie them back to the actual hardware, provide an overview of the main algorithms in the LinnStrument firmware that are responsible for the musical feel and explain valuable lessons that were learned during the development of the firmware.

From Arduino to LinnStrument – Geert Bevin from Official ZeroTurnaround Account on Vimeo.

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The Oval – First Demo

The Oval is a new electronic musical instrument with the form factor of a hand pan. After backing their Kickstarter two years ago, I finally received the instrument yesterday.

Here’s a first demo video that shows some of its capabilities.

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Playing Expressive Gestures on LinnStrument

Roger Linn created a nice tutorial about using expressive gestures on LinnStrument.

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Joué MPE tutorial with the Animoog app & Bitwig

The upcoming Joué controller created a nice overview of how they can use MPE with Animoog and Bitwig Studio.

Check it out:

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Linnstrument Ableton Lightshow

Lovely to see how creative some LinnStrument players are becoming, also with visuals! External control over the lights with MIDI Note and CC messages really pays off tremendously in this video.

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Command-line tutorial for musicians using SendMIDI and ReceiveMIDI

If you’ve never or rarely used the command-line on macOS as a musician … I recorded this tutorial video about SendMIDI and ReceiveMIDI and how to use them on the terminal.
This is a real-time brain dump with a series of tips and tricks that I learned along the years. Hope you find it useful!

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Announcing the ReceiveMIDI tool

ReceiveMIDI is a multi-platform command-line tool makes it very easy to quickly receive and monitor MIDI messages from MIDI devices on your computer.

Following up on my SendMIDI tool, it felt only normal to create a similar tool for receiving MIDI messages. So today I’m releasing ReceiveMIDI, once more standing on shoulders of the amazing JUCE library.

If anything, ReceiveMIDI makes it super easy on MacOS, Windows or Linux to monitor a particular MIDI device and to freely unplug and replug it. There are a series of handy filter commands if you just want to focus on some of the messages, and you can optionally add timestamps. This goes hand-in-hand with an update to the SendMIDI tool that now understands these timestamps, allowing you to play back anything you saved and edited from ReceiveMIDI, with the appropriate timing.

Fun stuff!

ReceiveMIDI is free and open-source, and you can download it from here:
https://github.com/gbevin/ReceiveMIDI/releases

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Stand for LinnStrument

I found a great compact and super stable stand for LinnStrument that I can use while playing other instruments, and sing with a microphone. If you’re interested, it’s the K&M 18825 Equipment stand.

Works both with LinnStrument 128 and LinnStrument 200.

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Suzanne on LinnStrument with Parva synth (Leonard Cohen cover)

When Leonard Cohen passed away at the end of 2016, I wanted to create a tribute to him. He’s the one who inspired me to be a singer-songwriter, and as a kid I played many of his songs to learn how to finger-pick on the acoustic guitar.

With the LinnStrument being the instrument I co-created with Roger Linn, it felt like a nice symmetry to try to cover some of Leonard Cohen’s songs on the LinnStrument 128 with just one synthesiser as the sound source, very similar to the simplicity of an acoustic guitar. I’m playing LinnStrument on my lap with the right split in strum mode, allowing me to finger-pick the chords on the left split with velocity, while having per-note pitch-bend and vibrato control over the left hand touches. This brings the playing technique quite close to the actually guitar finger-picking of the original song.

The sound comes entirely from the Futuresonus Parva synth, set up as an 8-part multi to match the 8 rows of the LinnStrument. I spent quite a long time fine-tuning the sound of each multi-timbral part to be suitable for that particular note range and playing intent, not unlike each string of a guitar having a different thickness.

This is one of those projects that I worked on for such a long time, that I have no idea if it’s actually any good or not, so I just throw it out there. I plan to record a few more Leonard Cover songs like this if people don’t consider it complete heresy.

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