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umidi - The world's first custom DJ controller

umidi is a premium custom DJ controller. You design it on our website and we build and ship it to you anywhere in the world!
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Here a kickstarter to built your own Midi controller:  you design your idea, knobs, buttons, faders, choose your colors and placements and receive your kit to build. Announce for DJ users use, but can suit to any musicians

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A kickstarter project that lets you built your own Midi controller:  you design your ideal setup, knobs, buttons, faders, choose your colors and placements and have it shipped to you regarless of where you are! Mainly for DJs but can be programmed to suit a variety of different musicians.

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Zvuk9 - A new expressive MIDI Controller based on XY Pads

Please subscribe to our newsletter here: https://zvukmachines.com/ , so that we inform you when Zvuk9 is available. If you would like a more detailed inf
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Here a new project of a MIDI controller. This one has several interesting features, first a integrated scale engine to always play in tune or to play chords.I also love the 8 anodized aluminium pads who looks sensible. And finally a real menu with buttons in the top to access all functions. Hope they'll finalize this project and with a good price.More infos: https://zvukmachines.com/
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Hyve Touch Synth: Finally here !!

Skot Wiedmann is raising funds for Hyve Touch Synth: Make the future of musical expression on Kickstarter!

A fun, expressive musical instrument you can make, hack and play. Build a beautiful analog synth that responds to touch and movement
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Have you ever hear the HYVE? A 60-voice polyphonic analog synthesizer that is controlled by pressure, horizontal, and vertical movements of each finger on the surface. Sounds really great. After 4 years of development and workshops, Skot Wiedmann offer us a kickstarter project to access this new instrument. He propose you 3 versions: Hyve Premium: ready to play, Hyve Maker: fully working and requires no soldering, you tune the notes and assemble the legs to start playing and you can built your own box, Hyve Hacker: only a circuit board with the touch interface to build your own. I'm pretty sure it will be a success!
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ELBOW: portable cassette tape player

ELBOW: portable cassette tape player | Experimental music software and hardware | Scoop.it
ELBOW was conceived with burning passion by, and for, cassette tape lovers!
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A cool idea here and a beautiful design for this portable cassette tape player. This support become popular again in the experimental music world, so hope this company will have success to finalize this with a low price.
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Phil Heeley's curator insight, March 28, 3:24 AM
Oh I'm so gutted I through all my tapes out now! They included my first band "False Modesty" 14 years old - Sob!
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Diary #1 special edition | Christine Webster

Diary #1 special edition | Christine Webster | Experimental music software and hardware | Scoop.it

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Today, no experimental hardware or software, but an album. a really great album by Christine Webster, who use his minimal modular system in a really creative way, no simple evolving patches as often, but real compositions here. From Etheral moments ( Oxymoron, Levit) to introspection movies (Ostinato, lazy sunday) and this album arrive not on vinyl or cd support but on a nice metal usb key (so good quality with 48000Hz/24-bits .wav files) and bonus sounds. You'll also find a complete description of each song for modular fans ! Limited edition, so don't miss it ! https://christinewebster.bandcamp.com/merch/diary-1-special-edition
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EMG (electromyography) MIDI controller DIY project

http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-Muscle-MIDI-Music/
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The technique of electromyography (EMG) allows us to amplify and measure these electrical signals from our body. In addition to being a useful clinical tool for diagnosing different neurological disorders, EMG recordings are used here for MIDI controller DIY project. Thanks to johnwmillr, you'll find list of part and other videos on the instructables website : https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-Muscle-MIDI-Music/
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JOUÉ, a modular and innovative MIDI Controller

JOUÉ, a modular and innovative MIDI Controller | Experimental music software and hardware | Scoop.it
Joué is an innovative and evolving instrument simplifying digital music playing. It offers beginners and professional artists a unique level of expressivity and spontaneity.
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Made by Pascal Joguet the Jazz Mutant Lemur designer and his team, here a new MIDI modular controller 3 zones where you can place modules like piano keys, guitar strings, drums pads or 3D control surfaces. Looks really expressive and natural with a funny look. Will certainly add colors in your home studio or on stage ! more infos: http://www.play-joue.com/
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Teaser picture of a new device from Skot Wiedmann

Teaser picture of a new device from Skot Wiedmann | Experimental music software and hardware | Scoop.it
See this Instagram photo by @mengqimusic • 33 likes
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Skot Wiedmann, producer of the great Hyve Touch Synthesizer (https://www.facebook.com/HyveSynthesizer/) give us here a nice teaser of a future product. I can't tell you anything more about it , hah ha , but I'm sure will be a great product , trust Scot !  Edit : In fact not a new product but a composition of devices : an Hyve and 2 other from  Men Qi (https://www.facebook.com/mengqimusic?hc_location=ufi) and  Ciat Lonbarde (https://www.facebook.com/Ciat-Lonbarde-154816547896567/?hc_location=ufi ). Beautiful anyway.
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Listen and record to short wave spectrum radio's

Listen and record to short wave spectrum radio's | Experimental music software and hardware | Scoop.it
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I've always love this sounds from theses particular radios receivers. This time no equipment required except your web browser. Select a base frequency, a bandwidth and navigate slowly to find sounds jewels and strange noises . The bonus is you can record your experience and even save presets.
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Pascal Quéru's comment, May 23, 2016 6:15 AM
ça me rappelles mes triturages des ondes courtes quand j'étais ado.
une excellente matière à triturer dans Usine !
Pascal Quéru's curator insight, May 23, 2016 6:17 AM
Qui n'a pas malaxé les ondes courtes sur un vieux poste de radio ou sur une HF ? 
nay-seven's comment, May 23, 2016 6:21 AM
oui, idem ici, j'adorai ça ado aussi :-)
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A dream: the new BLOFELD MIDI Controller

A dream: the new BLOFELD MIDI Controller | Experimental music software and hardware | Scoop.it
Midi controller for Waldorf Blofeld synthesizer. This device is created to help you to work with Blofeld synth. Its take you to another level of working with sound. Thanks to cleary and space organ…
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Of course I'm afraid about the price, but this new controller, used a generic Midi controller can really be a dream for me, 24 faders, many knobs with names ( easy to remember functions, even if its not the sames for your plugins/Daw) , Nice look. Congrats to the team anyway .
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Imagine a  Sensor Tape you can cut and assemble

SensorTape is a modular and dense sensor network in a form factor of a tape. It enables intuitive deployment of sensor arrays, as SensorTape is modular, it can be…
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Imagine a kind of sensor tape you can cut, assemble as you need. A lot of possibilities in this prototype !  A kind of  leap motion you can hack and adapt to your project. I will be curious to test it in Usine Hollyhock.
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A new interface for your audio projects:Bela

A new interface for your audio projects:Bela | Experimental music software and hardware | Scoop.it

Bela is an embedded system for real-time audio processing with ultra-low latency.

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Low latency, easy programming ( C or PD), and using Linux, Bela has 16-bit analog inputs/8 outputs and seems a great kickstarter project done by a cool team !

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Review of Usine Hollyhock II on Andrulian's Blog + bonus of a 7 track album

Review of Usine Hollyhock II on Andrulian's Blog + bonus of a 7 track album | Experimental music software and hardware | Scoop.it
Usine Hollyhock II is definitely under the radar, although I'm not too sure why. It's not new software by any means, the original version called Usine launched in 2006 undergoing version changes up to v5 in 2010. Hollyhock launched towards the end of 2012 with Hollyhock II launched in March 2015. Currently the launch price…

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A really cool review on Usine Hollyhock + a free Bonus 7 tracks album

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sensomusic's curator insight, December 24, 2015 8:31 AM

We are always happy to discover new enthusiastic users. Andrulian give us here a really complete review, discovering quietly  the racks, the samplers specification, OSC learn and many others Usine tools. And the good idea from Andrulian is to create a complete 7 tracks album during this review.

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Kirikoo Des : a Tattoo and Musical performance with Usine Hollyhock

Berlin, March 18th 2015. The electronic music producer and danser Kirikoo Des collaborates with the tattoo artist Olivia Jasinski to give birth to a mesmerising…


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Kirikoo Des, utilisateur d'Usine Hollyhock est un danseur et performeur qui nous offre, une fois de plus, une superbe performance, ici en association avec l'artiste Berlinoise Olivia Jasinski . La relation au corps, le hasard et le tatouage (super le motif !) sont les élément de cette performance.

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sensomusic's curator insight, November 5, 2015 9:33 AM

Kirikoo Des is a dancer and an electronic music performer who always had creative ideas and performances.Here this new performance associate the tattoo artist Olivia Jasinski to give us a reflexion around body feedback, random interactivity in music , sensors and tattoo art . The tattoo design is really perfect and really corresponds the musical speech. A great performance from the both artists

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FabricKeyboard: A textile based stretchable (and more) Interface

FabricKeyboard Irmandy Wicaksono, Joseph A. Paradiso The FabricKeyboard is a textile-based, multi-modal, stretchable musical interface that could simultaneously…
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A new project from Responsive environments. A kind of keyboard, which can detect touch, proximity, electric field, pressure, and stretch. This last feature will certainly interest dancers looking for interaction between movements and music modulation for example. All these sensors in one easily transportable interface could be great. More on the project: https://www.media.mit.edu/projects/FabricKeyboard/overview/
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Quincy King's curator insight, July 20, 8:36 PM

FabricKeyboard, well first off its super cool! But I was shocked to see just how interactive and responsive it was to different methods of information input or rather the various ways you can manipulate the fabric itself to get a response! This instrument is a multi-modal, Fabric-based stretchable musical interface. It is structure as a keyboard and has a lot of the same means of expressiveness but also has has a "non-contact" feature in which you can produce a sound from a given hand gesture such as waving your hand. 

The website this article is derived from is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which is listed as a top 5 school for technology according to  http://bit.ly/2uEv8g0 .

The source is not a major informational resource for Audio industry professionals.

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CTRLCap - Squeeze your fx

Ever tried to add FX while scratching without breaking your flow? As both hands are already busy to control the fader and the record, it's pretty muc
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Don't practice scratch myself, but i suppose this tool can be adapted to other hardware, up a pitch while creating cutoff modulation, open a filter while moving panoramic and so, could be fun. Its wireless, so hope it's a good technology . More infos: http://bit.ly/2nLIZKY
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Roald Baudoux's curator insight, April 15, 4:10 PM
Add pressure sensing to your fader's cap.
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Moteur De Recherche - Webzine 01 by digital-poetry-lab

Moteur De Recherche - Webzine 01 by digital-poetry-lab | Experimental music software and hardware | Scoop.it
Moteur de Recherche is a poetic webzine about the digital-self created by artists Kirikoo Des and Coeur Net
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Again, no experimental software or hardware today, but a bit of poetry in this crazy world. And what about digital poetry? Created by the artists Kirikoo Des (aka NSDOS) and Coeur Net (aka Johan Delétang) here a new webzine in pdf format where you can read and see their digital experiences. They use our modern language, beautiful black & white creations, computer codes and of course poetry. Extract: "i create in a digital land… i free myself from a social system bugged with conservatism… my art lives there, away from boundaries...i am the god of my art… no more rules, my coding abolishes them."
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Tutupá: a Drum machine to play any objects

Tutupá es una drum machine que controla baquetas físicas, creada con la intención de generar ritmos programados con los objetos del entorno.…
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Of course , many of us know that Arduino can use servo motors to trig sounds. But not everyone want to built it. and if there 's an integrated sequencer...thanks to Tutupá Drum Machine, the project ( first prototype) exist ! and looks nice
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Roald Baudoux's curator insight, February 8, 2:46 AM
Not your usual drumbox!
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Remidi T8:  Another Midi and Sensor  glove

Remidi T8:  Another Midi and Sensor  glove | Experimental music software and hardware | Scoop.it
The T8 is the first wearable midi-controller that turns your whole hand
into music by playing infinite combinations of notes and sounds. music midi
glove hand pressure sensors wearable device technology app social iot
fabric kickstarter play compose melodies remidi-pro remidi guanto startup
suono sensori wearable device
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The Winter is coming, time to buy your gloves ! ( Any MIDI wool cap yet ? ;-) ) here another one, the T8 from Remidi, it's a sensor (8 on the glove), audio remix and MIDI tool. It comes with a small bracelet to change config's on the fly. Price is a bit hight but it's a kickstarter. More infos: http://remidi-pro.com/
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Specktr, A new Wireless MIDI glove

Support Specktr and be one of the first to discover a new way to create, mix and control your music. It’s more intuitive and fun ! We count on you to hel
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Here a new MIDI glove to create music in a fun way, the project offer different way to send notes and control changes to your favorite DAW.  Declined in version Pro and basic. more infos: https://www.kisskissbankbank.com/le-gant-midi-connecte-musical-glove.
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sensomusic's curator insight, October 19, 2016 5:04 AM
A new MIDI glove coming, hope to test it one day in Usine Hollyhock
Roald Baudoux's curator insight, October 20, 2016 2:43 AM
Both affordable and powerful, this glove might be your next controller.
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KOMBOS: A good idea for a Modular Keyboard

Kombos is raising funds for KOMBOS: Modular Keyboard on Kickstarter!

The world's first fully modular keyboard. On the road or in the studio, Kombos Keyboards now allow you to bring music anywhere you go.
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Here a definitively good idea: A MIDI keyboard , 25, 37,49 and up to 61 keys. Following your needs and easy for transport. Just plug a new octave in 2 seconds. Hope Blue tooth will be solid. On Mac you'll need at least Yosemite. Works also on IOS and Android, good news
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Roald Baudoux's curator insight, August 14, 2016 12:32 PM
A very good idea. Too bad there's no mention of aftertouch.
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Koka's Propeller, an UFO ebow

A rotary magnetic bow is designed and produced by Koka Nikoladze for extending string and percussion instruments.
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If you like ebow and experimental ways to improve your strings sounds, this new creation from the artist Koka Nikoladze will interest you. Don't know if he sell some, can't find the info. Explore his Website for more interesting works:http://nikoladze.eu/
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Do you dream of Velocity and Pressure detection on tablet ?

This video features a device that can be used to add pressure sensitivity to the touch screen of the iPad. More information and videos at
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We all dreamed of having this feature on a tablet to transform them finally in real musical instruments. Its a work in progress, but really promising. Detection is made directly by audio so will work on Ipad and Android.
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Landscape HC-TT To rediscover your old tapes

The Landscape HC-TT (Human Controlled Tape Transport) manipulating various cassette tapes through various effects pedals. Will play a regular cassette tape i...
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A fun new hardware to rediscover your old (or new, as far as this support comes back on some labels) tapes. Play, scratch, add effects, can be a lot of fun. The only issue is maybe the price for this limited used.
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Usine Hollyhock: Olivier Sens experiments DMX at Canal93 #1

Olivier Sens experiments real time control of DMX fixtures.at Canal93 (www.canal93.net) with Usine Hollyhock (www.sensomusic.com). Résidence soutenue par le ...

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Olivier Sens demonstrate here the DMX possibilities of his software Usine Hollyhock. You can find 2 others videos about this subject on the Sensomusic channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCanVe4HUO9kHIZPpjqPKrrQ

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sensomusic's curator insight, January 21, 2016 8:52 AM

Olivier Sens experiment here the DMX possibilities of his software Usine Hollyhock. Using a patch named Arpix, based on a physical engine, each balls run a light event. Then he use a Leap Motion to control different parameters of the lights, like dimmer, gobo and  zoom.

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Skube: Creative and Inventive performance with Usine Hollyhock

Le devoir de mémoire est presque terminé. Enfin, Skube se souvient ! Logiciel : Sensomusic Usine. Merci Lucchio pour la motorisation :-)

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Un travail vraiment sympa, mêlant loopers hardware et software ! plus d'infos sur le projet: http://www.skube.fr/index.html

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sensomusic's curator insight, December 12, 2015 7:46 AM

Jacques Tribuiani, a Usine hollyhock user since a long time now, invent here a really creative interface/performance. Mix of hardware looper and software with a beautiful design. Skube project is also a mix between patrimonial text and modern rhythms, you'll find more on their website: http://www.skube.fr/index.html