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'Astro's Playroom' soundtrack hits streaming services just in time for the weekend

The infectious and delightful soundtrack to PlayStation 5 exclusive Astro’s Playroom is now available to listen to outside of the game. As Polygon notes, you can stream it on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, YouTube Music and Tidal (if you’re fancy like that). For those who prefer to own their media, it’s $11 on Apple Music and Amazon Music

Not only is Astro’s Playroom one of the PS5’s best games at the moment and a compelling tech demo, it’s also available to download for free. Penned by composer Kenneth C.M. Young, the 20-song soundtrack includes standouts like “I’m Your GPU” and “CPU Plaza.” And if you’re curious how Young ended up creating a love letter to the PS5’s hardware, the composer wrote a post on the PlayStation blog on exactly that topic.

Learn how to produce music in Ableton Live with this training program

If you’ve spent any portion of the last year’s mandated downtime mastering a musical instrument, then congratulations on being more productive than most. Expressing yourself creatively is a great way to maintain your sanity, and if you’re actually writing your own music, all the better.

But if you want to actually turn any of your hooks and riffs into songs, you’re going to need more than confidence and a recorder app on your smartphone — you need quality sound mixing software. Luckily, the Complete Ableton Live 11 Music Production Essentials Bundle will bring you up to speed.

These eight courses will take you through everything you need to know about the intricacies of Ableton, with some ancillary information about music theory and songwriting thrown in for good measure. The three introduction classes kick off the bundle to give you an overview of how the software works, while the Warping & Automation and Essential Features guides show you how to execute more advanced tricks. Finally, the two-part Music Theory & Songwriting lectures help you hone your musical masterpiece with technical and structural guidance to help your work really pop.

What’s most exciting about this bundle is that it’s just as useful for seasoned musicians as it is for beginners. If you already know your way around the keyboard (or fretboard, or woodwind), this is your opportunity to immortalize the skill you’ve dedicated years to perfect. On the other hand, if you’re simply learning a few early chords on the ukulele, these classes will give you the foundational knowledge you need to achieve true expertise.

Whether you’re recording your band’s compositions or just fretting around in your free time, this is one impulse purchase you won’t regret. All eight courses in The Complete Ableton Live 11 Music Production Essentials Bundle are on sale now for $36.

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The latest Google Arts & Culture exhibit lets you explore the history of electronic music

If you have any interest at all in electronic music, you owe it to yourself to check out Google’s latest Arts & Culture exhibit. Music, Makers and Machines celebrates the history of the genre, highlighting the people, sounds and technologies that helped make electronic music what it is today. Google got help on the project from more than 50 international institutions, record labels and industry experts, including the Moogseum.

One highlight is an entire section devoted to the early days of Dubstep. You’ll find short, written segments on artists like Burial and the subgenre's development complemented by photos and YouTube videos. You can even use Google Street View to explore the locations of long-closed but seminal clubs like Plastic People. Another compelling exhibit explores the role Black artists and musicians have played in pushing the boundaries of electronic music. That said, the highlight of the exhibit is an AR synth module that allows you to play around with five classic instruments, including the Roland CR-78 and Akai S900. Speaking of synths, Google has uploaded 3D models of some of the most iconic ones.

You can check out Music, Makers and Machines online, as well as through the Google Arts & Culture app on Android and iOS.

Dr. Squiggles: An AI Rhythm Robot

Build a smart octopus drumbot that listens, learns, and plays along with you

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He’s the Operator of His Pocket Arduino

The band Kraftwerk hit the music scene with its unique electronic sound in the 70s in Germany, opening the door for the electronic music revolution of the following decade. If you’re not familiar with the band, they often had songs with a technology theme as well, and thanks to modern microcontroller technology it’s possible to replicate the Kraftwerk sound with microcontrollers as [Steven] aka [Marquis de Geek] demonstrates in his melodic build.

While the music is played on a Stylophone and a Korg synthesizer, it is fed through five separate Arduinos, four of which have various synths and looping samplers installed on them (and presumably represent each of the four members of Kraftwerk). Samplers like this allow pieces of music to be repeated continuously once recorded, which means that [Steven] can play entire songs on his own. The fifth Arduino functions as a controller, handling MIDI and pattern sequencing over I2C, and everything is finally channeled through a homemade mixer.

[Marquis] also dressed in Kraftwerk-appropriate attire for the video demonstration below, which really sells the tribute to the famous and groundbreaking band. While it’s a great build in its own right and is a great recreation of the Kraftwerk sound, we can think of one more way to really put this project over the top — a Kraftwerk-inspired LED tie.

Eurorack diversion: PT2399 Karaoke delay module hack

I’ve not been working on my Touring Machine Eurorack modular synth module, but I have been hacking a bit in that space. Back in 2019 John Park and I saw the Waveform Magazine DIY PT2399 delay module article. I got the parts and half-assembled mine, but the build guide was pretty vague in some areas [...]
Todbot 02 Oct 21:04

“knobtester” for Touring Machine module

When designing my new Touring Machine synth module, two things worry me: the analog I/O section (it must be pitch-accurate) and the user interface. The UI feels like a harder problem because I’m not sure what I want. For the analog part, I can lean on others (like Émilie and Thea), and that puts me [...]
Todbot 03 Sep 21:15

The Start of the Touring Machine Eurorack module

The original goal of my month-long Deep Fried Neurons project was “30 sounds, one per day”, an exploration into making sounds with Eurorack gear that doesn’t use sequencers or keyboards. While I only create 15 sounds so far (I’ll still do all 30 I think), I’ve been increasingly using some home-built modules like my TrinketTrigger [...]
Todbot 28 Aug 18:40
general  music  

Trinket Touring Machine

I’ve been playing more with algorithmic melody generation by working on my own module I’ve been calling the “Trinket Touring Machine“. Like my previously-mentioned “Trinket Trigger“, this one uses a Trinket M0 running CircuitPython. Initial experiments were in Arduino using the Mozzi audio synthesis library, which totally worked, but CircuitPython is much faster to develop [...]
Todbot 21 Aug 21:27

30 sounds, one per day

I’ve decided to do “30 sounds, one per day”.  I’m a bit behind, but here’s a Youtube playlist of what I have so far and the corresponding Bandcamp album. These are to be sounds. Not tracks, not songs. Just interesting sonic experiments. I want to make sounds I’ve never heard before, or sounds I’ve always wanted [...]
Todbot 07 Aug 20:09
general  music