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Nike Field

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Nike Field is a nice little experiment promoting the Fuel Band. Check it out. It’s like having Ableton Live built into your browser. Go full screen and start hitting your keys! (Make sure your sound is on).

Teenage Engineering Updates

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Stockholm-based Teenage Engineering are at it again with a new OS Update and a new product.  Can’t wait to try it all out on my OP-1.

The OS update delivers new drum and sequencer modes and badly-needed MIDI sync, plus cool MIDI modulation. Combined, it seems the OP-1 has really matured – sync alone removes a major obstacle for some adopters.

The new hardware is Opbox, a combination USB host / MIDI / CV box with analog sensors – and it has pretty plug-in modules and even custom-made shoes to match (below). The shoes may not be terribly practical, but the Oplab fits a unique niche in hardware I/O and DIY projects – provided it’s a niche that people actually want.

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Amazing.  Musical shoes.  More exclusive pictures and info over at Create Digital Music. Thanks Anthony!

Me-lo-dy Musical Airport Floors

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Stomping around airports can get old. Design to the rescue! Jeriël Bobbe, a recent Eindhoven grad, has devised a musical floor that you play by dragging your suitcase across it.

Bobbe was inspired by something he noticed during his weekly train trips from Eindhoven to Amsterdam. “Whether they are stone slabs, tactile paving for the blind, or a grid for wheelchairs, there is music in everything,” the Dutch designer writes. So he decided to formalize the music-making, by creating pieces of ribbed wood that can be arranged like musical notes. The distance between the grooves corresponds to pitch, while the depth of the ruts determines volume.


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Fun. Via Fast Company. Thanks Gautam!

Paul Winter’s 30th Winter Solstice

Long time family friend Paul Winter is gearing up for his Winter Solstice Celebration kicking off tomorrow in NYC.

For this year’s concert the six-time Grammy winning musician will be joined by special guests: Armenian vocalist Arto Tunçboyaciyan, Gospel singer Theresa Thomason and the dancers and drummers of Forces of Nature Dance Theatre. The program will include music from the Consort’s new album Miho: Journey to the Mountain.

Four Shows Only: Dec. 15 and 16 at 8pm, Dec. 17 at 2pm and 7:30pm

The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10025
At 111th St & Amsterdam Ave

This footage above is from the 2009 Solstice, which featured Russia’s Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble, New York’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre led by Abdel Salaam, and musicians Paul McCandless, Eugene Friesen, Jamey Haddad, Paul Sullivan, Eliot Wadopian, Bill Cahn, Tim Brumfield, Scott Sloan and Paul Winter.

iPad Studio Dock

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If you ever doubted the power of the iPad or the democratization of media, this is just a sign of what’s to come. Alesis is so smart to make this. Via Notcot.org and all over the web now!

The StudioDock is the first device that enables anyone with an iPad to create, produce, and perform music with virtually any pro audio gear or instruments. The StudioDock is a universal docking station specifically designed for the iPad, and it gives musicians, recording engineers, and music producers the connectivity they need to create and perform with iPad. Connect all your pro audio gear to virtually any app in the App Store with the StudioDock.

Music Blog Zeitgeist: 2010

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I ran into my friend Anthony from Hype Machine on a plane today, how random. Or maybe not so random! He just launched the Music Blog Zeitgeist for 2010. It’s a collection of the very best music of 2010 as picked by music bloggers. Featuring original artwork, full album streams, and DJ mixes created exclusively for The Hype Machine. More info here. It’s fantastic and I encourage you to check it out, if you like good music. And who doesn’t?

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