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sir sampleton (iOS)

cynthcart (C64)

synthcart (atari 2600)

seq. kit (atari 2600)

loopcart (atari 2600)

dot matrix synth

looper (win)


> and/or gallery

> artwork catalog

> spirit surfers

magic carpet (iOS)

pi house generator


> tree wave

> softoft techech ep

older music


marble craze game

game music hacks

homestar rpg (RIP)

> Atari 2600
programming guide







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[ ...08.17.11... Streaming Live Remote DJ/music Performances ... ]

I was recently asked to DJ for Paddy Johnson’s Sound of Art event in Toronto, and due to a passport problem, I decided to try DJing remotely via the Internet. I researched a lot of different ways to do this and it wasn’t easy to find all the info I needed, so I’m sharing it here.

My goal was to send both audio and video, but the audio quality was unusable for music with all the video streaming methods I tried. For a performance coming through a loud PA, I think the sound needs to be pretty decent unless it’s really lofi music. This site lists a lot of audio streaming options for performances, but most of the things I tried weren’t right for one reason or another.

Ultimately I ended up using Mixlr for audio and Ustream for video because they are free to use, are easy, and both have built-in ability to record. The problem with this setup is that the video and audio will not be in sync, but for my DJ performance it didn’t matter. Mixlr sounds great and is very stable but there is a delay of several seconds on the stream. Ustream also has ads if you use the free service, but I actually think this makes the performance more funny and interesting, and when you’re streaming the audio separately on Mixlr, the audio will continue playing during the commercials. And if you use Ustream, I recommend downloading Ustream Producer.

The primary problem with the setup was just that I didn’t have any way to see the audience to know how they were responding, which makes it difficult to know which direction to go with your set. If we did it again, I’d want to set up some kind of live camera at the venue, either using Skype or another Ustream feed from the venue.

Below are a couple pics of the show in Toronto. The first image is of the two Magic Carpet projections that we had installed, and the second photo is the third projector that was showing my Ustream video feed from my apartment in New York.

might have something to do with: art my music our lives online

[ ...08.4.11... Sampleton Plays the HITS! ... ]

Check this new awesome promo video for Sir Sampleton!!! by John Michael Boling, Javier Morales, Julian Bozeman, and John Crowe. Also, Paddy Johnson did an interview with John Michael and me about this.


might have something to do with: 'cid awesome iOS LAWLZ SOFTOFT TECHECH

[ ...07.29.11... Visual App Search ... ]

I made a screenshot search engine for iPhone apps. With almost half a million apps out there and not very many good ways to search for them, I wanted a better way to search for weird stuff. I’ll be adding filters and other new features soon.

Example results:


might have something to do with: hacking iOS my art SOFTOFT TECHECH

[ ...06.11.11... MIDI on Sir Sampleton ... ]

New version of Sir Sampleton was released yesterday with support for the Line6 MIDI Mobilizer.

For the next update, I’m working on CoreMIDI support and a multitimbral mode that allows you to put a different sample on each channel. The multitimbral mode is now operational, and it turns the app into a pretty serious sampler that I’m now using extensively for my own music. Rather than manually assigning each sample to a MIDI channel, I simply mapped each of the 12 saved preset samples in Sir Sampleton to their own MIDI channel, making it so easy.

might have something to do with: chiptune iOS SOFTOFT TECHECH

[ ...06.2.11... War Pinball ... ]

War Pinball is a 99cent iPhone/iPad app that has 3 pinball machines based on the movies Platoon!, Navy Seals, and Missing in Action. Has a 3D mode that works with red/blue glasses. Same company that made the Slayer pinball, Gameprom ooo.

might have something to do with: awesome iOS metal

[ ...05.30.11... Slayer Pinball Rocks for iPhone/iPad ... ]

It has a stereoscopic mode and this pinball does indeed rock. The camera pans around the board following the ball and Slayer’s playing all the time. It’s nuts.

might have something to do with: awesome iOS metal vidya games

[ ...05.20.11... Sir Sampleton now supports AKAI Synthstation 25 ... ]

This week I released a new version of my iPhone sampler app sir Sampleton with support for the AKAI Synthstation 25 keyboard dock. The Synthstation 25 is about the size of a Casio SK-1 and can run on batteries, so it’s super portable. The design is not perfect but it’s pretty good and I’ve been using it regularly for my own music now. I plan to roll out a few more updates to Sir Sampleton soon including support for other MIDI devices, more sound settings, multiple sample-banks.


might have something to do with: chiptune hacking iOS my music SOFTOFT TECHECH

[ ...04.29.11... Magic Carpet ... ]

I just released my second app for iPhone/iPad called Magic Carpet. The app is partly an artwork, but it also doubles as a musical instrument, a hypnosis and meditation tool, a toy, a VJ app, etc. It displays collages of quickly spinning rugs and quilts accompanied by sounds or music generated from a software binaural beat synthesizer and sample player. It can also play music from the device’s music library, and it has a musical instrument mode.

Magic Carpet supports Apple’s composite, component, and VGA cables on the iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4, and iPad. This enables you to run the app on your iPhone and display the output on a TV or video projector, which is cool. The capability of these devices to output video has a lot of potential for interesting apps.

The app is a buck, you can get it by searching for “Magic Carpet” in the App Store.

Demo vids below, and more vids here.


might have something to do with: 'cid art iOS my art my music SOFTOFT TECHECH video toolz

[ ...11.30.10... sir Sampleton iPhone App Demo Video ... ]

Below is a demo video of my first iPhone App called sir Sampleton, which was released last week and is available in the App Store now for $3. It’s a simple sampling keyboard, similar to a Casio SK-1 and other toy sampling keyboards from the 80’s. Features: a random beat generator, the ability to save samples, built-in sounds, dual-sample mode, editable sound parameters.

sir Sampleton is the first release from my new software company SOFTOFT TECHECH. In the next few months I plan to release more simple music apps, followed by a game.

might have something to do with: chiptune iOS my music SOFTOFT TECHECH

[ ...11.29.10... New Media and the Gallery ... ]

I wrote an essay for Art Lies called New Media and the Gallery.

might have something to do with: art

[ ...08.10.10... Squash shoes ... ]

by joel

might have something to do with: hacking

[ ...07.25.10... Nicki Minaj ... ]

might have something to do with: awesome awesome music dude

[ ...07.15.10... iPhone Music App Rough Demo ... ]

This is a rough demo of a new iPhone music app that I plan to release in a few weeks. It’s a sort of musical instrument/meditation tool/artwork. The patterns are made from images of spinning quilts and rugs, and the audio is shifting loops of contemporary Christian music played backwards. The final version will have more advanced sound control and several modes with different samples, spin patterns, and sound options. I will probably also be porting it to Android.

might have something to do with: 'cid chiptune my art my music

[ ...05.31.10... mixtape1 ... ]

I’m going to start posting mixtapes once in a while, here’s the first one:

1 Ban the Game by Men Without Hats
2 Hot Chocolate Boy by Beat Happening
3 Every Night I Die at Miyagis by Ariel Pink
4 Animal Kingdom by Meat Puppets
5 Negro Observer by Butthole Surfers
6 Frenzied, Handsome, Hello! by Deerhoof
7 Telerad by Gay Against You
8 Holland, Say Hello by The Year Zero
9 Time Catharsia Mx by Pluramon feat. Julee Cruise
10 Just Like Honey by The Jesus and Mary Chain (remastered a little)


might have something to do with: mixtape

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