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Home Recording 101: Breaking Down Basics, Synths, Software and Gear

Once upon a time, electronic music was generally the realm of those with access to thousands of dollars of musical equipment, or bedroom producers working in niche and largely unrecognized genres. But over the years, the advent of home computing has brought these worlds together, with the ability to easily emulate a studio's worth of equipment on a laptop or PC. Furthermore, electronic music has ...

Moog Filtatron for iPhone Makes Wonderful Noise

Here at Switched, we love things that make noise. And when it comes to noise-making, few names have a stronger pedigree than Moog. The granddaddy of electronic music has released Filtatron, an iPhone app based around the classic Moog Ladder Filter that gives the company's analogue effects and synths their distinctive sound. You can use the digitally modeled classic filter to manipulate input from ...

Games On the Go: Flash Titles for the Musically Inclined (or Inspired)

Music is all around us. It drifts in and out of our lives, piped into elevators, blasted through the stereo systems of passing cars, and idly played on our MP3 players as we go about our day. But how engaged are we with it? For something as remarkable as music, it can easily become another part of the auditory static of the everyday. While some people may take for granted the music in video games...

Nomadic Sound Systems Marches to Extreme Electronica

Marching bands don't exactly enjoy a "cool guy" rep as it is, so you'd think that throwing on guido tracksuits and dropping synth-heavy beats would doom band members to an eternity of after-school beatdowns. Somehow, though, against all cliquish odds, Nomadic Sound Systems from the U.K.'s Royal College of Art makes it work. Directed by Benjamin Newland, the group attempts to "open up new possi...

'Velosynth' Brings Synthesized Music, Non-Stop Party to Your Bike

Let's face it. Casually riding your bike around on a calm, summery afternoon might be a pleasant experience. But wouldn't it be a whole lot more pleasant if you could pedal around town and produce seizure-inducing synthesized music at the same time? With a device called the Velosynth, you can. As explained in this slightly annoying demo video from the creators at EFFALO, the Velosynth "allows ...

Tiny Korg Monotron Synth Makes Our Must Have List

Dear Santa, We know it's quite a bit early, but we wanted to make sure we got our request in before all the other little boys and girls (who haven't been nearly as good as us, by the way). While everyone else is asking for PlayStation 3s and world peace, all we want is the Korg Monotron. The moment we saw video of the pocketable analog synth from the Musikmesse conference in Frankfurt, German...

Oldest Recording of Computer Music Uncovered

Computer-based music had its humble beginnings, it turns out, as a rather tuneless scratchy recording of a melody featuring 'God Save the King,' 'Baa Baa Black Sheep,' and 'In the Mood' performed by a Ferranti Mark 1, the first commercially available general purpose computer. The performance was recorded in 1951, six years earlier than the previous oldest recording of computer music, performed b...