Here is a video of the beginning of a new application so far under the name Fragmenter.
There will also be updates soon on Flux (ohh... thats what I want, more functionality for this instant ambient spook machine!) and soundbow.
Binaura is of course working on more beautiful applications for us to enjoy!
Here is a video of the beginning of a new application so far under the name Fragmenter.
There will also be updates soon on Flux (ohh... thats what I want, more functionality for this instant ambient spook machine!) and soundbow.
It is unique and it seems to me to come from some other time but without being calculated as many bands looking for a nostalgic glitchy washed out sound this is to me more genuine.
Will say that it has some of the nostalgia but it is not reflecting a time that was or that could have been, feel that it is more outside of our time in general.
The sound being analog synthesizer (using the SunVox Synthesizers) home recorded guitar and drum loops stacked up creating intricacies but never being obtrusive and never being ambient either. Being Lo fi in a good way, again not calculated something more honest. There is no vocals and could easily blend into the background but as soon you pay attention there is picked guitar, nice harmonies and good rhythm play. There is no song sticking out but it does not get boring even though it should as it is instrumental and having no desire to make you dance. It does make you feel relaxed as what I would like to be happening listening to an Ambient album except that 99 % of ambient albums just gets too boring and after two minutes they gets switched off.
In some ways and even though it is totally different there is a sense of Biosphere ala early nineties to my ears. Maybe a weird thing to say but it could be that there is not much music sounding like this so strange comparisons creep up easily.
Feels like refreshing Four in the morning contentment.
Maybe after coming down from a Ketamine high this would be the perfect album.
It has some failings production wise and if they had the right producer it could go deeper and push it to the next level but this being their first album and being this good already
there is from me an anxiety for more and I have great hope for their future.
Whatever you think of it, think that it is worth to pay attention to,
being made with SunVox and not what you would normally associate SunVox with.
One of the songs was part of the Second Musical Android contest but being remixed and mastered it now sound better and being part of a whole set of songs it makes more sense.
Yes would say that as a whole the album makes more sense compared to the single songs...
So that makes it really hard to choose which song to put here for your listening pleasure.
Synthopia have the developer talk about this very nice but so far limited synthesizer for Android here:
The Synthesizer app got mentioned here a week ago and it is confirmed now that it will be expanded upon and as mentioned before it is open source and implements code for the lowest possible latency on Android- So guess it would be interesting as a developer to go and take a look at the code...
The developer says:
There’s experimental USB MIDI for devices that support it, and lots more code that’s in the source repository but not hooked up end-to-end, including a high quality sawtooth generator and the start of a sequencer.
Music Synthesizer for Android
So this is the second tutorial in Muramatsu series that will eventually lead us to be able to take a SunVox file and make any image dance to the tune of the music...
In the first was the instant gratification to make mysterious lights accompany the music.
This one is a step back in regards to entertainment but a first step towards something more exciting...
To go to the post regarding the first tutorial go here:
To get a first walkthrough of Pixilang go here:
In both videos he opens a window in the beginning which looks different in some computers/devices and he starts the application by writing something that consequently opens Pixilang. If you get confused by this go look above and go to the post above that is linked-
and you will see the more "normal" menu.
Also when he shows code it is in a black editor window and as I mentioned in the first tutorial it is not the window that pops up if you use Pixilang and it is not for editing the code it just shows the execution of the code. To see the code you have to use a text editor that you write the code in.
I use one called notepad++ it is for free and can be downloaded here:
This text editor will look differently than the one Muramatsu uses but the code is the same.
This must be a little bit funny to read this if you are a programmer because in the world of programming this stuff is for babies. But the idea is to make it as clear as possible for a total novice. A week ago I did not understand any of this- total gobblegock... Going through the first tutorial understood slightly more and yesterday started to go through a book regarding programming for ten to twelve year olds just to be able to use Pixilang as it is becoming a new obsession of mine (my oh my, my poor family and friends!). Hopefully my head will be able to transmit to you the same learning process and inspire people to make more contributions...
As said in yesterday's post it is really interesting to be able to make other peoples code work directly on your device or just learn to manipulate existing code or write simple small programs for instant sound / image gratification.
Okay soooo much reading and so little action...
Just one last thing that was a little bit confusing in the video to make the music play you first go to the boot file that you download that Muramatsu precompiled so SunVox files can be opened directly which you see in the video (you can download the file in the end of the post). This opens Pixilang and you get to the menu to make music play by opening a SunVox song of your choosing... The idea is that you look at the code when you are seeing the videos to see where changes are made. And on last last thing after the video put the diagram as it is hard to see in the video also included in the download file...
Here is the file that Muramatsu put together for the tutorial:
Here is another review it gets rated three and a half star out of five:
FL Studio Mobile
Have good news and bad news!
If you are like me for sure you want the bad news first!
Okay so as you may or may not know this is a week when I wanted to delve into Pixilang and today I wanted to post a Tutorial but first I wanted to go through the tutorial but the bad news is that it will have to wait until next week...as time disappeared into black holes and today I have to let my daughter go with mother to country side so I can get Drunk and stupid showing SunVox for a friend and maybe sing a ballad or two.
Well that was not so bad was it!
Now for the good news.
Have finally at least taken my first step into the world of Pixilang and am starting to understand oh so slightly how it is working and it tastes good to my brain!
So think that Pixilang week will be expanded to Pixilang years!
Will definitely learn it and think that in a week or two will open up a new sub header just for Pixilang with tutorials and programs etc.
I mean it should be very interesting for people that uses Android to learn it or at least how to incorporate and use the programs that other people have created-
For example the 1 bit video that got posted yesterday-
Here is a link to the code that got used to make the video:
(thanks for the link Victor!)
Still don't know how to make the code open a specific video but think that it is relatively easy to at least learn how to do something simple like that and you would not have to get into learning pure programming. And there is more small programs like this on the Pixilang forum- But also like said would like to open a Subheader and maybe through pushing myself and talking about it endlessly here at Musical Android there will be more people using it or attract programmers to create more awesomeness to share...
It is so cool that it works on all major operating systems and some less known ones and on Android devices that is not so strong and it admits for example midi so you can create simple synth and hook up with keyboard.
And just with a little bit more effort you can learn to create a Android app and put it up on the Playstore as mentioned before on other posts there already are some nice apps made with Pixilang like Pixitracker, Pixivisor, Pixelwave and Spectrumgen.
So to learn there will be tutorials and maybe i half a year or so a compilation into a readable file and to help us we already have Brian Muramatsu on the case and also contacted the man behind the Pixilang created video that got posted yesterday and he said that he will help us too! So slowly but surely we can crack the Pixilang code and Dan Brown can write another crappy book about us!
So until next week and unto continuously infinite future Pixilang on Musical Android.
Have not had time to go through the new update yet but there is some good new functions-
Just looking at it the first thing that looks interesting to me is the "Loop overlapping Audio" Which means that if you export an loop and it has effects on it you can now have the sound that would normally continue from the effects will be "wrapped" around to the beginning of the sample/loop and it makes it convenient if you want to build up loops and have them perfectly aligned for other purposes.
Well for sure using it for awhile will reveal all new functions as useful!
And it does not hurt that it now is possible to export in 24 bit.
Single Track Audio Export
'Loop overlapping audio' switch for Pattern Audio Export
24bit Audio Export Format
Automation Support for EFX Bypass
'Select View' Menus in Portrait Mode
Vibrato+Autopanner LFO Range: 0.01..300hz (+ 16/1, 8/1 in sync mode)
Long Click function on Next/Prev Step (efx edit, master edit, mixer) to change the current edit Position/Bar
Improved Pattern Set Menus
Fader Thumbs are not longer cut off
Fixed 2 rare crash bugs
2 fixes in the Audio Exporter
G-Stomper Beat Studio
Today as my daughter is sick and did not have any possibilities to go through the second Muramatsu tutorial so this very nice one bit video to a 8 bit composition made in SunVox gets posted instead, it is by a man called Victor Rom.
Must find out how he did this!
Emailed him earlier today and hopefully he agrees to help us out...
Anyone help us learn Pixilang!!!
Please send any help to firstname.lastname@example.org or if there is something that you have made in Pixilang and wants to share with us...
In an earlier post there is a comment that people also make games with Pixilang-
Anyone have Pixilang game they want to share with us?
Can not offer any money but exposure to your work and the pleasure of helping us out...
Well at least the interested ones...
Enjoy the video!
So this is a big breakthrough in Android history!
So now the only extensive multi track DAW for Android have gone and broken down some barriers towards having a professional recording studio in your device.
This is what the developer is telling us:
(*) = When the USB audio interface supports it
The developer has implemented his own USB audio code to make this work on Android devices.
But (there is always a butt) there is of course prerequisites that have to be fulfilled if you are interested...
First of all you would need both Audio evolution Mobile and USB Audio recorder PRO installed.
Secondly you would need the obvious- a USB Audio interface
A telephone that can accept OTG USB cable.
And again from the developer-
So it may seem like a lot of chuppililupps but if you have these conditions met it seems to me that it is a must have-
a portable multi track recording studio with high grade audio quality and low latency for around 10€/$ including both applications!
So in the end it seems that Google is not going to fix the latency issue and other developers like this is finding their own solutions and with Sonoma having worked out hardware solutions and also IK Multimedia being involved in Hardware/Software/Android interactions
we just have to be patient enter into endless Buddha mind and before you know it...
For more information regarding Audio Evolution USB support:
Audio Evolution Mobile
USB Audio Recorder PRO
It’s a programming language created by the same mad scientist behind Sunvox. It was used to create the sensory overload that was the Soul Resonance demo. It even powers PixiTracker, a colorful music tool that features a grumpy cast of mutants that juke and jive to your music. Pixilang also brought us some alien technology from the future in the form of PixiVisor. Now you can convert pictures of your cats into sonic pulses. And back.
Pixilang is available on many platforms. However, did you know it’s FREE and available on Android?
Let’s go download the Pixilang app and check out some of the cool demos:
1. Download the Pixilang app from Play Store here.
2. Start the Pixilang app by tapping on the icon that looks like cyborg Terminator bug:
3. An anxious dialog will pop up and ask you to select a program. Select the graphics folder by tapping the row that says graphics in yellow:
4. Drag the faint scrollbar down till you see the demos prefixed with tiny_generator.
5. Now tap one of the tiny generator rows to select it and press OK to launch it. You should see something like this:
6. Still with me? I’m glad you didn’t get hypnotized. You can press the back button on your device to go back to the menu and try more trancetastic demos.
Congratulations! You just successfully ran a Pixilang program. These programs are just text files containing Pixilang commands, so you can modify them and run them immediately in the app to see the results.
Not comfortable with coding? Don’t forget to bask in the glory that is Pixilang by trying out the free PixiTracker demo or riding the pixels with PixelWave. Me? Well, I better get back to transmogrifying some cats over the air waves. See you later!
So there you go.
A short introduction by Brian Muramatsu the creator of the only tutorials how to use Pixilang and hopefully he will lead us far into the rabbit hole with many more tutorials.
Carbonthief have come up with the following strategy on how to convert your VSTi's into Sunvox using Renoise which is a a very good complete cheap tracker/DAW
Here is what he says:
1. Get a VST instrument you like and get a patch you like on it. Synth, drum synth, piano, whatever. Or any sample instrument you already have and like. It can be any instrument at all.
2. Use Renoise's plugin grabber to convert it into a xrns instrument and save the song.
3. Use this http://www.renoise.com/tools/xrns2xmod
and/or this http://xrns2xmod.codeplex.com/ to convert the song into an xm or mod file.
And as it is possible to import xm and mod files directly into SunVox thats it...
Carbonthief is a new user of SunVox but have already started to compose in it and here is a Work in progress that we can listen to while we experience time passing by.
So with certain success managed to understand the tutorial!
You have to understand that for me this has been a long and hard day!
Was crying a little bit.
No it was not too hard what took time was that you are supposed to use a text editor to be able to program as you don't do it directly in Pixilang- when that finally got understood and did not try to enter text in the Pixilang window everything fell more or less into place-
And now me too can do glittering floaty stuff in tune with my SunVox compositions.
If you are a programmer maybe you should stop reading now...
And if you are as zero % as me when it comes to programming take my hand and lets see what we can learn because if I could learn to do this you will too.
(if you have the interest of course).
Well it is not really any kind of programming more a manipulation of existing code...
So lets begin:
In the video there is one thing of importance that did not get brought up and that is that you need a text editor to write the code.
Downloaded a free one called notepad++ and it seems fine.
So in the video when he shows code it will look different because he uses Linux and another text editor- So what I want to say is that if you use the text editor notepad++ it looks like this-
So what you want to understand is that you open the text editor and from there you go to the Pixilang archive you want to open in the case of the video tutorial it would be in the Soul resonance folder and open the file called boot. So now you have access to the code which you can manipulate and even if you save the file as ".txt" Pixilang will load it and do whatever you have programmed.
Okay so here is the video that have been posted before at Musical Android but without me blubbering on beforehand.
So hope that have peaked your interest because if you learn just some of Pixilang it can be a way to do nice videos or why not take it farther and do some music applications that you can open in your Android Device, as PixiTracker, Pixelwave and SoundGen are made with Pixilang and not too forget the Cool Application Pixivisor.
Have to love that one of the selling points of PixiVisor is for EVP experiments!
Well will the rest of the week continue my small investigation into Pixilang and will go through the second tutorial that Muramatsu have made and hopefully learn some more!
Also must mention that Muramatsu have said that he would write something for us regarding Pixilang and that DA DA DA make another tutorial this weekend!
Hooray for Brian!
Also want to show you all that I had success-
(also learned that the screen recorder is not very good for sound even on the highest settings- used Camtasia and if someone have a better suggestion regarding the sound qualities and another screen recorder please let me know at email@example.com)
Don't forget that the album Soul Resonance that Nightradio have provided on his website free of charge that uses Pixilang for visualisation- the files also contains the SunVox files so you can really study how he makes the music. (if you have SunVox of course).
Night radios album Soul Resonance Pixilang visualisations and the SunVox files
notepad++ text editor
Also think that the image they use is real flashy...
It hardly have any functions except two controls- Cutoff and Resonance.
So that does sound extremely exciting does it not.
As said in the Playstore page:
Music Synthesizer for Android is a music synthesizer, based on an accurate emulation of the Yamaha DX7. It was originally written by Bryan Klimt, and more recently maintained by Raph Levien. It's an open source project, and the code is available through the link.This project was featured in the Google I/O 2013 talk, "High Performance Audio for Android", as an example of how to accomplish low latency, reliable audio playback.
It only have a limited soundset but it is enough to be usable for many musical scenarios.
Specially if you write music for rainy wistful or plain depressing music as in my ears almost all the sounds are melancholic in nature. But they do sound very good.
It is also very responsive which makes it nice to play and can see myself using it in many projects being a melancholic fellow writing sad music.
The cool thing is that it is possible for other developers to build on this as it is open source as said above and it seems that some changes are planned. So hopefully they continue to build on this because it could become something great.
Posted the Google talk before but will post it again as now it would be interesting to see it again in regards to this amazingly named Synthesizer.
So in the end I bought this application thinking that it would help me to practice my scales-
And it is funny to think that they at a later date want to charge 8€ / 10$ for this.
To be favorable it looks good and you can see it as a guitar class or two if you are a beginner, and for this think that 2,28 € is okay- But it is not necessary as all this app is, is ten different instrumental tracks in the different keys with a diagram of the five different positions of the pentatonic scale.
This came a week or two ago-
Think that it seems interesting and probably will buy it if I can convince myself that I would actually use it. Have never really learned the scales and the idea with this application is to learn the Pentatonic scale in all positions and being the pentatonic scale it is really easy to add a note or two and in this way have learned more scales. Okay I will buy it if it is a catastrophe I will let you know...
The main reason that this application got posted is because they have introductory price of
2.28€ / 3 $ and later it will be priced at the for Android pretty steep price of 8€ / 10 $.
So if you play guitar and want to practice scales it could be worth the lower price?
Would post the video but don't know what the developer was thinking as the Playstore video show a long video jamming to instrumental tracks and doesn't really point out the main idea of learning to use the Pentatonic scale.
Guitar Jam tracks
So this man is the only one that posted some kind of tutorials regarding Pixilang and tomorrow there will be me crying in front of a screen trying to learn...
What he teaches is how to do this kind of imagery going together with SunVox and creating a instant music video...This is something that Nightradio is using for his videos too so during this week I will post some of those too.
My interest would be to learn how to do this and then be able to create any kind of imagery for instant video not only circles and squares...
So if you used the funky app Pixitracker you will be shocked to see this early incarnation...
Also the sound is horrible... not because of the application but for the sound recording.
But why oh why post such a video-
Well let me tell you-
The idea is to have a Pixilang themed week- Pixilang is a small programming language that is for free for Windows, Linux, WinCE, OSX, iOS (sources only ) and of course for Android.
Being very interesting as it is the only (that I know of) programming language that is made for Audio/Visual programming that you can do programming with directly on your device...
It comes with some small already made programs that can be useful.
It was used for creating:
PixiTracker - simple and fun sample based tracker with minimalistic pixel interface
PixiVisor - revolutionary tool for audio-visual experiments
Soul Resonance - audio-visual album
PixelWave and SpectrumGen synths
Northern Forests and Dragon's Game videos
Tangerine Birthro 2012
So there is very limited information for how to program in this language and me not being a programmer wants to learn so if you have anything to send to share with us here or any help please do so to firstname.lastname@example.org the best that I could find is the videos that a man called Brian Muramatsu posted on youtube and I will during the week go through the tutorials that he made and they will be posted here.
It is an itch that I cannot stop scratching this Pixilang.
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Musical android You can do it! It will feel amazing afterwards!!!