That VST idea I had

Do you remember this VST idea I had ? Well I tried it out. Not fully, but close enough.
In Ableton Live I added a beat, then I recorded midi of me banging to it in different variations. Then I put that through the Live randomizer and then the scale plugin. The scale plugin was fixed so that notes could not clash with each other. Then I recorded the output of that midi data into a few tracks with softsynths. It sounds pretty art musicy, but still good. I wonder if I should program the VST or just wait for max 4 Live.

Anyways here is the mp3 you’ve been waiting for: testing the melody generation idea

Idea for a new VST, a little helper for creating melodies.

Yes yes yo.

I had  this idea when traveling to work. The train was super crowded and that got me thinking of circuit bending. A lot of the devices I’ve bent have a “press only one key to play a melody that you probably heard a gazillion times before”  that combined with me reading up on Arnold Schoenberg’s 12 tone matrix melody composer thing gave me a new idea! What if you could type in a couple of notes that you know are in a good scale, or fits your mood. Then press a key on your keyboard or similar to add play these in order. And if you make the VST output MIDI then you could connect it to any VSTi and have it play the sound’s of your liking. You could even record the output and edit it. I was thinking that this would be a nice little tool for creating melodies (which I suck at programming in) but editing or fiddling them out is much easier for me.

Perhaps I’ll do this and put it up on one of these days, it will mostly be UI work though, which I find a bit tedious to program in VST GUI.  Thought’s ideas suggestions are welcome.  Name suggestions also.

Making a gift

I made this photo as a present for my friend Christian. I also made the frame, it’s not as awesome as the picture though.

The idea came when I bought that hat, in Swedish it’s called a sydvest, and I was parading around the office with it, I threw the idea out that one should make a “old fisherman” style photo, here is one I found on the internets to let you get the idea. The corn pipe was the cheapest I could find. I don’t really cared to put a lot of money on that prop. The kids want it to blow bubbles with tough.

So the kids and I had an evening of shaving, putting up lights, taking photos and manipulate them. The next day I ordered a 40*50cm large photo. It arrived the next day (yesterday) so I made a frame quick and dirty so I could give it to Christian today. All I hope for now is a laugh and that he really hangs it in his bedroom as he promised 🙂


UPDATE: The gift was delivered and was well received! all is happy rejoice!

More lgpt awesomeness and new hardwave.

I have bought new hardware. Hooray!


The new one is the top one, it’s a Dingoo A320 made by Shenzhen Dingoo Digital. The Dingoo is a nice little piece of machinery. A few of the things I like about it are:

  • Opensource’d development enviroment
  • Form factor of a Nes-controller
  • 7hour battery time.
  • It runs LGPT
  • It boots in 4 seconds.
  • It’s supposed to be some sort of  Communistic statement from the Chinese government.

So yes I was really excited to exchange my gp2x f200 with it’s bulky size and long boot time for something younger and slimmer :). After installing a new firmware and a Linux variant called Dingux I was up and running. Hooray. After using it on the train (with a little scare where I could not get audio out from the headphones since I put it in the wrong hole (video out instead of headphones)) I was up and piggin. The awkward placement of the headphone jack wasn’t that awkward after all.

I noticed a few things that wasn’t one hundred percentage super sweet, one was the volume, you couldn’t get the piggy running at a nice volume on the speakers, and you have to exit the piggy, reboot into the original OS to quit.  The first was fixed by mashing X, it is a hidden feature. The second was fixed with a new version of the Linux. Hooray.

What better way to celebrate this then to make a tune from beginning to end? NONE, so I’ve made this song in the style of booring techno with only one note, the note of D. Yup, only D. the note D.

Here’s the lgpt project folder: lgpt_dingo_1
And here’s the song i mp3 format: lgpt_dingo_1

Wooden amp-box.


This summer me and the kids built a little ghettoblaster I was thinking of bringing to the Norbergfestival. Sadly though I never brought it to the festival, since in it’s current state doesn’t produce enough volume for outdoor-listening (in hi-fi atleast)


What we did was basically:
* Get a few planks to build the shell.
* Use magnets for the door.
* Using a LOT of glue to isolate the speaker boxes
* Adding foam behind the speakers before sealing of (even more glue)

Here is a little video of when we where  WIP.


For amplification we first used some 0.5w RubyAmps that are great for smaller amplification projects, unfortunately they where not powerful enough to drive the speaker-elements. So I went and bought a kit from 41hz. 41hz stuff really really rule. To bad I accidentally fired the amplification IC on it when I was putting it inside the box. I orderd a replacement IC pretty fast, but in the mean-time I used two 1w amps I had for some other project. I have made one halfheartedly try to replace the IC on the circuitboard, but I really need to drill the old one away. Perhaps I’ll fix that one day.

For now it is awesome to have it as amp to my computer and or when I work outside. It’s stylish don’t you think?

oh yeah, it’s only 4.6kg

Digital rust, creating a feedback-loop to destroy audio.

So I was not at ease after creating Decompression glitches for sound generation but needed to explore this more. I was thinking that if you could feed the glitched sample back into the algorithm over and over again it could create something nice. something noisy, something full of love. So I did do the necessary changes after the perfect phrase had come to me during almost throwing up while taking the train home from work. You see, I think I had some sort of food poisoning, but the whole time I was thinking left,right,fight out loud in my head, with the sound coming from first left, then right, then both, but overdubbed. So naturally I had to use that for the digital rust test you are about to hear. So without further ramblings here it is in it’s shiny mp3 form.

digital rust example – Left Right FIGHT

Listening to new music every-day.

When I was a teenager I read or got told that your music taste stagnates when you reach 22. That is, you wont listen to anything new, atleast not anything in a new genre when you grow older.

This scared the shit out of me and I promised myself that that would never happen to me.

It hasn’t, but I wonder if it is because of this fear that has made me expand my views or if it is because even though the genres are the same, it is the same type of music I listen to?

Don’t get me wrong, I used to listen to blackmetal and the likes, now I’ve been into breakcore for a while with small doses of grindcore to supply my appetite in distorted guitars.  And I listen to brand new music on my way back and forth to work. I’ve been streamripping from for a long time so I have a lot of music that is totally new to me. And I have like 2h of traveltime every workday.  While that radiostation isnt as rigid in it’s specification of breakcore (but there are some noice, gabba, digital destruction,  booty bass etc) I have a feeling that there is something in common with all the genres and music I like. I have a feeling that there is nothing new, just disguised in different ways, and that I have not moved a bit forward at all since I was a headbanging teenager.

How about that?  Wouldn’t it have been awesome if Pandora could have told me what tag’s I have been listening to over the years and try to get a fix on my taste?

A lazy-dog for little piggy tracker

Littlepiggytracker is a tracker designed for hand held consoles. It’s awesome and I like it a lot. I use it mainly to create beats when I’m on the go. As cool as this is you sometimes need to look up those abbreviation codes for some serious effect-addition. Also when you are new to the piggy it’s nice to have some sort of cheat-sheet, so I made this lazy-dog for myself. And whilst is probably not perfect it has helped me a lot and I still keep it in my GP2X-F200 case and I occasionally look at it.

I wrote it in NeoOffice, which is a OSX-clone/fork of openoffice. I only tell you this so if you want to edit the lgpt-lazydog.odt but for most reasons it’s probably best to get the PDF version: lgpt-lazydog.pdf

Hope you enjoy.

Cow in a can, my entry in the Renoise-compo.

Create Digital Music, a blog about creating digital music, or at least the digital creation of music is co-hosting a music-comp. For more information on the compo please go here or read my short explanation below.

Anyways, you can win a Linux music production studio configured MSI Wind with the music program Renoise on it, and that being the whole mood for the competition you should make a CPU light song in Renoise and apply a license to it that is fairly open.

Me being who I am had to enter. Not that I’m in it to win the computer, nor a Renoise license because I’m perfectly happy with my Mac and I already own a Renoise license. So why then? because it’s fun, and I should really start using Renoise now that I bought it.

The result is “Cow in a can”

cow in a can

As a little disclaimer I want to state that I’m not Australian and I don’t want to mock any Australians. Speaking with an Australian accent seemed to be a good idea at the moment.

Here’s an mp3 of the song: Cow in a can.mp3

And here is the Renoise source file: cow in a can.rns

And if you’re interested in the lyrics, it’s here:

For my 4th birthday I got a cow.
I was very surprised.

First It was small, then it grew.

We had to move her to my uncle’s farm.
There she lived in a barn.

I used to visit her on the holidays.
That was nice.

She really helped me through puberty.
And the occasional breakup.

She became both a mother and a grandmother.

Then one day she had to go.
She had to go where old cows go.

To the slaughterhouse.

I have enjoyed her for many dinners now.

But the freezer broke a while back.

So all I have left of her is in this can of formaldehyde.

This can of cow.

My cow, my friend, I keep you close to my heart.

My cow in a can.

On the green fields in heaven we will be together again.

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