Systems music is an idea that explores the following question: What if we could, instead of making music, design systems that generate music for us?
In the 1960s and 70s there was a particularly fruitful period. People like Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Pauline Oliveros, and Brian Eno designed systems that resulted in many landmark works of minimal and ambient music. They worked with the cutting edge technologies of the time: Magnetic tape recorders, loops, and delays.
With Web Audio we can do something Reich, Riley, Oliveros, and Eno could not do all those decades ago: They could only share some of the output of their systems by recording them. We can share the system itself. Thanks to the unique power of the web platform, all we need to do is send a URL.
This is exactly the thing I have been looking for. It’s like the neural synths from Google.
NSynth Super is part of an ongoing experiment by Magenta: a research project within Google that explores how machine learning tools can help artists create art and music in new ways.
Rather than combining or blending the sounds, NSynth synthesizes an entirely new sound using the acoustic qualities of the original sounds—so you could get a sound that’s part flute and part sitar all at once.
Like all Magenta projects, NSynth Super is built using open source libraries, including TensorFlow and openFrameworks, to enable a wider community of artists, coders, and researchers to experiment with machine learning in their creative process.
The open source version of the NSynth Super prototype including all of the source code, schematics, and design templates are available for download on GitHub.
Magenta Studio is a collection of music plugins built on Magenta’s open source tools and models. They use cutting-edge machine learning techniques for music generation. There’s a bunch of Ableton Live pluginsyou can download for free.
Plus there’s a Neural Synth Instrument for Ableton or Max you can download as well.
This is the Dirtywave M8. It looks like a great piece of kit to play around with. I’ve stuck this up on Interesting in Sleevenotes so I remember about it further down the line when it can be bought in the UK and so that other interested people can see it too.
Anything that’s a synth + sampler + sequencer has my interest. Good work!
Portable tracker sequencer and synthesizer M8 is powered by the Teensy micro-controller and inspired with love from the renowned Gameboy tracker Little Sound DJ. Featuring 8 tracks of freely assignable instruments capable of a wide range of sounds including waveform synthesis, FM, virtual analog, sample playback, and MIDI output. Check out #M8Tracker on Twitter and our Discord Server meet-up videos on Youtube.