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Blog archive for September 2011

Jamoma 0.5.4b1

September 13, 2011

We have just uploaded a new Jamoma installer for Mac. The most important changes in this version are:

  • Addresses a number of OSX Lion issues
  • Requires OSX 10.6 or newer
  • Sneak-peek of the new Plugtastic objects, but with minimal testing recently
  • Dataspace: The pitch dataspace has been merged into the time dataspace

Please consider this version to be a beta. There might still be issues with OSX Lion, and there might be problems that we are not yet aware of if running the installer on OSX 10.6. If you’re in the process of testing out and migrating to OSX Lion please try it out. If you have an important project coming up in the next few days, I would recommend holding of.

As for the dataspace change: If you use custom modules with jcom.parameter or jcom.dataspace externals and @dataspace pitch, please change this to @dataspace time. The benefit is that there are more units to convert between than before.

Enjoy, and please report any bugs or issues to our issue tracker. If it is working well, we’ll be pleased to know on our mailing lists. The previous release (0.5.4b4) is still available for download.

Tweening in Jamoma

September 14, 2011


At last the ramp/function attribute of jcom.parameter can be instantiated properly. This makes various ramping (or tweening) functions more accessible than before in Jamoma.

The bug fix has not yet made it into installers, but for the ones compiling Jamoma from the master branch, it’s available once Modular has been recompiled.

Sonifying Processing: The Beads Tutorial

September 25, 2011

Sonifying Processing shows students and artists how to bring sound into their Processing programs. It takes a hands-on approach, incorporating examples into every topic that is discussed. Each section of the book explains a sound programming concept then demonstrates it in code. The examples build from simple synthesizers in the first few chapters, to more complex sound-manglers as the book progresses. Each step of the way is examined at a level that is simple enough for new learners, and comfortable for more experienced programmers.

Topics covered include Additive Synthesis, Frequency Modulation, Sampling, Granular Synthesis, Filters, Compression, Input/Output, MIDI, Analysis and everything else an artist may need to bring their Processing sketches to life.

Sonifying Processing is available as a free pdf ebook, in a Kindle edition, or in print from

Jamoma 0.5.4.b2

September 28, 2011

A new installer is now available, with the changes and fixes reported and done in the last few weeks. Most importantly the four Plugtastic externals have been renamed. If you installed the previous beta, please remove the previous versions of these files manually:

  • plug.out≈.mxo
  • plug.out≈.maxhelp
  • plug.parameter#.mxo
  • plug.parameter#.maxhelp
  • plug.loader (found in /Max 5/Cycling ’74/max-startup)
  • Also please check the Patches/extras and Patches/clippings folders for stray Plugtastic files.

Plugtastic is not currently fully operationally, and attempts to build Audio Unit plugins will cause Max to crash. We are currently working on this.

Change log since 0.5.4b1:

  • Various bug fixes i dataspaces (used by jcom.parameter and jcom.dataspace):
    • No longer crash if requesting a non-existing dataspace
    • @dataspace time: Fixed convertions to and from sample rate
  • jcom.filter~ fixed
  • jcom.parameter: @ramp/function now defaults to linear
  • jcom.parameter: @ramp/function can now be set at instantiation
  • Fixed an issue in help patch
  • jcom.parameter.array: Fixed error messages in help patch
  • jcom.dbap: src_weights now work in 1D and 3D, not just 2D
  • Plugtastic:
    •≈ renamed to≈
    • plug.out≈ renamed to jcom.plug.out≈
    • plug.loader renamed to jcom.plug.loader
    • plug.parameter# renamed to jcom.plug.parameter#

“Quiet is distinguished” by Ricardo del Pozo

September 29, 2011

The installation “Quit is distinguished” by Ricardo del Pozo will be shown at Union Scene in Drammen in Multisal 2 the 2nd and 3rd of October. Here’s more from his blog :

This is a completely new sound piece for 16 speakers, and I’m am really exited to be able to present it in such a nice space. I will post more on this subject soon.

About my work in general:

Through digital real-time processes and spatialization techniques Ricardo’s work aims at addressing the formal aspects of sound and video and their inherent properties as artistic value.

Ricardo’s work explores the borderline between installations and electro acoustic music, existing somewhere in between categories. The work deals with formal questions concerning the sound and the moving image and how the relationship between them creates virtual, physical and mental space. The installation you’ll see at the open studio is a work in progress where Ricardo has been exploring algorithmic composition for both video and audio, and in what way these generative systems, to an extent, dissolve the perception of time.