Isotonik Studios is offering the Automaton MINI step sequencer Max for Live device as a free download for a limited time. Alexkids Analog inspired sequencers have been wildly popular, with their recent update for Live 10 and integration with the Ableton Push 2 they just get better and better. This weeks giveaway is a unique […]
Isotonik Studios is offering the Control Pack of Max for Live devices by NOISS COKO as a free download for the next few days. The Control Pack is a collection of three MaxforLive Devices designed by NOISS COKO, developer of the best selling Modulation Pack & Sempler PRO. Consisting of three MaxforLive Devices, CC Manager, […]
Isotonik Studios is offering the Knobulator Max for Live device as a free download for a few days only as part of its “Stay at Home” series of giveaways. The Knobulator by Ned Rush is a device for mashing up audio in realtime. Simply turn the knob and the effect comes on, stop turning it […]
Fabrizio Poce has released an updated version of the free Max for Live device J74 HarmoTools, a set of devices for real-time MIDI harmonization, adapting multiple MIDI tracks by following chords and/or scales of a leading MIDI track. The tool provides building blocks for MIDI analysis, visualization, filtering as well as creation. Included are also […]
Ableton has updated its page with ways to keep making music at home, including a 30% discount on all editions of its Live software. The shared experience of music-making is something that can keep us together in spirit, even when we’re all apart. We’ve put together a collection of discounts, free tools, sounds, and creative […]
Many of us imagine visuals when we close our eyes and listen to music. Here are two devices you can drop directly into Ableton Live to make that happen – from an artist whose work weaves together visual and sonic realms.
Iranian-born, Armenia-based composer and music and media artist Arash Azadi has built his own body of evocative work that explores imagined topographies of sound and image. (We put out one on our Establishment project – see below.)
What’s special about these devices is you can connect to his imagination – and let these inventions interpret your music live, too. One works with generative visuals, and one with a camera.
Sonic Geometry is a reactive visual generator that spits out gorgeous abstract imagery in response to your sound input. It’s a minimalistic mathematical sacred sonic geometrical trip.
It’s also a great example of Max’s power to allow people to build on one another’s work and create variations. Sonic Geometry began its life as Sound Particles by Kevin Kripper, and Arash took it in another direction. That’s long been a part of music composition (see cantus firmus tradition for one example); patches and code in these environments make it easier in the medium of software.
The EP is a sonic pilgrimage of the soul liberating itself from the mind. Through repetitive phrases and circular rhythms, Azadi and Marutian create hypnotic soundscapes to open the windows of listener’s subconscious. The recording is the outcome of a fully improvised set at Azadi’s studio. This is the first time that Arash Azadi appears as the pianist on a record.
Marut Marutian: electric guitar and pedals. Video by: Karen Khachaturov Photography
There’s the side project Marginal Twilight, which marked the occasion of the Persian new year already disrupted by quarantine and lockdowns – a solitary new beginning:
In these times that we all are separated from each other and in fear of death, it’s good to realize that nature is becoming new and spring is bringing life to earth. Even now we can choose to celebrate life and Nowruz the Persian New Year (the New Day) through music and dance.
It’s earlier work, but I’m still quite fond of Arash’s Geosonic Journeys for us – and people slowly keep discovering its aural landscapes:
All the best to all our readers and my friends in Iran and Armenia and around the world. We’re listening. And I miss a lot of you.
Sonic Bloom has announced the release of Grain Relay by Max for Cats, a granular delay processor that can transform your music into multi-facetted dimensions. Grain Relay combines granular delay, pitch shifting, reverb, downsampling and ring modulation in a single, easy to use Max for Live device. Grain Relay offers a vast palette to dial […]
Isotonik Studios has announced that Mark Towers’ Asteroids is available as a free download for a limited time. The Max for Live generative sequencer that can be used on its own or integrated with Ableton Live supported controllers. Designed and created by Ableton Certified Trainer Mark Towers the device takes its inspiration from the hours […]
Isotonik Studios has announced that J.J. Burred’s Factormini Max For Live device is available as a free download for a limited time. Factormini uses machine learning to decompose sounds into sets of elements, allowing you to rearrange and modify them. Factormini is the introductory version of Factorsynth, a powerful new type of musical tool that […]
K-Devices has announced the release of an update of HEXO, an evolved arpeggiator / multitrack sequencer for Ableton Live. The Max for Live device lets you create, sketch, and/or variate your harmonic, melodic, and beating contents. Tons of advanced features, and just few clicks to generate new inspiring loops and beats! Edit and write your […]