Thursday, 15 January 2009

Chromaesthetic DJ software?

I stumbled upon this fascinating paper while rambling around Google for an image of the circle of fifths. For a couple of years now I have been suggesting to Native Instruments DJ division that they build upon the tools in Traktor to enhance live harmonic mixing. So far, I haven't had much success but I think this may be down to me not explaining myself very well and not campaigning hard enough. This paper has helped me to crystalise my ideas for a tool that can link tonality with colour within Traktor (or any software DJ application). Extract from paper: This correlation is mirrored by the testimony of chromaesthetics, those afflicted by a common form of synaesthesia in which neural pathways are crossed and auditory stimulus also evokes a visual response – flickering colored hallucinations dubbed “photisms.” Although the color of any particular note varies between chromaesthetics, these phenomena do have universal qualities, or form constants, which include inverse relationships of pitch and tempo to photism size and smoothness (respectively). It has also been observed that the paintings of these hallucinations closely resemble early cave paintings, which lends some credence to the hypothesis that spoken language and art developed from similarly intertwined synapses in the brains of early humans. Specifically, the software could represent a tracks tonality through use of colour - say on the waveform display itself. As the DJ alters the pitch, the colour changes accordingly. Using a system similar to the colour charts in Michael's paper (pictured below) the DJ could quickly learn which colours go with which (and hence which keys go with which) because they go together visually as well as audibly. The tracks listed in the track collection display below the waveform could be in the colour of their natural key or the colour of their projected key after an arbitrary pitch shift (similar to the system found in the excellent Rapid Evolution 2 by Qualia)

Sunday, 11 January 2009

Mix DS139: Hypercluster

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I've only just realised in iTunes you only see reviews of podcasts according to which iTunes country store you are browsing. When I switched from the UK to the USA store (using the drop-down box at the bottom of the store page) I was amazed to find I had 9 reviews, all rated 5 out of 5! Thanks to everyone that has commented and reviewed this feed, I'm really chuffed you are enjoying it!

Metrik - Your World - Intrinsic
Brookes Brothers - Hard Knocks - Breakbeat Kaos
Q-Project - Electric Lust Orchestra - Hospital
Spirit - Fantasy - CIA
Lenzman - String City - Fokuz
Trei - Too High - Critical
DJ Samurai - Outsider - Viper
Atlantic Connection - Disco Shit (Bass Anthem) - Westbay
Q-Project - Just Chillin - Machine Funk
Mixmaster Doc - Mr Scott - Sonorous
L.A.O.S. - Star Soul - Have A Break
Logistics - Intervention - Hospital
SpectraSoul - Peninsula - Shogun Audio
Lomax - Come And See - Critical
Atlantic Connection - Sleaze (The Stripper Song) - Westbay
Nymfo - Cybernetic Disorder - Critical
Incident - Ambush - Basswerk Files

Tuesday, 6 January 2009

DLM Studio Mix

I found this really nice new 2 hour harmonic mix from DLM (myspace.com/dlmdj). DLM performed it using 3 Serato-driven digital decks. DLM said "Its slightly different to my previous ones with a good deal less 'anthemy' dancefloor type stuff on it and a lot more rolling, liquid type beats instead. Let me know what you think - spent a LOT more time than usual planning this one to make sure the mixes roll as harmonically as possible." Well, I appreciate his efforts and I thought you guys would to. Check it and let us know what you think!