Cool New MIDI Instrument – Percussa Audio Blocks

28 05 2012

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Audio Blocks is one of the coolest new instruments I have seen.  These look like so much fun.  Audio Blocks by Percussa are a new MIDI instrument that you can input your own samples to create completely original and new compositions of your own.

I wish they were a bit cheaper to buy.  A set of four blocks runs around $600 US.  A little steep.

Here is some info from their site.

Improvisor is a MIDI sequencer application which plays back multiple step sequences with up to 64 steps in length.

Each sequence is entered using velocity and semitone patterns, relative to a root note.

Semitone patterns can be played back using different velocity patterns or the other way around.

Semitone patterns can follow each other, which means they will add to each other’s relative semitone steps.

By drawing your own semitone and velocity patterns, and making patterns follow each other, you can create completely new melodies, which you didn’t imagine before!





Great FREE Online Piano Lesson Resource

30 01 2012

If you are a music teacher and have piano keyboards in your classroom try this great online resource at pianolessons.com

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Pianists will soon be able to explore video lessons covering beginner, intermediate, and advanced topics for both classical piano and keyboard piano! No matter what your skill level, you will find helpful advice and detailed training on the PianoLessons.com website!

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“Beyond the Score” Classical Listening and Analysis

16 07 2009

Found another gem. The Chicago Symphony has a wonderful site for those interested in learning more about famous musical masterpieces and composers that created them. It is called “Beyond the Score” and has their own website as well as a YouTube site for more listening. Video is included. Great stuff. You can watch and download files for class use.