Tech Trumpet: Touch Tone Mix

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Welcome to Tech Trumpet, where I attempt to make vaguely musical sounds using a variety of gadgets and computers.

After today’s news about a DJ selling the 867-5309 number, I thought I’d compose something using DTMF “Touch Tone” dialling tones.

Well, “compose” may be a bit much…

Tech Trumpet: Mac25

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Welcome to Tech Trumpet, where I attempt to make vaguely musical (and festive) sounds using a variety of gadgets and computers.

This week, by way of a very understated celebration of the Apple Macintosh’s 25th birthday on Saturday (today is when the iconic “1984” SuperBowl ad was shown), I’ve composed a short piece based on Mac System 7 operating system sounds…

Christmas Tech Trumpet: Twelve Days of Christmas

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It’s the third Christmassy Tech Trumpet, where I attempt to make vaguely musical (and festive) sounds using a variety of gadgets and computers.

Actually, I’ve cheated a bit this week due to the pressures of Christmas preparation and a lack of Vitamin C, and instead am sharing with you one of the most wonderful Christmassy MIDI files I’ve ever heard…

Christmas Tech Trumpet: Rudolph around the world

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It’s the second Christmassy Tech Trumpet, where I attempt to make vaguely musical (and festive) sounds using a variety of gadgets and computers.

Last week you got a slightly different version of O Come All Ye Faithful. This week, I’m paying tribute to Rudolph, the infamous red-nosed reindeer.

In a hat tip to Santa, who has to travel the entire globe in just one night, this version uses lyrics gleaned from multiple automatic translations from Google Translate.

The original English lyrics were translated into Bulgarian, then Croatian, Danish, Finnish, Filipino, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, Russian, and then back into English…

Christmas Tech Trumpet: O Come All Ye Faithful Mix

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It’s December, so it’s about time to dust off the Christmas carols and synth them up a bit.

So, here’s the classic “O Come all Ye Faithful” (no, it’s not “Why are we waiting?” OK?) but done just a little differently.

Thanksgiving Tech Trumpet: Computer SSB

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Yes, it’s that time of year when Americans take a bit of time out and give thanks for… well, things.

In honour of that, here’s a special Tech Trumpet – a computerised version of the Star Spangled Banner.

You wouldn’t expect me just to play the tune without modifying it though, would you?

Course not, which is just as well, because this is a very special version of the song…

Tech Trumpet: Global Ocarina Jam

Social networking meets live performance in this week's Tech Trumpet. Ocarina is a virtual musical instrument for the iPhone that has become incredibly popular. Simply by blowing into the iPhone's microphone and pressing combinations of four buttons on the…

Tech Trumpet: The Noise

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This week’s Tech Trumpet has been sequenced entirely from the iPhone’s new Noise.io Pro [iTunes link] synthesiser.

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I’ve been waiting a while for this application to come out. As you should be able to hear even from the few built-in audio patches I’ve used in this recording, it’s pretty versatile…