Tech Trumpet: iPhone Bloom


It’s time for another edition of Tech Trumpet.

This week, I have been mostly playing with “Bloom” for the iPhone. Developed by Brian Eno and Peter Chilvers, the application offers an audio-visual experience simply by touching the screen or letting the instrument play itself.

“Bloom is an endless music machine, a music box for the 21st century. You can play it , and you can watch it play itself,” says Eno…

Tech Trumpet: Old '80s Computers Rickrolled


Firstly, an apology to anyone eagerly awaiting a track composed from the “interesting looking audio boxes sitting next to me”. Unfortunately, I’ve not yet got all the wires and other gear required to do them justice.

This week, I’ve dug out what may well be the earliest example of Rickrolling. Take a few defunct ’80s computers (the BBC Model B, to be precise), a discarded dot matrix printer or two, a few industrial monsters, and a handful of sound effects that never quite made it into any successful game, and you have a late-Eighties Rickroll extraordinaire…

Tech Trumpet: Mad Skype Mix


Welcome to a new weekly feature: Tech Trumpet. Each week, I’ll be attempting to create something vaguely resembling “music” using various gadgets and computers.

This week, to ease things in gently, here’s a track made up entirely of sounds from my favourite piece of communications software, Skype. I’ll leave you to judge whether it’s electronica, synth, ambient, all or none of the above.

Hit the jump to play the music and find out what’s coming next week…

Mind that vacuum cleaner, it's Tuesday housekeeping here at Tech Digest


Just a spot of housekeeping here on Tech Digest today, with a few new changes to our staff roll-call.

Firstly, our Editor In Chief, Stuart Dredge, has moved over to the green pastures of Pocket Gamer, a site dedicated to keeping you informed about mobile gaming. It appears the mobile gaming industry isn’t scared of him just yet, after he recently accused them of being sexist at the GDC!

I’ll be taking over the site as Editor, after close to a year of pouring Stu endless cups of coffee and picking up his drycleaning being Deputy Editor. You can reach me at [email protected].

The hugely-knowledgeable Dave Walker is still contributing to the site, in fact, as our new Contributing Editor. You can reach him here if you fancy swinging some compliments his way.

Staff writers still include…