Free Loop Generator Creates Awesome Melodic Loops For Mac and Windows

This new app uses visual polygons to help you create loops based on mathematical principles – and it’s a lot funner than that sounds.

XronoMorph is a free OS X and Windows app from Dynamic Tonality for creating multilayered rhythmic and melodic loops (hockets). Each rhythmic layer is visualised as a polygon inscribed in a circle, and each polygon can be constructed according to two different mathematical principles: perfect balance and well-formedness (aka MOS).

These principles generalise polyrhythms, additive, and Euclidean rhythms. Furthermore, rhythms can be smoothly morphed between, and irrational rhythms with no regular pulse can also be easily constructed.

Each polygon can play an independent sound, and XronoMorph comes with a useful selection of samples to play the rhythms. Alternatively, you can load your own VST or AU plugins, or send MIDI to an external software or hardware synth. The rhythmic loops can be saved as presets within XronoMorph; they can also be saves as Scala scale tuning files, which means XronoMorph can be used as a tool for designing well-formed (MOS) and perfectly balanced microtonal scales.

Perfect balance is a generalisation of the polyrhythms found in many African and jazz musical traditions. A rhythm is perfectly balanced when the mean position (centre of gravity) of all its rhythmic events, when arranged on a circle, is the the centre of that circle.

Well-formedness is a generalisation of the additive rhythms found in aksak (Balkan), sub-Saharan African, and progressive rock musical traditions. Well-formed rhythms contain no more than two interonset intervals, arranged as evenly as possible. WF rhythm are typically nested by faster WF rhythms, which in combination form complex interlocking rhythmic hierarchies.

XronoMorph is available completely free for Windows 64-bit (32-bit coming soon) and Mac OS X.

Relive Coachella With 360° Performances On YouTube

Are you gutted that you missed out on possibly the biggest festival of the year? Or were you there and wish that you could go back and live it again? Thanks to YouTube’s 360-degree videos you can.

YouTube have hosted streams and videos of Coachella for years now but it was this year, with an update to their 360 videos, that they introduced 360 videos for Coachella.

From the official Coachella YouTube page you can view videos of loads of the acts and watch some of them in 360. Pop on some Google Cardboard glasses and live the concerts in virtual reality.

See some of the highlights for yourself and take a look around, literally:

YouTube Protecting Creators Further With Improved Content ID

YouTube have announced improvements to their Content ID program to protect creators and help them earn more revenues.

In a blog post yesterday YouTube announced that they’re developing a system to help creators continue earning money during a claim dispute. They addressed recent concerns, saying: “We understand just how important revenue is to our creator community, and we’ve been listening closely to concerns about the loss of monetisation during the Content ID dispute process.”

With their current system, when a video receives a copyright claim revenues stop for the video. This is to prevent wrongful gains but also means that false claims can result in a major loss of earnings, especially if a creator earns their livelihood through YouTube.

The new system that YouTube are developing allows videos to continue earning revenue whilst a Content ID claim is being disputed. Ad revenue earned on that video will be held until the dispute is resolved at which point whoever the rightful copyright owner is will receive their earnings.

Content ID claims ad revenue

YouTube are currently working on bringing this updated Content ID model “in the coming months”. In addition to improving Content ID YouTube say that they are looking into copyright claims on videos that use content under fair use – modifying content rather than copying it, for example a reaction video or mash-up of clips.

YouTube say: “We want to help both the YouTube community and copyright owners alike better understand what fair use looks like online, which is why we launched our fair use protection program last year and recently introduced new Help Center pages on this topic.

“We will continue to invest in both people and technology to make sure the Content ID keeps working for creators and rightsholders. We want to thank everyone who’s shared their concerns about unintended effects from Content ID claims. It’s allowed us to create a better system for everyone and we hope to share more updates soon.”

Stay tuned for any updates, we’ll report on them as they happen.

Vevo’s Update Looks Great and Personalises Your Music Video Experience

Vevo have overhauled their web design to look more like their mobile app, with a sleeker design and personalised recommendations.

From today when you head to Vevo’s web page you’ll be greeted by a page familiar to those who use the mobile app. Their update refreshes their user interface with a design that looks better and makes exploring music videos easier than ever.

Vevo’s update doesn’t just splash a coat of paint over their design as they’re bringing curation to their website. On their mobile app when you get started Vevo will ask you to select your music tastes, allowing them to create recommendations and a personalised feed of music videos. Now you can do all this on your computer too!

vevo music videos

But what if your tastes change after you first log in to Vevo? They’ve got you covered there too – as you watch and listen Vevo will use your history to update and improve it’s personalisation.

Also new is a larger video player, always nice, and a home page that shows it’s Spotlight feature, a feed where you can find the videos and playlists that Vevo recommends to you. You can also find new releases, top videos, genres, recently watched and featured playlists on the home page from today.

Last but not least, at least to some of you, Vevo have stopped Flash support. Vevo now use HTML5 to stream everything on their website.

Now You Can Watch Music Videos On Android With Apple Music

Yesterday Apple rolled out a new update for it’s Apple Music app on Android meaning you can watch music videos within the app.

Now Android users can watch music videos wherever they are on their Android smartphones. With a selection of thousands of music videos this update gives their music streaming service more content on Android, where some thought Apple might hold back to promote their own smartphones.

Apple are also adding the ability to sign up to a family subscription plan directly on the Android app. The family plan allows up to six people (Apple rather they be family) to access Apple Music using the same account for $14.99 a month, as opposed to the typical price of $9.99 a month.

Android app update

Apple Music’s new update means that their apps for iOS and Android are almost at an equal level. The Android app was released 5 months after the service was officially launched. Since launching their Android app Apple have updated it to allow saving songs for offline play on SD cards and even let you add an Apple Music widget to your homescreen, both things unavailable on iPhones.

Apple have been working on original video content for a while, recently teaming up with Vice for a docu-series about various, inclusive music cultures. It’s unclear whether they plan to make all their video content available on Android, including a rumoured upcoming show with Dr. Dre, but for now you can explore the thousands of music videos available through the app.