CitySound App

Posted by Joey on Monday Jun 13, 2011 Under Audio

Details forthcoming.

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key_NES RC1 is ready!

Posted by Joey on Sunday Feb 13, 2011 Under Make

A dhaoine uaisle,

I am pleased to announce that I am finished the first complete version of “key_NES”!


key_NES is a Nintendo NES game controller “driver” for Mac OS X, using an Arduino as the hardware interface. It is built mainly to allow the use of 1 or 2 NES controllers as gamepads for video game emulators such as Genesis Plus (for Sega Mega Drive/Genesis) and Nestopia (for Nintendo NES), however it can be customized to be used with any emulator (or application). Code for the Arduino is included with the application.

You can download key_NES RC1 here.

Features include:

  • full visual feedback of controllers
  • 2 control pad support
  • soft-swap of control pads
  • Genesis Plus and Nestopia keyboard mappings
  • full key re-assignment functionality
  • save/load custom mapping preset to file


  • Computer running Mac OS X
  • Arduino development board (with serial driver installed)
  • 1 or 2 Nintendo NES Controllers

key_NES was created in MaxMSP 5 and was compiled into a standalone application so you do not need to have MaxMSP to run it. It is based around converting gamepad button presses to simulated presses of the computer keyboard. This is enabled with the help of Masayuki Akamatsu‘s fantastic aki.keyboard object for MaxMSP. Since this application simply converts button presses to keystrokes, it can potentially be used for many computer tasks, when customized.

Please let me know of any bugs, problems, or suggestions.

The MaxMSP source files are available to download here.

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iTunes Scripts you probably need.

Posted by Joey on Sunday Nov 28, 2010 Under Musix

You use iTunes.
You don’t like how the music cuts to silence when you click to pause a track. You don’t like how un-musical that is.
There’s a ‘script’ to solve that (as long as you use a Mac – If you don’t use a Mac, you should :p). The script fades the music out slowly so you can imagine the musicians leaving on a slow train, the sweet melody tapering off elegantly, rather than feeling like they had been exterminated instantaneously mid-note.

It is also simple to use.  I call it Fade, but it’s real name is ‘db iTunes Fade-in/out’ and David Battino made it.

There a few more scripts which are really great.

In the picture you can see the ones I use. You can download them together here.

The scripts come with many ★kawaii☆ stars but if you don’t like the stars, you can spend a few minutes adjusting the file names. I can explain what each does:


Dim fades the music slowly to a quiet level.
Adapted by me from ‘db iTunes Fade-in/out’ by David Battino


Fade fades out the music slowly and pauses the track for you. You can use it again to fade the music back in.
Adapted by me from ‘db iTunes Fade-in/out’ by David Battino

Artist Mediafire Download

This searches Mediafire for any uploads of the artist of the song you have selected.
Adapted by me from ‘Find Album Artwork With Google’ by Brett O’Connor

Track Parsers (Clipboard, Song Names)

Track 01 by Unknown Artist
Track 02 by Unknown Artist
Track 03 by Unknown Artist

Look familiar?

These powerful scripts can take a track listing you copy from Wikipedia or Amazon and name your nameless songs for you.
Have a read of the Readme file to get going.

‘Track Parser 1.3’ by Dan Vanderkam

Search Google Images

This super script will do a Google Image Search on whatever song you have selected, so that you can get your library looking good with album artwork.

I take pride in artwork for all of my month of music but it takes effort, I find setting up a smart playlist that shows music added in the last 2 weeks is great for showing up the music without artwork.

‘Find Album Artwork With Google’ by Brett O’Connor

You can find more Mac iTunes scripts at Doug’s AppleScripts for iTunes website.

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mixtapes from a room Vol.1

Posted by Joey on Monday Oct 25, 2010 Under Musix

A dhaoine uaisle,

Here is a compilation which I made (and was very happy with when I made it last year): download

It’s kinda dreamy and kinda contrived and a long time ago. Features Tilly and the Wall, Crystal Castles, Queen Kong and Tommy James & The Shondells and others.

I may make another one at some stage.

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Arcade Fire @ Oxegen 2007

Posted by Joey on Monday Oct 25, 2010 Under Musix

A dhaoine uaisle,

Seeing (and hearing) Arcade Fire in concert in 2007 continues to be one of my finest musical experiences.

Here is a recording of Arcade Fire live in concert at the Oxegen Festival on the 8th July 2007 at 6:30pm which was broadcast on 2FM: download

Note: the full set was not broadcast (at least missing “Keep the Car Running”).

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Hercules DJ Console MK2 MaxMSP Controller Map

Posted by Joey on Tuesday Apr 13, 2010 Under Audio
Here is the full mapping of the DJ Console MK2 MIDI controls in a subpatch for MaxMSP 4.5. Create outlets for whatever controls you need in your main patch.

Download link: DJmap.pat

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“I just want to break even!”

Posted by Joey on Tuesday Feb 2, 2010 Under The Life

Oh, you don’t know the shape I’m in

Richard Manuel (1943-1986)


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