Dr. Kilpatient – The Prototype IV Soundtrack

My old band Dr. Kilpatient re-released an album we recorded in 2000, the Prototype IV Soundtrack. It’s the soundtrack to an imaginary science fiction film and was the combined songwriting effort of myself and Tomasz Kordowski (The Doctor Himself). Marc Haney also played guitar on a few of the songs. It was a blast to

Zeta Centauri Windows App Revenue Postmortem

Now that I’m no longer selling the Zeta Centauri apps, I decided to add up sales of Windows desktop apps over the years and see how much it was. 2010: $261.25 2011: $160.44 2012: $69.24 2013: $0* 2014: $109.26 2015: $50.08 2016: $95.58 2017: $36.42 Total: $781.27 Overall I’d estimate that I’ve spent about 3500

DrumPads Now Open Source

Of all the audio apps I wrote for Zeta Centauri, DrumPads was by far the most popular, with more than 300,000 lifetime downloads. It’s a pretty simple app. It’s a set of 12 virtual drum pads, each of which plays a sample when you tap or click it, or hit the corresponding keyboard key. It

MusicSrch Reboot

Early in 2016 I bought the source code for a music search site from a fella in Slovenia and put it under the umbrella of the WbSrch search engine. When WbSrch shut down later in 2016, it was left in limbo. It was still running through 2017, but ignored. And sometimes the service crashed and

RCRDList

My friend Zoe, founder of the RCRDList music discovery email list, is currently in grad school. She’s handed off curation of the list to me while she’s busy with classes. I’ve been finding a lot of great music you should know about, so you should sign up. It’s here: http://list.rcrdbox.com/

SampliTron Now Open Source

SampliTron is one of the most popular Windows apps I’ve written. Although it’s fairly simple, it’s pretty powerful. It’s a virtual sampler that lets you load a .wav file and scale it across the entire keyboard, with that keyboard playable via either the computer keyboard or an external MIDI controller. Before today it was a

New Bloodless Mushroom Album: Cymatella

I’ve released a new album called Cymatella. It’s a mix of nearly-industrial guitar-synth-and-drums tracks and ambient/soundtrack electronic music. Nothing I’ve done musically has required more time and effort than this album. Technically I’ve spent more than 12 years working on it, with the first drum tracks being created in 2005. Turning those tracks into real

New Bloodless Mushroom Abstract Classical Album: Gymnopus

I’ve recently release a new Bloodless Mushroom album called Gymnopus. It’s an album of abstract synthesizer neoclassical music. You won’t find anything quite like it from anyone else. It’s available on the major streaming services. Find out more here. The cover art was created by Suzanne Champion.

New Bloodless Mushroom Ambient Album: Nothopanus

I’ve recently released a new ambient electronic album by Bloodless Mushroom called Nothopanus. It’s on YouTube: And it’s on Spotify. And pretty much anywhere else you can stream music. Available on Bandcamp, too, of course. Enjoy. 🙂

Open Source: Sigmatizm, A Virtual Additive Synthesizer

Back in 2012 I wrote the most complex audio application I had ever written. It’s called Sigmatizm, and is a standalone additive synthesizer. Additive synthesis works by adding together sine waves of different frequencies (harmonics) to create a more complex sound. This particular application adds up to 128 sine waves together in real-time, while transitioning from

Proxima Controller, a Virtual MIDI Controller

Back in 2008 I created an app called Proxima Controller. It’s a virtual MIDI controller that runs on Windows, OSX, and Linux. I wanted an easy way to control external MIDI hardware (synthesizers, etc.) from my PC and there wasn’t an app that I liked available. It started out as a Windows-only app. A few

Spells and Sample Zones Added to ModernMUD

I wasn’t sure whether I’d ever end up working on the ModernMUD project again. Turns out that the answer is yes. Today I added four sample zones, a bunch of spells, and a sample help file to the open source project on GitHub. It’s available here: https://github.com/Xangis/ModernMUD.

Trigram Generator for Windows and Linux

A long time ago I wrote a free Windows app called the “ZC Trigram Generator”. It was a simple app to generate plausible-sounding words based on a set of input words. It had a steady trickle of downloads for around 8 years or so, about 1500 downloads per year. Two years ago I open-sourced it

Guitar Tuner and Bass Tuner for Windows

Guitar Tuner and Bass Tuner are the first desktop Windows apps that I wrote. I don’t recall how long ago, but it was certainly more than a decade. They’re super-simple apps that let you sound notes to tune your guitar or bass to. They only support standard tuning and use the default MIDI device for

Bad Job Descriptions Waste Everyone’s Time

Most companies hiring software engineers want you to know a few specific languages and/or technologies. It makes sense. The more you know about their existing infrastructure, the faster you’ll be able to contribute effectively. When those companies completely fail to include any of those desires in a job listing, it wastes everyone’s time. They get

Java: Overcoming A Technology Prejudice

For a very long time I’ve been anti-Java. It started when I was a PC technician in the late 1990’s. The Java Runtime was always a nuisance to maintain and the apps were terrible memory hogs with bad user interfaces. My view of Java didn’t improve as I learned and worked in C++ and then

FreeWaveSamples: DMCA Response Period Expired, Samples Restored

This is an update to a previous post about a DMCA request frivolously filed by Roland Corporation against freewavesamples.com. I sent a DMCA counter-notice to my ISP, Linode, and they forwarded it to Roland. 14 days (10 business days passed) and Roland did not respond. Yesterday Linode contacted me to let me know I was

Karaoke and Cold Lazarus by Dennis Potter

I recently watched a pair of British Sci-Fi dramas by Dennis Potter filmed in 1996. Over the years I’ve seen references to Cold Lazarus here and there (including as the title of a Stargate episode) and decided to check it out. It’s the second part of a pair, the first being Karaoke. Apparently they’re available

SpaceTheremin, a Virtual Theremin

Back in 2007 I wrote an application called SpaceTheremin. It is a simple app that lets you use your mouse to control a virtual theremin by moving it over a beautiful public domain image from the Hubble Telescope to control pitch and volume. Over the years I also released versions for Linux, webOS, and OSX (via

Open Sourced: RoboBlather, a Text to Speech Application for Windows

Back in 2008 I released the first version of a simple text-to-speech program for Windows called RoboBlather. Over the years it has enjoyed some popularity among a small niche of users due primarily to its uncomplicated interface. Today I finished open-sourcing it under the MIT license. If you’re interested, it’s available here on GitHub. You