We’ve just seen a video showing off an unfinished version of Blockhead, described as an experimental digital audio workstation that messes with the ‘standard’ way of doing things many DAW users have become accustomed to, and instead seems to present the user with a blank ‘canvas’ on which audio ideas can be assembled, tweaked and played with.
There have been very positive comments about the software, although some have pointed out what a nightmare it could be to actually master and finish a track using this software alone. Perhaps it’s something which is used as a separate tool and then finished off in a more established DAW.
That said, it’s worth taking a look at the video which meanders through the main features and methods of laying down tracks and manipulating them. It’s amusing that the author, who presents the walkthrough, ends up confusing himself at one point. He also stops the video to fix a bug — this is possibly not even at “beta” stage yet, although Patreon supporters of Colugo can gain access to it.
While software such as this may never knock the big boys off their perches, it’s refreshing to see someone who has put so much time and attention into an interesting, different approach to sound creation and design. Definitely worth checking out.