Archive for December, 2008
...according to the Sacramento Bee, which apparently has a hard time writing the word "woman":
Obituary: Nation's oldest man, 112, dies in Sacramento
George Rene Francis, the oldest man in America, who lived through 19 presidents and saw Babe Ruth swat a homer, died Saturday in a Sacramento nursing home. He was 112.
Walter Breuning of Montana, 112 years and 98 days old, is now the country's oldest living man. Gertrude Baines of Los Angeles, 114, is the nation's oldest living person. The world's oldest person is Maria de Jesus of Portugal, 115 and 109 days old; the oldest man is Tomoji Tanabe of Japan, 113 and 101 days.
What's up with that? My guess is it's a way of getting around the boring headline "US's Second Oldest Person Dies." In terms of world news it's barely a blip without the paper's contorted deep-sixing of gender. But we certainly couldn't rule out rampant sexism at the Bee.
1. I "made" this:
2. The late Sol LeWitt was a great art thinker but not such a hot artist when you actually see his work in person. His stacked cinderblock-type sculptures do have a perverse stark appeal and hope to put up a collection of images of them soon.
As for his ubiquitous (and oft-painted over--by design or otherwise) museum wall murals, Jon Rafman's online versions (1 / 2 / 3) are much preferable. They actually dazzle as opposed to making you stand there saying "Wish these were as dazzling as they obviously want you to think they are."
Update: Apologies if you saw a black rectangle instead of artwork in this post. I used an older version of Photoshop to make a .png and belatedly realized my "alternate browser" wasn't reading it.
still images from a cpb-recommended site
"Octavia" [2.2 MB .mp3]
Am interested in demos as an art form: a piece of music that's not intended as music, just to demonstrate various features of gear. This song is done in that spirit. The instrument is Native Instruments' software version of the classic early 80s synth, the Prophet 5. Am using four patches here: Hot Bass, Hihat, Hihat 2, and Playground. The tune has been posted earlier as "Free Alpha," "Alpha Inshore," and "Blistering Alpha."
Many consider the Pro-53 to be "cold" and "thin" compared to the "warm," "fat" sound of the Prophet 5. I suppose it is. This song was written as if cold and thin were virtues.
"Tesseract Farm Incident" [1.5 MB .mp3]
As in incidental music.
I broke my Mutator filter. It was fixed by Armen's Music Shop (highly recommended; thanks also to Mutronics/Audio Kitchen for the great instrument). Did this "song" to test out having both channels working again--it's really more of an intro or demo (see next post) but I'm happy with it and may add to it. The rhythm is from an earlier song, "Tesseract Farm."
"Monomechanic II" [4.1 MB .mp3]
This was actually written before "Monomechanic" and is made with the Mutator filter, Electribe rhythm box, and some software drumming. The rhythmic (occasionally overloading) pitch shifting is a midi controller curve in Cubase disturbing the Mutator in mid-sweep.
Uncle Tiny Tim's Rock Futon: Uncle Tiny Tim & Gilly Ride the Cyclone! [YouTube]
"Play in Traffic" [9.4 MB .mp3]
A sidstation patch called Evolving Sy[?] changes from melodic to rhythmic depending on a particular knob setting. That knob is being turned here (slowly), as well as the filter cutoff controller. The resulting sound is additionally run through an Adrenalinn FX pedal--with settings changing from phaser to filter sweep to sample and hold (about 5 are used in all). The note commands for the sidstation come from an Electribe synth's midi out. That same synth is also producing audio (e.g., the "scratching" heard mostly in one channel), some of which is also being tweaked in real time. A drum pattern runs underneath, slaved to the Electribe's midi clock.
Two performances were recorded, each with its own tunes and rhythms. Each real time performance runs at 136 bpm but they are otherwise completely different sets of patterns.
The two recordings are then overlapped (this is possible because the clock is the same in both). Performance 2 comes in at :27, the two play simultaneously, then performance 1 starts fading out around 4:10 in this five minute song. At any given moment there are several timbral or melodic "events" going on and the combinations basically don't repeat. In painting this is sometimes called "allover" or a "skein." Here there's a steady beat running through it.