Archive for April, 2009
"FM Fatale" [5.6 MB .mp3]
Have been teaching myself how to program frequency modulated (additive) synthesis using the FM7 synth, an NI softsynth modeled on the '80s-vintage Yamaha DX7. "Program" rather dignifies it--it's not as if I'm writing the algorithms, just making my own patches within the synth's rather arcane "operator matrix." About half of this song is "my" sounds made that way and the rest factory presets. The rhythm at the beginning is an 808 loop that I am using as "audio in" to the FM7 for effects.
ken from street fighter twelve times (sorry, wrote mortal kombat by mistake)
bathtub stickers (larger than previously posted)
bathtub stickers (asynchronous) (will not be asynchronous on IE because it reads the frame rates as the same)
frames enlarged in Irfanview--the movement is smoother and there is no blurring of edges but now the background is black.
Reasons you might consider foregoing that bacon sandwich you were planning to eat today. Not because you catch the flu from eating pork but because factory farming of pigs has become increasingly heedless of public welfare.
Unlike the US and many European countries, Denmark has laws that cap the number of pigs per farm and put a ceiling on the total number of pigs allowed to be raised in the country, because
"Influenza [in pigs] is closely correlated with pig density," said a European Commission-funded researcher studying the situation in Europe. As such, Europe's rapidly intensifying pig industry has been described in the journal Science as "a recipe for disaster." Some researchers have speculated that the next pandemic could arise out of "Europe's crowded pig barns."
An expert in flu virus evolution says confining pigs and poultry in cramped bunkers, near each other, with human staff between them that never rotates is a recipe for crossbreeding truly nasty, persistent viruses that potentially jump from animals to humans.
Washington's answer is spin: calling the recent flu outbreak a series of letters and numbers instead of "swine flu," which offends the pork industry.
(thanks to Charles Lemos at MyDD for the post linked to and recapped here)
Michael Bell-Smith has moved his online vitae-slash-archive to michaelbellsmith.com from its former location. Worth a look--am especially happy to see some of the work linked to on my old blog back up, such as Video Created to Fix Stuck Pixels in Computer Monitors Recast (with Soundtrack and Sunset) as Video to Fix Your Stuck Mind. Also good to see some of the newer work such as Faceted Sphere on an Escalator, a sophisticated variant of the venerable chrome sphere on checkerboard motif.
semi-failed attempts to reconstruct one Travis Hallenbeck posted that is now tastefully blurred out thanks to the geniuses who developed Firefox 3 and included a mandatory "zoom" feature that resamples or anti-aliases all html-enlarged content. Internet Explorer is now the go-to way to view such GIFs accurately.
the ones above were screen-captured, making the rotation rate erratic; in the bottom one the "pixels" are divided.
All art made for the Internet is doomed.
datamosh version - the "keyframe" is removed and the export function forgot to make it yellow
Clear, detailed, sobering chart from New Scientist shows how many years' supply is left of various minerals (zinc, copper, germanium, etc) if:
--the world consumes these materials at the current rate and
--if the world consumes them at half the current US consumption rate.
Also considered is how much each metal is currently recycled.
It's fair to say several will be mined out in our lifetimes. Any science fiction writer worth his or her sodium chloride can imagine that our future economy will be based on the barter value of various used-up metals, and the rise of feudal systems based not on land but hoarded recyclables in the hands of technologically endowed elites.
"Iceworld Two" [6.1 MB .mp3]
The deep bass throb on this will likely be lost on computer speakers. The bass is a drum loop run through the Mutator analog filter.
The synths are FM4 (the strumming strings-like part, recorded separately and pasted in with a short prayer), Absynth for the "keyboard," and the wispy drumming at the end is an 808 loop with some delay.