Archive for May, 2009
"Arthur Koestler...once wrote that there were two planes of experience, the tragic and the trivial, and that artists and writers are blessed--cursed, really--with seeing 'everyday experience' on the tragic plane, the 'angle of the eternal.'"
--Bernard Avishai, The New Yorker via TPM (TPM is cited because it gives a permalink as opposed to making you Digg it or whatever).
"Rinso Piano" [2.8 MB mp3]
Short piano piece written by my household robot, who wants very much to be human (and mambo).
Previous piano works:
"Piano Three Hands" [2 MB .mp3]
"Reel for Omniverters (piano version)" [mp3 removed]
"Enigmatic Rap (Piano Version)" [mp3 removed]
"Subharmonic Duo (Piano)" [mp3 removed]
"Congratulations Again" [5 MB mp3]
Genre: Vocoded Wii Congratulations Atmospheric D&B
Julia, 32, Art Consultant:
"I was working as a docent at our local museum and a traveling show came through of Egyptian artifacts, including an honest-to-gosh mummy in a glass case. This attraction was seriously hyped in the press kit and our local media picked it up. 'See the Mummy!' It was like a carnival.
"We handle a lot of school field trips. One day several busloads of kids came into the museum, causing some chaos at the Egypt entrance. We docents were called in to create some manageable lines at the entry area.
"I was herding a class of third or fourth graders over to the place where they would form a line. I knew they were all very excited about seeing the mummy. But I had no idea how much till I reached down and momentarily touched my hand to a kid's chest, keeping him back from the entrance. His little heart was beating like a pneumatic hammer--it felt like it was going to explode out of his shirt."
"So, Tom, we know you hate the Apple 'family' of products but what is your alternative?"
Windows using open source apps and turning off as many services and as much "Bill junk" as possible (e.g., Windows Media Player). XP is pretty good for things like sound drivers; its file and foldering system is nice. No stupid graphic stuff like images morphing into smaller images as they head south to the icon dock, as with Apple. XP is tweakable to a stripped down system with plain vanilla interfaces into which you can load programs of your own choosing, such as media players, browsers, email clients, and sound-, image- and video-editors. Once you've chosen not to use the Bill junk it stays out of your way. You just need a good antivirus since Windows is the attack target of choice.
"Why not Linux if you're such a geek purist and hater of hyped-up, supposedly consumer friendly but ultimately non-configurable crap products like Apple?"
Take it away, Paul Slocum.
It's weird and slightly pathetic that it took the iPhone to make people discover that digital painting exists. The technology to make "smeary" paintings has been used in advertising for years. This New York Times article (and apparently the art editor of the New Yorker) are suddenly all agog that it can be done, because someone did one on an iPhone. See also this discussion on Paddy Johnson's blog of David Hockney's similar amazing discovery (and this followup).
When it's about advertising a marvelous, life changing Apple (TM) product suddenly everyone wakes up to the world around them.
Travis Hallenbeck "Untitled 3" (Tom Moody Remix) [5.7 MB mp3]
This song by Travis Hallenbeck was made with Sound Club, a piano roll style music editor for PC. I rearranged the order of the parts slightly (by messing with the audio file) and added one echo-y beat. I really like the tune and the samples he's using here. This and a couple of his other Sound Club compositions can be found on his website.