Archive for October, 2011
needlessly accelerated version of gif from Michael Manning's blog
Check out the September issue of the the Pool journal, with contributions by Erik Stinson, Jordan Tate, Robert John, and Robert Lorayn. Discussing a web commerce model based on all teasers and no one getting paid (that is, no model), Stinson writes:
It’s happening in porn because our culture doesn’t value sex – or rather – banishes it to the far reaches of the deleted browser history. We don’t feel great about watching porn – so we accept this brave new media model. Will acceptance in this area fuel a total distortion of traditional media venues? Will the cinema ads at beginning of feature films begin to lengthen until the feature itself is an end to the story of consumption offered by the endless series of sponsor motiongraphics?
Tumblr actually ends most of the anxiety arguments concerning the degradation of media quality. And Tumblr is just a visual version of Napster. People like quality enough to steal it. They hate marketing enough to avoid it whenever they can. Tumblr solves the spiritual problem of content-as-advertising, without solving the economic one. Napster did the same thing with music, ensuring a level of quality by making everything accessible, but at the same time destroying the business model for all paid media.
Old hippies remember the "potlatch" web economy where your power was determined by your ability to give stuff away. There's really no place for dollars in that environment, which is one reason outsourcing is bad: it takes away the crappy day jobs that are the lifeline of creativity. And speaking of not getting paid in order to get paid, Juan Cole has an arresting headline: Justin Bieber on Sen. Klobuchar’s Criminalization of the Internet: She should be put away in Cuffs. Once again Congress does the bidding of overzealous cops and greedy moguls and sends a bad internet bill down the sausage chute (S.978, sponsored by Democrat [sigh] Amy Jean Klobuchar). Cole:
Although Klobuchar’s office denied that her legislation would affect Bieber, the senator’s staff seems unaware that Bieber got his start covering other people’s songs and uploading the performances to YouTube. The bill, if passed, would not only make that illegal but would make it a felony, not just a misdemeanor.
The music and movie industries have forced crap on us for years and they deserve to die, to put it in blunt, Bieberesque terms. Their death spasms (such as this bill) drag down too many innocents.
"Hey 112" [2.6 MB .mp3]
A more refined version of "Hey 112 (Raw)".
The same tracks made with the Doepfer A-112 module are used (control voltages messing with 8-bit sampled synth loops): one synth, one clicky percussion plus a third, non-8 bit track made with the Reaktor Rhythmaker synth (all three are overlaid)
collab. with various dumpers
"Hey 112 (Raw)" [2 MB .mp3]
Made with the Doepfer A-112 module: control voltages messing with 8-bit sampled synth loops.
Two tracks were made independently--one synth, one clicky percussion--then overlaid.
This is supposed to be kind of funny.
"Amber States" [5.9 MB .mp3]
Three .wav files were independently run through the Reaktor GrainStates effect plugin...
(update: where considerable time was spent setting parameters to find the best "clouds" of sounds from each file then creating sequences where these clouds could be "played" in a set order)*
...then layered together with some minor tweaks and additions such as reverb. Academic electronic music meets modern jazz - it's almost a parody of "free" style composition. (The ending, where it sounds like an orchestra tuning, is a GrainStates-ized Lazerbass solo, for the record.)
piece made with GrainStates without reading the manual
*update: parenthetical added because "run through the Reaktor GrainStates effect plugin" makes the process sound much more passive than it was. the machine does a lot of the work but the ear has to decide what's worth capturing
Just noticed the concern trolls at Mozilla took the "http" out of the new Firefox address bar.
Here is how to put it back: http://www.ghacks.net/2011/09/28/firefox-add-http-back-to-address-bar/
At least they haven't gone full Google yet and removed the address bar altogether.
Lambs to the slaughter, people.
See also: domain helper
"Pining for Sparky" [6.7 MB .mp3]
Using the drum machine as a mixing board, with insert cables going out from the various drum channels to a computer "virtual effects rack" and coming back in, then fading various of the "effected" percussion sounds in and out. (Somewhat as shown in this diagram but less elements.) The uptempo break in the middle was added later.