Archive for December, 2012
various modifications of OptiDisc GIF with Seacrestcheadle
Lee Dorman of the '60s group Iron Butterfly died this week.
YouTube has a song with one of his characteristic bass lines, "Soul Experience." This is a fave of West Coast psychedelia, with heavy spring reverb and echo-delay.
Content-wise, it has one of the stranger disconnects between verses and chorus.
It's not hard to imagine the singer (Doug Ingle) being a Manson-type crooning to one of his women. In the verses he softly and sweetly tells her to "live a little" and "don't bother painting your face." Then in the chorus the music becomes atonal and weird and he starts wailing like a horror-movie psycho: "JUST BE YOURSELF" with everything about his intonation saying "Just follow me - and Charlie doesn't like snitches."
The song perfectly encapsulates the 1960s mix of groovy slogans and mind control.
Anyway, bittersweet tribute to a man who just passed away but this needed to be written down.
"Knife Missile's Return" [4.8 MB .mp3]
An earlier-recorded beat (from a Richard Devine preset) loops in the ADDAC wav player module. The ADDAC's envelope follower uses the loop's rising and falling gain to trigger a filter-and-volume contour for another oscillator (to make the droning sound in the first half).
I had to manually set a Cubase tempo to match the ADDAC loop (93.5 bpm). Then I could add the melody parts (also modular-made, with some reverb and delay) and some additional percussion.
View of dump.fm main room with Ghostery plugin installed and Facebook cookies and plugins blocked.
You can choose what ad sites' and other parasites' code to block; the purple box listing blocked and unblocked plugins is optional. Am going to keep mine on for a week or two as I surf around. It's interesting to see which sites are promiscuous trackers. Salon has 23 plugins; Eschaton has 32; Bloglines has 2. My site has Google Analytics. Have never been that concerned or paranoid about being tracked around the web as a potential customer but lately it's getting annoying to view a consumer product on, say, Amazon, and then start seeing ads for the same product showing up on sidebars of other websites. How stupid do these people thing we are? Don't answer that question.
Update: One more whack for the day (frog by Matt Furie):
A story about Facebook shutting down various political sites (that shouldn't have wanted to be on there in the first place) got me motivated to finally start blocking Facebook cookies and plugins that hit my browser as I surf around.
It's not enough to just not be on Facebook -- would like to be free of its slime trail.
Am trying out a plugin called Ghostery that selectively blocks trackers but also gives you a list (if you want it) of all the various third party presences on the sites you visit.
One of the items I'm now blocking is called Facebook Exchange -- this Wired article makes it sound about as creepy as you'd expect.
(According to Ghostery that Wired page is Facebook plugin- and cookie-free.)
psy GIF liberated from the master's page design, enlarged and/or frame-reduced
the enlargement on the left is Seacrestcheadle's and the one on the right is qil's (with frames removed to bring down the filesize)
"Xylodrome (Devine Sinebeats Mix)" [3 MB .mp3]
After writing about Richard Devine I recorded a couple of his presets for Reaktor's Sinebeats instrument.
Sinebeats has four channels of electro sounds playing simultaneously but you can selectively mute and unmute channels. That's what I did here on a single patch. Then added a melodic sample-based intro and ending, sandwiching the beats. Very little of this is real time -- had to cut up the Devine beats one bar at at time and suture them together to make the rhythm.
"Xylodrome (3 Module Mix)" [4.4 MB .mp3]
Done entirely on the modular synth. One sample module playing beats (a stripped-down hi-hat run from the Devine recordings); another sampler plays a chunk of the earlier-posted "Xylodrome" riff, mixing wet and dry filtering; and the "soprano" part is done on a wavetable module. As you can hear, changing the sample rate changes the pitch but also the speed of the sample (i.e., no timestretching normalization). This gives the impression of trying to have a rave with frequent brownouts.
hat tips yo_matty and tumblr
Sometimes people are reactionaries because they're stuck in their ways and hate change.
Other times it's because "new and improved" means change for the sake of change, or, you're about to give up something.
With that preamble here's The Old Reader, which the creators say mimics features of Google Reader (RSS feed reader) before Google changed it to integrate with their attempt at Facebook, Google Plus.
Not an endorsement, haven't tried it (The Old Bloglines works fine around here) but offered to say merely that "if it ain't broke don't fix it" is not the same as Ronald Reagan-esque, Morning-in-America retro-vision.
Spotted on YouTube: the above animated GIF. This was mildly significant because although Google allows user-posted GIFs in its G+ social media environment (where the layout makes them look terrible and/or trivial) its own designers use the HTML5, CSS/scripted form of animation for, say, those strutting Thanksgiving turkeys and exploding July 4 fireworks on the main search page. Google Images allows you to search by the GIF filetype but not for animated GIFs. We had a big fight about this last year, where I pointed out the obvious (why not just use a GIF on the front page) and caught hell from the anklebiters.
Not saying that Google doesn't use GIFs elsewhere in its products but this one stuck out enough for someone to notice it and send a screenshot.
The above "dancing Psy" GIF looks different on YouTube and isn't easy to save. That green YT logo is hidden by CSS and the dancing figure appears next to the statistic announcing the video's billion-plus views. To save it you have to use your browser's "inspect element" feature and look for the URL.
hat tips dadayumn, qil, friendster