Archive for April, 2013
"Tripod Shuttle" [mp3 removed -- updated version is on Bandcamp]
Two Reaktor Limelite patches ("Tripod" and "Shuttle") were recorded and mixed down to eight loop files (I wrote a couple of the riffs).
I moved the loops over to the Octatrack and applied timestretch so I could interweave them into a new tune.
This has a bouncy, early Plaid feel that I really like.
"Uhbeanan" [2.6 MB .mp3]
A rare vocal sample (for me), some kind of scat signing I guess, that I shortened.
I took a couple of folders of the Reaktor Limelite "raw" samples (including that one) and moved them into the Octatrack as source material. This was written fairly quickly and but it was one of those "aha" moments.
Possibly someone has already similarly cracked wise but in case not, Michael Manning and I have got this covered (below and above, respectively).
In the spirit of falling Brancusi sculptures, etc.
(monster logo upper right by publiking)
...also a reply to the outrageous flackery of financial blogger Barry Ritholtz, writing in the Washington Post. Originally posted on twitter.com/tommoody (bringing you barely consequential soundbites since 2008!):
twitter: for people who value fast-breaking over articulate http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2013/04/twitter-your-first-source-of-investment-news/
do you need the news of a bombing 15 minutes ahead of CNN? maybe -- if you live on that block -- but then you probably heard it go off
trying to use twitter for conversation and comment leads to instant misunderstanding because no one has space to explain themselves
as for apple buying twitter - yes, please do that - let's just ruin it and get it over with
if you follow "experts" for news and comment you also have to listen to their crap, and their convos with people you don't care about
blogger/WaPo writer barry ritholtz invests in twit-crunching start-up so of course he says twitter is a revolutionary medium
twitter excels for semi-conscious urban poetry but maybe not for stock tips, news of the revolution, or whether the subway is running
“I'm afraid that I just blue myself”
by chaz giese & andre c. filipek, from Phone Arts
A digitally crumpled, vaguely Escher-ish phone leans against a wall in an ambiguously corporate, very blue space.
This is a familiar recursion of a "painting on canvas of a painting on canvas," except that canvases don't come in standard aspect ratios. Rather, this pic suggests the phone as subject and author, with the vertically-oriented rectangle reminding us of the phone-based imaging software possibly used in its creation. We don't know for a fact that the topologically-challenged handset was fabricated on a phone, however, or merely displayed on a blog with other phone art. We also don't know if there was an original photo-reference or if the entire image is synthetic. But there is certainly compatibility between this blue world and the sleek, airbrushed look of Apple-era phone graphics and hardware. For those who might not use or desire a smartphone (a rare and ornery tribe who don't want to be tracked, marketed to, irradiated, or timesucked), this is how a phone should exist: as a dysfunctional, abject, uselessly aesthetic piece of sculpture.
I recommend listening to this Jaron Lanier interview (hat tip Travis), with the video part turned off -- you don't really need to see him waving his arms and talking to the camera to get the gist.
He makes a good point that "the internet" in the Apple-Google-Facebook era is creating U shaped wealth (an inverse of the Bell Curve), with people getting rich by controlling hardware and/or data at one end of the U, bottom feeders preying on the poor with insurance and pharma scams at the other end of the U, and the vast majority of the public in the unpaid middle.
He posits Walmart as an example of where this is headed. That company got rich being the first to accumulate the data for a global distribution system, but then their chokehold on the economy became so strong that customers couldn't afford to shop there because they didn't have jobs.
(He doesn't mention Amazon but that's even more Walmart-y than Apple.)
Update: Whoops, just noticed I wrote Jared, not Jaron. Post title corrected.
"Limelite Coin Op Remix" [3.6 MB .mp3]
On the triphop tip, baby. (Whatever that means.) Limelite is a Reaktor virtual groovebox and most of this is straight-up from one of the presets, called "Coin Op." There are two keyboard riffs here (or rather, modulated and effected samples of keyboard sounds) - I wrote the first one and the second is by __________ (Native Instruments contractor - a genius). I also added the bass line and some percussion. I can justify making "music by kit" as, well, it's my ear and my final say, and this is giving me something I enjoy listening to, certainly more than if I just recorded twelve bars or so of Limelite playing. More of these are coming, I think.
by Michael Manning, untitled post from Phone Arts
He didn't actually call it "domestic animal vortex phone painting" but Word Press software pretty much demands that every post have a caption so that's mine.
Don't want to dignify this with too much art historical blather but in lieu of "rad!" let's say it's an effective disposable image that delivers a surreal jolt while combining painting and photography in a demystified way. The painting dissolves the dog's head into a tornado of smeary color, slowing down the recognition factor and causing us to ponder the rather strange foreshortening of its limbs and the surrounding environment of what appears to be a tastefully appointed bedroom. The paint is not exactly given old master consideration but it does intelligently converse with the dog's head (turning it into a primitive mask before it explodes) and the sensuous crinkling of the bedsheets.
"Soul Fusion Disassembly" [6 MB .mp3]
This sort of resembles "Fusion Disassembly" -- some of the same instruments and ideas were used -- but this has wah-wah guitar sounds made with the modular synth running throughout.
I had done the thing on the Octatrack groovebox but thought it needed a fuller sound so I retrofit the bass and e-piano around the existing 2.5 minute file. This got tricky at the end with the piano "call and response" parts so I kind of made a joke out of it with some bad (overdramatic) comping in the chords.
3 MB GIF (embedded in HTML page) that I made of a Vine posted to twitter by glasspopcorn. [removed]
Update: Decided a "shared" Vine was better than a grainy GIF for this particular subject matter.