Archive for January, 2016
This is my GIF from this year's version of The Wrong digital biennale, which closes today.
Links (which may or may not be taken down soon):
Utopia Internet Dystopia pavilion, curated by Valentina Fois
Small Model Internet (with interview)
I plan to keep the "official" (html + gif) version up indefinitely.
My five year plan (which is about four years ahead of schedule) is to move all my art and music production to a PC running Linux.
I made some progress this week getting my music studio set up. Linux Mint is a great all-purpose operating system but is not particularly "professional audio friendly."
So I've been getting a USB audio card to work with Ardour (essentially Linux's version of Cubase). There is a tricky interaction of drivers for the hardware, a low-latency streaming/connection protocol called JACK, and Ardour itself. I had to adjust the CPU governor to allow for maximum speed, which took a couple of hours of reading forums and watching out-of-date YouTube tutorials.
I'm hoping by later this week (or next) I'll have a new Moog Concertmate piece done using Linux instead of Windows for sequencing, recording and mixing. If I never mention it again it means I didn't get it working.
Hat tip to Joel Cook for suggestions and letting me vent in emails.
A new music track:
"Oh This Moog" [mp3 removed -- please listen on Bandcamp]
A friend lent me his Concertmate MG-1, which works amazingly well for a 35 year old analog instrument.The image above is from Vintage Synth Explorer, which explains:
The MG-1 was built by Moog for Realistic (Radio Shack), and was designed specifically for the home market. Very basic and easy to use, this is a nice cheap way to get your hands on Moog sounds!
The MG-1 is a 2-VCO monophonic/polyphonic analog synth with a genuine 24dB/oct Moog filter, however the overall sound is thin. On the MG-1, the VCOs are referred to as 'Tone Generators'. It can produce sawtooth, square and pulse waveforms, and the oscillators are detunable and syncable. A simple ASR (attack, sustain, release) envelope called 'Contour' can be applied to both the amp and the filter. The LFO section provides triangle or square wave patterns as well as Sample-and-Hold. Additionally there is a simple Ring-Mod effect called 'Bell'.
It doesn't have MIDI control so I was forced to play the keyboard. That got old fast so I used the MIDI-to-CV converter in my modular synth to drive the pitch and gate controls in the back of the Concertmate. The MIDI and hand-played parts were overdubbed in Cubase for "Oh This Moog." No other sounds were used -- this is all Realistic Moog.
Drawn with Linux MyPaint and Krita
Drawn with Linux MyPaint and Krita
After a couple of years of complaints, the Feedly RSS reader added an email login option, so you no longer have to use Google to access the product.
My list of RSS readers has been updated to reflect this improvement.
Please add the tommoody.us feed to a reader on that list, if you haven't already, and thumb your nose at "Big Social."
(I can actually remember a time when I complained about RSS because it streamlined all the personal quirks out of individual blogs. I mentioned this recently to a honcho at an "art and technology" website and he said, "wait -- you were blogging before RSS?")
Drawn with Linux MyPaint. This is based on a dream, not of arms but of a painting that looked like this. In the dream there were more arms and they were more geometric, but they were hovering over a field of green squares.
In 2009, The Distributed Gallery in Los Angeles printed a small book to accompany my show there.
A PDF version was posted by Sean Dockray, who ran the gallery. This disappeared for awhile but Dockray has reposted it. As an experiment/learning adventure I converted the PDF to epub using Sigil. I've attempted to contact Dockray a few times but as of yet this epub isn't "official." I'm posting it as personal documentation and giving full credits to Dockray and others, as shown in the front matter of the book.
Some notes on the epub conversion:
Calibre converts the PDF to epub, consisting of an HTML file and images. Editing the HTML and CSS is very similar to a working on web pages. Sigil has a WYSIWYG editor that can be used for this. I broke the single large HTML file into sections to facilitate creating a table of contents. Sigil generates the ToC automatically and that file can be edited separately.
The only thing really laborious was the images. I sized them at 600 pixels wide and added captions as part of the image. This required making screenshots and finding the right font size to be legible in an e-reader.
To test the epub I viewed it in Calibre, in a Kobo e-reader, and in Adobe Digital Editions. Calibre converts the epub to .mobi without any hitches, but it makes the images resizable in a way I don't care for much, so I'm not posting a mobi version.
Some notes on the book:
The interviews and selected blog commentary reflect a certain status quo at the end of the blogosphere era, before the complete hegemony of Facebook as a place for artists. :(
Much of the discussion centers on "showing the blog in the gallery" and "showing GIFs in the gallery," ideas that were later picked up and/or repackaged by others under the banner of so-called post-internet art. It's kind of a time capsule, even though I'm still doing most of the same things online and in galleries. The main improvement I have to report is that a used Amazon Fire tablet makes a much better GIF display device than burning DVDs.