Francis Ruyter

I missed the show of Francis Ruyter's paintings at Eleven Rivington (exhibiting under his former name of Lisa) but I like these images based on Depression-era photos of scrap metal:


Francis Ruyter, John Collier: Fort Kent, Maine (vicinity). Salvage drive for scrap metal at 4:30 p.m, acrylic on canvas, 2014.



Francis Ruyter, Anne Rosener: Salvage. Scrap for steel mills. Outworn metal articles of every kind lie in a neighborhood junkyard pending segregation and shipment to a steel mill where this valuable scrap will be processed into war materials, acrylic on canvas, 2014.


The delicacy of the line and the artist's mid-range pallette functions well with the visual chaos of the discarded metal shapes, suggesting a calm order behind the jumble. A believer in predestination might say that this order existed all along, and history was "fixed" to bring all these parts to this particular state, before transitioning to the next state (possibly a battleship, since at least a couple of these were for WWII scrap drives).

Here is an uncropped example of one of these acrylic-on-canvas paintings, titled Martha McMillan Roberts. Conservation. Scrap and iron steel. Auto 'graveyard' of usable parts. Non-ferrous metals are burned out and the steel chassis and dealers. Such yards are these supply tons of scrap iron, steel, and rubber yearly, which in [sic], 2014:


Flash Art discussed the top image (the jpeg here is slightly reduced in scale).
The bottom two images (also slightly reduced) and captions came from an Artnet article on the show.

Tracktion Waveform 9 - Multi Sampler

Tracktion Software just released version 9 of its Waveform digital audio workstation. I've been learning it because it runs on Linux PCs -- one of the rare proprietary DAWs that does. Version 9 includes a new instrument called "Multi Sampler." It's intuitive and easy to work with. Essentially you drag any sound file into the sampler, cut it up, and assign it to a MIDI note. Multiple samples are assigned to keyboard zones a la Kontakt. It also records and resamples. Best of all (for me), it plays Soundfont files.

Individual sample; some light processing with filters, envelopes and LFOs is possible:


Sample being sliced in the "Record" pane:

multi sampler slices

Keyboard "zone" assignments:


The zones in the third screenshot show a Soundfont file (.sf2) version of a 1990s E-Mu synth module, Orbit 9090 v. 2. This is a kit of electro-style drum hits.

Screenshots, top and middle, were found "on the internet." The bottom screenshot is mine.

touch screen fantasy


Demo of Bitwig Studio's digital audio workstation, with touchscreen capability. [Hooktube]

This looks cool and futuristic but:

1. It seems partly about selling Microsoft Surface tablets, which means you have to surrender to Redmond's invasive signup requirements, Windows 10 spyware, and the rest of it, and trust that your tablet will work as advertised in controlling a music synthesizer.

2. Presumably the draw is interactivity in live performance situations. The presenter switches to a mouse at certain points in this demo, so fingering the glass may not always be the best way to work.