tom moody

the russkies again

Lambert Strether annotated this tweet by the president of CAP (the Clinton-supporting Center for American Progress):


A few people have posted links to "expert" opinions that the Russians hacked the DNC. This is exceedingly hard to prove but who cares anyway? If you start talking about Russians at this stage of the American election we know who you are voting for. Poking a stick at the Russian bear -- smart campaign tactic! (Did you know they have nukes?)

Update: This Tanden person is a loose cannon who is rumored to be in line for a Clinton administration top job. Yikes.

- tom moody

October 18th, 2016 at 12:40 pm

Posted in general

hillary clinton mean nicknames (updated)

This post from mid-June has been updated so here it is again. As the election nears good liberals are supposed to put aside their criticisms of the candidate, unless the candidate has this many good nicknames, and is crooked.

1. Hellery or Hitlery
...frequently used by left-leaning bloggers, ironically appropriating rightwingers who fear the Clintons for different reasons

2. Imelda Clinton
...via naked capitalism commenter "polecat"

What’s to say, after the presumed anointment of Imelda Clinton, that she doesn’t start to escalate the Ukraine clusterfuck to 11 on the dial, so as to direct scrutiny elsewhere, ... igniting the big one ??

duck n cover-----------

3. Crooked Hillary
...Trump's name for her on Twitter -- say what you will about him, he's not wrong

4. Queen of Chaos
...Pepe Escobar

5. Killary
...from roadrider. Seems harsh but Killary did say "we came, we saw, he died"

6. Hillary Clanton
...extrapolating from naked capitalism commenter JTMcPhee's reference to the "Clanton Campaign Machine." Does this make the Trump family the Earps?

[Ongoing updates]

- tom moody

October 18th, 2016 at 12:20 pm

Posted in general

"Tiny Synth Trio"

"Tiny Synth Trio" [3.3 MB .mp3]

A little chamber-ish piece. Two synth voices were triggered by the Doepfer A-154/A-155 sequencer, hard panned left and right, and recorded in Linux Ardour. A third voice (panned center) is the Calf Monosynth, playing on a MIDI track in Ardour.
One of the hardware synth voices is the Pittsburgh filter in oscillator mode, with a uLFO square wave used as modulation through the filter's "Q" cv input. The pitch is controlled from the uLFO and the filter knobs are used to tweak the timbre.
The other hardware synth voice is the Doepfer A-112 sampler playing piano and single-cycle waves.

- tom moody

October 18th, 2016 at 8:10 am

Posted in general, music - tm

tiger wheelchair something something


Speaking of warping, grass posted this on (among other things). Possibly the source was thengb but it may have been modified further. Getting it under 300 KB via dithering adds to bafflement of what's going on in this abject morph. (The less clarity, the more the imagination supplies, or something.)

- tom moody

October 16th, 2016 at 7:35 am

Posted in animation - others

Draw 4.5 (1979)

Ken Shirriff has been restoring a vintage Xerox Alto computer (the PC Steve Jobs "borrowed" his ideas from). On Day 10 Shirriff got the Draw 4.5 program up and running. He can't draw with it yet because the mouse that came with the Alto isn't compatible (the donor bought a substitute off eBay, it turns out). But here's what the interface looks like (jpeg cropped into two parts to fit here):


Some of these functions are familiar and some are obscure but it's intriguing to see a 37 year old toolbar. Eventually, maybe, we'll have our Roland Barthes who can explain how present-day visual language was warped, I mean, shaped, by this configuration.


- tom moody

October 16th, 2016 at 7:20 am

Posted in computers-R-stupid

"Bassline XL5"

"Bassline XL5" [4.9 MB .mp3]

Recorded and arranged in Ardour (Linux version)

Track 1 -- Ambient and Hoover-ish synth voices are Loomer Aspect, a VST softsynth that works in Linux (the LXVST folder holds the plugin). Sequencing is Ardour MIDI.
Track 2 -- Bassline is SIDGuts module (MOS 6581 chip from Commodore 64), triangle waveform. Sequencing is Doepfer A-154/A-155, envelope Tiptop Z4000. SIDGuts filter is modulated by Bubblesound uLFO sync'd to Doepfer A-160 clock. Some reverb at the end using Calf plugin.
Track 3 -- Above bassline is compressed using Calf and Ableton multiband dynamics plugins, used alternately with Track 2.
Track 4 -- Soft kick drum is Loomer Aspect. Sequencing is Ardour MIDI.
Track 5 -- E-Mu Orbit soundfonts, percussion sounds played in Calf Fluidsynth, dry and wet with Calf vintage delay. Sequencing is Ardour MIDI.
Track 6 -- "Raw" wav files from NI Battery Digital Processing kit, played in Qu-Bit Nebulae one shot mode. Sequencing is Doepfer A-154/155. Wavs are played dry and also using Tiptop Z-DSP Clocked Delays cartridge.
Track 7 -- Synth "lead" lines are played with SIDGuts (sawtooth and pulse waves), same filtering arrangement as above. Sequencing is Doepfer A-154/A-155. Another lead line is a 4-part chord using the SIDGuts, WMD Gamma Wave Source wavetable synth (2 parts), and Doepfer A-112 sampler. The chord is mixed down to a single track using Pittsburgh Audiomixer/Attenuator and filtered in Bubblesound SEM20 filter.
Tracks 8-10 -- Gene Krupa-like Ableton beats layered together (on Windows PC) and recorded in Ardour -- two breakbeats by Sample Magic (audio) and DM ARP 2600 Drums by Flatpack (MIDI kit)
Track 11 -- Celesta notes by a "well-known modern composer" (sample from vinyl)

- tom moody

October 13th, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Posted in music - tm

you would be in jail

The responsible pundits of Washington think Trump's comment was beyond the pale. Ha ha, it was a happy moment for all of us who've sat helplessly watching the FBI and Justice Dept. scrub the Clintons' record. Bill gets on the plane with AG and boom -- no indictment. Bernie Sanders considers it too unseemly or un-collegial to call out an obviously corrupt opponent. $153 million in speaking fees buys what, honesty?
Below are two appearances of the quote, first from Corey Robin, who has been questioning the "Trump is the worst" propaganda coming from the center-left. Worse than Reagan? Really? Second is Lambert Strether liveblogging the debate, so typed on the fly and not wholly accurate but it captured the wonderfulness of the "jail moment."

TRUMP: And I tell you what, I didn’t think I would say this, but I’m going to and I hate to say it. But if I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation. Because there has never been so many lies, so much deception. There has never been anything like it. And we’re gonna have a special prosecutor.

CLINTON: Everything he just said is absolutely false, but I’m not surprised….Last time at the first debate ,we had millions of people fact checking so I expect we will have millions more fact checking because, you know, it’s just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country.

TRUMP: Because you would be in jail.

Lambert Strether
October 9, 2016 at 9:24 pm

CLINTON [TRUMP?] It’s just words, folks, it’s just words. Heard when Hillary was going to bring back jobs to upstate NY. Inner cities. I’m gonna help AAs, Latinos, inner cities, she’s done a terrible job. She wants their votes, does nothing.

RADDATZ [Back to the tape.] Facebook, social network. Bring in social media question.

JEFF Trump says it’s changed him. How? When you walked off the bus, did that change you?

TRUMP Locker room talk, not proud of it. If you look at Bill Clinton, mine are words, his are actions. You can say it any way, Bill was abusive. Hillary attacked them viciously. Kathy Shelton. Don’t tell me about words. Absolutely I apologize for words. Clinton was impeached, lost his licesne to practice law, paid Paula Jones $850 It’s disgraceful and she should be shamed. [applause]

CLINTON So much not right. He can run his campaign as he wants. I am reminded of what my fried Michelle Obama said “When they go low, you go high [cheers]. If this were just about one video. But everyone can draw their own conclusions about whether the man on the stage is real. He never apologizes to anybody. Not ht Khans. Not the Federal judge. The reporter he mocked, our children were lying. Never apologized for the racist lie on birther. He needs to take

TRUMP Your campaign manager Sid B needs to apologize for sending the pictures around. And Michelle B. I’ve gotten to see the commercials talking about you Hillary. You talk about friends! You lost fair and square.

You should apologize for the 33K emails. And two boxes [???]

If I win, I am going to instruct my AG to get a special prosectutor to look into your situation. Never anything like this! You get a subpoena and then delete 33K and acid watch, bleach. People’s lives have been

CLINTON Everything he said is absolutely false. Good thing Trump isn’t in charge of the law.

TRUMP BC you’d be in jail [applause]

- tom moody

October 13th, 2016 at 2:33 pm

Posted in general

my private position is "you stink"

The text of Hillary Clinton's lucrative speeches is finally coming to light (TYT reads them aloud on YouTube). Inspired by Steven Spielberg's portrayal of Lincoln (!) she believes that as a politician "you need a public and a private position." So when she says at the Democratic Convention that she opposes the TPP trade bill, you can assume that privately she'll do everything in her power to get it passed. Another grabber is her complaint that when people "with successful and complicated lives" come to Washington they have to divest assets. She sees this attempt to prevent bias as "onerous and unnecessary." She also admits to bankers that she is "far removed" from middle class life because of "the fortunes that my husband and I now enjoy." Fortunes, indeed. In a leaked email her campaign manager admits that Bill Clinton accepted a million dollar contribution from a Keystone Pipeline supporter. (An earlier estimate of the Clintons' haul from "speaking fees" since the early 2000s was $153 million.)

Hillary-voting friends say they "don't want to look at Clinton's evil right now." We should all vote for evil because it's strategic, or something.
Other friends were quick to accept the spin that the Russians were meddling in the US campaign (as if that has anything to do with the substance of the emails). Because some security experts say they backtraced it.

- tom moody

October 11th, 2016 at 8:07 am

Posted in general

Machines in Music (cell photos)

Photos from my visit today to Machines in Music: New York's Modular Synthesizer Exhibition & Events, a two-day festival concluding tomorrow.


Installation by Benton C Bainbridge


Photographic print by Benjamin Laposky


View of exhibition tables with modular gear (faces blurred by my special "shakyware" to protect the unwitting)


More tables

Walked around and looked at gear and talked to exhibitors from the various small companies demonstrating Eurorack modules. Some things I learned: (i) Erica Synths is pushing to have its Graphic VCO finished by Christmas; (ii) The Qu-Bit Nebulae went out of production because Raspberry Pi was re-designed in such a way that it no longer worked as a Nebulae component (a Nebulae II is planned -- with its own inbuilt PC -- but hasn't been announced); (iii) ALM's Sidguts only had a run of 50 modules; (iv) If you are interested in a SIDGuts Deluxe ask the dealer to include a SwinSID chip -- they should have one; (v) The WMD/SSF Pole Zero lowpass filter sounds beefy -- I liked it; (vi) Synthrotek's Dirt Filter is interesting and bizarre and might work in my "pallette." Nice to see Wizardishungry and catch up. The Knockdown Center in Queens (a rehabbed factory) is a vast and impressive space for events of this type. A lot of oscillators humming in one room.

- tom moody

October 8th, 2016 at 6:21 pm

Posted in photos - cell

"Short Ant March"

"Short Ant March" [4.75 MB .mp3]

The MIDI looping bug was fixed in Ardour (the DAW I'm using on a Linux PC) so I fired up a couple of its plugin synths for this tune. The somewhat placeholder-ish melodies are multitracked over DAW-sync'd rhythms from modular hardware (specifically Qu-Bit Nebulae processed through Z-DSP's Clocked Delays cartridge). Kicks and hats, recorded from Ableton running on Windows, are layered in on separate tracks. The samples in the Nebulae are from an ex-NI Battery kit called "Digital Processing," which basically consists of short glitchy noise bursts. Composing beats for them in a Eurorack sequencer was fun.

Update: Reduced gain slightly, reposted.

- tom moody

October 7th, 2016 at 7:37 am

Posted in music - tm