tom moody

a little late schadenfreude

Andrew Cockburn, Harper's:

Ask anyone who was present at Hillary Clinton’s presumptive victory celebration on November 8 and they will tell you of the stunned silence, broken only by sobs, that settled across the vast glass enclosure of the Javits Center in Manhattan. Upstairs, in the suite where the candidate was closeted with her family and associates, the trauma was even more intense. As one attendee later reported to me, it featured the “full range of human emotions: screams, shock, fainting. Bill moved immediately to blame.” The former president, I was told, singled out campaign manager Robby Mook: “ ‘We should have fired that asshole months ago!’ It was awful.”

All those million dollar speeches couldn't buy Bill a second shot at the presidency. Boo hoo.

Meanwhile, the blame express rolls on. These two headlines tell you who is a Clintonite and who isn't:

- tom moody

February 26th, 2017 at 10:13 am

Posted in general

dump.fm memorial, cont'd

Screenshot of tweet by Katie Notopoulos, a tech and internet writer for Buzzfeed, recommending Joe Milutis' Hyperallergic essay memorializing Dump.fm. It's fun to be an unsung hero -- presumably the other 15% of the current web aesthetic originates with Pepe.

- tom moody

February 25th, 2017 at 9:26 am

Posted in theory

dudes gone wild

If you want to understand the rise of President Trump, you must understand the rise of 4chan, and, leaving gender normativity matters aside (even though that's not possible), you must understand that the issue is, these guys don't have girlfriends, and it's not the left's problem or duty to reach across that particular aisle.

That's a brief summation of this post by Belle Waring, which responds to this article by Dale Beran.

- tom moody

February 25th, 2017 at 8:59 am

Posted in theory

"Esperklatsch Variation"

"Esperklatsch Variation" [4.6 MB .mp3]

Have been using the Elektron Octatrack wrong, which isn't entirely my fault, since the manual does a lousy job of explaining how Parts work. Merlin's guide [pdf] finally straightened me out. So this tune is all done with my new knowledge (as Tai Lopez suggests, it's about the knowledge). Not that anyone would know, since I've been using the PC to cover what I thought were the Elektron device's limitations.
Most of the banks (and Parts) here use sliced single-cycle waveforms, which provides the vintage sequencer sound. Other audio comes from the same grab-bag of recycled material used in "Esperklatsch."
Another development was getting comfortable doing a final mix on Linux, using compressor and limiter plugins from LSP. Had sort of been clinging to the PSP Vintage Warmer on Windows, but now I've cut it loose and am completely Gates-free.
And last, using Audacity to convert to .mp3.

Update: Minor tweaks, reposted.

- tom moody

February 23rd, 2017 at 10:25 am

Posted in music - tm

around the web

The Story of ORCH5 (via Cosmic) How an orchestral stab from The Firebird Suite became a hiphop staple. Thoughtful tracing of cultural currents even if you don't buy the thesis of a "fundamental epistemological crisis that besets Western music." Was intrigued to learn about the role of White Noise's David Vorhaus (he digitized the sample in the late '70s) and the happy accident of a pricy Fairlight synth (which contained ORCH5) being in the studio when Arthur Baker and Afrika Bambaataa went in to record "Planet Rock."

FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting) notes that the Washington Post Ran 16 Negative Stories on Bernie Sanders in 16 Hours. That's the same Jeff Bezos-owned news entity that's currently peddling Russian conspiracy garbage. (hat tip Lambert)

"Love Me, I'm a Liberal" [YouTube] (hat tip Lambert again). Phil Ochs song from the '60s beguilingly anticipates Hillary Clinton partisans and their bizarre infatuation with spy agencies.

Once I was young and impulsive
I wore every conceivable pin
Even went to the socialist meetings
Learned all the old union hymns
But I've grown older and wiser
And that's why I'm turning you in
So love me, love me, love me, I'm a liberal

- tom moody

February 23rd, 2017 at 4:06 am

milutis dump.fm essay comments

stage-idgiupset

Comments to Joe Milutis' Hyperallergic article on Dump.fm slowly trickle in (hat tip stage for upset "I Don't Get It Guy"):

sara • 15 days ago

Rene sucks d*nkey d*ck [asterisks in the original --tm]

Ross L. Gould • 2 days ago

No mention of deal with it??? Did you ever even dump bro?

tom moody • 11 hours ago

Thanks to Joe Milutis for this eulogy. Dump is hard to write about, and anyone who attempts to nail the experience risks becoming the IDGI Guy (a grumpy stock photo actor who, in real life, was one of the first people not to get Dump -- he and the photographer complained loudly until Jeanette Hayes painted IDGI Guy's portrait in oils -- then they got it). In fact, every dumper thinks they "get it" and will greet another's theories with sllence or abuse, hence this comment section. I said to one dumper that "Rene sucks d*nkey d*ck" was kind of a lame response and the dumper said the comment was "probably about the aspects of dump Milutis forgot to mention or couldn't fit in." And I said, "You're reading a lot into 'Rene sucks d*nkey d*ck.'"

tom moody • 5 minutes ago

And as for not covering "deal with it," the answer is -- [slowly descending sunglasses] -- "deal with it."

- tom moody

February 22nd, 2017 at 6:23 am

idgi_fuzzy_crop

idgi_fuzzy_crop

IDGI Guy, posted by ryder on dump.fm

- tom moody

February 22nd, 2017 at 6:23 am

IDGI_ROZENDAAL

IDGI_ROZENDAAL

IDGI Guy, posted by ryder on dump.fm

- tom moody

February 22nd, 2017 at 6:23 am

idgiwhatv

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IDGI Guy, posted by streakinbits / globochem on dump.fm

- tom moody

February 22nd, 2017 at 6:22 am

IDGI_VVVVV3

ryder-IDGI_VVVVV3

IDGI Guy, posted by ryder on dump.fm

- tom moody

February 22nd, 2017 at 6:22 am