Tuesday, November 24, 2009

QMMG arrives!


First patch with the module-- two steady tones fed into channels 1, 3 and 4. What you're hearing is the sound of the QMMG's filters in LP, BP and HP modes, modulated by Maths and the 143-1. (More patch details on the Vimeo page.)

I love it so far! Looking forward to getting better acquainted with it over the long weekend.

Hello Ben & Kellie!

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

"Study Music"

I took the GREs this week, which means I haven't done much in the past couple of months beyond going to work, coming home and studying. Fun, fun, fun.

In any case, I've found that studying to monotonous, repetitive music works for me, and figured this out by having essentially the same patch up on the modular for three weeks, bleeping and blooping away. Every day I'd turn a knob or add a cable, slowly building it up from a single droning oscillator to this-- where it was on test day:

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Friday, November 20, 2009

New Mexicoe at Glasslands on 11/30!

Tell your friends! This is going to be a fun one (not to mention a FIRST SHOW for The New Colossus). Hope to see you there.

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Maths arrived!

Our Maths module-- the new dual VC-envelope/slew limiter/envelope follower/tone generator/Swiss Army Knife from Make Noise-- just arrived! Look how skinny it is:

The first run of these (not too sure how many was in it-- I've heard anywhere from 50-70) sold out in a day-- this module is #076.

Looking forward to putting together a demo video later next week. It's going to take me a little bit to get my head around this one...


Monday, November 09, 2009

"Look At Them Beans!"

Heard this on the Tennessee Border show yesterday, while Jess was fixing beans for lunch:

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Thursday, November 05, 2009

Found Sound

I'm always a bit quiet on the blog when I'm in school, but I'm finally getting towards the end of my program, which means I'm indulging myself and taking classes that I can't totally justify professionally, but that satisfy some of the creative-librarianship tendencies that got me to apply in the first place.

I've had the idea for a found sound archive for quite some time, but I wanted to build a really good interface for field recordings. Something you can touch and move. I'm building a prototype as a final project for my Programming for Interactivity class. Here's the gist:

I bought this cabinet with a built-in radio online:

The ultimate goal is to build in an RFID reader and fill the drawers with RFID-tagged objects, and an SD card with field recordings linked to those RFIDs. When an object is placed on the reader, the related sound recording will play back. It sounds simple, but there are a bunch of intermediary steps that I haven't totally worked out yet. Like how to play back the sound. Ideally, I could just wire the Arduino to the speaker on the built-in radio in the cabinet, but I think I need an intermediary. And all the intermediaries I find seem to output in mono, which is fine, except that it's field recordings, and in a perfect world, you'd be playing with this thing, wearing headphones, and you'd pick out an object, like a little bird, and you'd put the bird on the reader and then you'd be surrounded by birdsong and you'd forget where you are for a split second. Mono is just not going to cut it. But that's okay. This is the prototype, right?

Updates as I have them. My first task is to get the RFID reader to read an RFID tag. Wish me luck!


Sunday, November 01, 2009

Marathon clips

The marathon runs right through our neighborhood, and is always a good place for people watching.

Here are a couple of clips from this morning, set to old chestnuts from the Colonial catalog:

(I'm not too sure what the story is with the black border on the videos-- I'm not savvy enough to have put them there myself!)

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