Tethered to the Internet



Any app or service that requires constant access to ‘the cloud’ actually means that you are tethered to the Internet… and to surveillance capitalism.

That might seem obvious, but it is interesting to think about business models that require constant Internet access to function. And then to think, well absolutely none of my most important work requires me to be online, and being online is actually detrimental to it. It’s essentially a venn diagram with two circles and no overlap!








FOIL Sound Library Free Update




I would have included these new recordings with the original library release but… ahem…
i dun blew my subwoofer!

I own two of the sub in question (JBL LSR16P) from when I had a home studio (apartment in Kilbernie) and work studio (Park Road) but I had used the fuse from my second one to try & resuscitate the first, with no joy… After watching a few youtube tutorials me & my multimeter diagnosed the first sub had blown power transistors, which I then learned are no longer available new… but I managed to score some NOS replacements via my fave Japanese auction site… Checked with tech and likely other transistors are blown too so I have sourced those now.. and am patiently waiting for genius tech to have *any* free time…

Meanwhile I went & got a dozen fuses from Jaycar and got Sub 2 going…. And recorded the Sub Rattlers for GLASS with it… and now FOIL.

If you own HISSandaROAR SD046 FOIL expect an email with downlaod links in the next week!









I am only growing figs due to having tasted fig and walnut chutney… super oishi!
this is a tiny dwarf plant, less than 1 foot high, but in my greenhouse
#microclimate ftw!


Canon 1V SLR with EF100L macro lens and Kodak TriX400 35mm film




Detritus 578





▶ Visualizing hip-hop melodies



Citizen DJ is officially open to the public and all sounds on this website are completely free-to-use for your remixing needs



▶ Unheard Radiohead demo cassette from the 80s sells for £6,000



▶ A design course purely about synth interface design.



▶ Auckland is back into lockdown for at least a week, appropriate response:



▶ Robert Fripp + Toyah Wilcox in lockdown
(I want to loop that guitar line right at the start!)








One of the aspects of microtonality that really strikes me as odd, is this:
I am yet to hear a single piece of music that I like, composed with a (human invented) microtone scale. It could well be that I am just too indoctrinated to the tuning of my piano… Except I dearly love so many naturally occurring sounds with microtone content!

When I was a kid one of the first electronic sounds I heard & loved, was the original series of Doctor Who. Accordingly later in life I loved reading about Delia Derbyshires and her use of a particular green lampshade, and as we know there are so many objects with exquisitely beautiful microtonality.

So I have always wonder what tools there are to take eg a resonant green lampshade and extract a microtone scale from it. We do this all the time as audio, eg granular processing and spectrum freezes easily extend naturally occurring microtonality as audio.
But what software exists, like Scala except its selection of microtones for scale creation is based on the analysis of audio?



UPDATE!! found this article: Sound to Scale to Sound





Abstract glass

Getting 12 rolls of film back from the lab is a great way to end a Friday!
I savour the moment, prepare a mutant moscow mule to celebrate & then dive in…

I shot two rolls of TriX400 with my Canon 1V SLR and macro lens, using LED lights to cast shadows & bend rays around vintage glass… Some shots worked beautifully, others were off focus, misframed etc… tricky when moving the camera just 5mm pushes focus out. So much more exploring to do in this direction!









Detritus 577



▶ Marlon Brando Explains why He SNUBBED the Academy Award For Best Actor Of THE GODFATHER



▶ Turkish garbage collectors open a library of rescued books



▶ Public libraries are: Palaces for the People!





▶ a Northern Lights Livestream!



▶ Totally agree with this tweet
Similarly why do youtube videos always seem to have a close up of some gormless human as their main visual promotion? What is it they are selling, their vanity?





▶ ‘Unlocked’ is the opening track on the Unsound ‘Intermission’ album, created by sound recordist Chris Watson.
In this video, Chris takes the audience on a guided walk through the places and techniques used to create the piece.
The ‘Unlocked’ track is composed from field recordings made by Chris during lockdown in May 2020. Beginning with the rediscovery of the sunrise soundtrack over his suburban garden in North-East England, the piece concludes on the basalt sea cliffs which form the natural defences of the 14th century Dunstanburgh Castle on the Northumberland coast.





nuzic 157



▶ Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra – Promises (Album Teaser)
wow, now that is an awesome collaboration project – release March 26th



▶ Vegpher – “I am” feat. Moskitoo



▶ Daniel Avery & Alessandro Cortini – Illusion of Time (Teodor Wolgers Rework)
Video by ix.shells



▶ alva noto . Hadron Prototype . A L’ARME! Festival 2020





Detritus 576







▶ “Since 1977, Yoshiaki Sofue, an astronomer at the University of Tokyo, has told anyone who would listen that the Milky Way’s “North Polar Spur” is an expanding shock wave from an ancient galactic calamity. Data published last month confirms that he is right!



▶ a chat with Jonathan Wolff – the guy who wrote the Seinfeld theme music – “You can chart the course of my TV Music career by that long trail of mushroom clouds and blast craters behind me. At each one of those disaster sites, I had to kiss a frog. Most of those frogs just exploded and failed to survive season one.”



▶ I like these sounds



▶ “I can’t imagine anything worse than having to hide your RAW files in case people see how much is post production.”



▶ Data Analysis Reveals Film Industry Age Bias & Blindspots



▶ Taiwan is using humor as a tool against coronavirus hoaxes



▶ A visual search engine



▶ How great is this: Guerrilla kindness:
Anonymous strangers spread messages of hope around Wānaka



▶ PSA: mute the silly overly dramatic music – it’s a drone in a submarine!



▶ motivating?



▶ PSA: Doom trigger warning: I Asked Bill Gates What’s The Next Crisis?
His answer: a new version of Windows lol