Have you ever tasted Elderflower cordial? I hadn’t until very recently but really love the subtle flavour, especially with mint, limes & vodka… Since Spring is just starting in NZ I’ve been busy getting my garden ready, prepping soil and getting seedlings started… So I ordered a couple of elderberry plants and got them in the ground today!
Apparently the first season they do produce flowers & berries, but its not until the second season they really get going… fingers crossed! Also planted a goosebury bush, a tamarillo plant, a lemon bush and got mesclun & fractal brocolli in too… Next is radish, strawberries & tomatoes
▶ Purl & Hivetribe – In Transit from Foreign Winds
▶ Nathan Fake – ‘REMAIN (Live Version)’ from Providence Reworks_ Part II
▶ Moses Sumney – Doomed
▶ Flume – Weekend feat. Moses Sumney
▶ Ibeyi – Me Voy feat. Mala Rodriguez
& (why the) autotune? although Malas lipsync annoyed me more
▶ Björk has a new song out… this isn’t it
▶ audio reactive nature!?!
▶ perseverance vs obsession? 6 years and 720,000 photos
▶ interesting sound art by Massimo Bartolini
▶ new Burial!!
▶ wow I would love to play an instrument in the live rooms at La Fabrique!! Gorgeous recording studios
▶ Anne Lamott did a TED talk – its short, funny & as expected, worth a watch
I went to embed the video & discovered the very weird option in the photo above.. I never knew this was a ‘thing’ – watching/listening at 2 x real speed… I tried it, hoping for the helium effect but it just uses some time compression technique so the pitch stays the same… Really have to wonder about people who would use this feature? Too much coffee/meth? It is pretty rare I have time to listen to a podcast, but playing it at double speed is a very odd solution
(there should be a special prize if you can make it to the end of that vid!)
▶ Song Exploder: Ibeyi – Deathless (love their accents)
▶ Deepchord – Signals [Taken from forthcoming AURATONES LP]
▶ Thomas Brinkmann live @ send + receive 2015, via llllllllllllines
▶ Funny story about this next track – yesterday, Tuesday, I was heading out to do some recording, location is about a 90 minute drive from my house… so by the time I’ve loaded all the gear in the car, I cannot wait to get there… But about ten minutes from my house there was roadworks where there is usually a passing lane & I joined the queue and waited… and waited…
Before I left home I had made a playlist on my iPod of my favourite recent music and I hit play when I left home so only 1 or 2 songs had played…
So I am impatiently sitting in the queue & this song comes on… I crank up the sound system & it sounds so good!! The roadworks suddenly let us through & I carry on driving… slowly realising that my ipod is in shuffle mode. I fckng hate shuffle, if I could disable it for the next 100 years on every device I will ever use that would be fine by me. I never use it, NEVER…. I detest it. Musicians put their tracks in order for a reason, and thats how I want to hear them. I do not, ever want the track order randomised. Ever.
But slowly I become obsessed as to which song it was – the playlist had about 20 albums, EPs etc… Eventually, via a process of elimination and perseverance I finally find it, and its this track.
Play it loud next time you’re stuck in traffic…
▶ DAYLE – Concrete Noun
Incase you missed the news yesterday VCV Rack has launched – when I read their URL I grok it as CV Crack.. and as per the image below, it felt confirmed after my first jam with it last night…
Think of it as virtual Eurorack modular, with the initial free release providing basic modules plus a set of Mutable Instruments modules based on the same code as their great Eurorack modules..
At present it is a freestanding app, but there is a plan to provide a VST bridge and I can easily predict this future: there will be a similar explosion of new modules as per what has happened IRL over the last many years. They likely wont be free, but I applaud the long term thinking of the developers to provide the platform for free, to encourage innovation.
Will this detract from real modular ie IRL? I doubt it – I think more the reverse will happen. This will be a gateway drug for people who have been interested in modular eurorack but have never had the opportunity to try it themselves, or the funds to take the leap of faith. While there are modular plugins already in existence the advantage this system has, is in its relationship to real available modules… For example not sure if you want to sequence from a real modular? Try experimenting with the SEQ-3 module (and no doubt there will be many new sequencing modules soon) and time will tell whether is inspires you or not.
The aspect I liked the most is that it made me think & experiment in a similar way to using my real modular… I started this patch knowing nothing about VCV & ended up with a constantly evolving rhythmic patterns, simply using multiple SEQ-3s with different sequence lengths… I own 3 Rings modules IRL and love them as an easily accessible harmonic pulse generators, so it was a pleasure to just keep adding more of them…
Modules I was most reaching for but could not find: an interesting LFO capable of very slow speeds, a clock divider and a stereo mixer. No doubt these will be coming soon, along with modules I could not predict. Exciting times…
This patch got up to about 45% of my CPU (iMac 5K iMac w 4GHz i7 & 64GB of RAM) and that CPU button is handy as it shows what % of CPU each module is consuming. Not sure how my poor old laptop will cope… YMMV
Congrats to the developers