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Chowndolo from Giacomo Lepri on Vimeo.

▶ magnetic oscillations



▶ An interesting thread on collective amnesia: “The 1918 pandemic killed between 50 – 100 million people in two years. Encyclopedia Britannica’s 1924 history of the 20th century so far didn’t even mention it once. Crosby’s book “probes the curious loss of national memory of this cataclysmic event”



▶ Who owns Einstein?





▶ RIP Vangelis

Great article about Vangelis & studio during Bladerunner score composing & recording



▶ Dang! Two online resources I really enjoy are taking a break
Kottke on sabbatical
Art + Music + Technology podcast is endingbest wishes to Darwin Grosse – Kia kaha!



(update: thought it looked interesting, was literally about to click buy now, and saw this: “This purchase allows you to read The Professional Composer’s Guide by Paul Thomson – $49 on anytime” WTF? It’s locked to a website/app? Nope. Spotify for books. Nope)



▶ Oh this is a great use case for StreamDeck!





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▶ KH/Four Tet – Only Human



▶ Horace Andy – Safe From Harm



▶ Horace Andy — Watch Over Them







At last got some pineapples!
I’ve been hunting for some for six months…
All the supermarket ones have tops cut off so you can’t regrow them.
These are from Whangarei farmers market & they smell delicious!




Short term pain for long term gain

I have profound admiration for the parents of any child learning violin (or any instrument requiring manual intonation) – rewards are life long but the early days/weeks/months of practice must be tough…

Photo credit:
[Edgar Richard Williams?] playing a violin, location unidentified. Williams, Edgar Richard, 1891-1983: Negatives, lantern slides, stereographs, colour transparencies, monochrome prints, photographic ephemera. Ref: 1/4-054923-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/30654782

How adorable is this version of 2001 theme – often miscredited to a ‘child orchestra’ – was actually a real ’normal’ orchestra, but everyone tried swapping instruments…

And another version by Portsmouth Sinfonia, with swapped instruments

Incredible professionalism to perform like this & not burst out laughing!




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▶ What’s It Like Drumming For Prince?



▶ remember MONDO magazine?



▶ Maybe the best response to conspiracy theories is…
even more absurd conspiracy theories!?
How “birds arent real” took off + snopes



▶ MINIBAY = Compact 40 point desktop patchbay



▶ What Makes a Great, or Terrible, Audiobook Performance? The case for doing less



▶ “Music is not a bunch of notes and chords. Music is storytelling.”



40 years of the BEST Music Magazine!



▶ YT Commenter: “This is a Japanese artist performing a German composer’s music, remixed in a Swing-Jazz style originating from African Americans, on an instrument invented in Italy.”

And to note: @2’00” she adds half a beat to get the happy clappers back in time ^ ^






Antoine de Saint-Exupéry:
“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add,
but when there is nothing left to take away.”

Not Antoine de Saint-Exupéry:
“Perfection is never achieved…

I love seeing Piccasos reductive process – The Bull is a series of eleven lithographs created in 1945



Similarly I saw this meme on Instagram the other day, and wondered do my alterations make sense?

Maybe but not quite…
There is a lot more reduction & erasure in some cases,
but for some genre films, more is… MOAR?


ref: Walter Murch – Clear Density, Dense Clarity





NZ Music Month

Every year Aotearoa/NZ has ‘NZ Music Month’ #nzmusicmonth which (I think?) was first instigated to guilt/force commercial radio into actually playing any NZ music at all… Decades later it remains as an endearing anachronism, and accordingly RadioNZs great NZ Music host @CharlotteRyanNZ asked on Twitter: “What is your favourite song / track by a NZ artist? I want to play them on @radionz this month…”

So here’s five from me, no need to wait for broadcast, this is the interweb!




▶ Douglas Lilburn – The Return (1965)
poem by Alistair Campbell ; sound image by Douglas Lilburn.
Mahi Potiki, Māori voice
Tim Eliott, narrator
First heard a decade ago on vinyl via Lo Cost Records in Petone. As a renowned composer Lilburn founded the Electronic Music Studio at Victoria Uni in Wellington NZ in 1966, and spent the rest of his life composing with electronics. Love the ringmod Te Reo!



▶ Tall Dwarfs – Turning Brown & Torn in Two
Watched video debut during my first year at Ilam University 1985. Screened on a Sunday night Radio With Pictures, introduced by Karen Hay with a wry smile. Strangely brilliant. Brilliantly strange. Tape loop rhythm x scratch/found film.



▶ Marie & The Atom – Orange Towel Song
Never saw them live but remember stories of them playing support for The Gordons (CHCH mid 80s) and they had 44 gallon drums on stage…



▶ Micronism – Constructing Space
love all Denvers music – check the overhead gear photo in this article
I met Denver in early 90s via a Trade & Exchange ad… & bought his Oberheim Matrix 6 and Sequential Circuits SixTrack synths.



▶ Victoria Kelly – Landscape Prelude
I’ve worked on many films with Victoria, and cannot wait to hear whatever she does next.
But especially her next film score.





Two down

I’ve had two of these goddamn USB2 sockets break on bits of gear. One was relatively easy to fix: an iConnect MIDI 4+ interface where it seems the front two pins broke on the USB socket broke and it was wobbling around, causing a completely unreliable connection. I took the thing apart, desoldered the broken one & replaced it. But the other one was a major PITA!

The USB2 socket on my Korg SV1 88 weighted keyboard broke ages ago and I ignored it, using the normal MIDI DIN in & out. But it limited me in two ways. First I couldn’t backup or replace/update any of the presets on the SV1 (which requires app access from Mac via USB) and while I could cope with that as I already had all my favourites loaded, there is another very handy aspect of devices with USB and it is this:

When I am working on music I alternate between sequencing in my Mac (using ProTools, ableton LIVE, Numerology, Nodal) and using my Cirklon. Now the Cirklon can sequence via USB (eg VIs, plugins) so I could access the SV1 via my Mac, but one of the joys of Ciklon is working WITHOUT a computer. But through this process I have discovered that a great advantage of a synth having both USB and MIDI via DIN connectors: I can have it connected to both! So my Korg SV1 can be sequenced from computer via USB and from Cirklon via DIN MIDI. Not sure what happens if the SV1 receives MIDI data from both at the same time, but I’ll do a test sometime & find out.

So why not just fix the USB connector on my SV1? Well, that was my intent, so I downloaded a service manual for the SV1 to see how to access the PCB with the USB connector on it and guess what? It requires complete disassembly of the entire fckng synth, including removing the weighted keybed, and all PCBs!! Nope. Fck that!! It’s an expensive heavy keyboard that (a) I don’t want to be without and (b) don’t trust myself to disassemble, fix and re-assemble, and end up with a working keyboard. If I mess it up I won’t just not have USB, I also won’t have a functioning SV1 and that would truly suck! And it weighs a ton, which makes it a PITA to safely transport to an actual tech. So what other option is there?

Well, the shitty USB2 socket on the SV1 broke in an interesting way: the centre prong which sticks out had broken off, but the wires that a USB plug connects to, were still intact. So I proceeded to make a heinous but functional hack/solution! I cut a USB cable in half, and directly soldered wires to the two data connectors! (the SV1 does not need power via USB, so the other two connections are not needed)
It ain’t pretty, and it involves gaffer tape in places no one will ever see… but it works!!
I’m never moving my SV1 again!

But it’s really made me aware how handy it is, for a synth to have both USB and MIDI sockets (& CV/gate)
More is good, but please not USB2




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▶ Congotronics International – Where’s The One?



▶ EchoBoy feat. Danny Red & The Herb – Jahovah Remix



▶ Zimoun – Guitar Studies I​-​III



▶ Hannah Peel & Paraorchestra – The Unfolding






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▶ personal railway on abandoned tracks!



▶ Virtual communication curbs creative idea generation



re Netflix



Sasha Frere-Jones on the art of Éliane Radigue






▶ I’m enjoying Not A Diving Podcast with ScubaApple Podcast or Soundcloud



▶ Bandcamp says it can’t afford Google Play billing, Epic files injunction
“Epic and Google are gearing up for another legal battle. You might recall that Google has an in-app billing crackdown coming to the Play Store soon. The new rules require all apps selling digital goods to use Google Play Billing by March 31, so Google gets a cut of the sales. Any app in non-compliance has been unable to ship updates since March 31, but the real deadline is June 1, when these apps will be removed from the Play Store”




Listen to this shite:
“Musiio’s technology focuses on B2B audio reference search (AI that can “listen” to music), automated tagging, and playlisting tools for the music industry. By “listening” to more tracks than a human could ever comprehend and identifying characteristics and patterns, its AI allows users to better predict success, which in turn, can increase their ‘hit-rate’ and ultimately their revenue

Musiio will become core to SoundCloud’s discovery experience and help to identify talent and trends ahead of anybody else.

Me: with enough machine learning, eventually techbros will be able to tell whether a song will be a hit before it’s even be written! It’s a race to the bottom, with seemingly only one meaning to the word ‘success’



▶ Raw Sounds from InSight’s Seismometer on Mars .wav A subwoofer or earphones are needed to hear this clip. Listen to raw, unprocessed data from the seismometer on NASA’s InSight spacecraft of vibrations caused by wind moving over the solar panels on Mars. The sounds were recorded by two of the three short-period sensors on the seismometer (SEIS).

Here is a short excerpt
20 seconds of NASA Seismometer on Mars