…a drum machine that runs on 100 yen coins!
“Sorry we can’t finish this mix, the drummer needs feeding…”
Wow! If someone made a module of that Nuance button,
the entire realm of modular music would benefit
nu old nuzic
▶ Can – Moonshake – Krautrock 1977
love the overhead shots of Jaki… and Holgers sounds via tape manipulation
▶ Joe Strummer And The Mescaleros – Yalla Yalla
▶ Joe Strummer: The Clash | Rare Interview | The Lost Tapes
▶ FT w/Moritz von Oswald & hr-Sinfonieorchester playing ‘UrSprung’ @ Music Discovery Project
▶ I saw a few people on Twitter discuss Wim Wenders film Until the End of the World and was reminded of how much I love the use of pygmy music in that film… And while reminiscing I came across this great article:
The Sound of Yesterday’s Future: Notes on the Until the End of the World Soundtrack
Must watch that film again, here is the trailer:
▶ 79 things that line up so perfectly it will trigger a clickbait headline!
ps so many of those photos of things that ‘line up perfectly’ would not line up at all if the photographer moved their camera about an inch either way…
▶ A great summary by Cory Doctorow re FaeceBook monopoly
▶ The sound of global endangered habitats and wildlife
Great interview with Doug Quin on @radionz this morning, listen here
▶ A question:
what is the maximum number of tracks an album can contain?
What do you think?
My first thought was that it depends on the kind of album, for example I suspect a CD album would max out at 99 and a quick check of the CD spec verified that (And i also remember @leyton releasing a CD with 99 tracks to be played with shuffle enabled)
Vinyl I am not sure, as there is a physical space limit. With respect to maximum duration, it seems to be 23-25 minutes per side is the maximum, but to include space between each song/track means there would be a physical limit to the number of discrete songs possible. Also interesting factoids: “The average LP has about 1,500 feet (460 m; 0.28 mi) of groove on each side. The average tangential needle speed relative to the disc surface is approximately 1 mile per hour (1.6 km/h; 0.45 m/s)”
But for digital, why would there be a limit?
If you wanted to release a digital album with 900 tracks why would there be a limit, apart from the practicality of access etc… So I did some searches…
CD BABY says 100, same as a CD (99 + 1 for initial index) but their upload system cannot cope with more than 50. And if you do have over 50? You have to use such contemporary hi-tech solutions as “send them a CD” lol WTF? Guess who built an arbitrary limit to their upload system.
BANDCAMP? There is no limit on the size of albums. OK what’s the maximum upload size? It starts out at 291MB per track, which is of course the exact size of “Inamorata and Narration by Conrad Roberts” from side 4 of Miles Davis’ Live-Evil (assuming we’re talking 16/44.1, which we always are). Once you’ve made a few sales through Bandcamp (totalling $20 USD or more), we increase the max per-track upload size to 600MB.
As a kid I remember we had a copy of the Guinness Book of Records. I haven’t read or seen one since, but the their website informs me ORLANDO “JAHLIL BEATS” TUCKER holds the record for Most songs on a digital album for their album Modern Day Masterpiece, released 8 November 2019 which contains a total of… 300 tracks! (Commenter “there is strict criteria for this record.. has to be a proper release and has to be a commercial success as well”)
Why am I wondering about such obscure issues? Last night I did a pass through the demos of an album I am slowly working on. It currently has 127 tracks… and I am not finished writing yet! But I’m also not trying to set any records, or make something impractical to listen to… Proof is in the pudding, maybe by the time my self critic gets finished with self loathing there will only be 2 or 3 tracks left…
With digital there should be no limit, in duration or in number of tracks. (And no, the answer is not a Spotify playlist. That isn’t the answer to any question, ever!) Whether anyone wants to listen to a 900 track 45 hour album is a different issue…
Is it a coincidence that the only platform that supports such open ended endeavours is Bandcamp?
▶ Another random Guinness record: The largest set of tubular bells consists of 120 bells and was achieved by Simon Desorgher, Eye Music Trust and George Roberts Scaffolding (all UK), in Rotherham, UK, as verified on 6 April 2017
▶ I made a meme! (sorry its #nzpol related)
▶ Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra – Promises: Prologue
▶ re streaming:
▶ Sorry, Tesla this is the future
▶ local deep fakes guy is hilarial!
Slowly but surely I am going to rid my life of SaaS!
Being tethered to the Internet? No thanks.
Paying monthly fees to dozens and dozens of companies? No thanks.
I am late to the realisation but it means saying goodbye to TextExpander.
And it is a perfect example of a flawed attempt at forcing its users to SaaS.
It seems they started the push years ago, and I must have ignored it. But TextExpander crashed on me today so I wondered if I need to upgrade for Big Sur compatibility. As a registered user that should be a simple, straight forward process which should take only a few minutes, right?
NOPE. They switched to SaaS and there is no other option.
I tried updating to the SaaS TextExpander version. When I launched it, all of my old TE shortcuts were gone… so it didn’t even bother to check for previous versions. I go to the TextExpander ‘cloud’ account and cannot access anything at all until I finish ‘onboarding’ which demands I answer a series of banal questions, wanting personal info.
What a massive FAIL. I have no loyalty to TextExpander. It is a simple, very useful app. As a concept it is essential and I use it often, but it is not a unique idea and does not provide value worthy of a monthly fee.
Thanks to complaining on Twitter I now have a replacement that costs 1/10th of a yearly TextEpander SaaS subscription and does everything I need: aText
But this conversation nails the issue perfectly:
Q: Curious, as someone in a similar position as Textexpander: Don’t you think TE will be able to provide more, stable updates thanks to the stable income a subscription provides? Selling software is a lot like living under the gun constantly. The sentiment seems to be that people use TE a lot, daily. Why not support the developer(s) behind this service?
A: TextExpander has been around for a long time. I’m using version 5, i.e., the fourth major version upgrade. There’s little or nothing else that needs to be added to the product at this point. They charged an upgrade fee for new major versions. IIRC, it was $19.95 to upgrade from v4 to v5. I didn’t mind paying that, even if the new features were minor (I can’t even remember what they were — and I think I actually upgraded only because v4 wouldn’t work anymore on a newer version of OS X, though my recollection could be wrong).
That’s the life-cycle of software products sold on the traditional model. At some point you need to realize you’ve wrung all the money you can out of upgrades, and if the revenue from new sales and (increasingly rare) major upgrades isn’t enough to live on, well, you better develop some new and different products.
Of course it’s better for you as a developer if you can convince people to pay you $60 per year in perpetuity for your small utility app, rather than just collecting a one-time $30 sale and occasional upgrade fees, but just because that’s your super-dream-fantasy business model doesn’t mean it makes any sense for customers.
From same site, this nails an aspect too: “TextExpander has always been straddling the markets of “casual consumer with $20 to spend on an app that reduces pain” and “professional customer willing to spend $199 to reduce major time costs.” It looks like they’ve decided to focus on their professional customers… I hope that this works out well for them.”
I don’t agree with it but I can understand that as the motivation: they do not care about single users, who contribute very little financially to their business. They actually want me to leave & find another solution, so they can focus on their “professional team” users that generate the most income for their company. OK then, see ya!
Similarly there is much nashing of teeth at VI Forum re Native Instruments + Izotope join forces
via CDM, some backstory as both companies chase venture capital:
“Who is Francisco Partners? The other thing to note here is that Francisco Partners is a big, big player. They’re in San Francisco, London, and New York, and are one of the best-known names in technology investment. They’ve raised $24 billion of capital to date.”
Me: the language used in VC powered corporate press releases is vomit worthy!
Also me: I 100% bet this new thing will be a SaaS subscription venture!
Them: Welcome aspiring musician. We exist to
help you make music make our shareholders rich… We don’t want a lot upfront… drip… drip… drip… In reality our shareholders want a LOT by making you 100% dependent!
“The public markets can offer a company quite a bit: Cash right now. Liquidity for the future. A currency to help recruiting and retention.
And public companies come with a giant caveat: They are owned by people (the shareholders) who might sell out at any moment. And new ones can take their place in an instant.
This flexible ownership is part of the attraction of the stock market, but it also means that you can’t count on the people and institutions that own your organization taking a long-term view. (Long-term for them might even be a week in the future).
As a result, the others that the organization seeks to serve: The environment, their customers, the employees, the culture… often lose out. Because thanks to Milton Friedman’s mythology, the primacy of the shareholder (the one who drives the stock price, the very stock price that drives management) means that every time these companies seek to serve one of their other constituents, they have to do a sort of dance, explaining to shareholders why, after all, really and truly, what they’re actually doing is serving the shareholders. Not just serving them, serving them right now.
And, thanks to the short-term interests of many people who trade stocks, there’s pressure to own shares that go up the most today, not a company you’re proud to own for the long run.
Sometimes, the enlightened and powerful leadership of a company is able to ignore the whining of the shareholders. If you don’t like where this bus is going, sell!
But over time, that resolve often fades. I saw this first hand at Yahoo. When everyone who works for you and around you is watching the stock price, it’s hard to decide to do the right thing.
If you want to run an organization you’re proud of, choose your ownership as carefully as you choose your employees.”
Handy site worth bookmarking: ALTERNATIVE TO
Crowd sourced software recommendations…
This should be compulsory training for everyone:
Also this is an essential read:
Love Thy Trolls: What Pākehā Can Do About Online Racism
“In the Tauiwi Tautoko programme, there is a prescribed method for engaging with racist commenting on Facebook, and tauiwi follow a step-by-step guide, which has been refined by ActionStation in an ongoing consultation with educators and researchers. Above all, this kaupapa is Indigenous-led, following principles in te ao Māori:
A slow and considered understanding of where the comment is coming from (āta whakarongo)
Expressing ideas in terms of personal perspectives and experiences rather than universal truths
Identifying shared values and imagining better futures together (whanaungatanga)
Naming barriers that prevent us from reaching that future
By using this method, I immediately noticed the different paths dialogues could take compared to the more hostile routes I saw others on Facebook taking….”
“with every person commenting there are a hundred others silently reading. These silent readers are the true target audience of Tauiwi Tautoko. If we leave these comments unchallenged, we reinforce the status quo.”
what a fantastic ui!
it’s in the next VEIMA auction
c11 sank my battleship
▶ Ryuichi Sakamoto – “Plankton”
▶ “And So The Wind Blew…” by Gene Koshinski
tbh I like it better at half speed, despite youtubbzesz strrte4tcch algo
▶ Mark Fell & Rian Treanor – Last exit to Chickenley
▶ D-Operation Drop – Liberation (Babe Roots ft. Don Fe Remix)
▶ This mix “surveys the quickly emerging amapiano sub-style blowing up at the moment..
called Skrr Gong.”
▶ Neoliberalism and the Musical Entrepreneur by musicologist Andrea Moore: PDF
▶ mmmm supernumerary bows
▶ this twitter thread about inheriting recipes is excellent
▶ “Fascinating 3D rendering of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, demolished in 1967”
▶ connect to robotically controlled audio outboard equipment!
▶ Q: Does the past look better in black and white?
A: Whenever someone proudly presents their colourised archival photo, I always think one thing: Why? Why ruin a beautiful monochrome photo?
Have you heard about the new dating site?
It’s called WORLD OF PAIN.
just kidding…. my actual world of pain can be summed up in five words:
with an added pain booster of:
“… without a recent OS backup”
OK you can stop laughing now! JHC!! FFS!!!
How could I be such a fckng dumbass!!
Truth be told I thought I was updating to “Catalina” – but enough of the stupid fckng names! I thought I was updating to 10.15. And it was for only one reason: because a dumb Apple app I wanted to use required it. The app store gave me no other option. No access to earlier versions that were compatible with my very stable previous OSX setup. No nothing!
OK then, I thought vaguely, I had heard the nashing of teeth many, many months ago about Catalina… but surely all those problems have been solved already… So where is the latest OSX update that this app so desperately needs? Oh here it is, I’ll go lie on the couch while it installs…
FFS it wasn’t “Catalina” it was OSX 11.2.3
First bad omen?
The dumbass mouse I bought ages ago suddenly went ballistic! While trying to update it I started to get a feeling of dread… The lame as fck Razer mouse I bought based on “user reviews” simply does not work with Big Sur, and likely never will… It got thrown against a wall & smashed, as it should have after the first time it lost the plot when it couldn’t access its settings from ‘the cloud’ (FFS what kind of hardware company develops such a crucial io device that also does not function properly unless it can connect to the cloud? What possible advantage is there for the user that sync to the cloud takes precedence over the basic functionality of saving settings to a local drive? It would be like buying a Telsa car but when out in the desert suddenly discovering the key needed an update and there is no Internet connection to be had. Fck dependence on the cloud! I should have returned that shit mouse to where it came from a long time ago… Note to self: do not ever buy anything ‘Razer’ ever again, or trust a review by a gamer) But I really do not like Apples Magic Mouse – all it does “magically” is give me RSI cramps from being far too low profile for my bass player hands. So I dug an old Apple wired mouse out of the basement, and will suffer with it until I go find a decent replacement. All I want is a fast accurate reliable wired mouse with a reliable scroll wheel…
So after wasting half the day getting fcked off at all of this, I tried to do some work. Boot up ProTools and oh FCK I have no audio interfaces!?! Surely just a driver update is required? Then I think about how my ‘update the drivers for a mouse’ went & I start to wonder if an interface is going to meet its maker fairly shortly. Having switched to MOTU interfaces I can’t blame AVID… I check the MOTU site. OH fckng great! My two main interfaces are not compatible!
Sorry is this Big Sur 11.0.0?
I check again, Big Sur VERSION 11.2.3 – announced June 22 2020 and released to the public Nov 12 2020, over four months ago!
Now I know developers get early warning & access to major OS updates… But four months after public release, neither of my main MOTU interfaces work, at all. Not even a stereo pair of outputs. NOTHING! For Big Sur they simply do not exist. I would literally be back to using the terrible built in audio of my Mac if it wasn’t that I had a couple of old MOTU 828x USB interfaces gathering dust. Class compliance, remember that as a concept?
I am mostly p+ssed off at myself, as I am never an early adopter. I loathe the idea of burning my time trying to make things work that clearly are not ready for amateur hour, let along prime time. Even four months after an official OS release, nothing!
All of this reminds me painfully of some basic truisms, that I got lax and forgot. I dont mind buying a new mouse but I would have thought four months was enough time to develop basic class compliant drivers. Clearly I was wrong.
I wasted an hour or so trying various hacks to get that dumb mouse to work. Apart from any other issues, the impression I get is that it seems Apple are now “protecting” the OS by simply not allowing legitimate, verified, user approved drivers to be installed. OSX11 appears to make it very difficult for non-Apple hardware to be used. Is this a cost of popular consumerism?
The Razer mouse now seems to be abandonware as far as OSX goes, but what of the MOTU interfaces? How long does it take to create a solution to this prohibited driver issue? If four months of work does not solve it, what will? I checked AVID as well. Nothing is currently compatible with Big Sur. I don’t imagine Apple are selling many new Macs to pro users at the moment, seeing as nothing external works with them. WTF kind of “Big Sur” is this???
Look at this sh+t:
Click the Apple symbol in the Menu bar.
Hold down Command-R to reboot into Recovery Mode.
Type csrutil disable
Press Return or Enter on your keyboard.
Click the Apple symbol in the Menu bar.
sudo kextload /library/extensions/MOTUProAudio.kext
bingo! back to work…
weird how I just used my scanner,
no new drivers or permissions required.
sumimasen, i suspect my ‘world of apple pain’ is just a tiny fraction of the [daily pain intake] of actual developers… thank you for your suffering!
In the meantime apple should trigger a RED ALERT KLAXON any time some one touches a Big Sur upgrade!!
#cyanotype print of a ABC-M1A1 RADIAC Calculator “used by the US Army to determine the dose rates and doses to personnel after a nuclear explosion”
Happy to live in #nuclearfreeNZ
Eternal thanks to @nzlabour PM David Lange
Starting to get more consistent results from self coating paper for cyanotype!
The process involves mixing a couple of chemicals and then painting it on to paper, specifically non-acidic watercolour paper. Of course that has to be done in a fairly dark room… There is lots of info online with regards to chemicals, paper type etc and how to calibrate exposure.
One tool that is making it easier for me is I now have a contact printing frame, made by local genius Brian Scadden.
While researching I found a contact printing frame on an Australian website, but as it has glass in it I was not keen to have it shipped to NZ. So I asked around and Brian offered to make me this one.
The design is simple but excellent – I place my negative or transparency on the glass, then a sheet of cyanotype paper, check the alignment, clamp the back shut and can then put it under UV light or the sun, and expose it.
The back opens in two halves, so its also possible to check exposure without moving the alignment…
Some experiments are less successful than others, for example this one I tried “doing a Jackson Pollock” and applied the cyanotype chemicals via splatter painting… It is underexposed, but a sharp image printed into splatter has potential, just not this time..
Self coating cyanotype paper creates far more interesting prints with deeper blues and texture from the paper contributing, as well as the option to ‘paint’ the chemicals on. I like the brush strokes, I’m using Japanese hake brushes and once I iterate a few dozen more times I should start to have a bit more control over the process…
#cyanotype print of the Tenori On box design
Above was made using precoated cyanotype paper
Below is a cheat – printed using self coated paper, but it was underexposed
so I overlaid the transparency in PS on it… offset & ghosting
Need to recalibrate exposure:
pre-coated paper (as above) exposure = 15 minutes & is consistent, but….
self coated paper = an hour or two!
I love the texture of the watercolour cold pressed paper,
and the brush strokes & darker colouring…
Next step is to calibrate and then learn to tone,
with jasmine tea!
might become album art one of these days…
I left the window open last night in the lounge and this morning a cicada was buzzing around so to steer it back outside I caught it in a jar… and before i released it I put a DPA4060 lavalier microphone in with it… At quarter speed it is a bit like a CICADA conga break!
Shot at 120fps with Sony a6300
Recorded 24bit 192kHz with SD722 and DPA4060 lavalier