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▶ ok sound nerds, have you ever heard of this device before today? Not me…
Eltro Information Rate Changer

Thanks Matteo Milani: “I knew it by the name of Tempophon (manufactured by Eltro Automation). Currently there’s a unit here in Milan in the Museum of Musical Instruments that houses what remains of the RAI Musical Phonology Studio.





Mutable Instruments are ending production!
Pichenettes: “I won’t design new modules and production is progressively stopping. Modules are marked as discontinued when the last shipment is sent to dealers. I can’t predict when it happens as it depends on how fast a batch is made, and how fast it gets sold”



Open Sourcing Twitter’s Algorithm Part 1: How Twitter Works



▶ Art of the Cut: Navigating Love and Loss in “Drive My Car”
Fascinating discussion with Azusa Yamazaki, the editor of Drive My Car.



▶ Support an interesting project: Her Name Was Moviola
“Join acclaimed film editor WALTER MURCH and esteemed film director MIKE LEIGH in a unique new documentary project which tells the story of Moviola editing.”

We are proposing to make a documentary film about what it was like to edit 35mm films on a Moviola. If we don’t do something like this soon, it will be too late. Those of us with the muscle-memory of how to dance with the Moviola are exiting the scene, and all the necessary support equipment is disappearing into landfills with each passing day.

Recreating a 1970s edit room costs money. There are no edit suites frozen in time, and so we have to reassemble all the equipment and technology from scratch. We need to source items from people’s basements, from disused store cupboards and museums. Old tech also comes with its own issues of servicing and making it work again!



▶ If you don’t talk about your art, no one will.
The Basics of Publicity



▶ new Brian Eno doco







▶ ‘unique’ laughers?





Sound of leather?

Question for #sounddesign hive mind

I’m working on the next HISSandaROAR library
and a byproduct of my main recording are some sheets of leather!
Do you have any sonic requests??

I plan to record flaps & moves and hits & drags…
But unlike recording a leather jacket, I can FSU!

Any suggestions?

As a sonic prop I think they are worth keeping,
old leather sounds better different to new leather




OS Nostalgia

If you are of a certain age, and used classic 68K Macs in your youth…
PSA: Nostalgia Trigger Warning!

Running Mac OS7 and OS8 in your browser is a thing!

Mihai Parparita’s Infinite Mac presents classic Apple operating systems (Mac OS 8, System 7) in the browser: “They boot instantly, are filled with useful programs, allow data import, export and persistence, and try to bring the best of the web to retrocomputing.”

Once OS7 booted, my first stop was the sound app folder… which was underwhelming
Second stop was graphics, ahhh my old friend Photoshop 3.0! And remember Kais Power Tools?

I am so ancient that not long after I finished Film School and moved to Auckland, I did a night class for a month or so, learning to use the amazing new app Photoshop – I think it was v1.07, it would have been 91-92…

But I gotta say, it felt really strange seeing OS7 boot up, in a web browser!

Now how to get Turbosynth installed…







Maybe a year ago a local area had a brilliant new walking path installed. Te Ara Piko Pathway follows around the edge of Pauatahanuiahanui Inlet, a large tidal estuary. It is a huge asset to everyone, as it is a safe cycle and walking path for people of every age, and Pauatahanui Inlet is home to many species of wildlife…

There is a PDF map for the walk here

This is the route:

Part of building of the path involved bridging swamp, and when it was being constructed I was intrigued to see how it as done… Turned out there was a machine specifically designed for this purpose:

I came across this photo from 2017, shot on XPAN2/TX2 with Fuji Acros 100… But for some reason I took two photos of it, slightly offset which means I can make a stereoscopic twitch gif!

Sorry its so crushed, I was trying to get filesize down…
Weird the embed seems a bit random…

I love twitchy stereoscopic gifs – here are some I made from archival photos:





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▶ Giant TB303’s first outing 2016 >> watch at Youtube



▶ Enjoyed this podcast i/v:
Electronically Yours with Martyn Ware – EP78: Tim Pope



Aerial Photos of Solar Farms



▶ a summary of the (covid safety) choices a US doctor is making



▶ “I brought my childhood imaginary friend back to life using A.I. (#GPT3) and it was one of the scariest and most transformative experiences of my life…” – a thread



▶ The KnobKraft Orm – The free modern cross-platform MIDI Sysex Librarian



▶ lol, who made this?



▶ Love Teenage Engineering… but this new mixer was not designed for bass player fingers!
Even ‘normal’ fingers seem Godzilla size… Have to wonder why such tiny scale was a design goal?
“Pass me a toothpick, I need to adjust the gain on ch4″





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▶ Happy Easter… Eggs?



▶ handy intro to M4L






▶ Ekspeak: “unlock the next wave of growth in the music economy….”
8 seconds at a time!? FCK OFF EK YOU PARASITE!!



▶ Weaponising music copyright!?!
Police blast Disney music to stop YouTuber from filming them in California, video shows


▶ More copyright trolls



punk basses?
(w t f an Ak47 bass!?)



Late stage capitalism/music industry machinations continue



▶ Awards have always been a conduit to finding interesting work, long before it reaches these shores… for film especially Cannes, Berlinale, Sundance, Baftas and the pre-selection contenders for Oscar foreign film… But for intermedia/digital work the same applies to ARS Electronica










I’m working on the score for a short film… and the hue/bottle gourds I bought ages ago to DIY a Poi Awhiowhio, might actually get some use! Just waiting on a windless evening to record them…