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Today = The Wire and Éliane Radigue – Espaces intermédiaires (english version from here)
“In the long interview that forms the body of this publication, Éliane Radigue talks about her work, her reflections and underlying research, as well as her historical context. The publication also contains a commented list of works and Radigue’s programmatic text on The Mysterious Power of the Infinitesimal.”




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▶ Tomas Nordmark – EXIT via



▶ Mode Selektor – Mean Friend (Telefon Tel Aviv Remix)



▶ Andy Stott – Answers



▶ The Chemical Brothers – The Darkness That You Fear





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▶ more dumb sh+t Big Sur OSX11 tries to do:

Sorry apple but (1) my ‘best photos’ are not taken with a dumb phone camera app and
(2) WTF algorithm do you think you are using to decide what my “best photos” even are?

Good grief. It is as similarly bad as Faecebook ‘memories’
“We (an algorithm) have decided what is best for you (based on potential ad sell)”



▶ “Technical awards are given to people who design equipment. The people who edit films and do visual effects and do sound for films are judged on their artistic judgment, not on how fast they can turn knobs or how well they use software. . . . What I want to hear about is what sounds are in the film and how well they propel the story, and how well they’re integrated into the story.”
Randy Thom re the Oscars

“All of us who work in movie sound know that it’s a fool’s gambit to rely too much on minutiae, or on tiny, subtle nuances because we know very well that in most normal movie theaters, most of those will be lost. So I think it makes a lot more sense to judge on more broadly based criteria and not feel like you have to listen to a movie with a stethoscope to know whether [it’s] been done well”



▶ 15 fantastic DIY Cameras – mmmm Brancopan!



▶ Alan Lomax’s field recordings are available on a newly-redesigned site



▶ intriguing: noise cancelling for drones enables two way conversations! The demo video seems actually quite good at hearing what the person is saying, but less so what the drone speaker is replying – is the speaker not powerful enough? or it isn’t/can’t use the noise cancelling?

That speaker could be useful with COVID Vaccine deploying drones:
“Drop your pants & bend over! You are about to be vaccinated!”



▶ In the new digital economy, are Artists creators?



▶ podcasts – when they are good they are excellent, but imho it is a rare event. Of all the music/music tech podcasts I have tried to listen to, the best so far was this ep of Art + Music + Technology with Alessandro Cortini… wise words!



▶ “I’ve asked my 3rd year illustration students at @sva to come up with a post-pandemic New Yorker magazine cover. Here is what they sent in



▶ 11 rolls of film dropped off to the lab today! That is the sign of a great road trip – every shot is a commitment to the moment. (Well, apart from one shot where I accidentally pocket triggered my XPAN with the lens cap still on… That one might be a little underexposed!)



▶ watch ya head!






It’s interesting to reflect on what we put our faith in, and to what degree. Within the same week, I had two related experiences: first I got to go for a ride in a Tesla car. A friend of my sisters had bought one and kindly took my Dad and me for a drive. For a car worth over $100k I thought its styling was ok, a bit too ‘space-age bachelor pad’ for my taste, but nothing really surprising on that front. But what totally blew my expectations was the power. Holy fckng sh+t! The owner pulled out onto the motorway and floored it. We went from 50kmph to 150kpmh very rapidly, and with no variation in the power – it felt like it could have just kept accelerating. I’ve been in a few high performance cars in my time, but being pushed back into your seat like that I have only experienced on an aeroplane, when taking off. Really very impressive…
The owner also showed us some of the automated driving functions, eg he indicated to change lanes and the car did the lane changing. And when he tried to do it while a car was in the way, it would not move between lanes. Now he doesn’t have the full auto driving functionality installed, and his model requires the driver to have their hands on the steering wheel. But it was an interesting experience.

Second related experience, reading this news item

Two die in Tesla car crash in Texas with ‘no one’ in driver’s seat, police say

Who is to blame? The driver. But no one was driving.
Who is to blame? The driver. But no one was driving.
Who is to blame? The driver. But no one was driving.

“The 2019 Tesla Model S was traveling at high speed when it failed to negotiate a curve and went off the roadway, crashing to a tree and bursting into flames, local television station KHOU-TV said.”

Elon Musk, said in January that he expects huge profits from its full self-driving software, saying he is “highly confident the car will be able to drive itself with reliability in excess of human this year”.

Now those five words make me question my faith:

“reliability in excess of human”

“in excess of human” sounds like something a bot would say. And if you disagreed with the bot, maybe it might just drive into a tree and burst into flames.

Now I don’t know if this meme is for real, but I have a question:

The question is this:

Every Tesla car is fully capable of monitoring everything it does. I would imagine that is a fundamental part of the design of the car, to log its use for future analysis and scheduling maintenance etc…

So if a Tesla can monitor itself, and people die on the roads all the time due to excess speed, why not have built-in functionality where the car automatically issues speeding tickets?

I can appreciate why it would not be a popular feature with some people. But crashing into trees and killing unreliable humans is also not a very popular feature. If safety is a fundamental part of the use of every vehicle, and we have state laws that specifically restrict maximum speed, then surely if the Tesla car is to be evolutionarily progressive, then why not either limit the speed to the legal maximum, or as we currently do issue speeding tickets when caught exceeding the limit. “Normally” a speeding ticket is issued when one of those unreliable humans is also a police officer and observes the speeding. But the Tesla could have a virtual police officer built-in. And maybe it should.

A third question, with regards to unreliable humans is this:

Who do you put your faith in?



Would I like to own a Tesla?

Yes and no.
An accountant once said: “Buy the cheapest car your ego can afford.” I do not have an ego that needs a car worth $100k. For convenience and to save using fossil fuel I would love a small electric commuter vehicle, and in that respect, I have far more admiration for these tiny electric cars which are affordable enough to be ubiquitous and along with public transport have the potential to solve transport for all city dwellers, rather than egotistical elitist rich people, or those who enjoy being in debt for rapidly devaluing assets.

But none of those electric cars are going where I went in the last four days:
Off road, off grid, in 4WD.







Mud pool x hydrophone




Revisited a favourite location today, except this time armed with a pair of H2A hydrophones! I started off timid, dropping hydrophone in close, recording for a few minutes and retrieving them to check temperature… an hour later I was lobbing them 30m into the pool..





When recording here in the past it has been really frustrating, with tourists wandering by loudly ruining my recordings… This time not so much, a few (local) tourists & kids none of who took much notice of me…
Quite a challenge, trying to target the hydrophones… but for a couple of the takes I managed to land them right in an active bubble, which once they sank created more sub bass than my headphones could handle… Will reserve judgment until I can listen on studio speakers & sub… Had some great Tonaktsu ramen for lunch in Rotorua, and found more than a few new favourite xpan photo locations too… win/win/win!





XPAN Flashback



Flashback to shooting my first roll of Velvia in my new TX2/XPAN II
October 2016 Osaka, Japan


Fujifilm TX2/XPAN2 with Fuji Velvia 100

The building is one I never got to go inside…
Osaka Maritime Museum was opened in July 2000 and its dome was connected to the land side by a 60m underwater tunnel…. But apparently it closed in 2013 due to financial issues. There are some great photos of the inside here

This is maybe my first xpan film long exposure, was all digital before this…
Dev & scan by Toylab

Since its going to be another year or more before it is safe to visit Japan again, I am going to have to live vicariously through my xpan photos… more to come!





HISSandaROAR IR001 Glass Impulse Response Library now released



Vid is updated with example processed sounds…
Check HISSandaROAR site for soundcloud preview, playing the beat and DX through every IR

This collection of GLASS Object Impulse Responses contains five specific approaches:

1. 32 Empty Glass Object IRs were captured using an MKH8020 mic. The two yard glasses (& other narrow neck bottles) were captured using a DPA4060 mic. These objects can be thought of as a tiny concert hall, with small scale room modes and peaky resonance with a glassy tone. The IRs tend to be short & high frequency, with the total volume and the size of the neck contributing to their tonality.

2. Pitch shifted IRs at half speed & quarter speed.
As with all convolution, frequencies that are common to the source and the IR are accentuated, for example if you convolve a sub bass sound with a violin you get nothing. So as an experiment I tried pitch shifting the 32 Glass Object IRs, and at both half speed and quarter speed the spectrum of the resonance is lowered into potentially useful range, and of course elongated.

3. Underwater IRs Next each of the objects were filled with water and underwater IRs were captured using a hydrophone. As water is denser than air, the speed of sound is faster which equates to higher frequency, faster reflections and strangely harmonic ringy IRs. Pitch shifted underwater IRs at half speed & quarter speed are also included.

4. Jelly IRs. Three of the objects were filled with jelly, and IRs were captured with the hydrophone set in three flavours of jelly. Pitch shifted Jelly IRs at half speed & quarter speed are also included. Jelly causes strange harmonic resonance.

5. Iterated IRs While working on this collection I was reminded of the fascinating work by Alvin Lucier – I Am Sitting In A Room, where Lucier played a recording of his voice into a room, captured the room sound and then replayed it into the room, again recording it. As the process is repeated again and again, the dialogue becomes entirely unintelligible as the iterated room acoustic slowly becomes a harmonic drone. Listen to Luciers work here
To achieve this with an IR, I iterated the process playing the captured IR back into the object. As a test, I iterated ten times and found the IRs rapidly became diffuse and accentuated tonal resonance, with blurred transients. Some iterated IRs almost sounding like harmonic feedback while others latched on to low frequencies. Based on the results I decided to include the first and third iterations.

In total this collection contains 345 Impulse Responses.

HISSandaROAR IR001 GLASS Impulse Response Library





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▶ The most widespread use of augmented reality isn’t in gaming: it’s the face filters on social media. The result? A mass experiment on girls and young women.



▶ Interesting article about the state of “independent” music – “DIY” music is a corporate commodity?? The music industry’s biggest messaging problem, Analysis by Cherie Hu



▶ Star Wars Volvo edition



▶ Scientists turned spiderwebs into music?



▶ Q: Why Blog?



▶ “The (UK) Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Commons select committee has been examining whether the business models used by major streaming platforms are fair to songwriters and performers….”

The music streaming debate: what the artists, songwriters and industry insiders say



▶ Drowning in data: a wake-up call for the music industry?



▶ Fascinating thread: “Colorization APIs are becoming widespread; AI-colorized historical photos are circulated without caveat. But is AI colorization providing an accurate image of the past? To find out, I digitally desaturated these color photos by Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky, taken between 1909 and 1915.”