Friday, April 22, 2005

So, I just got back from the doctor. Turns out I have high blood pressure. I'm going to start treating it with medicine, so we'll see where it goes.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Via Boing Boing is a story about why you should never ever EVER steal a laptop from a professor at Berkeley. Here's a link to a zipped MP3 of the story. It's scary. Scared the poop out of me. I am so glad I'm not the guy who stole the laptop.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

In answer to a query, yes, I plan on having some MP3s of some of my stuff online soon.

Also, you should check out Circuit Bending Cedar Rapids, a cool blog about circuit bending, one of my hobbies. Of course, this guy seems to be much more prolific and skilled at it than I am. Of course, it's also kind of out of date. But still some stuff worth looking at.

Also, check out this page, Creative Misuse and Abuse of Musical Tools, which has a whole bunch of examples in quicktime format of everything from musique concrete, electronica, turntablism,
From the about page:
My fascination with the musical appropriation of the glitch served as my point of departure, but I soon realized that, fundamentally, the aesthetic appropriation of mistakes, the unexpected, or "wrong" processes is nothing new in the arts, and especially not in music: Free Improvisation, Turntablism, and tape-based musics are all obvious examples of such practices. Of course, that is not to deny the power of such practices in a larger context: that of pop (music or culture) where formulaic processes are the key to success.

Monday, April 18, 2005

So, via Disquiet, is this link to Ansiform, a netlabel of some very good ambient music. "Three to six months, tops", is I think my favorite song so far.

Speaking of ambient music, tomorrow I plan on recording a live set of synthesizer and drum machine improvisations, overlaid with slowed tape loops of some ciruit-bent instruments, some didgeridoo atmospheres and live shortwave radio textures. I want to have something to give to Alan soon, and I'm thinking very much in a slow, dubby, ambient glitchscape sort of vein. Also, I'm definitely thinking that I want to do some more live stuff. Bedroom composition is fine, but it just doesn't have the flavor or taste of imminent disaster that a live improvisation can have.

In other news, the slow recovery from sickness plods on. Hopefully soon I'll be in tip top shape again.

Oh yeah, for those who don't know, Mike now has a Forum system on his website. If you ask, I bet he'd let you get in on the discussion.