Thursday, July 21, 2005

Via Boingboing, is this story about this dude who modifies the game Quake III to output interactive, abstract visual art. The pictures are glitchy and stunning. Totally cool. Seriously, once I finally make a CD, I want some art like this on the cover. Abstract, glitchy and almost organic.

Made curry for Will today, and then ran a game of D&D. Fun as always. Also worked on a few tracks. Slow going, but I think I'm close on three of them. Can't quite get the guitar textures for Sleeper Service quite shoegazer enough. Anyone want to channel the spirit of My Bloody Valentine and give me a hint about what I should do? I've got phasers. I've got mega distortion. I've even got reverbs and delays. Flangers, yep. Got em. But I'm missing something. Maybe I just need more layers.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

I need some help from my more tech saavy friends out there. Advice at the least. I have this cool thing, called the DM2 Digital Music Mixer, by Mixman. It was made for use with the Mixman software, but these people have made it usable as a MIDI controller for such programs as Ableton Live, etc. Anyway, long story short, I have the relevent software and drivers and such, and it works fine on my PC, but it doesn't seem to want to work in the laptop. Everytime I plug it in, I get the sound like it recognizes a USB device, but then nothing. I try to run the program, and it doesn't recognize that the device is plugged in. I know the USB port works because last week Nick plugged a USB drive into my laptop and that seemed to work.

Any advice? Anybody want to come over and mess around with this thing? Help me out?

Monday, July 18, 2005

So, you may have noticed that I've added a few things under the webradio links. I've added KXUA, despite the fact that their new website looks like crap in Firefox, and I've also added Woxy plays lots of cool modern indie rock. There's also a link for Woxy Vintage, which plays a bunch of stuff like the Pixies, REM, the Breeders, Nirvana, Garbage, Weezer, Elastica, etc. Stuff they used to call 'alternative' I guess. It's pretty cool, well worth checking out, with a very diverse playlist.

Planning on adding some more links to some more webradio stuff that I've been listening to tonight.

Went over to Collin and Kathleen's house tonight, and a fun time was had despite Kathleen being out of state. Collin's meatloaf is all kinds of hella good. And Collin was nice enough to let me watch Battlestar Galactica. Which was cool. Despite whatever Mike might say.

The first day of vacation was good. Slept late. Had lunch with my wife at Thep Thai, which was pretty good, definitely reasonable. Bought a few 50 cent records at the Salvation Army (mostly cool Scheherezade type stuff that I love, orchestral pop music from the 50s and 60s that tried to evoke a feeling of the exotic and forbidden). Drank some Morrocan Mint tea at Arsaga's while Beth was at Spark. Got some rum and some bourbon. Came home and made a mojito, which was excellent (really on a mint kick lately, it's great for cooling you down). Played some Jedi Outcast. Then took a nap. And finally, to Collin's for dinner.

Tomorrow, cleaning the bedroom and finishing up Sleeper Service, and a new track I'm working on, called Laeocon. Need to get some sweeping, phased, swirling guitar feedback washes of sound recorded to layer behind the motifs of Sleeper Service, and I think Laeocon needs more cowbell.