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February 2, 2010 Here's me doing QA with extremely random settings, after debugging some numerical issues: Mubba-Instrument-20100202-1.mp3
January 29, 2010 More noodling with a random instrument: Mubba-Instrument-20100129-1.mp3
January 24, 2010 Noodling around with the controller, now with a quantized, morphing delay: Mubba-20100124-1.mp3
January 22, 2010
January 20, 2010 Here's me playing a very rudimentary instrument using a position- and velocity-sensitive percussion controller I built by analyzing the audio stream from two piezo pickups taped on either end of a shelf: Mubba-instrument-experiment-20100120-1.mp3
October 20, 2009 Spent many days working on low-level stuff; starting to play with it here.
October 10, 2009 Starting a new one. Also, a previous version.
September 27, 2009 While trying to figure out what to work on next, I ran across this old sound file, and thought, “cool . . . how the hell did I synthesize that?” I found the program, and it turns out it uses many of the same ideas I used for the percussion in Those Six-Month Nights, and I'd completely forgotten about it.
September 25, 2009 Went back to Tooth Reef Wharf Hive and fixed a bunch of things that were bugging me.
September 22, 2009 I feel it could easily be twice as long, but I'm happy with today's version as it stands. Title: Those Six-Month Nights.
September 20, 2009 Today's first try smoothes out some transitions, extends the groovy 3rd section.
September 19, 2009 Today it doubled in length with two new sections.
September 18, 2009 Same structure, new hook in the second section, plus sonic improvements.
September 17, 2009 The fruit of a week of work on morphing percussion parts and neglecting mandatory release.
September 10, 2009 A few bars of something new.
August 29, 2009 The first release candidate, with a final “you must obey me . . .” section mix tweaks, and (thanks to Mónica) less Davros is more Davros. Tentative title: You Will Obey Only My Commands.
August 28, 2009 Now with an “exterminate” / “obey” section, more weird sounds.
August 27, 2009 The latest version adds one new part, more space between voice samples.
August 26, 2009 More of the same.
August 25, 2009 To cleanse the palate, a scrap that doesn't even hint at any kind of harmonic development.
August 21, 2009 It is done, and it shall be known as Tooth Reef Wharf Hive.
August 20, 2009 Not so fast . . . slow it down and eliminate some busy parts. Getting closer. Still need a title.
August 18, 2009 I just might have a first release candidate. Now I need a title.
August 17, 2009 Improvements for today: huge mix changes; use separate voices for separate melodic lines whose dissonance was causing excessive distortion.
August 16, 2009 Skeleton of a final section in the latest version. I couldn't resist the final cadence.
August 15, 2009 Yet another new bass sound, third section development.
August 13, 2009 New bass sound, second section resolution, and possible third section bassline. Also, a previous version.
August 12, 2009 A few extra percussion parts and sonic improvements.
August 11, 2009 No progress on the “ill-advised project,” but a new song is germinating in its place.
April 13, 2009 This is really getting past the point of no return.
April 12, 2009 Sonic improvements from last night.
April 11, 2009 An ill-advised direction for an ill-advised project. Perhaps two wrongs will make a right . . .
March 22, 2009 Tightening up the introduction while I decide what to try next.
March 21, 2009 A skeletal introduction for an ill-advised project I’ve been trying to get off the ground. That’s about all I should say at this point.
February 3, 2009 I guess I’ll call it Minus Philosophy. (Thanks to Andy for reminding me about that awesome misquote.)
January 31, 2009 It’s done! Now, what to call it?
January 29, 2009 It almost sounds like a real song now. Another version from earlier in the night without some of the awkward new bits.
January 27, 2009 Now we’re getting somewhere. And since I was evading mandatory release, a crappier version from the night before.
January 18, 2009 Although you can’t call on inspiration like some kind of magic genie, it’s funny how often Sunday morning yields a breakthrough after spending Saturday beating your head against a wall.
January 14, 2009 A night of tweaking the mix.
January 13, 2009 Of course, there’s always a way forward.
January 12, 2009 A little loop from the weekend. Guess what song it reminds me of a bit too much.
December 18, 2008 In preparation for the new album (Impress Me With Your Nice Beat), new mix of Jub Attack.
December 11, 2008 I think I’ll name it For It Is Eternal.
December 8, 2008 A night of mixing and sound reinforcement yields a better version. (And again, per the mandatory release policy, two previous versions.)
December 6—7, 2008 Still no name, but a candidate final version. Also, two previous versions.
November 30, 2008 The start of a new part for the October 4 song, at once abrupt, goofy, and groovy.
November 18, 2008 In honor of Jubber’s 30th: Jub Attack (instrumental).
October 11, 2008 More progress. Perhaps a bit thick on the cheese?
October 7, 2008 Just two new notes, but way forward.
October 6, 2008 A little morsel from the weekend.
August 11, 2008 Done! The Return.
August 10, 2008 Getting closer . . . . Notwithstanding many unfinished plans, I could be happy with it just as it is. (A pleasant surprise.)
August 9, 2008 A groovy middle section takes shape, with a bit of residual awkwardness towards the end.
August 3, 2008 More fine tuning, still leading to an abrupt ending.
August 2, 2008 Starting to mub it up.
July 31, 2008 A way forward perhaps?
July 30, 2008 Mixing in some more traditional Mubba elements.
July 29, 2008 More.
July 28, 2008 Is Mubba with presets still Mubba?
March 27, 2007 Getting closer.
March 27, 2007 Added skeleton of a percussion breakdown and then a cheesy recapitulation . . . almost too raw for mandatory release, but at least Jubber may appreciate it.
March 26, 2007 Scrapped some annoying parts, added some ethereal harmonies, and made the scraper more aggressive: today’s version.
March 24, 2007 Still working on the third section.
March 23, 2007 The germ of a third section.
March 21, 2007 More progress.
March 19, 2007 Somehow that little project for Benedetti really got the juices flowing. This one could take a while to finish.
March 17, 2007 A small St. Patrick’s Day Eve “remix” project for Snow Ghost: Legal Assistance. (The original came via Benedetti, who claims he wants it to be the theme to some legal advice show on public access cable, or something like that.) Also a weird version.
August 2, 2005 Thanks to Erik de Castro Lopo, author of libsndfile, for making my life easier. Now I can write AIFF files and use a better MP3 encoder on the Mac. (Still, MP3 and AAC both screw up the very high frequencies.) Anyway, this one is “done.” For now.
July 30, 2005 Almost done . . . it’s at the point where I’d be tempted to say, “you get the idea,” if anyone else had this idea. New ride cymbal sound.
July 29, 2005 What happened after The End of Wisdom? “Here’s what we do. We order one of those mind-erasing kits.” It’s getting annoyingly catchy.
July 26, 2005 Funny how it seems to have just sprouted out of nowhere even after working on it for several nights.
June 8, 2005 More sonic improvements, and a title: The Last Word. Also another piece of fallout that evaded mandatory release.
June 3, 2005 Minor sonic improvements.
May 30, 2005 Sometimes I feel like I’ve painted myself into a goofy corner. At least it’s “done.”
May 26, 2005 Already more than four minutes and I haven’t started the last section yet.
May 25, 2005 After spending many days reworking the cache subsystem so I can synthesize a 3-minute song without bringing my Mac to a screeching halt, started on the song again by resurrecting the fractgrain scraper.
May 8, 2005 Just how I left it again. And again.
May 7, 2005 Blah, blah, blah.
May 3, 2005 Tonight’s entry. This mp3 encoder sucks. I like the way the song is progressing, though.
May 1, 2005 Four bars of inspiration plus twelve of implication.
April 25, 2005 Another minor variation.
April 22, 2005 It gets weirder.
April 21, 2005 It’s just a few bars of percussion, but it’s something.
April 12, 2005 That was easier than I thought. Now all I need is more RAM.
April 11, 2005 It’s the third anniversary of the main riff in this song. I’ve been trying to get the software to compile and run on the G5 the past few days.
September 25, 2004 I love it when a plan comes together.
September 22, 2004 Hmm.
September 21, 2004 Been working on But I Believe for the past few days, but for now I don’t feel like complying with mandatory release. Hmm.
August 28, 2004 What do you know, all I needed to do was slow it down a bit and add some of those nagging parts my brain was always singing along with.
August 3, 2004 The scrap, integrated, and other “improvements.” Ouch, hasty mix.
August 2, 2004 Hmm, I’ve been avoiding mandatory release. A scrap addition to Everyone Moves On Eight Toes.
July 10, 2004 Working title: She Said It All.
July 9, 2004 Tried a bunch of little ideas during the morning all this week, but none of them made it into the latest version. Ah, the fractator . . .
July 6, 2004 Falling asleep, adding noodles and cheese.
July 5, 2004 Another scrap for the TENSE LADY EP materializes out of nowhere.
June 20, 2004 Letting out more slack. Sometimes it seems discouragingly thin, sometimes impenetrably dense. I will again predict this is done, barring the appearance of some heroic part to lead its culmination.
June 16, 2004 Do bug fixes deserve a log entry?
June 14, 2004 A small change.
June 13, 2004 Hmm, Consolation Prize? The Gilded Age? The Borrowed Decade? For now I’ll go with Borrowed Gold.
June 10, 2004 And now it’s starting to make more sense in a goofy way.
June 9, 2004 But still it continues to haunt me.
June 7, 2004 May have to let this one lie dormant for a while. I did accomplish the original goal of using the awkward figure in the final third.
May 16, 2004 Delayed entry -- forgot about mandatory release.
April 26, 2004 Up with a toothache. Seems like I should just say fuck it, give it a title, and call it done: The End of Wisdom. Heh, heh.
April 25, 2004 As it starts, I keep thinking this sounds like the theme to something. I like this “mandatory release” policy.
April 22, 2004 Before it’s a majestic pine tree, it’s a big brown stripe covering the happy little stream. Sometimes you just have to stick with the stream for a while.
April 19, 2004 Now that’s better.
April 12, 2004 Expansion continues apace with a half-baked B section. Hopefully no one is listening.
April 10, 2004 Another scrap. And a trial addition to the previous scrap.
March 25, 2004 The beginning of something.
March 22, 2004 Looks like I spoke too soon. This weekend I made enough progress on Everyone Moves On Eight Toes so I don’t mind sharing it.
March 12, 2004 It’s been forthcoming for more than a year, so I think it’s time to put the TENSE LADY to rest. Enjoy.
April 24, 2003 Put up this page.
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