February 2, 2010
Here's me doing QA with extremely random
settings, after debugging some numerical issues:
January 29, 2010
More noodling with a random instrument:
January 24, 2010
Noodling around with the controller, now
with a quantized, morphing delay:
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:
October 20, 2009
Spent many days working on low-level stuff;
to play with it
October 10, 2009
. Also, a
one . previous
September 27, 2009
While trying to figure out what to work on
next, I ran across ,
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
this old sound file Those Six-Month Nights, and I'd completely forgotten
September 25, 2009
Went back to
and fixed a bunch of things that were bugging me. Tooth Reef Wharf Hive
September 22, 2009
I feel it could easily be twice as long, but
I'm happy with
as it stands.
Title: today's version Those Six-Month Nights.
September 20, 2009
smoothes out some
transitions, extends the groovy 3rd section. first try
September 19, 2009
with two new sections. doubled in length
September 18, 2009
in the second section, plus sonic improvements. new hook
September 17, 2009
The fruit of a week of work on
and neglecting mandatory release. morphing percussion parts
September 10, 2009
A few bars of
. something new
August 29, 2009
a final “you must obey me . . .” section
mix tweaks, and (thanks to Mónica) less Davros is more Davros.
Tentative title: first release candidate You Will Obey Only My Commands.
August 28, 2009
Now with an
, more weird sounds.
“exterminate” / “obey” section
August 27, 2009
adds one new part,
more space between voice samples.
August 26, 2009
More of the same
August 25, 2009
To cleanse the palate,
that doesn't even hint
at any kind of harmonic development. a scrap
August 21, 2009
It is done, and it shall be known as
Tooth Reef Wharf Hive
August 20, 2009
Not so fast . . .
Getting closer. Still need a title.
slow it down and eliminate some busy parts
August 18, 2009
I just might have a
Now I need a title.
first release candidate
August 17, 2009
huge mix changes; use separate voices for separate
melodic lines whose dissonance was causing excessive
Improvements for today
August 16, 2009
Skeleton of a final section in
I couldn't resist the final cadence.
the latest version
August 15, 2009
Yet another new bass sound,
third section development.
August 13, 2009
Also, New bass sound, second section resolution,
and possible third section bassline.
a previous version.
August 12, 2009
extra percussion parts
August 11, 2009
No progress on the “ill-advised project,”
but is germinating in its place.
a new song
April 13, 2009
This is really getting
past the point of no return
April 12, 2009
from last night.
April 11, 2009
for an ill-advised project. Perhaps two wrongs will make
a right . . .
March 22, 2009
while I decide what to try next.
Tightening up the introduction
March 21, 2009
ill-advised project I’ve been trying to get off the ground.
That’s about all I should say at this point.
A skeletal introduction
February 3, 2009
I guess I’ll call it
. (Thanks to Andy
for reminding me about that awesome misquote.)
January 31, 2009
Now, what to call it?
January 29, 2009
It almost sounds like
a real song from earlier in
the night without some of the awkward new bits.
January 27, 2009
And since I was evading mandatory release,
we’re getting somewhere .
a crappier version from the night before
January 18, 2009
it’s funny how often
you can’t call on inspiration like some kind of magic genie
after spending Saturday beating your head against a wall.
Sunday morning yields a breakthrough
January 14, 2009
A night of
tweaking the mix
January 13, 2009
there’s always a way forward
January 12, 2009
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
(And again, per the mandatory release policy, two
a better version
December 6—7, 2008
Still no name, but a
candidate final version
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
Perhaps a bit thick on the cheese? More progress
October 7, 2008
but way forward. Just two new notes
October 6, 2008
weekend. little morsel
August 11, 2008
. The Return
August 10, 2008
Notwithstanding many unfinished plans, I could be happy with it
just as it is. (A pleasant surprise.) Getting closer . . . .
August 9, 2008
with a bit of residual awkwardness towards the end. groovy middle section
August 3, 2008
, still leading
to an abrupt ending. fine tuning
August 2, 2008
. mub it up
July 31, 2008
perhaps? way forward
July 30, 2008
Mixing in some
more traditional Mubba elements
July 29, 2008
July 28, 2008
Mubba with presets
March 27, 2007
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:
March 24, 2007
Still working on
March 23, 2007
The germ of a
March 21, 2007
March 19, 2007
Somehow that little project for Benedetti really
. This one could take a while to
the juices flowing
March 17, 2007
A small St. Patrick’s Day Eve “remix”
project for : Snow Ghost . (The Legal Assistance 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
August 2, 2005
Thanks to Erik de Castro Lopo, author of
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,
libsndfile is “done.” For now.
July 30, 2005
. . .
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
July 29, 2005
What happened after The End of Wisdom?
“Here’s what we do. We order one of those
It’s getting annoyingly catchy.
July 26, 2005
Funny how it seems to have just
even after working on it for several nights.
sprouted out of nowhere
June 8, 2005
More sonic improvements, and a title:
Also another The Last Word that evaded
piece of fallout
June 3, 2005
Minor sonic improvements
May 30, 2005
Sometimes I feel like I’ve
At least it’s “done.”
painted myself into a goofy corner
May 26, 2005
and I haven’t started the last section yet.
more than four minutes
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
how I left it .
May 7, 2005
Blah, blah, blah
May 3, 2005
This mp3 encoder sucks. I like the way the song is progressing,
though. Tonight’s entry.
May 1, 2005
Four bars of
plus twelve of
April 25, 2005
. minor variation
April 22, 2005
April 21, 2005
, but it’s something. a few
bars of percussion
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 . 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
September 22, 2004
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.
August 28, 2004
What do you know, all I needed to do was
and add some of those nagging parts my brain was always
singing along with.
slow it down a bit
August 3, 2004
“improvements.” Ouch, hasty mix.
August 2, 2004
Hmm, I’ve been avoiding mandatory release. A
addition Everyone Moves On Eight Toes.
July 10, 2004
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
. Ah, the fractator . . .
July 6, 2004
Falling asleep, adding
July 5, 2004
out of nowhere.
for the TENSE LADY EP
June 20, 2004
. 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. more
June 16, 2004
deserve a log entry? bug
June 14, 2004
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
in a goofy way. more
June 9, 2004
But still it
to haunt me
June 7, 2004
May have to let
lie dormant for a while. I did accomplish the
original goal of using the awkward figure in the final
May 16, 2004
-- forgot about mandatory release. Delayed
April 26, 2004
Up with a toothache. Seems like I should just
say fuck it, give it a title, and call it done:
Heh, heh. The End of Wisdom
April 25, 2004
As it starts, I keep thinking this sounds like
. I like this “mandatory release”
theme to something
April 22, 2004
Before it’s a majestic pine tree, it’s a big
brown stripe covering the happy little stream. Sometimes you just
for a while.
with the stream
April 19, 2004
April 12, 2004
with a half-baked B section.
Hopefully no one is listening.
April 10, 2004
scrap to the previous scrap.
March 25, 2004
The beginning of
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
April 24, 2003
Put up this page.
April 23, 2003
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