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Archives: 2008-02


Toneshared: Free experimental mp3 ringtones

K http://toneshared.com/index.php

Almost certainly the first and last time I'll be linking to a ringtone website, Toneshared is the exception to the rule because

a) it has high-quality mp3s from such electronic luminaries as Alva Noto, Gudrun Gut, Luomo, si-cut.db, Jason Forrest, Leafcutter John, etc
b) it's free.

You can now identify me by my 8khz telecoms emissions.

Ad Hoc - Parallelograms

K http://www.0xad.com/.../...

Just released: Parallelograms, a departure from the usual Ad Hoc collages of sound fragments and a return to classical DJing, albeit with a digital bent.

The first in a series of Ad Hoc DJ mixes, Parallelograms covers unintentionally international terrain in recent house and techno, with tracks hailing from Stockholm, Santiago, Berlin, Marseille, Valencia, Bremen, Chemnitz, London and Paris. But perhaps most extraordinary is Chris Watson's subaquatic recording of the creaking movement of the Vatnajökull glacier - from Iceland, via Watson's home in Newcastle.

sc_utils: Helper functions ported from SuperCollider to Processing

K http://www.erase.net/.../sc_utils

In support of the p5_sc library, which provides the ability to communicate with SuperCollider's synthesis server from Processing, I've developed and amassed a series of basic helper functions ported from SC's client library. These provide frequently-used operations when interfacing between control and audio-generation objects, including:

  • converting MIDI note values to cps
  • random number generation with nonuniform distribution
  • value clipping
  • mapping between value ranges (linear and exponential)
  • support for Spec objects, including a global named Spec register

It's undocumented, besides code comments, but hopefully useful.
Download sc_utils here.

gridlife.1

K http://www.theoburt.com/index.php

Theo Burt's gridlife is an audiovisual hardware installation based on cellular automata, developed solely using open-source technologies. CA artworks are not a new concept (likewise for swarm models), but, for a digital grid of deterministically pulsing lights, it possesses a great deal of warmth.

It also makes interesting use of the perspectival listener to generate time-delayed microrhythms, evident in the creepy-crawly sounds towards the end of gridlife_audio_extracts.mp3. The subtly-phasing quantization effect suggests an insectoid mutation of Steve Reich.

Post-SpACE-Net

The SpACE-Net symposium was a hive of activity across numerous fields, with a diverse range of artists, researchers and techies bringing together a spectrum of ideas surrounding space and sound. A few of the projects that I was made aware of through various encounters:

COMA "promotes participation in contemporary music for musicians of all abilities". Related to the Emotional Orchestra performance at the Tate, and now the nascent all-female Madarms group.

Louise Wilson's work at Orford Ness bears a definite resonance with the photo/sound documentary gathered by Julia and me at Teufelsberg.

Study In Keith (Quicktime mov, begins with extended silence) is the first truly compelling example of live coding that I've ever seen. Stunning. By Andrew Sorenson in his Impromptu environment, inspired by the work of Keith Jarrett.

ArtReview.com beta

K http://www.artreview.com/

Social networking with artworld roots? Though it remains to be seen whether it will ever see the likes of myslb, it's surely worth a shot. Go.