Thursday, November 15, 2018

Dang (Stay-cation Overdrive)

I'm on a two week 'stay-cation' (a vacation where I just stay at home and amuse myself), and on Day Two I get a missive from my friend Dino J. A. Deane - with a link to the above video.

I've been playing with the MPC a lot lately, and was just about to do some play-around with it and the new modular setup when this comes down the pike. At first, I though "Oh, this is gonna goof up my modular time!", then I see the section about the new autosampler. I'd actually done something similar for Max, but seeing this embedded in the MPC hardware just gave me a whole new idea for how I'm going to be spending the next two weeks: make weird modular patches and auto-sample them.

So I'm busy now. Bu-bye!


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

A Little(r) Change

A lot of travel, and some performing options, are causing me to have to reduce size - again. So I picked up a Pittsburgh EP-208, loaded it up with the smallest possible series of modules that I think I can live with, and lit it up.

Looking pretty cool!

I've having to clean out the storage bin - including a bunch of great stuff that I just can no longer keep on the sideline. Starting on FB, let's see where this takes me. In the meantime, looking pretty cool...


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Well now - that's interesting

One of the coolest things I saw at the Loop 2018 conference was the result of a lot of work between Cycling '74 (my co-workers and friends) and the Google Magenta project. This has led to Magenta Studio - a set of Max for Live devices that implement some of the Magenta machine learning (Tensorflow) tools for in-Live production. The demo that Jesse Engel and Adam Roberts were showing did some remarkable things, including extending a melody, humanizing drum patterns and interpolating between phrases.

They did simple but pointed demos, and did that great presentation thing where they imply a lot more than they told. They also gave you moments to remember, which is always a valuable thing to pull off.

Cheers to everyone involved, and I suggest you give their demos a try!


Monday, October 29, 2018

Sam Hit a Homer

Sam Tarakajian (who doubles as my very first podcast interview...) was a recent participant at NodeJS Interactive, giving a quick overview keynote about the Max 8 "Node for Max" project. It's a flyby on the material, but it might give you a sense of the thinking behind it - and why it might matter for projects that you are involved in.

I know that, for myself, most of the large-scale work I've done in the last few years has involved Node in one way or another. I often had to cobble up interfaces to get things talking; now, the whole game has been formalized, and it is so much easier to bring these projects home.

Thanks to Sam for bringing Max into the bright lights of the JS world!


Saturday, October 27, 2018

OK - Someone Owes Me an Explanation!

How is it that nobody told me about The Rambler - a blog about "the music that others won't tell you about"? You know I depend on you people to help me out!

What a great resource. This morning, I learned about the passing of Chris Mann (and why it is important to care...), got to think about variations on Minimalism, became entranced by David Burge's writing and remotely fell in love with Cafe Oto. This all happens on a Saturday morning. How cool is that?


Friday, October 26, 2018

3/4 of a Cent

OK, so he's a drummer. Which means he has a lot fewer modules to BuySellTrade, and probably gets a lot more people checking out that mattress on the floor. In any case, some of the Real True Tales Of Musicianship right there...


Sunday, October 21, 2018

Talking 'bout that Paul...

Paul Schreiber has alway been a great interview: he's insightful, he's opinionated - and he's willing to share. The Art + Music + Technology podcast today provides an interview with him, but to really get the Full Schreiber Effect, you really need to hit the 90-minute version of our chat...

... and worth every penny!