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!

[ddg]

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!

[ddg]

Saturday, October 27, 2018

OK - Someone Owes Me an Explanation!



https://johnsonsrambler.wordpress.com/

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?

[ddg]

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...

[ddg]

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!

[ddg]

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Back to the Woodshed...


You know, on the surface this looks like the simplest possible implementation of a joystick. But somehow I'm having a hell of a time wrapping my head around it. As with the Intellijel Planar before it, it seems fine if you just want to hook up the outputs to a filter cutoff and jiggle it around for a nice wobble.

But if I want to know exactly what is going to happen, it seems like mysteries abound. I'm positive it's not hard to figure out - I'm a reasonably intelligent dude. But why I can't get a simple scale/offset/stick combo to give me the values I'd expect when I set things up - I may never know.

What it really means is that I'm going to have to go into the woodshed with the Choices, the ES-8 and the computer, and start mapping the hell out of the thing until The Way It Works somehow matches The Way I Think It Works.

<sigh>

[ddg]

Monday, October 8, 2018

Oh Dear - What's This?


Well, I posted this on Instagram and Facebook on Sunday, and got a pretty nice response. Of course, there were a few questions about "What that hell...?", so I thought I'd post a few bullet points about this:


  1. I've got a long history with Kurzweil/V.A.S.T. synthesis - going back to my tutorials on the very early version of the Internet. You can still find them if you Google around - this is a link for one example.
  2. I kind of hate most of the keybeds out there: they either are mushy junk or lack any substance at all. The Kurzweil keybed (I'm sure it is an OEM, but I've not really found another like it) is substantive, but klacky in a good way. I like it.
  3. I've got a long history with electro-mechanical keyboard, and all of it is bad. Terrible Rhodes, an out-of-tune Clavinet, a Wurli that wouldn't keep its legs on - and only crap spinet pianos. But I've always loved the sounds of 'em, and I've got limited space in a relatively small house. So a good ROMpler is in order - especially one with good recordings of the above.
  4. But hey, why limit myself to a ROMpler? The primary answer is the immediacy of it. But what if I want to add some goodies - like some Single Sample Waveforms, or maybe some fart noises from my modular? The new Kurz's not only allow you to add samples, it will store them on-device during power cycles. That should be good, right?
I'm not leaving behind anything else (well, except for ... nevermind), but I'm adding this to the pile. The synth engine it pretty powerful, and I'm hoping I can have some fun with the sound design aspects without getting sucked into playing My Tribute To Toto's Africa for hours and hours...

[ddg]