Friday, April 28, 2017

Modular On The Spot gets an LA nod!

(image from the laist:

My friend Bana Haffar shot me a not about getting some coverage of the Modular On The Spot performances by the LAist online news site?  It was one of the more thoughtful and interesting non-geek interviews and overviews of the MOTS performances, and seems to be from something that might, in some future time, become inspired to get into modulars too!

Read it, enjoy it - but get involved! We need more MOTS' in the world!


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Art Code Time

(self portrait, 2017)

Did something different last night - got out of the house! Whee! I went to an 'Art Code' meetup in the Cities (Twin Cities - Minneapolis/St. Paul for the WTF crew), reengaged with Processing a bit (which reminded me to touch base with Casey Reas for an interview), and hung out with "my people": art-tech folks.

Nothing much modular, but a fun time. If you want to have a blast, check out the GenerateMe github for some easy-to-use and easy-to-modify scripts for weirdo graphics!


Friday, April 21, 2017

Music Conference Tooling

(Note: I'll be doing an actual conference review for the Cycling '74 newsletter in a week or two; here's just some simple notes from the front...)

It is important to prepare for a music conference - especially one that will be dealing with modern (and especially computer-based) music. The main thing is to get yourself into the right frame of mind, and to have goals that you wish to achieve during your time there.

Goals like meeting great people, or being inspired to make new work, or catching up on your reading.

But it helps to have some grounding material. To that end, I provide you with two bits of reading that have always helped me:

1. David Zicarelli's Keynote for the 2001 ICMC Conference

If you know David, you'll understand the wry humor in full bloom in this speech. What you may not know is that he didn't give it - it was read by Richard Dudas in his place. And maybe rightly so, since it threw some tomatoes at some of the work being shown at ICMC. Nevertheless, it is a great think-piece about the place of all this stuff within the framework of what we actually need.

2. Bob Ostertag's Discussion about Computer Music Submissions to Ars Electronica

Referenced in David's piece is this discussion by Bob Ostertag, which is maybe even more pointed about the sameness and sheep-like herding toward a 'goal' that is rather vague and completely useless. Also a grim reminder of what it is like to be part of any 'competition' when it comes to music.