Sunday, November 25, 2018

Scoring resources - crowdsourced!

(image from this great Smithsonian article: 

I'm prepping for a series of classes at St. Olaf College, and I'm going to be introducing graphical scoring to the class. This is going to be a mix of music and non-music students, and using graphical scoring allows us to even the playing field for those that aren't heavily embedded into the world of written compositional scoring.

Thanks to the lines community, I found a great source of info:

This thread is a great way to see both current and historically important scoring and compositional techniques for this sort of thing. A great resource, and a positively perfect example of how this community goes beyond supportive - and enters the realm of downright educational. Luckily, they don't hold it over my head!

Combining some of these resources with some of Pauline Oliveros' text scores puts me in the position to help people understand how to do composition organization without having to buy into standard notation (especially when we are going to be spending a lot of time on timbre as a compositional tool).

I'm sure there are plenty of people that will consider this A Great Big Mistake. But the thread on lines certainly shows that this isn't just a flippant area of academic study.


Sunday, November 18, 2018

A Review Done Right!

OK - maybe not exactly right, but certainly enjoyably. In this little ditty, YouTuber Tantacrul eviscerates Avid/Sibelius in a step-by-step beatdown of their UI. Now, frankly, I'd hope that he would never do anything similar to Max, but until then I'm going to be watching his channel for the same kind of entertainment that my kids get from VSauce.

And now I have to check out Dorico!


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!