Chris Randall: Musician, Writer, User Interface Designer, Inventor, Photographer, Complainer. Not necessarily in that order.

Archives: February 2006

February 8, 2006

YA FMOF Update...

by Chris Randall

So, I assembled all the loops I've gotten so far, so as to keep this monster from getting away from me. It's really interesting how this is shaking out, when you hear them all as one piece. The more aggressive people naturally got theirs in early, and now the ones I'm getting are by people that are a little more methodical, so the piece as a whole actually flows in a coherant manner. It'll be interesting to see how the overall sound progresses as we draw closer to the deadline (which is Friday at Midnight PST, GMT +9)

This is a strange experiment, but I already know it's worth doing again. We've got submissions from all over the world, in several different distinct styles, yet they all sit together well, due to the common source material.

So, keep 'em coming! This is the new thread for posting your links, as well. If you have no web space, zip that bitch up and mail it to me.

February 7, 2006

On Universal Binaries and other things...

by Chris Randall

Well, all seems to be well in Universal Binary Land. In the above screen capture, the BigSeq on the top is AU, the one on the bottom is VST. They were both built on an Intel Mac, and they're both running fine on a PPC iBook in Live 5.

We are in the process of tidying up BigSeq now, but it is, for all intents and purposes, done. The beta testers will have the final Release Candidate later today, and provided there aren't any major issues, you should see this for sale shortly. We're going to have some cool stuff coming down the pike as we make the transition to UB and Intel Macs. We're going to be updating some of our products in a major way as we do this migration. The first victim will be 907A, which will receive some major improvements. Discord 2 won't be far behind, then our other products will follow shortly thereafter.

February 6, 2006

Four Measures Of Fury update...

by Chris Randall

Okay, we've got some good submissions. Keep 'em coming!

If you have already posted a link in one of the other two threads, I've got the file, so you're good. If you haven't yet proffered your submission, either post a link to it in this thread if you have your own webspace, or email it to me. If you choose the latter course of action, please ZIP it up first.

February 5, 2006

Wolfram Tones

by Chris Randall

This is a cool find. Wolfram, the makers of the excellent do-everything program Mathematica, have a whole mess of sites devoted to math and physics extensions of Stephen Wolfram's book A New Kind Of Science. One of the sites is called Tones, and generates aleatoric music based upon algorithms for same described in the book. According to the FAQ:

WolframTones works by taking simple programs from Wolfram's computational universe, and using music theory and Mathematica algorithms to render them as music. Each program in effect defines a virtual world, with its own special story--and WolframTones captures it as a musical composition.

It takes some fooling about to come up with good stuff, and the simpler forms of music (e.g. Dance) generally sound better than the more complex forms (e.g. Classical.) But once you come up with something you like, you can download it as a ringtone, save it, email it to a friend, whatever. It's a really cool application of what Mathematica is capable of, and well worth a look.

February 4, 2006

Four Measures Of Fury update...

by Chris Randall

Since it's been inquired by several people, here is an MP3 of the full track of Enoch Light's "Pass And I'll Call You." I assume it was named after the phrase his A&R guy uttered when he heard it. This song is, in a word, tragic.

Also, if you missed it in the comments, effects are fine. Resynthesis is fine. Anything is fine as long as the result is 153bpm, four measures long, and only uses the original source material.


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