Chris Randall: Musician, Writer, User Interface Designer, Inventor, Photographer, Complainer. Not necessarily in that order.
February 5, 2008


by Chris Randall

Question of the day:

Is FLAC...

(a) Just stupid by itself?

(b) An example of how people that don't understand audio should stay away from making programs for converting formats?

(c) An example of how FOSS software almost always blows?

(d) All of the above?

I'll take what's behind door number four, Monty. I'm preparing to spend the day in format conversion hell, because of a stupid-ass console program that makes a redundant format that, for some bizarre reason, about 10 extremely vocal consumers prefer. In that light, FLAC and AU are disturbingly similar. I will do this, of course, but don't expect me to be happy about it. (In that light, FLAC and AU are exactly alike.)

February 5, 2008

Audio Damage Update...

by Chris Randall

We lost a couple days due to a disagreement between Xcode, the PPC version of OSX, and VSTGUI3.5, but otherwise everything is moving ahead on Ricochet. All five (5!!!) versions have now been built and are working. Adam is chasing down a couple little bugs that I found while writing presets, then it's out to the full group of testers for, well, testing.

So, barring any more unforeseen problems, Ricochet will be released I don't know when. But some time in 2008, I think. Maybe a week and a half? Maybe a month and a half? Not sure enough at this point to make any real predictions.

Obviously, I'm back from my Hell Weekend Of Driving A Box Truck Through A Blizzard For 70 Odd Hours, and as soon as I recover my wits, we'll be back to a normal posting schedule.

February 4, 2008

t3h awesome...

by Chris Randall

February 2, 2008


by Chris Randall

It's really too bad Europe isn't around any more, because this dude would fuckin' OWN in that band. The description for the video says "Playing wicked fucking solo on the keyboard totally origional ... fucking fast." [sic] He forgot to mention "tedious, sonically uninteresting, and never mind the ubiquitous grace notes."

Thank all the music gods that this sort of thing has gone away. At least for keyboard players. Anyways, I'm gonna be out of town for the next three days, as I have to help my mom move across a couple-three states. I may be able to post again before Tuesday, but don't count on it. In the event, this is an open thread, and the topic: is there still room for virtuosity (not counting the above, of course) in modern music? Many forms of music, including almost all electronic music genres, require little actual playing skill in order to make a perfectly viable product, and with editing and quantizing, you can get away without knowing how to actually play in virtually any form of music these days. Has skill in anything but editing/programming seen its last days?

January 31, 2008


by Chris Randall

I just got this in my email in-box:

We are happy for informing you free of charge that our scope has been
activated the presence online of the FreeWav plan to the address is that one to promote the MuSiCA, offering of
the samplings audio formed wav. For ulterior information:
[email protected]

I don't have the faintest fucking idea, but I think that perhaps all my base are belong to them or something. This is the sort of email you get when Eric Barbour is mad at you for something he thinks you might have said about him. But I'm fairly certain that there's nothing about Metasonix in that letter.


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