Chris Randall: Musician, Writer, User Interface Designer, Inventor, Photographer, Complainer. Not necessarily in that order.
January 15, 2015

January's 10 Questions, Special NAMM Edition, And Some Other Shit...

by Chris Randall

For the January edition of 10 Questions, I'll be at NAMM, obviously. So I'll do the answers video at the show itself, on Saturday, Jan. 24th. The Google Moderator page for asking your questions and voting on your favorites is now open.

One thing I noticed last month: the people that get their questions in early naturally tend to come out on top, because everyone that follows them is encouraged to vote by the Moderator software. So your best bet is to get in early. And not ask something idiotic, of course.

A couple other things:

1. We're entertaining the thought of adding hardware bundles to the AD store. If anyone has any thoughts on this subject, now would be the time to voice them, and this would be the place.

2. When I get back from NAMM, Audio Damage t-shirts will once again be available in the store. We got a new style done. I _think_ it'll be all awesome and shit, but I won't know until I have them in my paws on Monday.

3. There will be some prototypes from a couple new manufacturers in our racks at our NAMM booth. Come visit and see some new shit in the WMD Manufacturer's Booth, Hall A, booth 6990.

December 31, 2014

So Long, 2014...

by Chris Randall

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Happy New Year, AI-ers! 2014 was, like most recent years, pretty awesome for me personally and Audio Damage as a company. I don't believe in luck (or, well, magic of any sort) but if I did, I'd think I had some.

What's coming in 2015? On the AD front, some new hardware, and some updates to classic AD plug-ins. We'll also be making our first appearance at NAMM as a company with a physical presence. On the personal front, a new Sister Machine Gun record in March, and I'm beginning the phase of my life where speaking engagements at universities seem to be a thing I do, also in March at UCSB. During the next 12 months, I am going to attempt to do a Cool Thing Every Month here on AI (t-shirt, sample pack, whatever), as well as a monthly installment of the 10 Questions video blog on YouTube.

In short, it's going to be busy. What awsomeness happened to you in 2014? (Or, well, didn't, I guess?) What amazing thing do you have planned for 2015? TELL ME, FOR THE LOVE OF ZOG!

December 21, 2014

10 Answers...

by Chris Randall

That was actually quite fun to do, as it turned out. Other than glancing over the questions in Google Moderator a couple times, I didn't do any preparation, so the answers are more-or-less totally extemporaneous. (I had to do a couple over, because I got lost in thought or digression.) Basically, I printed out the top 10 questions this morning, took a drive out to the desert, set up my Olympus OM-D E-M5, and let 'er rip. Audio was recorded on a Tascam DR-2d via a JK MIC-J 044 lav mic. (I highly recommend the latter. For the money, turned out to be pretty sweet.)

If this is something that people find interesting, I'll be happy to do it again. I enjoyed it quite a bit. If there's another form factor for videos you'd like to see, I'd be happy to consider those, as well.

December 15, 2014

Ten Questions?

by Chris Randall

So I have this idea of doing a monthly YouTube video.

"PARTY!!!" you all scream at the top of your lungs! You're all a bunch of cynics, and frankly I'm amazed I'm friends with you, because I'm not cynical at all.

Anyhow, here's my idea: you all anonymously submit questions via Google Moderator, and I'll answer the top ten in a live-to-camera video for YouTube. I won't do this via YouTube Live, because I'm not a complete idiot (present evidence to the contrary), and I reserve the right to edit gross mistakes and mis-management. So it would be sort of an AMA, only theoretically more fun.


Anyhow, I would prefer the questions cover subject matter I know something about (electronic music production, user interface design, esoteric control methodology, Audio Damage products, music publishing, making things, earning a living in the music business, touring, that sort of shit) but whatever gets voted to the top, I'll answer.

If it's fun and cool, we can make it a regular thing. If it's not fun (for me) or cool (for you) or generally retarded, we won't. But it can't hurt to try, right? I have made a Google Moderator page here. The questions won't appear in the list until I've allowed them, which means I'll just delete anything truly stupid, so don't bother asking nonsense.

If you have any ideas of how to make this come off better, or examples of how it's been done well, feel free to comment/criticise.

EDIT: Voting is closed. Filming now.

November 26, 2014

Movin' Right Along...

by Chris Randall

I won't lie to you. The main point of this post is to roll that Doctorow photo below the fold so I don't have to see his stupid face when I check the site. However, I will use this opportunity to provide a general update as to the State Of Things here at the Audio Damage Logistics And Research Facility. In no particular order.

1) My personal experiment time of late has largely revolved around C. Elegans, pictured above. This lowly nematode is unique inasmuch as it is the only living creature to have its brain entirely mapped, neuron-for-neuron. This intrigued me for a number of reasons, and I've spent the last few weeks tinkering with the brain model, trying to come up with musically useful applications of a fully functioning nematode brain. Believe me when I say this isn't as easy as it sounds. (And since it doesn't sound easy at all, well, you get the idea.) I've been using a Python script developed by this fellow running on a Raspberry Pi, but that's mainly served to teach me two things: first, that Python is stupid for this sort of thing, and second, the Raspberry Pi might be a fun piece of equipment to tinker with, but for the kind of shit we do, it is retarded. Especially when it is weighted down by Raspbian. So I've moved my experiments back to C++11 (via Cinder) and a real computer, and we shall see what we shall see.

2) We are currently out-of-stock of DubJr, and are running low on Sequencer 1. I re-ordered panels for DubJr some time ago, but due to a communication error on Metalphoto's part, they weren't actually ordered until today. I have two units left currently, and they are in our Amazon store. If you want a DubJr, long story short, either get it at Amazon, or via one of our retail partners. Vis-a-vis Sequencer 1, we're not going to do a second run of these for a while, so if you want one, best get on it, either direct or via one of the retailers that stock it. We'll have the first major software update for it here in a week or thereabouts, which will add the most-requested features.

3) Not next week, but the following week, we will have an addition to the small modules line, ADM07. For this, we're not announcing anything until we have units here shipping, but suffice to say you didn't know you needed it, but once you see it, you'll wonder how you ever managed without it. Yeah, one of those.

4) And finally, I've been asked to give a seminar/talk at UC Santa Barbara on March 2nd of next year. Other than "music tech" I have a pretty broad palette to choose from for the subject matter. I was thinking of a brief overview of what it is I do and have done, then a talk about massive design failures and why failing matters and is useful (both my own and other peoples'.) Unless I'm still interested in nematodes by then, of course.

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