Monthly Archives: July 2007

iPhone, AudioCubes, Max/Msp – Interface!

I’m a big fan of interfacing different bits of hardware and software together, I’ve come across two today. Using the iPhone to control Max/Msp and also a thing called AudioCubes. This uses Max/Msp as well, but is available as a “boxed” product, and manages to control Ableton Live (or any other MIDI enabled software) using these weird coloured cubes. Strange, but interesting I guess.

This is a video of the iPhone thing (from createdigitalmotion.com), to see the demo of the AudioCubes go to its website.

Public Art; Large Scale

I just saw a post on Pinktentacle.com about making crop circle-esque images in rice paddys, in Japan.

Rice Paddy Art

Its really cool. Everyone should do it, on different levels. Farmers with fields, architects and town planers with buildings, streets and parks, “ordinary people” with their houses, gardens, cars and selves.

World Collage.

How does one start a thing like that?

On the subject of public art, I stumbled across a blog entry about attempts to cut the public art funding in Florida. Hear, hear to the writer I say!

Trackbacks

As part of the process I’m going through to install WordPress on this website, I’ve now become familiar with what a track back is.

Really cool principle, I like it. Web2.0 Go! (or something)

a system in a blog whereby a related item on another site appends information from its first paragraph to the bottom of the text of the original item. Some observers cite trackback as manifestation of the interactive Internet.

From ict.tippinst.ie.

I just read a nice comparison article, between blogger.com and WordPress.com – free blog hosts. Succinct and useful!

This website, recording angst and the doldrums

I’ve set up this website. I figured it makes sense to have a singular place where I can write about my creative efforts in all the different areas I’m working. If nothing else it will help me know whats going on, let alone anyone else. I’m still working through exactly how I’m going to have the site set up, but I am very impressed with the software I’m using (WordPress, with Hemingway-Ex, plug-ins like Slickr and third parties like Flickr) it is extremely flexible, completely Open Source and hopefully will deliver!

I’ve started by transferring my Journal from September 2006 to the present on to the website, so I will now be writing here rather than through Blogger.com so that is why there are posts going back to September on here.

Incidentally – is Flickr called that as if people are looking at a real photo album and going “Ahhhhh” after each page is turned (hence the “flick” bit)?

Emotionally I’m quite tense at the moment. Since beginning University last September I’ve been gearing myself up for this summer, in which I intend to record my debut album. I’ve been wanting to do this for a good long time now, and I’ve had an agreement with Creaked Records for over a year that I will make an album with them. Having got underway (at least a little bit) I’m finding it quite stressful, which is the opposite of what I want – I started making and recording music because I loved doing it – if I can’t enjoy it whats the point. So I need to figure out a way of having great fun again.

Actually, writing about it now, it hasn’t been bad at all. Maybe I’m just taking everything too seriously.

The overall effect of the angst though, is me feeling like I’m now in the creative doldrums. Maybe I should get a pack of Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies, that might help.

Cornerhouse Copy Cats

On reading the Cornerhouse’s website, I’ve discovered that they’re just commencing with a project entitled Bitmapping (see http://www.bitmapping.com/)

The idea basically comes down to a game of consequences, but rather than using words images will be used. And rather than using paper, mobile phones (and their attached cameras) will be used. The whole thing will go on for about 3 months, and as each picture is sent it will be printed and displayed in the Cornerhouse Cafe.

Its brilliant.

However it’s also rather frustrating for me that I came up with precisely the same concept. I guess that, if nothing else, it at least means I’m thinking along the right lines!