April 24, 2006

Happy Place is the most beautiful processing project I have ever seen.

Until I saw Substrate.

via Gallery of Computation

Posted by illovich at 01:51 PM
August 11, 2005
Masami Teraoka's Art Theater

Masami Teraoka's Art Theatre is totally gorgeous, terrifying and hilarious. The work references well known paintings (Botticelli's Venus) or styles (Medieval Tryptichs) and incorporates modern body horror/splatter/S&M characters.

Posted by illovich at 11:40 AM
August 04, 2005
craziest blog in the world

If you can decipher Gieskes.nl, does it mean you can understand it? He has the craziest blog software in the world, either that or he spends a lot of time assembling posts made up of gifs of individual letters.

Judging from the
music instruments
he invents, maybe he does just sit around making posts of individual pictures of letters.


Posted by illovich at 11:56 AM
April 27, 2005
processing [beta]

Processing 1.0 (BETA) is a. errr....

Processing is a programming language and environment for people who want to program images, animation, and sound. It is used by students, artists, designers, architects, researchers, and hobbyists for learning, prototyping, and production. It is created to teach fundamentals of computer programming within a visual context and to serve as a software sketchbook and professional production tool. Processing is developed by artists and designers as an open-source alternative to commercial software tools in the same domain.

It looks purty, too.

Posted by illovich at 03:22 PM
March 22, 2005
gnomz must be stopped

Insane paper doll comics creator.


Posted by illovich at 01:08 PM
February 10, 2005
free mac video/audio editor

Arboretum Systems has released a new version of HyperEngine-AV as freeware which is a pretty awesome thing.

I just downloaded it, and am checking it out. I'm more interested in audio tracks than the video side, but if I like it I'll post more.

Posted by illovich at 11:56 AM
January 19, 2005
image as sound

From bastwood.com, a little bit about the sound in a song that was a demon face. Well, Richard's anyway.

Posted by illovich at 12:06 PM
DIY electornic drum kit

No really, Sound on Sound has an article called BEAT THE SYSTEM which supposedly tells you how to build your own electronic drum kit.

The catch? They only tell you what items you need, but not really how to actually put them together.

Posted by illovich at 10:42 AM
December 03, 2004
fill up your garageband with more junk

iCompositions, a site by GarageBand enthusiasts for enthusiast, has released a new page iCompositions Tools, which tracks all of the various things people and companies have made to go with Garageband. I would recommend specifically the Software and iCompositions Tools - Audio Units pages as very useful resources.

Posted by illovich at 12:31 PM
September 12, 2004
protools community

I've been using protools LE and the two digis a bit more, so I've been snooping around for an online ProTools Community.

I found one. Does anyone know of another one? Let me know, thanks.

Posted by illovich at 02:12 PM
July 15, 2004
me am not robot

I am enjoying listening to music (for robots)

Me am so happy, am I not man?

Posted by illovich at 05:55 PM
July 07, 2004
some music something

G from Yow* Digital Media Software is some sort of DJ application that I'll download and try someday.

Posted by illovich at 04:22 PM
March 09, 2004
geeky typeface humor from microsoft

Microsoft has a disagreeably facetious type glossary on their typography website, which is actually pretty funny.

Actually, Microsoft's Typography website in general is pretty good, so if you're interested in typeface design, you should check it out.

Posted by illovich at 12:41 PM
March 08, 2004
not really my thing but

I have lots of friends into [ xerox art ].

DAM1ER, John, this one's for you.

Posted by illovich at 04:41 PM
February 06, 2004
catfish hotel



Posted by illovich at 04:05 PM
February 03, 2004
Hwt! (Listen!)

If you're stupid cool like some people I know, you can go to Beowulf on Steorarume and have a nice read through of the Beowulf Semi-Diplomatic Edition (strictly habibi--little of this so-called moderne englisc allowed, except some notes).

If you're a grade-a lame-o (negative) like myself who can barely comprehend something simple like Middle English, you'll have to read the Bilingual Edition.

Extra treat: check out the mp3s of Ben Slade reading Beowulf Old English. It's really cool. You can almost understand it when it's read, sort of. If you also speak german & finnish, maybe.

So. What are you're thoughts on Niw Englisc as a possible common tongue for the New World Order?

Posted by illovich at 12:36 PM
January 17, 2004
open feedback re: GarageBand

I wrote this to apple, using their feedback page:

First of all, great job. I'm not just saying that to butter y'all up. Garage band is a great product at a great price. It is truly what I've been wanting for a long time, a simple easy to use replacement for the venerable cassette 4-track.

But you knew that. I have a few suggestions, from a prosumer user (Ed market, light (as in short educational projects) ProTools, FinalCut and ACID use ):

1) There needs to be a way to import ACID loops. I know they're not as good as Apple loops, but there's a million of em, and a lot of us own them already. I spent a good bit of time trying to get acid loops into GB today, and when it works at all it's a pain... I own over 5 GB of Acid Libraries, and they are very useful. If I can't use them in GB, I'll cry. No, not really. But I'll probably be really disappointed. =)

To sum up: Either add support for a drag/convert for Acid Loops in GB, or add a batch convert function to the Soundtrack Loop Utility where you can take a selection/folder/disk of Acid wavs and convert them to Apple Loops in the Garage band folder.

2) What about making a loop in GarageBand? I just made a stupid four measure piano arpeggio in a track, and then tried to drag it down to the loop browser, assuming that it would prompt me to name and catalogue the loop, so I could use it later. I was totally surprised when it didn't, and figured there must be another way. There doesn't seem to be. I even tried saving it as a GB file and opening it with the SLU, but that didn't work either. I should be able to select a region in a track and choose "convert to loop" and have it be saved in my loop library, preferably in a special folder where "myLoops" are saved.

3) The Soundtrack Loop Utility (shouldn't you rename that to Apple Loop utility?) needs an update. First, it needs to be able to open user made loops created in GarageBand (see #2 above). Secondly, it needs a batch convert function for Acid loops (see #1 above). Third, the browser for when you open sound files needs to tell you a few more things: bit-depth, length, # of beats if available, and have a preview function so you can ear the sound you're thinking of opening. Fourth, it should always be able to save a sound as an Apple Loop (for example, if you open an Acid file)

4) Speaking of Soundtrack, I noticed that Gb and ST store their loops in separate locations--this is fine. But unless I missed something, they can't tap into each others loops which is sort of lame. I suggest adding the ability to both to look in multiple places for their loop library, so that users can maximize their loop library while saving disk space (it looked like there might be a bit of overlap between the two libs).

5) By the way, what about Audio Units? There are a number of decent AU instuments available (some are free!), and some are installed on my machine. It seems like you have your own special virual instrument for making the Software Instrument tracks, and it's very nice, but I'd like to use Zebra and Airysynth too. Audio Units are maybe your most exciting technology (to me, anyway), and I don't understand why you wouldn't take advantage of them... especially when you do take advantage of the AU effects (which is nice). I won't bother to ask you for VST support, since I don't care about it, but other people might as well. Again, this is about maximizing both your users software assets and GarageBand's usefulness.

It turns out that you can use AU instruments in GarageBand, it's just a little bit hidden. Thanks to balconycollapsee
, here's the steps to use AU instruments:

  1. Create a new software instrument track

  2. Click on the triangle for details

  3. There should be an option called generator which lets you select any softsynth you may have

6) Integration, file this suggestion under "and I'd also like a pony:" I think this may already be possible (albeit kludgy), but it would be nice to be able to use GB with other applications, specifically Reason, in my case. It woul be awesome if GB was Rewire-able, and I guess there's other standards too. Bt Rewire is the one I care about.

Posted by illovich at 02:26 PM
January 11, 2004
Can I come up with a better word than ROZZ-TOX?

Via die puny humans (what else?), I came across the The ROZZ-TOX Manifesto, written by Gary Panter circa 1980

Law: If you want better media, go make it.
Yes sir.

Note to self: update the mp3 page =\

Posted by illovich at 11:37 PM
January 08, 2004
hip hop crib

The (or is that "da") hip hop crib has a Reason Support Group that looks intriguing.

I haven't posted in a month?

Posted by illovich at 04:21 PM
November 18, 2003
i never had one free lesson

Berklee School of Music has decided to join the fun of giving things away with Berklee Shares: free music lessons.

Hey wait, don't go to the next entry yet! They have DJ lessons, like this one on crabs for turntable djs, which is hilarious if you've ever taken a music lesson before--mainly the way the teacher exhorts you to "work each individual finger, one finger at a time, slowly and then build up speed."

It's good advice, of course, but it's funny because the teacher is so straight-sounding--he doesn't once say hype, dope or live, or talk about beats at all.

Hey DAM13R! Are you checking this out?

Posted by illovich at 10:55 AM
November 14, 2003
me am photographist (former)

Did I ever tell you about my Photogallery at the LightRoom Photo Community?

Have a look see!

Posted by illovich at 05:49 PM
October 06, 2003
Yu-mex oder Y-gung?

an image of a Yugoslavian man dressed in a Mexican costume, complete with SombreroIt's a given that no matter how many strange things you've seen, you haven't seen them all. Innocent web surfing led me to a page about Yu-Mex, or Mexican music in 1950s Yugoslavia. Yeah, that's right. Apparently it was all the rage.

Of course, it all gets back to Stalin and Tito. Apparently after the famous breakup, Yugoslavia needed a new source of popular culture, and they chose Mexico:

it was far away, the chances of Mexican tanks appearing on Yugoslav borders were slight and, best of all, in Mexican films they always talked about revolution in the highest terms. How could an average moviegoer know that it was not the Yugoslav revolution?

Emilio Fernndez's Un Da de vida (1950) became so immensely popular that the old people in the former republics of Yugoslavia even today regard it as surely one of the most well known films in the world ever made although in truth it is probably unknown in every other country, even Mexican web pages don't mention it much. The Mexican influence spread to all of the popular culture: fake Mexican bands were forming and their records still can be found at the flea markets nowadays.

Of course, it's easy to laugh at things like this.

Mainly because they're really funny.

Did I mention that there's a bunch of mp3s on the site?

Posted by illovich at 10:02 AM
September 30, 2003
how to conduct yourself

Take a look art this Digital Conductor MIDI Conducting Device. It's pretty neat.

Posted by illovich at 10:08 AM
August 18, 2003
bash the trash

An email conversation with a friend instigated a quick and lazy websearch for information on how to make musical instruments, and I found one on doing it with trash.

If you know me personally, you know this page pleased me for obvious reasons.

Posted by illovich at 11:15 AM
July 22, 2003

There's a very geeky article over at seneschal.net covering the audio arcitecture of Mac OS X.

If you were curious, now's the time to click.

Posted by illovich at 09:31 AM
June 04, 2003
303 toy from airy

Airy has released a 303-like toy, called AU303.

Wheee. It's fun. It is sort of a toy, but I guess it might be interesting to see how far it can be pushed. If you download it, and you have no idea what to do next, follow the install instructions and then download Rax to play around with it (Rax is a free Audio Unit host).

Have Fun!

Posted by illovich at 11:40 AM
April 19, 2003
Apple to release Acid for Mac

No, not really.

But I just noticed that part of Final Cut 4 is an app/feature (I'm not sure which) called Soundtrack.

A heavily edited feature list:

  • Combine and arrange audio loops and sound effects to create original, royalty-free music soundtracks.

  • Create music using a starter library with several thousand royalty-free instrument loops and sound effects.

  • Combine and match loops of different tempos and musical keys in real-time — Soundtrack does it for you automatically, so you don't need to have a background in music.

  • Import AIFF, WAV, and ACID format audio files, and get access to hundreds of third-party, multi-genre, royalty-free loop CDs.
Sounds like Acid to me. It even looks like Acid, sort of.

I hope Apple realizes what they have and considers releasing it standalone (perhaps sans-video features) in the $99-250 price range.

Posted by illovich at 04:54 PM
no squeak, max!

As predicted, I have lost all interest in Squeak/Smalltalk. Now I'm all about Cycling '74's Max/MSP, now for OS X. It does pretty much what I thought I wanted smalltalk for, and as a bonus I can join Ms. Pinky's Interdimensional Wrecked System later, if I want to.

Posted by illovich at 09:09 AM
March 12, 2003

I haven't posted in awhile, just not in the mood. I am totally psyched up about os x and live music performance, even f it is more to the electronica end.

Don't care? look at Pete.Yandell.com's OS X Audio Links and start playing. I just downloaded a few pieces of freeware and now I have a functinoing synthesizer on my mac, sort of.

Well, kind of.

It's really cool, trust me.

Posted by illovich at 01:08 PM
January 13, 2003
next downmf album cover: proposal

When downmf does their next cd, I would like to suggest that it be titled Research and Destroy:

Actually, I'm just testing image uploading so I can start photoblogging.


Posted by illovich at 03:44 PM
November 04, 2002
Ultima ratio regum

If you like making music...or just noise, I guess...and you like doing it with a computer, it may be time to listen to Reason. Generally, that's a debate tactic, but in this case, I'm actually suggesting that you go to a website and listen to the crazy sounds put out by this software, called Reason.

Posted by illovich at 06:46 PM
July 19, 2002
Our finest moments--on plastic

So the AMG All Music Guide gave downmf's latest album 4 and one half stars, on a scale of one to five stars.


My favorite part reads (in part):

...Peter Hanley and Janna Sendra make for a potent rhythm section.

You're god-damned right we do.

Posted by illovich at 11:08 AM
June 27, 2002
Mike-rah-fone chekka wan too...

Antares has released this r33t and l33t new thing called kantos 1.0 audio controlled synthesizer.

You feed it an audio signal and it reacts by spinning audio synthesis around your input, and you can choose whether or not to mix in the original signal or not.

The page linked has some interesting examples...I suggest em to any electronica wannabes like myself, just to make you want this thing more.

Posted by illovich at 10:45 AM