Rappel : Spotify sous-paye les artistes.

Et après-demain c’est le dernier Bandcamp Friday.

Et les artistes sont unanimes : les revenus d’un seul Bandcamp Friday sont bien plus élevés qu’un an de revenus des plateformes de streaming.

#ZKM owes these artists and the artworld in general an apology.

"Sound Artists Decline German Art Award: ‘Pitting Quality Against Diversity Is Pernicious’"

'“A ZKM representative mentioned in his rehearsed commentary that this year was the award’s most diverse year with applicants from many countries and a number of women and people of color. As we waited on Zoom for our cue to begin our portion of the ceremony he mentioned they ultimately had to choose between ‘quality and diversity,'” Obadike wrote, describing the statement from ZKM as an “old false binary.”'

Sound artists Mendi and Keith Obadike - the pair of artists who declined to participate following that comment - are black and do works based on race and the legacy of racism. Reducing their work to tokenism is unacceptable. ZKM need to apologise and take meaningful steps to show they won't repeat this. I would suggest they diversify both their staff and their collections as two of those steps.


I used to anthropomorphize computers and thought a CPU draws high transient current when switching because it's "thinking hard." I was very disappointed when I learned it's just a momentary short circuit from power to ground due to CMOS's inevitable side-effect... All the magic was gone. #electronics

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… or let the meters go red like I would if I had been recording on an analog tape machine, and only turn the sound down if I hear it clip.

Lesson learned, and I'm now trying to bring up the gain on most parts to see how much of the original recording I can still use.

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…because as much as I dislike being tethered to the screen, being able to see the waveforms told me a lot about why the mixes for that track were turning out so shitty. Literally nothing was loud enough to start with, but especially the drum machine.
Yet when I was recording, the VU meters suggested to me that the tracks were clipping especially in transients. So next time, I should either put a compressor in front at record time to tame the transients…

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I may take the ZOOM with me after all, because I enjoyed using it as a multi-channel audio interface so much. What I did was simply sync up two sequences that were already present on a synth and a drum machine, record them into GarageBand and insert plug-in effects. Nothing creative but it all worked seamlessly (attached). Next, I took a track that was on the ZOOM's SD card and imported the stems into GarageBand one by one. That was educational…

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to my mind one of the most insidious conspiracy theories is that mask-wearing is some sort of tool to demand compliance, when individually identifying people is an essential part of surveillance and control, and the trend in Europe has been towards national governments trying to criminalise anonymity, precisely because it makes people harder to control.

I don't know. Maybe it's time to make this public.

If you are trying to learn audio programming and DSP from scratch (like, *really* from scratch), these notes might be the place to start:


They were lecture notes for a student-led 1-credit audio programming course that I taught in the spring this year, but it's now a course for everyone. Some sections are still in revision, but the main contents are mostly complete.

It's probably more low level and UNIX-centric than most of the audio programming tutorials you can find, so don't expect to learn how to make an audio plugin using JUCE or how to make fancy GUIs etc. But maybe this can be a good thing.

1. you need to know basic C and UNIX shell utilities
2. it contains math, but at most calculus level

covid-19, omicron origin 

"Dutch health authorities announced on Tuesday that they found the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus in cases dating back as long as 11 days, indicating that it was already spreading in western Europe before the first cases were identified in southern Africa."



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I’m also curating out some apps I don’t use and don’t have time for. VCV Rack is the first to go; unfortunately that only frees up 10 MB. (But kudos to the developers for keeping it that lean)

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When I got the R-16, earlier this year, it was because the idea of recording in a software DAW seemed loathsome to me: in the short term because it would another hobby to the screen when I already spend over 12 hours a day looking at one, and in the long term because who wants to be dependent on a computer to get things done anymore?

But those objections don't apply while on a 3-week vacation, space will be at a premium and I've had good experiences with GarageBand recently.

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That device is definitely not coming on our next trip even though it's reasonably compact. In fact, audio interfaces are one area where I may still want to spend a bit of money because the other ones we've got are super-limited. Then again, I am not sure what capabilities I can expect from more advanced ones, which is where testing with the R-16 comes in.

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This week, I've been evaluating my tools to build a setup for traveling and it looks like OP-1 plus one even smaller side-synth, plus GarageBand and VSTs, is the way to go. I may also take a lightweight MIDI keyboard and my wife's Arturia Spark LE for drums; there should be room in the van for those.
This attempt morphed into more of a general 'get to know your tools a little better' projectlet and today I will be trying again to use the ZOOM R-16 as an audio interface.

Painful to desynchronize a project that hadn't made progress for two years, but with my music stuff taking up more of my time and more room on my hard drive, it was time. I can always bring it back when I'm ready.

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When you hear the term "noblebright fantasy" and your first thought is "are all the characters named Albert then?"

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