Wednesday, October 02, 2019

My Music

Inspired by a Quora answer I gave today. Do I listen to my own music?

I’m currently in a phase of listening heavily to my own music. Particularly my work-in-progress.

And really enjoying it.

In fact, I’m probably not sufficiently objective or critical of it. I find the slapdash sketchiness of it charming rather than problematic. ;-) 

It does what I want from music, it has the kind of tunes I like, against the kind of instrumentation I like, and rhythms I like, and experimentation I like. Without anything that I don’t like. Or which I find unnecessary.

Now, at the same time, I wish it was better. I wish it was more skilful. I wish it was less repetitive. (It is, I have to admit, very repetitive, made on looping DAW software). I really wish I was better at music. I wish it was more sophisticated. More elegant. More trendy and more admired. And certainly I wish it was better mixed and mastered to sound better on other people’s sound systems.

But I no longer wish it was different. I don’t wish it was somehow closer to genre norms, or more like artist X. It’s exactly like artist ME, in the kind of messy between-genre that I make. And that’s exactly what I want to make and want to listen to.

I struggle to be objective. I see flaws. But I don’t know how to improve on them. Every time I go to change something I feel that I’m losing something as well as gaining. And that’s hard to handle. I know that hurts the objective quality. I’m sure everyone else will hate the music because the flaws glaring at them.
That’s the (possibly not very) strange paradox. I simultaneously don’t trust the music is good enough for anyone else to like. But it’s the only thing that I could like this much.

Friday, September 13, 2019

New EP : Fernanda Design Tree, on BandCamp, SoundCloud etc.

I'm back to doing a lot of music at the moment.

Particularly cleaning up old sketches and half-finished tracks and polishing them into something that rest of the world might actually want to listen to.

This week I launched my new EP on BandCamp.


Friday, June 21, 2019

"If even modestly successful, Libra would hand over much of the control of monetary policy from central banks to these private companies,” said Hughes, a co-chair of the Economic Security Project, an anti-poverty campaign group. “If global regulators don’t act now, it could very soon be too late."

Facebook co-founder: Libra currency could give firms excess power

Wednesday, June 19, 2019


Meanwhile ... WTF Google?

You just don't care at all, do you?

How come Blogger in 2019 still doesn't have Markdown input as an option?

It's lack of attention to details like that which means you lost Google+. You still have Blogger as a social play. It could still be great. But you won't put any energy into making it better.

Facebook Libra

It's over.

Facebook finally conquered the world.

And not in the way we usually say companies "conquered the world".

I mean they already own our social network (ie. all our friends and relationships) and have become the only way that people can talk to each other. Now they will become money and be the only way people can pay each other.

I don't have a FB account. That means I am continually excluded by default from a range of things that people send information about. I miss events because they are posted on Facebook and Instagram and nobody remembers to use an alternative channel which I might see.

Tomorrow I might not even be able to be paid without being signed up to have Facebook as my Identity Provider.

With Uber signed up, I might not even be able to find work without Facebook's permission.

Here's a hint to the nation states of the world. If you want to still be in business in 20 or 30 years, ban Facebook Libra NOW!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Monday, January 14, 2019

Music 2019

Some music related stuff I've been doing recently.

Here's a quick recap :

I wrote a "Global Ear" column for The Wire magazine on the Brasilia underground / noise / experimental scene. And made a playlist you can listen to now.

You want to know about the future genres of music? Check this recent Quora answer I wrote about CineBeat.

Want to make Trap in Sonic Pi? Watch my video tutorial.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Month of Patterning extended ...

I've made some progress on the Month of Patterning in August. But not everything is ready or up ... so ... the month of Patterning is being extended into September. Two for the price of one :-)

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Meet the Turtorial

Uploaded a "Turtorial" to the Patterning tutorial.

It shows you how to use the built-in "turtle" and "l-system" functionality of Patterning to create more organic forms.

Friday, August 03, 2018

The new Alchemy Islands

I've just refreshed the Alchemy Islands site.

That's home to Patterning and now some other old "algorithmic design" and crazy art projects.

All of which are in the process of being refreshed.

August is Patterning-month, so the focus is there.

I finally sat down and played with devcards the other day, a wonderful innovation in ClojureScript world that let you write and test small fragments of UI code in self-contained "cards".

I've used this to redo the Patterning tutorials, so now you get can see tutorial pages like this, where the code is actually running live in the browser. (Note it might take a few seconds to render, even more on a cellphone.) But yeah, the whole library is running in the browser and generating those patterns live, thanks to ClojureScript.

As always, props to the awesome geniuses of the Clojure / ClojureScript world.

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

A Month of Patterning

August is Patterning month again.

I'm back to work on the Patterning library. And, in particular, getting it working properly in the ClojureScript, in-browser version. I'm going to be using devcards, figwheel, spec and other good tools in the Clojure community.

I'll be revamping the site, posting new images here, and new versions of the code.

Watch this space ...

Saturday, June 30, 2018

This part of town. My corner of the internet.

It's basically becoming a derelict wasteland. It's falling to pieces. Neglected. The flows of life, of information, of "voice" have moved elsewhere.

I've successfully avoided the clutches of Facebook and Instagram and Whatsapp. Only to be similarly addicted to Quora. And increasingly dependent on Telegram for actual social stuff.

I have online existence. But not "here".

And I'm not only talking about this blog : Composing.

I'm talking about many of my online presences.

I'm talking about ThoughtStorms wiki, which has retreated from an open forum for debate. Via the idea of the Smallest Federated Wiki to a closed, but federal. To now an entirely personal closed thinking space. Perhaps inevitably, given the increasingly hostility to be found online. But is now full of outdated, half-baked, deprecated ideas.

I'm talking about my so called home-page which is now three years out-of-date.

I'm talking about the presentations of my projects which are languishing on public but unvisited static pages. Because, again, these aren't part of the flows  of life.

I am no longer living "publicly", putting what I do online. I don't even know if I want to be living "publicly" in such a way today.

Or to put it another way. I fragment over various places online and IRL. And each fragment has freedom to be what it wants. Unconstrained by the other fragments. How much do I want to try to reunite and reintegrate my fragmented personality? Or do I enjoy the small sense of "privacy" that remains when I allow these fragments to have independent lives of their own? Is becoming the "dividual" the only way to avoid being signed, sealed and delivered into the hands of the machine learning mind controllers today?

But how do you even "live" in a world where "existence" is increasingly tied to participating in the right flows?

Don't ask me. I have no fucking idea.

But ... what I do know is that it's a mess around here. So ... it's time to knock down a lot of stuff and build something new.

So ... in the next few months, I'm going to blow up this blog : Composing. I'm going to be blowing up Synaesmedia. And, perhaps most shockingly, I'm going to be blowing up ThoughtStorms Wiki. And a bunch of other sites.

None of that means that everything is going away entirely. 

What's still valuable will come back in some form.

But I'm going to make big changes. I'm going to break links. (Who cares about broken links?) I'm going to break names (what do my names even mean? Alchemy Islands? Gbloink? Mind Traffic Control? Why are they stuck with the crumbling signifieds they're currently pointing to?) I'm going to break online libraries. (Is anyone really using the ThoughtStorms libraries? If so, pay close attention to what's happening in the online repos)

I just over a year, I want to have achieved a thorough clearing out of the junk and cruft from my online life. And be focused on fewer, more live and dynamic, channels, better suited to today's internet and my current interests.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Gary Younge knocks it out of the park :

If ever there was an illustration of how a system of patriarchy demeans and depletes us all, this is it. Unable to take advantage of the male privileges they believe they are owed, they feel inadequate and grow resentful, and a handful become violent. Often awkward, shy and unconfident, they cannot meet the standards of machismo that patriarchy demands. They think feminism will destroy them. But in fact it is their greatest chance of liberation, since the less women are forced to conform to preconceived notions of femininity, the more space there is within masculinity for them to be themselves. As such, they are not only the perpetrators of misogyny but the products and, ultimately, the victims of it.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Improvisation using some of my new software for BSBLOrk.

Monday, February 05, 2018

I stand by this Quora answer on Marx.

But there is something a little bit unnerving about Quora telling me they just sent it to 100,000+ people.