Sat Jan 03 2015 12:54:22 GMT-0800 (Pacific Standard Time)
This is great. If you're interested in active listening, field recordings, soundscapes, or amibent sound/music, this is a pretty good primer and talks about the origins of the term "acoustic ecology" as a movement.
The fork authors’ goal is to foster active development of PIL through:
This is great news for me, because there are several projects (this site included) that use PIL, and I have been worried about its future. In addition to the infrequent PIL releases, the lack of Python 3 support in PIL was starting to be a real drag...and it was the main thing that kept some of us on Python 2.7.
So yeah, it's nice to have a path forward...time to embrace the fork and move on. I will miss the PIL acronym.
Fri Sep 26 2014 22:42:31 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)
The Church of Robotron has been working hard to find the mutant savior and to train members of the last human family. We had an opening on Wednesday, and my friend Zach edited together this fantastic video:
Here's a test video I shot of oscule's much improved jacob's ladder...it's terrifying:
If you have not yet been tested, please join us on First Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at Diode Gallery for indoctrination, testing, anti-robot training, propaganda distribution, and some good old-fashioned street devival.
Tue Jul 29 2014 01:03:28 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)
My absolute favorite album in an unspeakable number of years is (no secret), Xiu Xiu's "Angel Guts: Red Classroom". From the first time I heard this record I fell in love with it...and that interest and that respect has only grown since its release. I come back and listen to it a LOT, and it's failing to tire out. I'm not reviewing it here, but it's tortuously odd, wonderfully crafted, and painfully depressing / soul-searching twist of violence and sexual storytelling...with great balance of synth+drum+melody vs. subtle-yet-effective dissonant/atonal/noise experimentations.
The [official] videos in support of the album are top notch. Brilliant and fitting and supporting works.
The purpose of this post is to consolidate the tracklisting of the supporting videos. I haven't seen this consolidated list anywhere else, so I thought I'd put it together. Please be forewarned, there is some very extreme content mixed in here that should be considered NSFW and certainly not for children.
edit 9/20/2014: Added Cijnthya's Unisex official video
Mon Jul 21 2014 22:47:05 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)
So yeah, this is a series of thoughts random, poorly organized thoughts and bookmarked tabs from the conference. In no particular order...
I'm sure I've only captured a fraction of what I found fun/interesting/inspiring! Until next year...
Sat Jul 19 2014 21:12:20 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)
In observance of World Listening Day 2014 (July 18th), I guided a lunchtime soundwalk around parts of downtown Portland, OR. I decided to organize only at the last minute, and there were 5 of us who showed up for the nearly hour long sound walk.
We started with short discussion about active listening and purposeful sound observation and some of the philosophy/ideas behind it. We walked and listened for about 20 minutes, then had a short chat about what we had noticed so far and what we thought was interesting in the act of observing. We continued on for another 35 minutes or so and completed a wide loop. The small group of participants seemed to have a really good time (and it turned out to be some decent exercise too).
See you next year for World Listening Day!