Sunday, April 13, 2014

Art Moving On

Yikes! Really nasty, scary art. But clever though. I think we'll be seeing more of these type of installations.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Facebook and Soundcloud

Spending more time on Facebook and Soundcloud than anywhere else on the web these days.

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Friday, December 20, 2013

A Study of the Ageing Process

Two pictures of me when I was in my 40s compared with two pictures now that I'm 60:

In my 40s (1993):
In my 40s (1995) with bleached hair:

At 60 (2013):

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Natural Voice Versus Autotune Voice

Me singing Elvis Costello's "Alison" in a natural acapella version: The same recording, but this time with autotune added:

Friday, November 15, 2013

After the Disco (Preview)

Thanks to Rachel S. who alerted me to this other great video from Broken Bells:

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Broken Bells - Holding on for Life

Listen to this. It's great. This song comes from Broken Bells forthcoming album "After the Disco" which will be out in January:
Broken Bells - Holding On for Life on MUZU.TV.

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Paxman Brand Debate

Weird controversy at the moment over Jeremy Paxman's remarks in the Radio Times. Weird because anyone who had been paying attention would already know that Paxman's opinions are rubbish. A few years ago Jeremy Paxman hosted a TV debate about animal experiments. Being the buffoon that he is Paxman began the debate by declaring that nobody denies that such experiments were necessary and so, in his opinion, the debate was about the details of how the experiments were done. Absolutely ridiculous. If it were true that nobody disputed whether the experiments were necessary then animal experimentation wouldn't be the controversial issue that it is and wouldn't have been the subject of a TV debate in the first place. I've been "sick of" Paxman's "tawdry pretences" since then...

A Couple of SoundArt Experiments

A couple of little experiments I recorded on an Android tablet and then added backing via UJAM:

Monday, November 04, 2013

Swedish Pop

BBC Podcast: "Swedish Pop" Today 4/11/13: Swedish Pop Mon, 4 Nov 13 Duration: 5 mins Available: 7 days remaining It is a little known fact that Sweden has an extraordinary record of writing hit pop songs for international stars, including Lady Gaga and Justin Beiber. The BBC's Europe correspondent Chris Morris reports.

Three versions of the same recording.

An audio triptych:

Firstly: The natural version. Recorded on Android.

Secondly: The same as the acoustic recording but this time with an enormous amount of plate reverb added in Audacity

Thirdly: The same but this time filtered through the Paulstretch effect in Audacity:

Thursday, October 31, 2013

William Burroughs - Secret Message

I turned on automatic captions for this video. The idea is that a computer algorithm listens to William Burroughs' words and generates the text below the video image. In this case the automatic text says: "well seals I'm not asking if I had the words of advice for you and me visual symbol admonitions he never remembers a run for and there are five or is this a lot of long hello israel's taste as a moral went into the job hillary rodham clinton's normal relations five oh and here is in writing status four and what she had not on the and have a vacuum advan exposed to someone's back do as there is a lost dog for a class mom aborted press political action committees are listening last year there were a van designed last year andrew and system seymour desert regards extra the ceremony home hello there slowly tuesdays and then there is also a state police say oregon land lauren progress yellow melvin everything there words and then they will do that homes in the face that throwing themselves at everyone of the night england villa louis venue miller toned romance for me danielle rivera said division in the media as above the moon's kit hedonism very warm transformed and everybody denise brown parallels there is last november and i'm sorry" Try it yourself. Start the video and click on "CC" in the bottom righthand corner of the screen to switch on automatic captions.

Raw Footage: The Sky is Beautiful

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Update on the Internet Archive distribution

OK I've uploaded new EPUB and MOBI and RTF formats which are an improvement over what was auto-derived by the Internet Archive. I've also deleted some other, slightly rubbish, formats.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

I Recommend the PDF

After reviewing what the Internet Archive rendering process has done to my book I have say I recommend viewing the PDF version. The other versions are all a bit rubbish. The Full text version is falling off of the edge of the page and the EPUB version has lost the first page. I'll see what I can do to fix these problems but, in the meantime, please go to the PDF version.