Duh… Sometimes I silly

So I always want to keep two backups of a file of import, that means two redundant backups, including the one on my computer (provided it has any room (curse you 120GB Hard Drive…Never again will I buy the smallest avail hard drive just to save $$$)). It only recently occurred to me that;  if() I keep my recordings within about 20 min, and() don’t expect to record more than once or twice a day, then() I can just keep one redundant backup on my SD card; When I fill the card, I purge the SD, but only after I make a secondary backup on my hard drive that I don’t already carry around with me.

#ThingsIshouldhavefiguredoutagesago

X-Wave in Houston

I was really honored to perform with a number of amazing individuals @ The University of Houston’s School of Art’s Interdisciplinary Studies and Emerging Forms Program’s inaugural experimental music festival: X-Wave. The organizers were incredibly gracious and put together a unique and intimate experience. I was very happy to meet Brain Crabtree of Monome, Spike the Percussionist, and Paul Connolly. I was so happy to play with Hsin Jung Tsai, John Reed, and Daniel Day. I want to thank “Aaron Bielish for inviting me and for coming to Baton Rouge when we performed his Eye Music at our Experimental Music Series here in Baton Rouge.

Audio and video to follow!

Well I haven’t posted in a while…

I figure it is rare that anyone actually reads anything on my page. Which I am fine with. I don’t do a great job of maintaining it. I find it often distracts me from the ‘real work’ of being a graduate student, having my assistantship, living life and doing my best to be a good teacher, and a good musician.

But when I tell myself it is ok to feel this way, and it is ok to be overwhelmed by the idea of maintaining the pristine scrubbed and slickly designed way most artist professionals present themselves online… when I tell myself it is ok, I do feel a little bit better.  If and when I think I need a better site I will either: A) code this one better, or B) ask someone I know and trust to help me. C’est la vie.

I am getting ready to present at X-WAVE in Houston, I am incredibly excited, and at the same time intimidated to be invited to present. Normally when presenting my work to others, I am just presenting work to my friends, family, other students, or my professors. I don’t shy away from the stage, but seldom am I on stage just to speak, I usually have my music in some shape or form to back up my words. It’s ok, I’ll still have some music and some activities to show what I have done at this festival, my 10 minute intro doesn’t have to encapsulate my entire life story, just help bring people up to speed on me, my things, and my ideas. It sounds so narcissistic when I say it that way

Really I am just antsy about: what I am going to talk about, how did I get to x-wave and what do I want to tell everyone about myself. To a certain extent, I don’t do this very often, unless I am asked. But hey the internet can be a great void within which to shout the things I don’t need everyone to hear (twitter), or things that I think are more important to myself personally or professionally (which I try to do here on this my website…)

I really want to talk about how, through my own work, in and outside of school, I have helped other people find places and people who enjoy the strangeness. Maybe that’s what I should talk about.

I ramble on, but it is hard to ramble when you are typing. Rambling is a thing for mouths and jeeps…

Interacting with sounds

I have been thinking a lot about the ways I interact with sounds. I am trying to boil it down into a flow chart of sorts. Here is what I am thinking:

Hear
Listen/Ignore
Aurally, Bodily, Mentally ——- React or Do Nothing or Connect——- Literal, Metaphorical, Graphical
Preserve: Memory/Recording/Notation or Alter: Enhance/Nullify

I need a flow chart. Would love to know what anyone else thinks.

Spectromorphology

What is spectromorphology?

It is framework for describing a listening experience.

Which music: electro-acoustic typically that is partly or wholly acousmatic.

concerned with:

Spectrum over ‘notes’. Motion and flux over meter and rhythm. Abstract or unidentifiable over iconic and familiar.

some instrumental music applies ie Xenakis, Griset, Saariaho, Murail, Dillon and others concerned with spectrum.

Tonal knowledge (western or other) may be useful or not… depends.

It does not include music that includes live instruments unless their source has become abstracted.

Some music is trancontextual but not spectromorphological, much music is both!

I prefer intertextual which is similar to the “art” definition

Transcontextual music is predicated on identifiable sources. This is an important idea:

source bonding:
the natural tendency to relate sounds to supposed sources and causes, and to relate sounds to each other because they appear to have shared or associated origins.

More on Spectromorphology later. Just getting started.

Network Protocols and Open Sound Control (OSC)

I am paraphrasing from the super collider book, from chapter 4 by Stefan Kersten, Marite A. J. Baalman, and Till Bovermann:

User Datagram Protocol aka UDP sends individual packets of limited size with no guarantees of delivery, it also has lower overhead than TCP. (overhead: is any combination of excess or indirect computation time, memory, bandwidth, or other resources that are required to attain a particular goal, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overhead)

Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) exchanges a continuos stream of binary data between two connected hosts.

Open Sound Control (OSC) like UDP is message based (rather than connection oriented ie TCP). Streams of messages are packaged by prepending a 32 bit byte count to each message packet before sending.

OSC packets come in two types: messages and bundles. Messages are individual commands, /formatted/like/this. Bundles are collections of messages paired with a 64 bit time tag. Messages in the same bundles are guaranteed to be executed atomically by the receiving host. Messages in bundles are executed at the same logical time or not at all.

I thought this was useful info and a great presentation by the chapter authors! Enjoy!!