Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Little fishlet

I can't actually find this shirt IRL but it amuses me greatwise.

I have a lot of music to record. Cello, harp, piano, alto flute. I went to Staples to get the four parts and two full scores printed out. The full scores are 127 pages. I think the total cost, bound as you see here, was about $115. 

A friend of mine (a classical nerd) made fun of me for how big the time signatures are. But for the conductor's score especially you do NOT want to miss the time signatures. 

Music. It can be written down. 

Terms of endearment in Russian

Notice of Presentation (NOP) to be submitted by 26/09/2023

Thesis prior to assessment to be submitted by 26/11/2023
Viva expected to take place by 26/01/2024
End date of study (including your 3 months interruption) is currently 26/04/2024

Thursday, December 22, 2022

Working in Dorico

So, I'm composing using Dorico for this movie, The Drowned Girl. I'm using a score-writing program because I have to present an actual score with/for my thesis for my PhD. I'm using Dorico because it will work with video playback somewhat reliably.

Problem one: if you change the video file Dorico will continue to play back the audio from the last video file with the same name. I don't know if Dorico is building a cached audio file for video playback or what, but when you make a new video file (and if you're doing film, you'll be making new video files), it needs to have a new name. 

Mise-en-scène. I don't think I know what it is and I read the Wikipedia. 

Saturday, December 10, 2022

Did I post this stuff already?

Meydl with the Electric Princess overdrive. 

 The Nuances Controller is very cool. I think I want one. They won't be available until February. Maybe I don't need one. I'm not doing a lot of the kind of composing that needs one lately. I mean, lately, composing with CC11 hasn't been my thing. I don't know if I ever make any sense. Probably not. 

I got one of these Open Theremins. I dig my Paia theremin kit. But the Open works a bit better. I do wish it had a mute switch. I like the range of tonalities on it. I haven't really been super successful at getting it to output CV to a synth but I'm working on it. Oh wait, the button on the front is a mute switch. Okay, that's helpful.

Wrist exercises for mouse hand. 

Practice As Research. Which is, of course, what I'm doing. Or supposed to be doing. 

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Gromneroe Pollywisical


Audiomovers makes a piece of software that lets you stream from a VST plugin on your DAW.

Tuning my Theremax is quite tricky.

Arrow's Theorem. Or: more problems with voting.

The fonts:
1. Garamond (serif / classic / smart) 2. Bodoni (serif / „premium“ / elegant) 3. Century Expanded (serif / readable!) 4. Futura (sans-serif / geometric / functional) 5. Times New Roman ... ... no comment :D 6. Helvetica (sans-serif / often used)

Typefaces for dyslexics.

File under sci-fi watches

I think I've finished the music for The Drowned Girl. Actually, I just rewatched it and I think I want to put some other things in the last act to underline some other moments. It's been a whole year since we shot that movie. It really should have been finished by now. 
Next up is the actual recording of the music. And writing up my thesis of course. My defense is in March so everything has to be done by February. 

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Microphones, crest factors, composition

 UT twin 87, a Neumann 87 clone. 

Crest factors. Square waves are 0dB with a linear crest factor of 1. Sine waves are 3dB with a crest of 1.41. Noise normally has a crest factor of 4, or 12dB.

Peak voltages and crest voltages.

I'm trying to write music. I'm writing it for my thesis film and it's super hard for be just because it's hard and because I'm writing all in Dorico, and because the writing is all about my thesis (which is using dramatic theory as a framework for spotting film for music) I have to write somewhat less intuitively because of both those reasons. But the more work we do on this film, The Drowned Girl, the better it gets. I'll listen to some music I've written, hate it, and rewrite it. And I've done that three times now. I'd be enormously frustrated except that the movie is better every time I re-write it. My first draft was garbage. I hit all the right marks, but it just wasn't musical. 
Now it's getting more musical and better at illustrating the emotional reality. So I feel better about it. But it's been super hard. End of complaining. 

Thursday, October 20, 2022


 An artist named Beetlemuse used one of my Freesound effects in a piece of music.

The recording is of me, as traffic control, in our movie Android Insurrection.

Wednesday, October 05, 2022

Sunday, October 02, 2022


Magic Blur is a plugin written by someone who took the same class that I took (and completely failed) in C++.

Liz Lerman's Critical Response Process. This is a pretty smart and proactive way to present and deal with critique. 

Dig Zeppelin Design Labs. Also Dead Astronaut FX makes some neato guitar pedal kits. 

Coronal Mass is a Neutron drone from The Drone Zone which is really awesome. No, I can't replicate it. 

Liz Lerman again. 

What is narratology?

Autoethnography in media studies.

More autoethnography.

Narrative theory

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Harmonic Story

Double Harmonic scale. When I was 16 or so I thought I made up this scale. More than 40 years later I found out what it was. 

Saturday the 20th, there's going to be a Rocky Horror at White Eagle Hall


Drama has an intrinsic ideology. You have to punch down. It's always about individuals. There has to be dramatic tension or conflict. The only way we learn about characters is through conflict and by what they do. What a character does is who they are. 

A story is like the parody of old movie trailers: One man/girl/robot wants to do one thing and they make a decision to do some harder thing. Around then they meet a boy/talking dog/love interest which further complicates their earlier decision. Their goal becomes more complex before it all comes apart at the end. But then with those lessons they learned earlier, and probably with the girl/dog/minor god they met earlier they have a plan to overcome things.  Then we're in act three and you know how that goes. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Capitalism Does Not Exist

"Capitalism" is a structure or framework used to describe the political economy. It was invented by socialists in the mid-19th Century as a kind of straw man of what they were opposed to. 

The primary inventor of "capitalism" was of course Karl Marx. And it was a pretty good theory about how the political economy operated. But then, of course, a bunch of people who were in favor of the status quo (whatever it was) took a look at the theory and said to themselves "Why yes, this 'capitalism' seems perfect. We are pro-capitalist." They did this without any irony.

A Marxist analysis of the political economy has a great deal of merit to it. It has famously been picked apart by a whole variety of thinkers, from Veblen to Bakunin, to feminist and critical-race theorists, and of course rather disingenuously by a lot of right-wing propaganda. 

One of the big problems with Marxism, and consequently with any description of "capitalism" is its reliance on this binary: capitalist/proletariat each work toward their own self interest. In what we might call "capitalist economics" this even has a name "homo economicus." And this person... doesn't exist. People do things which aren't in their economic self-interest all the time. The Freakonomics guys made a whole career out of it. 

Everyone is a Marxist. 

Capitalism was (for all intents and purposes) made up by Marx. "Capitalist" economists are all "Marxist." That's neither good nor bad. But it does call into question what is non-Marxist economics? Not a whole heck of a lot, as it turns out. But by and large, all modern economists use a model of the economy which, although modified, essentially utilizes a Marxian framework of the political economy.

Anarchism And You

One of the earliest critiques of Marxism came from Bakunin and the anarchists. Interestingly, Bakunin was a Russian intellectual (and, unfortunately, super anti-Semitic), while Marx was a German with a Hegelian philosophical background.