I just finished Kadenze’s “Experimental Foundations of Sound Design” course, and it was great! Starting with looking at sample libraries and tape music techniques, you build up a set of individual sound recordings, process them using tape music techniques (in the box, of course, using Audacity), and learn to design and create an imaginative soundscape. Along the way you learn about auditory perception and how it affects sound design, and some techniques in Audacity in Ableton for manipulating sounds to improve tonality and place objects on the stereo field.
I had a lot of fun with it. Even though I’ve read a lot about tape music techniques and sound perception, it was great to have the lectures and some practical experience to back it up.
This year I plan on spending most of my effort in sharpening my acoustic playing — lots of piano practice, and I’ll dig out the long-neglected flute.
Some days, though, I may record drones for later use in compositions. Here’s one with some noise from the Lyra.
You’ll need to change the path to your dropbox uploader, the configuration file, the path to your PDF directory locally on the Pi, and your remote directory. Keep the -s flag, which tells the uploader to only upload changed files!
I’m pleased to say that I am one of the speakers lined up to give a talk at BayCon 2019 here in Silicon Valley this morning. I’ll be giving the talk “APRS Turns 35. What’s Next“, which looks at the current state of APRS, especially mobile and pedestrian mobile APRS.
I’ll post a link to the audio or video of the talk when it’s available.
If you want to use the materials as a basis for your own talk, you can get it at GitHub and make a fork.
Obviously, this is not my composition, just my performance. I’ve done one other on SoundCloud, and tomorrow night I’ll probably do this on the OP-Z. I don’t know why, but his entire series ofcompositions from 1960 fascinate me.
I’ve got a #jamuary track from the 24th, too, that I need to upload.