But what's great is that it, like so many other audio-forward languages, is so designed around giving you the tools to just plug functions into each other that play is really easy. When finally the headphones pop into life and you've got signal...serious fun.
Attempting to learn a little Faust again (https://faust.grame.fr/). I've done this several times and always given up, but now I'm just letting myself play around and it feels good; the web IDE is really astonishing once you get a sense of what it's doing. I do wish I had more general mathematics knowledge --- trying to figure out how to properly use a FFT without a real solid sense of the vocabulary is basically like chewing on sand for me.
Got to see “Water Damage” last night at the Parlor in Austin. Three percussionists, two basses, one synth, one ambiguous chordophone, one song. Really vigorous performance style, the beat just pounded away for 30 minutes with bass rhythms fermenting underneath and washes of feedback swirling over top.
The new record’s on bandcamp: https://waterdamage12xu.bandcamp.com/album/repeater
There’s this tree in a park near me in south Austin that perfectly frames a few skyscrapers. Something about the perspective makes it impossible to capture with a phone camera, but it’s a magical place to visit. It’s fascinating to me how much of this experience is flattened in the photo, how banal it seems. I guess part of the magic is that it’s an ordinary experience (a tree, a cityscape) that’s folded in just such a way as to seem completely extraordinary, at least to me.
Working on a PhD in Ethnomusicology. Interested in many things, sound, sensory ethnography, & experimental media among them.
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