Archive for 2007

Hulu: edited content – lame!

Wow, it must be the future. I can embed The Blues Brothers movie into my weblog, free of charge.

Hulu.com only has content that’s been edited for language!? LAME!! Oh well, this is still probably my most favorite movie of all time.

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DIY drum pad kick pedal

Diy Drum Kick Pedal

here are two ideas I’m working on for a DIY electronic drum kit kick pedal. I just looked yesterday at how much a “real” one would cost, and it’s $345!! Ha, I laugh in the face of this craziness. Mine will require a laptop for sound, but will cost a fraction of what a “real” set costs, and will arguably sound pretty awesome because I can use all kinds of onboard effects through garageband and/or Main Stage/Logic Pro.

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DJ’ing triangle of skills

This concept has been knocking around in my head for about 10 years. I don’t know why it took me so long to make a graphic for it.

Triangle Of Skills

Basically, the triangle of skills represents the three things you need to be doing if you want to be DJing properly.

* Beatmatching : if you’re not on beat, you’re going to drive everyone nuts with your trainwreck.
* Timing : If you come in at the wrong point of the outgoing song, even if on beat, it’s going to structurally sound weird.
* Selection : knowing what songs go together is definitely an equally important skill as the other two. Creating a flow of tracks that mesh together well is critical.

If you fall down on any one of these three skills, you fall down as a DJ.

This doesn’t even pertain to any particular style of music. Try it against your favorite style of music: Hip hop, drum and bass, house, techno, minimal, Reggae, dub, rocksteady, dancehall, or any of the other subgenres that have sprung from these main branches…
And I’m certainly no perfect DJ. I’m far from it. I just have an appreciation for people who rock all three skills at once. )

Share San Jose

Attention Peninsula, East, and South Bay electronic musicians!! Share San Jose has begun.

If you want to come join us to collaborate on improvisational electronic music and video, go join the mailing list and read up on what we’re all about.

First meetup is thursday, december 13th, 7pm-ish… so save the date and prepare to jam with us. )

imatrix / QR Codes on the iPhone

 So this QR code reading program showed up on appTapp’s Installer today.

http://www.imatrix.lt

Ok, I just realized that you have to go to the preferences for this application and turn OFF “capture only” for things to really start to work as designed. I think that setting is a debugging tool since this is still early days for this app.

Wait a second, didn’t I just see this the other day on the processing.org website under contributed libraries?

http://www.shiffman.net/p5/pqrcode/ … aha!

Ok, so I just tested this out. The QR Code library for processing can read the iMatrix codes, but iMatrix doesn’t seem to understand QR Codes, despite being incredibly similar. I’d even hazard a guess that the iMatrix code is a valid form of the QRCode… (obviously, since it works. :) )

So I guess the scheme here is to be a repository for iphone readable QRCodes? Since it doesn’t seem to want to read things like this:

qrcode

Which you can generate here: http://qrcode.kaywa.com/

update: It’s fixed now, and that QR code works great!

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password for iphone voicemail

I had to get my iPhone replaced. It was delightfully simple, and I’m extremely pleased with the customer experience the Apple Store is providing.

However, my iphone was asking for a password to my voicemail. Here’s the list of advice people think it might be:

Your entire iphone number

Nope.

Your last four digits of your iphone

Nope.

Your iphone number minus the area code.

Nope.

Try 111111. That’s the AT&T default

Nope.

original

Log onto your AT&T account at https://www.wireless.att.com/olam/dashboardAction.olamexecute

Click on “Phone/Device”.

Under Phone/Device Support, click on “Reset Voicemail Password”

Click “Submit”

Within a minute or so, you will receive a text message from AT&T with your new voicemail password.

Yep.

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howto: guitar hero to guitar player

One of the first things many people say about guitar hero is “this is cool, but it would be so much better if it actually taught you how to play guitar.” Well, I think it’s sort of like algebra. You need to prepare your brain for increasingly complex tasks, and I think guitar hero does that for guitar playing the way algebra does for advanced math.

I’m hoping to put this to the real test soon. After beating 40/40 songs on the hard setting in guitar hero 2, I’ll be making the jump to a real guitar with the help of http://www.guitarvision.com/

My interest in playing guitar have not too much to do with the genres they’re focused on, but I’m hoping to get my head around the guitar with their tools so I’ll have enough experience to explore the genres I *am* interested in.

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New HUGE MP3 Release: Various Artists – ‘Resurgence’

It may seem to have been a little quiet here at DoBox lately, but actually we’ve been busy building up a massive release to please your eardrums. ‘Resurgence’ is our largest compilation yet and contains sonic gems by some of our local Techno heroes as well as long-time veterans from Chicago and other parts of the country. Serving up a healthy cross-section of the genre, this compilation is sure to satisfy many a Tech-head out there. Download and enjoy!

Plural - Combative Mind
Kamil P. aka The Influence - Detown Afterhourz
Arturo Garces - Last Night
James Hammer - Gain An Hour
Popkan - Jack The Bass
Qorser - No Justification
Juan Segovia - The Pest (I’m Never Camping With You Again Mix)
Steve Cooley - Goeseast
AEOD-Darkhappy - Sadness
Deadly Venomz - Read A Book
Jerome Baker - Universoul Guitar
Soundthru - Quenchy
DJ Developer - Runner 50
Ellery Cowles - SoulFul
Lester Fitzpatrick - Erica The Beautiful
El Gato #9 - Mercury In Retrograde
Snackmaster - Take 3
Omar Cabaleiro - Delta
Lady Blacktronika - Techno Jihad
The Rhythmist - Deepened
Kit Clayton - Shallow Water
Corey Rogers - Here Voices
Bangers & Nash - The Monk Effect

http://doboxrecordings.com

SOUNDTHRU!!

Bill Moyers on Big Media Consolidation

You need to watch this.

Read more about this disgraceful disregard for public opinion and Scream at the FCC now. I don’t care what your voting persuasion is, nobody should control all the media in any market. What would you do if the other side got control? How would your voice be heard?

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Developments v2

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Progress…

Developments v1

I’m working on a painting again, finally. Sometimes I feel like working on something fast, sometimes I feel like working on an epic. The epics are more satisfying for me. I know the fast pieces are still my voice, but I also like the pieces that I hammer on for days and days and days.

I’ve been painting on black gessoed canvasses and boards recently. I like it. I like it a lot. I’ve only been doing plein aire and landscapes over the last couple of months, so doing an abstract on the black gesso is new for me.

Here’s stage 1:
developments stage 1

Herskovitz: Are the corporate suits ruining TV?

One of my brothers in law, Justin, works for Marshall Herskovitz, co-creator/producer/writer of many excellent entertainment products that you’ve probably consumed. Mr. Herskovitz wrote an Op-Ed piece for the LA Times analyzing our state of affairs in the world of big budget content creation:

Because the business of television has become an exclusive club, closed to new members, some producers are turning to the Internet to have a voice. And, of course, the Big Six are doing everything they can to own and control that as well. Already, it’s impossible to make an “overall deal” — the time-honored arrangement in which producers are kept on retainer to develop shows for a particular network — without agreeing to be exclusive to the network on the Internet as well as television. The logic of this defies all laws of economics; producers pledge fealty to networks because they (the producers) don’t have the millions it takes to shoot, distribute and broadcast their own programs on television. Producing for the Internet, on the other hand, costs as little as $30,000 an hour, and “broadcasting” costs much less. Virtually anyone can do it.

Read the whole article…

We’ve been talking about this for so long that it hardly sounds like a revelation to me anymore. Maybe it’s my close proximity to one of the major epicenters of new content delivery, but realizing that the internet is your next hub of entertainment just isn’t a new idea for me. :)

Aha, but, what *is* interesting here is that this is Marshall Herskovitz trumpeting this concept… in the LA f’ing Times!

Uh oh, Big Media. Some of the smarter (and, honestly, richer) kids are tired of you bullying them and they’re taking their ball to their own back yard, which isn’t as small as you remembered it being. And they have their own playground. And cameras. And fat internet pipes. Uh oh.

I think Mr. Zwick and Mr. Herskovitz’s challenge is to not fall victim the very situation they despise once their plans start to pan out in the direction they want. The fact that they’re debuting to MySpace, and not “MySpace, Facebook, and iTunes” goes to show that we have a long way to go still. The institutional gatekeepers seem to exist in every mature system, don’t they?

Anyway, I do wish them the best of luck with their quarterlife project! I’ll be watching.

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South First Friday – November 2007

Come on down to South First Friday at Works/San Jose this friday and experience this fine events:

Opening Reception: WORXX: twenty years of design by joe miller
A sampling of the dynamic, award winning, and sometimes controversial graphic design for Works/San José from 1987 to 2007. Installation in the front window and back community wall.

Live electronic music performances by Chlorophil and Derek Scott.

on view in the main exhibition space:
Feel the Difference: Cultural Branding Remix
Artists Jano Cortijo, Binh Danh, Ala Ebtekar, Amir H. Fallah, Juan Luna-Avin, and Angelica Muro remix the commercialization of culture and ethnicity.

on view in the Paulette Peterson Installation Space:
Chris Elliman An interactive installation on social stereotypes.

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