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korg ds cartridge comes out sept 29th, pre-orders starting now.

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so yeah, i'm totally stoked.

Two patchable dual-oscillator analog synth simulator, -part drum machine that uses sounds created with the analog synth simulator? check.

Six-track (analog synth x 2, drum machine x 4) /16-step sequencer, Delay, chorus, and flanger sound effects available from the mixing board? check.

Three different note-entry modes: Touch Screen control, keyboard screen, and matrix screen? check.

Real-time sound control mode via Touch Screen control,Exchange sounds and songs and play with up to eight units simultaneously through a wireless communications link? check?

39.99? i'm definitely there.

i can't believe this is an actual nintendo ds production cartridge, and not some hack. this is great.


Photoshop of video

From Engadget

We've seen some decent video alteration in our day, but this new research project by some folks at the University of Washington has the potential to turn the entire concept on its head. Using some rather advanced algorithms to analyze video and photographs of a the same scene, the software can meld the two into something slightly better or even dramatically different. In effect, it's Photoshop for video, since it brings your Photoshop chops to bear on video effects: edit up a still shot or two of the scene, and then meld that with the video, and your edits can be seamlessly integrated into the scene, without all that nasty manual labor required by Shake or After Effects. It's not the end all be all yet, since the tech only works with static scenes so far, but the researchers are working to rectify that. While video evidence hasn't been a sure thing for years, it's always been significantly harder to fiddle with than still shots. With that barrier removed, we might be in for a whole new generation of video that lies and a reality we can be none too sure of. Oh, and really good looking indie flicks.


dark primitive

so as promised i posted the first of what i hope to be a few sets this month to make up for the dry summer. what you get is a really dark as hell set of cutting edge DnB. i stuck with a small crate for this, just because it made sense for the feeling i was trying to get across.

friends, this is some heavy heavy shit...

where i'm at...

Empty promises? Broken dreams? Quiet podcast? Hotel towels?

None of the above sir/madam.

It's been one crazy summer. I got married (woohoo) and went to Aruba for 7 days (double woohoo) and now I'm helping DigiTribe film this little movie, the 1k feature (working title withheld.)

So...i've neglected the cocoon. And i have to apologize deeply for that. I had big plans for the podcast this summer, but the other big plans got in the way.

No worries though, i'm still working on music, and i'm still dj'ing out and about. I almost had a regular thing at slice, but they had to close up suddenly and i terribly miss the pizza and the monthly gig.

i'll be dj'ing utrecht's 10 year anniversary/back to school party on august 19th. They're changing the prices in the whole store to those of the year of 1998. freakin crazy. goto http://www.utrechtart.com/stores/dsp_viewstore.cfm?storeID=92 for directions.

Anyway i'm going to be spinning a marathon 6 hours there, 6pm-midnight. All kinds of stuff. You should come by and say hi. For real. Then you can go next door, buy me some tater tots, and then across the street and get me a venti soy ice mocha. ;-) Seriously though, stop by, show some support and say hey. I'd love to see you all out there...

In other news the 1k feature we're doing is shaping up to be a very cool film. I won't lie, the actual filming process is hard. And i sort of loathe it. But the sweat put in hopefully yields good results.

In watching the shots come together, I can hear a very interesting score come together in my head. That's the part i am most excited about.

I've got some other things going on that i can't talk about right now, but some projects are shaping up quite nicely.

that's about it. i'll catch you kids later...

p.s. I plan on putting up some podcasts real soon, to make up for the dry spell this summer has yielded. so look for those here.

12:21 read-thru

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1st Full Cast Read - Andy watching

Last night we had thr read thru for our next full feature, 12:21. It was great to meet everyone and hear how well this is coming together. I can tell through some of the delivery that this is going to be a great movie. Now if we can just stay on track :p ...

Congratulations to the cast and crew to what feels like a great begining to a great film. I look forward to our work in the future.

Fumbling towards Faith

Pardon the ridiculous number of sentence fragments and all manner of grammatical butchery that will soon follow. I write like I talk, in fragments and images that don’t always make sense to the reader. The first few paragraphs I wrote after a particularly painful experience that occurred not too long ago, one that left me scarred and uncertain about my future. It’s still too painful and fresh to explore in detail, but you should understand its impact and not necessarily its cause. The second half is from a letter to a friend in response to his own existential quandary. His experience is similar to mine in effect, but again, different in cause. I just find it interesting that we go back to our roots in such times of need and affirmation. I still don’t see myself as the man I want to be. I hate being a hero to everyone in my life, but feeling that I fall short when it comes to the ones who matter the most. I develop impactful relationships that are short term, but the ones that are everlasting I neglect. My how things are about to change…again. Funny how you find yourself in this position…again.

*wanted*

wanted:

experimental musicians to jam, record, potentially self release, and potentially play live.

what i have to bring to the table:

home made instruments, custom home sample sets, kaossilator, several modded and unmodded zounds, various DS music software...

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i'm interested in recording live, and swapping music files, in an effort to patch together my own unique vision of experimental music with other like and slightly like minded individuals. i want to create something groundbreaking, something that transcends boundaries, something that ties together the analog and the digital, the organic and the modified. i'm interested in re-creating the idea of a "band" with modular instruments, where microcosm music stations build together to create something out of this world. i'm interested in heavy jam sessions, recording everything, mixing and remixing everything from the onset through to the very end of post production. i'm interested in releasing this music, and inviting others to listen to this in live sets, where everyone invited has the chance to participate, even if just creating a mood. i've taken the idea of the drum circle and expanded that to the digital drum circle, and now, over a decade later, after a long and unnecessary hiatus, i'm ready to go the next step and create a sonic music circle.

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i'm looking for all types of musicians, button pushers, DJs, mashup destroyers and audio tweakers.

i want to experiment.

i want open minds.

if this sounds intriguing, hit me up. the mad scientist awaits...

"Charlie Bartlett" - Film Review

“Ferris Bueller” and “Rushmore” with repercussions ...

First and foremost, I went into this movie looking to extend my knowledge of the work of Robert Downey Jr. another volume (Which I did. He was fantastic.) What I found was Anton Yelchin. Who is by far the most talented young actor to come out of the film circuit in quite some time. And words be marked, we will see more and more of this guy as he grows into his talent.

Charlie is a movie about a kid just trying to fit in, but aren’t all other stereotypical teenage films? Unlike other films about teenagers fumbling through the wasteland of high school and early college without a net, Charlie has some backup. His wealthy mother provides an on call Psychiatrist, who Charlie gets to vent to when things get a little out of control. And Charlie is known to get a little out of control. After getting kicked out of private school after private school, Charlie is grounded to a high school (sound familiar?) Immediately Charlie is looking for a new way to fit in. He finds it ... by being the school psychiatrist - prescriptions and all. There’s one small hitch, the girl that he likes just so happens to be the principal (RDJ)s daughter.

Charlie listens good and hard to these kids and tries one by one to solve their problems and help people. And one person at a time, he achieves his popularity. The entire school soon backs Charlie and the administration don’t look too kindly on that handsome devil.

Yelchin is stellar from the moment he steps on screen, so much that he seems to share the same type of natural talent as RDJ. His quick bursts of outlandishness and his frankness in serious conversation make him utterly believable. Downey plays a father in this movie which is something of a switch, and an authority figure. But he’s honest and he’s vulnerable - making him (as always) worth watching.

Nude ... Holy Shit ...

Brain is crumbling over the sight of this ...



Big Ideas (Don't get any) from 1030 on Vimeo.

"Hannah Takes The Stairs" - Review

It’s like “The Office,” only with no takes to the camera and both male and female full frontal nudity. And I mean that in a good way.

“Hannah Takes The Stairs” was my first foray into the genre now known and made sub-popular as mumblecore. Mumblecore is defined in wikipedia as: “An American Independent film movement that arose in the early 2000’s. It is primarily characterized by ultra-low budget production (often employing digital video cameras), focus on personal relationships between twenty-somethings, improvised scripts, and non-professional actors.”

“Hannah” happens to fit that very definition. As it turns out, the film was apparently directed without a script by one of mumblecore’s pioneers - Joe Swanberg. The film is the epitome of honest and at times unbearably uncomfortable because of how real it feels. The characters feel less like characters in this dramedy and more like the people you eavesdrop on at your favorite restaurant or grocery store.

Greta Gerwig stars as Hannah, a twenty-something that just can’t seem to make up her mind about what she wants and who she wants to be with. We witness her clumsiness as she tries to figure out how to break up with a guy she doesn’t really like anymore and then land head first in the middle of an office love triangle. At heart she hast the best of intentions, but as mentioned before - she just can’t seem to make up her mind.

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