Virtual Concerts for the Lockdown

March 27th, 2020 •

Although we can’t go out to concerts right now, we can visit the video and audio archives generously shared by many adventurous venues and ensembles. The list below is just a (very) small start. Please tell me if you know of any good live new music archives.

ISSUE Project Room Archives (video)
“ISSUE’s public media archive is a consistently updated and freely accessible collection of video and audio documentation from recent and past ISSUE performances.”

Roulette TV (video)
“Roulette TV captures the creative process of live performance, giving viewers a unique window into Roulette’s distinctive programming through in-depth artist-driven features including studio visits, performance footage, and interviews.”

Tracking The Odds: The Roulette Concert Archive (audio, podcast)
“A monthly hour-long radio special produced by Roulette Intermedium (roulette.org) and broadcast in partnership with Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7-FM and Standing Wave Radio. The broadcasts feature selected highlights from Roulette’s New York experimental music space dating from the early 1980s to the present. Thousands of rare, formative, and often unheard recordings by innovators and adventurous musicians populate the archive.”

Roulette Concert Archive Monthly Mix (audio)
“Featuring curated playlists from our concert archives, tune in to Roulette’s SoundCloud for new discoveries.”

DigitICE (video)
“DigitICE is ICE’s digital media library. Streaming performances of individual works from our live concerts, along with interviews and behind-the-scenes videos are available here for free. Most feature high definition video and high quality audio.”

Sharing Music with the Disquiet Junto

March 18th, 2020 •

Musicians looking for a little connection in this time of isolation might consider the Disquiet Junto. Each Thursday Marc Weidenbaum posts a compositional prompt to stoke creativity and over the next few days members of the junto complete the assignment and share their recordings. Track sharing and discussion takes place at the lines community (the forum set up by the Monome folks). You can browse past projects here. Sign up for the project announcement list to get the weekly prompts straight to your inbox. More about the Junto.

Everything is Better in Slo Mo No. 3

March 10th, 2020 •

Music and video by Damon Holzborn

Carousel Bells

February 27th, 2020 •

Music by Damon Holzborn.
Video by Betsy Nagler.

Learning Crow, Script 4 – Krowll

December 3rd, 2019 •

[This is the fourth in a series of scripts I’m sharing while I learn to write applications for the new Monome Crow, a Eurorack module that connects to Norns or computers running Max, Max for Live, and other serial-enabled applications. Crow also stores a complete script, so that without a USB connection it can continue to run, responding to CV input and ii messages.]

This script is my take on the Krell patch. If you are unfamiliar with this idea, learn more at Learning Modular. My Crow version of this idea outputs envelope and pitch plus two other user selectable CV values.

Download the script and find more details at the Lines forum.

See my previous post to hear it in action.

Everything is Better in Slow Mo No. 2

December 3rd, 2019 •

Learning Crow, Script 3 – Voltage Utilities

December 2nd, 2019 •

[This is the third in a series of scripts I’m sharing while I learn to write applications for the new Monome Crow, a Eurorack module that connects to Norns or computers running Max, Max for Live, and other serial-enabled applications. Crow also stores a complete script, so that without a USB connection it can continue to run, responding to CV input and ii messages.]

I’m always finding myself befuddled about the CV range a given input of a Eurorack module wants to see. The main function of this script is to take CV into input 1 OR input 2 and scale it out the outputs.

  • If it sees voltage at input 1, it sends a separately scaled voltage out each output
  • If it sees voltage in input 2, it sends the same scaled voltage out of every output

You can also send it a message in order to just send an arbitrary fixed voltage out each of the outputs, or a different fixed voltage out of each.

Download the script and find more details at the Lines forum.

Learning Crow, Script 2 – Curved Random

November 26th, 2019 •

[This is the second in a series of scripts I’m sharing while I learn to write applications for the new Monome Crow, a Eurorack module that connects to Norns or computers running Max, Max for Live, and other serial-enabled applications. Crow also stores a complete script, so that without a USB connection it can continue to run, responding to CV input and ii messages.]

A example script demonstrating a method to generate weighted random numbers. In addition to the min/max value settings, the method has three parameters that control how the randomness is weighted:

  • curveLevel – higher values make a steeper curve favoring one end
  • bellFactor – higher values focus the curve more sharply in the middle
  • direction – which end the curve favors – up or down

Download the script and find more details at the Lines forum.

Learning Crow, Script 1 – Dual-clock Quad LFO

October 18th, 2019 •

[This is the first in a series of scripts I’m sharing while I learn to write applications for the new Monome Crow, a Eurorack module that connects to Norns or computers running Max, Max for Live, and other serial-enabled applications. Crow also stores a complete script, so that without a USB connection it can continue to run, responding to CV input and ii messages.]

Despite the fact that I have plenty of LFOs in my rack (🤷‍♂️), I chose a dual-clock quad LFO as my Getting to Know Crow and Lua project.

Summary:

  • Create 4 LFOs based on:
    • 2 clocks
      –OR–
    • 1 clock plus cv input for depth
  • timing for each clock can be based on a clock (trigger) input or cv input
  • each lfo has independent settings for:
    • clock source
    • waveform
    • skew (currently only sets duty cycle for square wave)
    • unipolar or bipolar output
    • time ratio to it’s clock
    • depth ratio to it’s clock
  • are constructed (not built-in) LFOs so they are able to change rate dynamically

Download the script and find more details at the Lines forum.

Everything is Better in Slow Mo No. 1

July 11th, 2019 •