Monthly Archives: November 2011

Multi-Point Live Mix

The Noise Professor’s rig

A sudden chorus of whoops and yibbles burst from a kind of juke box at the far end of the room. Everybody quit talking. The bartender tiptoed back, with the drinks.

“What’s happening?” Oedipa whispered.

“That’s by Stockhausen,” the hip graybeard informed her, “the early crowd tends to dig your Radio Cologne sound. Later on we really swing. We’re the only bar in the area, you know, has a strictly electronic music policy. Come on around Saturdays, starting midnight we have your Sinewave Session, that’s a live get-together, fellas come in just to jam from all over the state, San Jose, Santa Barbara, San Diego”

“Live?” Metzger said, “electronic music, live?”

“They put it on the tape, here, live, fella. We got a whole back room full of your audio oscillators, gunshot machines, contact mikes, everything man. That’s for if you didn’t bring your ax, see, but you got the feeling and you want to swing with the rest of the cats, there’s always something available.” — Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49, 1965

One of the things I love about #ds106radio is how it continues to mutate into new forms. The latest wrinkle brought about by yet another Grant Potter inspiration, taking the existing station configuration (one stream running uploaded AutoDJ content, which is overridden by the live stream whenever anyone takes it), and allowing for new streams to run concurrently off of the same server and IP address (off of a different Mount Point).

Part of the result was captured and I share it below. Essentially, DJ Dr. J, AKA @draggin, AKA Jason Toal laid down relatively minimalist beats and soundscapes, perfect for manipulation by the @noiseprofessor AKA Zack Dowell. Zack’s rig is pictured above.

The first seven and a half minutes is Jason, Zack’s stream kicks in then… I mostly followed him from then on, occasionally switching back to Jason just to get a sense of what the source sound was.

Listen (23:27):
http://abject.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/draggin-noiseprofessor.mp3

Download – (17MB MP3)

With multiple streams, the listener becomes a mixer as well, conceivably able to spin out yet more streams — which is where I see some real potential for future experimentation. I kept the streams more or less distinct, but you can also check out a more integrated mix of the two via Nigel Robertson:

Draggin’ & Noiseprofessor on dual stream by easegill

Yeah, I kinda had fun with how it all played out…

UPDATE: I just had to move Zack’s comment into the text:

In case anyone is interested in the chain:

@draggin on ds106radio /newmount -> Droid 2 (via A Online Radio app) -> Ernie Ball VP Jr. (volume pedal) -> EHX Ring Thing (single sideband modulator – a pretty sophisticated ring mod of sorts) -> Subdecay Noise Box (crazy octave generator/unstable oscillator that makes Atari 2600 sorts of noises) -> CoPilot FX Android II (another ring mod, though I use it most often as a choppy tremolo) -> Digitech Screamin’ Blues (overdrive) -> EHX Big Muff Pi (king of classic fuzz pedals w/ tone stack and voltage sag mods) -> EHX Tube Zipper (envelope follower, something like an auto-wah) -> EHX Small Clone (chorus) -> EHX Flanger Hoax (through-zero flanger/phase shifter) -> EHX Deluxe Memory Boy (analog delay) -> EHX Stereo Memory Man w/ Hazarai (digital delay) -> Boss RC-50 Looper (looping pedal) -> Fender Hot Rod Deville 212 (tube amp) -> iPhone (via Papaya app) -> ds106radio /live

They repeat it and I hear it and I love it.

Image by Wikimedia Commons user -pc123

There are many that I know and they know it. They are all of them repeating and I hear it. I love it and I tell it. I love it and now I will write it. This is now a history of my love of it. I hear it and I love it and I write it. They repeat it. They live it and I see it and I hear it. They live it and I hear it and I see it and I love it and now and always I will write it. There many kinds of men and women and I know it. They repeat it and I hear it and I love it. This is now a history of the way they do it. This is now a history of the way I love it. – Gertrude Stein, The Making of Americans, 1934

This passage introduces Marcus Boon’s 2010 book, In Praise of Copying, a copy of which I have acquired once again through the graces of my university’s library.

I’m reminded of a night back in Montreal when I was in grad school, reading passages from Stein’s The Making of Americans out loud for some hours with my roommate. As anyone familiar with the text might guess, something like an altered state of consciousness was achieved. I recommend the technique to psychonauts everywhere.

Here’s to you Gabrielle, it’s been too long.

Higher Education and Private Good

Off-campus today, so if I want “24 hour access” to this article, it will only cost me… Actually, I can’t find out how much it will cost me until I give Wiley my credit card information. Can you imagine any other online retailer trying that?

I have no original observations to offer, but I’m disturbed on a few levels.

The ironies of publishing a paywalled article entitled “Higher Education and Public Good” are obvious enough. (Thanks to Dean for providing the title of this post.) It’s one of those cases where it seems someone, somewhere is clearly missing the point entirely.

It’s a shame, because I read this article a few months ago, and I recall thinking it made some good points. I had recommended it to colleagues, and one of them asked me about it today. That’s how I came to attempt access from outside the safe, comfy confines of my public university. I wish I could reread the piece to get a sense of why I liked it, but thems the breaks. I did happen to snip this excerpt when I saved it to Delicious. I hope the gods of fair dealing will not smite me if I reproduce these words written by Simon Marginson here now:

The global public space lies mostly outside direct governance, in collaborative networks, non-government organisations and cyber-space, where higher education is helping to build the future global society.

…Many universities are good at the one-way broadcast of self-interest, in the manner familiar to capitalist societies. Though most universities neglect two-way flows and flat dialogue, they have the technologies and discursive resources to conduct plural, de-centred conversations. If so the university needs to more explicitly value its own contributions to public debate and policy formation; and in its incentive systems to favour not just the creators of saleable intellectual property but socially communicative faculty.

Indeed. [Thumb-Up; LIKE; ReTweet; +1]

Towards Open Sustainability Education
Towards Open Sustainability Education shared CC by giulia.forsythe

I used up too much of my limited presentation time at Open Ed 2011 ranting about the proprietary barriers around the work higher education performs, which I find especially troubling when it concerns public engagement and the need for urgent public action. It was not one of my more coherent episodes, I’m grateful that Giulia Forsythe took the time to write up and illustrate more lucid versions.

What disturbs me most is how rarely I reflect on how powerful the privileges conferred on me are, thanks to the ten million dollars or so that my employer pays in annual licensing fees. When I read “Higher Education and Public Good” on-campus a few months back, I did not appreciate how fortunate I was to have unhindered access to scholarly work. But privilege is often invisible to those who possess it.

If I take my role as a “public servant” seriously, might I be obligated to take direct action to free up these resources to the wider world? Knowing that sort of action will be dealt with harshly.

Related and better reading: Jon Beasley-Murray has posted the text of his rich, passionate and erudite keynote at last month’s Access 2011 conference. And Martin Weller is his usual sensible self in his recent post, Yeah, but who pays? Both of these pieces deserve posts of their own, and I’d like to delude myself into thinking I will write them someday.