New Year’s Update

my score, yoHi all! I know it’s been a while since the last post. As you may have guessed, there have been a few distractions in my feeble life over the past weeks:

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Screen Shot 2014-01-02 at 6.14.39 PM (2)HOW ONE GETS THERE: STAFF PICK ON VIMEO

Yes, it only took six years, but finally, one of my little videos is featured on the curated part of the site. At 2,500 views, it’s garnered more hits than Kick-Ass Kitty! I know, 2.5k is tiny in YerTerb terms, but, you know, whatevs!

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Screen Shot 2014-01-02 at 6.14.39 PM DO REAPER! IT’S GOOD!

So, I’m trying Reaper as my DAW of choice. Surprisingly robust, and mostly intuitive! Not bad for $60, and no requirement to upgrade to Palins (sorry, I meant ‘Mavericks’). And finally,

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.passing_bird_01VIDEO FOR NEW WORLD SYMPHONY /AIGA CONCERT

On January 27, come to Miami Beach to watch associates of the New World Symphony play the soundtrack to my latest video, Passing Bird, featuring SkyRon™ as that damn bird! Music by Toru Takemitsu (Rocking Mirror Daybreak —one of the first screenings of a video I made without my own music!). Are you on the vimeo page and locked out? What might that password be? Maybe “skyrondancing” or something like that? I have no clue!

And check out the typography on the poster for the concert—uberclever, no? (The c/n thing).nws_aiga

Pd via Kinect: SkyRon’s QuadTheremin and Sampler

Yeah, I know—straight out of 2011, but some of us have been busy with other distractions. So, above is a preview of a set of QuadTheremin essays, and below is SkyRon™’s initial performance , assisted by Pooster Beest, of Kick-Ass Kitty fame (view that video here).
And, yes, it’s not really four independent channels of theremin wonderfulness—more like two dual-pitch stereo channels. Both x- and y- axes  control different pitches on each hand, with the z-axis controlling dynamic/volume. I need to adjust the Pd-Kinect router patch in order to make the four channels truly independent.
I suspect this will be a useful start for approaching Kinect control of sound, especially if one keeps it simple—sure, we could have wahwah or vocoder effects added to each foot, but I’m not that good of a dancer! Hands are easier, plus we’ve all studied conducting anyway, right?
For a quick overview of how to build this, go here. Oh, and, ok, here is the first draft of a sample-player controlled in PureData via Kinect—enjoy!

Finally, Something has Happened: New Exhibit and Festival.

(The title comes from a quote by Giacometti, when he got hit by a car.)

OK, I didn’t get hit by a car, but I have two little newsy items:

So, that’s all for now.