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(263 replies, posted in General Discussion)

I did a thing.

onezero wrote:
fc wrote:

I love the idea! I was planning on livestreaming on the weekend just gone but... didn't. Can I ask what you're using to do it?

Sure! I'm using guitar into a Max/MSP patch.  I'm routing audio output with Existential Audio's free BlackHole, which is a lot easier to work with than Jack. As far as Max is concerned, audio goes to a BlackHole Device. 

Next in line is the acronymic Broadcast Using This Tool, which receives from the BlackHole device, and it streams to an IceCast server I installed on a cloud instance.

Ah that's awesome, thanks! I forgot IceCast even exist. Sounds like a drug thing tbh. How good is BlackHole though?

I love the idea! I was planning on livestreaming on the weekend just gone but... didn't. Can I ask what you're using to do it?

Hey Tim. This is great! I'm keen to support but probably won't be able to until I figure out the full impact of Australians buying all the fucking toilet paper. I kid, just until I am a little more comfortable knowing how the CV19 situation will affect me. I was wondering though, because I've started (but not publicised) a Patreon myself, what you see as the pros/cons of the per-creation vs monthly patronage?

That was spicy.

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(12 replies, posted in General Discussion)

Apologies to everybody for not commenting on anything so far this week. I've been swamped.

rdomain wrote:
fc wrote:

Week 7 motivation slump amirite?

God this was a struggle.

Just don't look at how many weeks you've got to go.  Haha.

That's not so bad - it's the life/work thang, y'know?

Week 7 motivation slump amirite?

God this was a struggle.

Aday wrote:

**Please keep tagging your music everyone, sometimes I need a good dose of 'drone' 'ambient' to help me think and work & focus during the week.
Especially you MAXMSP/modular nerds, your my favorites right now - I don't understand your black art, but i appreciate it!**

I didn't tag it, but I hope the blanket brings you joy.

lysdexic wrote:
fc wrote:

So far I haven't dropped out, so I'm doing good on that front. If I'm honest, making some stuff has become a bit of a "thing to look forward to" toward the latter end of the week.

nice one, that's how music should feel. I've been the same, I haven't really made ambient for years so it's been almost a guilty pleasure to just enjoy making sound without forcing an agenda. It's helped remind me why i started doing this in the first place.

Indeed it is how music should feel, but I don’t think it’s how everything else should feel.

I totally echo the sentiment of making ‘ambient’ as well. For me it takes me back to a long time ago when I used an electric bass and way too many pedals to create ‘soundscapes’ in an improvisatory way. Connecting past Vince with present Vince via the middle.

So far I haven't dropped out, so I'm doing good on that front. If I'm honest, making some stuff has become a bit of a "thing to look forward to" toward the latter end of the week.

ngineer wrote:

Im going to admit I dont really have anything yet this week! I dont want to waste peoples playtime but I dont know what I can make on short time like hours. Hopefully something okay.

Just waste our play time. This is a personal challenge, after all.

theemeraldruby wrote:
fc wrote:

Definitely feeling it. I mean I'm struggling in general this year.

I didn't do 2018, and dropped out halfway through 2016 due to the end-of-times (submitting a phd thesis). Buuuut, 2014 and 2012, if memory serves, I found getting into the "releasing something is better than nothing" and just accepting that a good portion of work might not seem as good as I'd like at the time. Sometimes though, I found that having the space to come back to it later revealed a different perspective, and so letting go of work quickly for the sake of "making" really helped push through those motivation problems. Sometimes I would be making something from bed on Monday morning just prior to the upload deadline/release time purely for the discipline of having done something. This week is looking like it might be one of those unfortunately.

Offfft - having a thesis due really is the end of times right!? This is my first year, and I'm definitely having trouble accepting the something better than nothing. How are you travelling with it?

It does become all-consuming! The process of PhDing I found thoroughly enjoyable and - honestly - I'm still feeling the hangover nearly four years after submitting/three years after graduating. But not the hangover people seem to normally describe. I enjoyed it so much that everything else seems a bit droll. I sincerely wish you all the best with it, because I think it can be an absolutely amazing experience. A suitable supervisor or two really makes all the difference.

That was somewhat tangential. I still haven't done week 3. I had a ukulele/organelle jam in the car on Monday but am too unconfident using the organelle to create anything that I'm really happy with and it was pretty directionless. So, I'll try and get something done tonight or tomorrow I guess. This has been a really hard week for a heap of reasons. :\

Definitely feeling it. I mean I'm struggling in general this year.

I didn't do 2018, and dropped out halfway through 2016 due to the end-of-times (submitting a phd thesis). Buuuut, 2014 and 2012, if memory serves, I found getting into the "releasing something is better than nothing" and just accepting that a good portion of work might not seem as good as I'd like at the time. Sometimes though, I found that having the space to come back to it later revealed a different perspective, and so letting go of work quickly for the sake of "making" really helped push through those motivation problems. Sometimes I would be making something from bed on Monday morning just prior to the upload deadline/release time purely for the discipline of having done something. This week is looking like it might be one of those unfortunately.

lysdexic wrote:

In case people stumble into my tracks and get confused (or annoyed) at what I'm attempting.

I'm a producer who's been comfortable (but really unsatisfied) producing in linear DAWs for over 10 years. I've been really interested in throwing myself in the deep end with generative music and taking away a lot of the tools I use in a DAW to edit and finesse rough ideas that emerge from jams.

My objective this year is to get better at designing generative systems that don't rely on edits to self assemble into compositions. My main focus is typically sound and instrument design - i'm eager to develop better methods for compositions to emerge out of these focused systems.

I'm really interested in getting better at making "noise music" in some ways more so than traditional music.

That sounds like the very opposite of confusing and annoying. Believe it or not, there is a small (but seemingly growing) set of people who are primarily interested in non-popular forms of music.

umbrella throat wrote:

i plug a 2ds and a guitar into a hello kitty karaoke machine that goes to a tape deck and then i play back the tape and record it with my phone

I really want to hear this.