VOLCA JAMMIN

Sometimes you try something and it’s accidentally kinda compelling. The setup was

  • Volca Beats
  • Volca Keys
  • Jupiter 6
  • Meeblip Anode
  • Eventide UltraVerb on one send
  • Audiodamage Dubstation16 on the second send.

This is straight up tracky. It’s live mixing/tweaking. I actually added effects and the anode while recording. There’s minimal EQ-ing on the Volca Keys and Volca Beats.  I did some limiting and EQ on the mix-down and edited out the 16 or so measures where the anode was doing this unpitched farting noise.

Syncing the Volcas to Ableton Live is kind of wonky. It seems to work marginally better if you set the sync mode to pattern. The only way I found to get it tight was to hit the ‘play’ button a few times quickly. If you just hit play once, it always starts out of sync. Somehow resetting the counter to 1:1:0 a few times while Live is playing gets things lined up properly.

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Iowa City September Night Noises Free Download.

About a week ago I liked the sounds I was hearing on the back porch of our hose, so I set my Tascam DR-05 out on the porch to capture a few minutes of sound.
nightsky
Then I forgot about it. The next morning I went out and the recorder had turn itself off, but it had captured 3 solid hours of sound. The sound is primarily that of insects, tree frogs, and the occasional bird, combined with the drone of Interstate 80 which is about a half mile away as the crow flies.

I’m going to try and play the whole thing at work tomorrow, because it’s a good way to drown out office noise, and I think living with environmental sound like this — especially when one’s attention is focused, e.g. on refactoring C++ template classes — allows it to go into your brain bypassing conscious critique. Maybe you can try it too. It’s like the Ice Bucket Challenge. Without the bucket, or the ice, and you don’t have to donate money to any worthy cause.

http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/Chaircrusher-SeptemberNightSounds.mp3

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PHOTO BY RICHARD STAN

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Ableton Live — a Different Way to Swing.

I’m doing two posts in one day after months of silence?

This just occured to me; I had to share.

1. Get a clip loaded. MIDI or whatever.
2. Click on the Groove hot-swap icon, and choose any groove:

groovebox

3. Set Timing, Random, and Velocity in the Groove.
4. Set ‘Base’ to 16T.
5. Tweak the quantize control.

groovecontrol

This will give your clips an adjustable swing; about 11% sounds pretty good.

For extra points, you can hack your own groove:
1. Make a clip with 16 16th notes — the actual note doesn’t matter. A closed hi-hat will help you get the groove right.
2. mess with the velocity of notes so that it has some ebb and flow type funk.
3. Apply the triplet swing groove, and hit commit.
4. Drag the midi clip into the groove pool. Your own custom groove!

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Getting a good Korg Volca{Beats,Keys,Bass} AC Power Adapter

I’m sure I’m not the only person who got their new Korg Volca thing home only to discover that the power jack doesn’t fit any of the AC adapters you have laying around. This is annoying. I for one have a box with about 30 different power adapters to check through. But I have found a good, cheap solution.

First off, what you need is this:

  • DC 9V
  • Center Positive
  • 1.7mm connector

According to this guy, Matthew Zipkin A Volca device never consums more than 80mA, so pretty much any 9V AC adapter has enough juice to power multiple Volcas.

The problem is the plug is an uncommon size, 1.7mm. If you want to try splicing something together look for the yellow-tipped plugs. If I recall correctly, old Sony CD Walkmans used the 1.7mm plug. But another solution is this: Adafruit sells 2.1mm to 1.7mm DC jack adapters for $2.50. They also sell a 9VDC Center-positive 1000MA supply for 6.95.

The Adafruit solution is actually cheaper than the AC adapters I just bought on Amazon.com, with higher power output.

You can also power multiple Volcas from a single supply with guitar effect daisy chain cable, if you buy enough 2.1mm to 1.7mm adapters.

adapter

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KRUI Noise Radio 2014-05-03

This is the last Noise Radio show of the Spring 2014 Semester. After a break, Vince Woolums will be back for the summer, and we aren’t sure what’s up for the fall. As Vince & Mike & I get busy, we’re having trouble finding other guests to help cover Saturday nights. It’s a tough time to have a radio show if you go out Saturday nights.

But anyhow, this show is a bunch of different tracks I’ve found over the past few months, though it’s almost all in the straight-up Techno and House vein, moreso than my other mixes. Enjoy!

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Mikkel Mayer Oh Jolly Good
TM404 303303303606606606
Dreissk The Rising Tide
Muziq Ritm
Soho Hot Music
Armeria Not The Same (Taneli Rmx)
Mobb Deep Shook Ones Pt. II ( Rennie Foster Mobbin Deep Mix)
Dens & Pika Vomee
Mikkel Mayer Clap Your Hands
Delano Smith Trans
Boo Williams Real Tekno
Mikkel Mayer Rosie
Disco Nihilist Late Nights
Colin McNeal Astounding Science Fiction
DJ Cheeze Afro Fever
Jon Margulies Good Religion (Dub Mix)
Aybee Landing
Boo Williams Joy Ride
Maurice This Is Acid
Davor O. Out Of Reach
Skudge Inversion
Hieroglyphic Being Letters From The Edge
Submission Women Beat Their Men (Cevin’s Peak Hour Dub)
Chaircrusher Aurora
Justin Maxwell The Grind
XAmiga Kermit’s Day Out
Disco Nihilist Money Doesn’t Matter 2 Night
Andrew Duke Geisha (Claude Young RMX)
Randolph Earth 2 God (Mike Banks Remix)
Skudge Surface
Chaircrusher 2014-03-15
Yarinka Calucci Hot
K Larm & J Ranine Over The Space
Basic Channel Phylyps Track 1
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If you’re happy and you know it…

well-beingThe Chicago Tribune posted an article on their website about the ’10 happiest states’ based on a Gallup poll.

The Tribune article lacks any nuance, and reflects the lazy journalist’s unquestioning faith in surveys and statistics. Maybe it should be excused because it’s in the travel section, but still…

After reading the original Gallup article I noticed one glaring problem with this whole idea. The ‘Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index’ — note that it’s ‘Well-Being’ not happiness — is a zero to 100 score.

Zero isn’t actually defined, though presumably it means “everyone is dead or dying in a blasted, toxic landscape” and 100 means “ideal well-being.” The whole-country index is 66.2, and has oscillated around an average of about 66.5 for the past 5 years.

The highest-scoring state scored 70.4 and the lowest 61.4, meaning to me that the best and worst are actually very close together. Where ‘close’ means the two numbers are close numerically, in a system where the meaning of distance is entirely undefined.

What does this actually mean? You tell me! Would I notice the difference of 2/10th of a something-or-other if I went from Iowa (68.2) to Massachusetts (68.0)? Probably not.

North Dakota’s winning score comes substantially from the increase in jobs and wages due to the boom in the petroleum industry. Just the other day I was reading about the problems arising from the influx of out-of-state workers, rising housing costs, increases in pollution that are happening there. So are they really… err… being weller, or are they just momentarily glad more people have jobs, and in a bit they’ll realize their rural paradise is going to be ruined by high-impact resource extraction?

Bottom line, the happiest people involved in this whole business are Gallup and Healthways, both of whom have something to sell. And, of course, the Tribune, who suckered people into giving page views to a story with exactly zero relevant information.

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KRUI Noise Radio Show 2013-10-26

This week’s mix focuses mostly on 3 new releases: Autechre’s L-system, Estroe’s Comfort And Closure, and FourTet’s Beautiful Rewind.
ComfortAndClosure
Autechre is perhaps the most resolutely inacessible group to ever acquire a dedicated fan base; their music challenges listeners to find a new way to hear music. My thought while I was playing on the radio was that there were drunk people riding around Iowa City last night after the football game wondering what had gone wrong with their radio. I love that, but obviously it is an acquired taste.estroe
Estroe (aka Esther Roozendaal) is a Dutch producer and DJ who has a long association with Eevolute/Eevonext Recordings, Stefan Robbers’ seminal Dutch techno label. This new album is a triumph; she has always been a gifted producer, but Confort and Closure manages to be both a great dance floor and a great listening record.autechre-l-event-12-086928-15cbc4d6 FourTet’s Beautiful Rewind is yet another of his releases that finds him exploring his own sonic world; it’s tangent to popular dance music — a DJ can play his tracks out, some of them to devastating effect — but not contained or limited by it. I also include his remix of Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie”.Four_Tet NAW (Neil Wernick)’s new SUB BUS is a remarkable piece of music. Dub techno has an awful lot of tracks that sound the same. Neil finds something new and dramatic with this release — it’s spiky, chaotic and still funky.
Kid606 has been messing with the bounadaries of popular electronic music for over a decade now, and every album has at least something unexpected about it. The new album Happiness does something really strange in taking House Music and slowing it way down (to below 90 BPM from its customary 120 BPM), and employing sunny, naive major chord melodic material.Meow200_Kid606_Happiness_HIRES There’s a feeling that each track is a jam, though I’m not sure how exactly he’s jamming; the same sounds or notes collide and bounce off copies of each other.

For some reason, Ableton Live did not record the cross fader for this set, which is really odd; either that or I don’t understand the new-fangled way it manages automation. So the track sequencing was live, but I had to go back and re-draw all the cross fades as best I could. So this is a ‘live’ DJ mix only approximately.

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Keys N Krates Dum Dee Dum
Autechre Lac Lacora
Autech Osla for n
Kid606 Blood Stevia Sex Magic
Kid606 Cute Never Dies
Autechre newbound
Imposter(s) Dead Prez
Imposter(s) Imposter
Justin Timberlake Suit & Tie (FourTet Remix)
Phaeleh Make You Feel
Kelpe Monte Verita? (Kevin Reynolds Remix)
Estroe Unconscious Suppression
Estroe Patiently Awaiting A Miracle
Estroe Comfor In Disguise
Estroe False Identity
Estroe Reaching Closure
Estroe State Of endurance
FourTet Ba Teaches Yoga
Estroe Sustainable Illusion
Estroe Happy Distraction
Estroe Out of My Comfort Zone
Estroe Beat Box Contest
Estroe Cock Sure
NAW Sub Bus
NAW Low Level Transi Movement
FourTet
Buchla
Four Tet Our Navigation
Douster & Gina Turner Hush
Four Tet Kool FM
Four Tet Parallel Jalebi
Parson Texas Crawl
Autechre M39 Diffain
Four Tet Gong
Kid606 Coronado Bay Breezin’
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KRUI Noise Radio 2013-10-12

Song Of September Apples

Song Of September Apples


Another semester, another Noise Radio Show. Comprising mostly tracks I’ve been sent, either by the producer themselves or label promos. Plus several of my own productions. Hope it hangs together for y’all.

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Arthur Russell How We Walk On The Moon (Youth Rerub)
Art Bleek June Gloom
Deflon Got To Give It Up Remix
Kage Luna Twighlight
Mekha Immersion Reshape
Chaircrusher Inner Marshlands
Omar S Be Yourself
Art Bleek Procedure 678
Cerebro Television Sky
Brian Prince The Accretion Disk
Omar S Tardigrade’
Cerebro Peripheral
Omar S Money In The D
Pittsburgh Track Authority Omar’s Here
Chaircrusher Song of September
Bleupulp Panta V2
Chaircrusher Birthday Girl
Cut La Roc Don’t Knock The Roc
Bleupulp Panta V1
Brian Kage Neoblue
Chaircrusher Tosh Der Putz
G-Prod Influence
Chaircrusher Aleppo Chili
Kerr Knoll Water World
Mekha Coma (Emmerrichk Rmx)
Brian Prince Mis Mercury
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KRUI Noise Radio 2013-07-13 DJ Mix

The 2 month gap since my last radio show means that a lot of new music has come out so this set has some ‘new’ stuff that’s a bit older than usual, and advance promos played after their release. No matter.

The two releases that are of particular note to the summer’s mood are http://www.bordercommunity.com/?p=5240 and Boards of Canada’s Tomorrow’s Harvest. This is a new BOC album after a long silence, and I think that it is a brilliant album, though the critical and fan reaction has been muted. This is, I think a result of BOC no longer being a musical surprise. But it stands on it’s own merits, and by the way did anyone say to Mozart “Another bloody symphony, when are you going to come up with something new?” It took me longer to come around to James Holden’s record — on first listen it seems pretty discursive and aimless. But on repeated listen there’s something that gets under my skin. “Blackpool Late Eighties” is a perfect standing wave of dream logic romanticism, using Kraut Rock loopiness to build a mood that takes flight. The musical equivalent of being hypnotized by clouds out a jetliner window.

Estroe’s collaboration with Nuno Dos Santos on Eevonext is interesting for breaking out of the techno mold, “Second Thoughts” is nearly beatless, moody, and uses bass to create a forboding mood. The always excellent FourTet shows up repeatedly, in three radically different tracks, including the trip-hop reimagining of Tori Amos’ “Unspoken.”

Detroit Electro veterans Aux 88 sent me a promo of their new EP, from which I chose the Detroit House track “Blue Love.” My revelatory discovery this summer is the Japanese techno producer Takuya Yamashita, whose track “Daybreak” is an instant classic of the emotive Detroit deep techno style.

Closing out, with a blast of low-fi techno from the last century, Joel Brindfalk’s “Great Dose Of Monotonous Techno”. Released under the name ‘Ü’ (try googling that), it is a time capsule from 1992, both in terms of production technique — Roland TR909, a synth or 2, and effects — but it has a deep connection to the new wave of lo-fi techno revivalists.

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FourTet Unspoken
Marginal Style Is A Cage
Boards of Canada Nothing Is Real
Allumettes Wallace
S. Carey Two Angles
Tone Of Arc Lost In The Machine
James Holden Blackpool Late Eighties
Estroe & Nuno Dos Santos Second Thoughts
Deadbeat Jaffa Dub
RX Gibbs Honey Dub
Datalog Sumingoshi II
Chris Gavin Nice View (Martin Ruth RMX)
Datalog Arc
Deabeat Peripheral Artifacts
David Powers Remember The Future
Datalog Gampl
Stingrays Adjust To New Knowledge
Cerebro L System
Nathan Fake The Sky Was Pink (James Holden RMX)
Roska + Jamie George Secret Love
Takuya Yamashita Jupiter
Four Tet Lion
Taho Mon Bala
Aux 88 Blue Love
Rocket #9 Rotunda (FourTet Refix)
Takuya Yamashita Daybreak
Chaircrusher The Man Who Played Himself In The Movie
Stingrays Simplexity
Boards of Canada Cold Earth
Joel Brindfalk Great Dose of Monotonous Techno (excerpt)
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Video Tutorials Seen As Harmful

There’s something that disturbs me about how people share information on the Internet — video. Particularly narrative ‘how-to’ type videos.

1. Low content per time invested — I’m not the fastest reader on earth, but for most videos, every ten minutes of video contains the same amount of information as a written presentation that would take me a minute or two to read.

And that’s not even considering the fact that no one makes a video without putting 2 minutes of useless introductory material at the front of it. Get to the point!

2. Video ties up your computer. I know you can have more than one window open, but in particular tutorials about music software make it difficult. If you have the video playing and your program open the audio output of the video will clash with your software, and you have to flip between windows.

3. I hate giving up control over pacing. If I’m reading something, I can skim through several paragraphs, stop and do something, slowly read through the tough parts, etc. With video, you have pause, and if you’re following a tutorial, you have to switch windows to pause, and end up fiddling with the transport a lot.

4. Laziness. Someone can have a general idea of what they want to do and start recording video, but they don’t have a script. You get some extemporaneous, diffuse description, parenthetical digressions, and plenty of ‘um’ and ‘uh’.

I am much more impressed by someone who WRITES IT DOWN, and then edits what they wrote to keep it focused and clear. It may well be that there are true artists of the instructional video in the world, but I am tired of people who make videos because they don’t want to put effort into consciously constructing what they want to communicate.

And this is not limited to amateurs. A lot of the professionally produced tutorial videos are no better.

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2013-05-11 KRUI Noise Radio

Shawn_Rudiman,_DEMF_Day_1The only thing the end of a college term means to me now is that the grad students in my office are scarce for a week or two, and we get a break on Noise Radio. But I tried to end the term on a high note, or at least a loud one.

I’ve noticed my tastes, at least for DJing, changing, in that more and more I crave things that are simpler and more straight ahead. I prevailed on my friend Tom Butcher to pull out some of the hard techno tracks he recorded in the 90s, that he’d sent me on a casette tape. I wore that tape out listening to it in my car, and luckily he’d rescued those tracks from DAT at some point. He also provided me with pre-release copies of his new record on Roam Recordings. so I used some of his oldest and newest music.

The irrepressible Shawn Rudiman has been releasing a backlog of his tracks digitally on Detroit Techno Militia. I took several tracks from the 4th volume. I’ve always been a fan of his live shows, and I’m frankly in awe with his ability to go into the studio and crank out so many high quality tracks. I don’t know when he sleeps.

Kataconda (Barry Ryan) is another guy who’s been going nuts putting out killer techno for a long time — he came to Iowa City and played at my ‘Off Seamus’ event concurrent with the 2002 SEAMUS conference for Electro-Acoustic music.

Bleupulp (aka Maxim Tanguay) is another prolific composer and the guy behind Pertin-nce net label, which has a huge catalog of mostly free, high quality music.

Andy Vaz produces his own intricately layered deep house from his base in Cologne, and Yore has graciously put me on their promo list. Two upcoming releases — a remix EP for his ‘Straight Vacationing’ album, and ‘My Love is 4Ever’ by Librah — are also featured here.

Along with those things, I’ve been trying to keep with my promo e-mails, and what Facebook friends are tipping, which accounts for the vocal pop I include in the mix. So maybe not 100% a techno purist, but hey, good music is good music, and I try to shoehorn in whatever’s making me happy at the moment…

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Codebase Falling Bricks
Microlife Le Printemps
X09 Nuclear
Lush Sweetness & Light
Phaeleh For You
MS MR Hurricane (CHVRCHES remix)
Codebase Black Mondial
Andy Vaz Detroit In Me (Patrice Scott Remix)
Hapbt Wumpus8
Librah Gravity
Rrose Wedge of Chastity
Fielded Arms of Heaven
Librah My Love Is 4Ever
Ron Trent Pressure Zone
x09 Statika
Garage $ale Bump and Grind (Waze & Oddysey Remix)
Andy Vaz Stubnitz (Memory Foundation Remix)
Arthur Oskan Maximilian
Adam Marshall Chaos
Shawn Rudiman XK7 Dustoff
Kataconda Leaf One
Bleupulp London (Hemptera Mix)
Kataconda Leaf Two
The Translator Prime Time Chords
Shawn Rudiman One More Sometimes
Mount Kimbie Made To Stray
Bleupulp A Few Stories
Shawn Rudiman When To Let Go
Bleupulp The End Is Near
Chaircrusher Le Printemps Du Chien
Lerosa Slavery
X09 Arc
Martyn Oceania
Phaeleh Taking It Back
Flying Lotus Tiny Tortures
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2013-04-20 KRUI Noise Radio

nancygary

New stuff, including several skimmed off the top of the promo avalanch in my inbox. Some older stuff — the Microlife tracks were resurrected by someone from the ashes of MP3.com. In honor of the date, I brought Nancy Reagan in for a cautionary message.

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Nancy Reagan Diff’rent Strokes Speech (Chaircrusher dub)
Chrome Sparks Marijuana
OOFJ Death Teeth
MicroLife Angel Funk
Shawn Rudiman In Light In Dark
Sister Crayon Cynic
Malandro Casa Rosa
OOFJ Pinstripe Suit
Toro Y Moi Say That
Ian O’Donovan Moonlight Espionage
Ian O’Donovan Firenza
The Black Dog Alien Boys 2
Martyn What is Room 101
Arthur Oskan OmegaMan
Actress Iwaad
Martyn Newspeak
Phoenix If I Ever Feel Better (Todd Edwards Dub Better Remix)
Heiko Lau & Diego Hostettler Chicken Understood
Arthur Oskan Adrift
Microlife Floating City
Lerosa Combat
The Black Dog Broken Mind (Regis Remix)
The Smoke Clears Plumb
Robert Hood Drive (The Age Of Automation)
The Black Dog Cracked
Shawn Rudiman Re-Think Tank
Chris Randall Ripspace
Lando Kal Help Myself (Anthony Shakir Remix)
Lerosa Titanium
Om Addis Abbaba
Shawn Rudiman Umbilicus
Hot Lizard The Theme (Carl Craig Remix)
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Windows 8 and Audio Performance: File History Kills!

I had Ableton Live’s audio get interrupted several times last night. The culprit was a nonsensical ‘warning’ to reattach my ‘file history drive.’

I had never set up File History, and certainly not set it up to write to an external drive. Grrr.

Anyway — turning it off.

Instructions on turning it off here.

I think it’s probably better to keep to a regular schedule of backups, rather than to have some mysterious background process periodically hosing up your audio performance.

And the Windows 7 backup is still available in Windows 8, they just hide it. I’m happy overall with Windows 8, but man they sure can make some strange decisions, and it sure seems like they don’t care one bit about hosing up real time applications like audio production and performance.

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KRUI Noise Radio 2013-03-30

More specifically Techno & House than usual. Featuring new Shawn Rudiman on Detroit Techno Mlitia, new Cephax Acid Crew album Cro Magnox, Kommon+Appleblim, Trus’ Me, and things found trawling through my ITunes collection…

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Kommon+Appleblim Silencio
Anika In The City
Trus’ Me Me Tes une Pute
Felix Lenferink First Bouree
Trus’ Me Hindsight
Shawn Rudiman Ghola Idaho
Space Dimension Controller Mercurial Attraction
Thomas Brinkman Xenia 2
Kerri Chandler So It Begins Again (DC10 Mix)
K Wide Road
Analog Cop & Blawan Sickle
Jeff Samuel heb gbz
Version The Brighter Side (Percussive Vocal Mix)
La Funk Mob Ravers Suck Our Sound (Carl Craig Mix)
Jon Margulies Good Religion (Dub Mix)
Touch Sensitve & Annie Lunoe Real Talk
DJ 3000 Sasanian Stomp
Jethro Ain’t No Way
Raw Series #2 B
Estroe Cheapo Cheapa
Calmac Tangerine (Jozo & Can Dub Remix)
Touane Tolousian Duck
Mike Dunn Let It Be House
Kommon & Appleblim Gas Jam
Shawn Rudiman Blinded By The Future
Deadbeat Wolves & Angels
Shawn Rudiman The Last Snow
Kerr Knoll Drone Avionix
The Black Dog Train By The Autobahn (Robert Hood Remix)
Ceephax Acid Crew Flight Of The Condor
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Sound Forge Pro + Windows 8 = Frustrating Frustration.

With the advent of Windows 8, Sound Forge users may run into a registration brain fart that can’t be fixed simply. I ran into this on two different machines. The symptom is that Sound Forge works fine, for a while, and then forgets that it is authorized, and refuses to re-authorize, either on-line or off-line.

I don’t know what the minimum fix is, but following the instructions from Sony Tech Support below get you past this problem. It isn’t lost on me that this requires digging into things that 99% of Windows users are not comfortable with. Complain to Microsoft and Sony, not me.

We are still looking into the matter why this could not be registering properly on your system although all the information is being entered correctly. If you have not already, try using the registration repair tool for the program: http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/download/link?id=3126.0 If this does not yield any results please follow the instructions for a clean uninstall and reinstallation of the application below. A clean uninstall is more indepth then a regular uninstall and will clear out any data of this application that may have been accidentally installed incorrectly through the application.

Before doing a Clean Reinstall, it is important to do the following:
•All audio and video effects chains and presets will be erased, so if you need to make a back up of your presets please download our Preset Manager program. For more information about backing up presets: Backup and Restore Audio Presets | Backup and Restore Video Presets

•Safely disconnect any external USB or Firewire devices like hard-drives or dongles.

•Temporarily turn off ALL anti-virus programs, as well as disabling any Registry Blockers, Spy Ware, Firewalls, etc. These applications have been known to interfere with software installation and registration.

Start the process of removing programs go to Start > Control Panel > Programs and Features – find and remove your Sony Creative Software applications (ACID, Sound Forge, Vegas, DVD Architect, Cinescore, CD Architect or Media Manager, as well as any other Sony Media Software or Sony Creative Software programs).

Also, remove the Microsoft SQL Server Desktop Engine (SONY_MEDIAMGR), any and all Microsoft .NET Framework versions, and the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable software if it is listed.

Once un-installed, delete the following folders:
•C:\Program Files\Sony\
(Do not delete this entire folder if you have other Sony applications installed such as Sonic Stage, Everquest, Star Wars Galaxies, etc. If that is the case then only delete the folder for the Sony Creative Software application you are using as well as the Shared Plug-Ins folder.)

•C:\Program Files (x86)\Sony\
(Do not delete this entire folder if you have other Sony applications installed such as Sonic Stage, Everquest, Star Wars Galaxies, etc. If that is the case then only delete the folder for the Sony Creative Software application you are using as well as the Shared Plug-Ins folder.)

•C:\Program Files\Sony Setup

WARNING: The next step will require you to delete Windows Registry Keys. The Registry is a very sensitive area to work in. If you are not comfortable with advanced configuration and system changes, ask an administrator to help you with this. (Related Topics: How to back up and restore the registry in Windows: http:////windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/back-up-the-registry)

Next, open the Registry Editor. Select Start and type REGEDIT in the ‘Start Search’ box.

In the Registry Editor, locate and delete the following registry entries:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Sony Creative Software
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Sony Creative Software

32 bit applications (like ACID and DVD Architect) installed in 64 Bit Windows 7 will also store registry keys in a different location. Locate the following registry keys and delete them. (Depending on which versions you have installed you may see one or more of these entries. If you do not see all of these, that is normal. Delete those which you do find.)

If you locate a folder labelled “Sonic” please DO NOT confuse this with Sonic Foundry. Leave it alone.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Wow6432Node\Sony Creative Software
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Wow6432Node\Sony Media Software

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Sony Creative Software
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Sony Media Software

Close the Registry Editor.

After removing all of the previous items, you may download and re-install from this link –

http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/download/updates

When finished with all reinstallation, please restart your computer. When your computer has restarted, you will have a complete clean installation.

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In which SoundCloud sends me a hilarious takedown notice

Anand and SchatarSo today I got this interesting message from Soundcloud:

Hi chaircrusher,

Our automatic content protection system has detected that your sound “Rubber Duckie (Wub Machine Remix)” may contain the following copyright content: “Get Some Fruit (Wubstep Dubstep Remix)” by Anand Bhatt, owned by Favorecido Productions. As a result, its publication on your profile has been blocked.

You can dispute this report, if you believe the copyright content has been mistakenly identified or if you have obtained all the necessary rights, licenses and/or permissions to upload and share this material on SoundCloud.

Please do so by filling out our dispute webform at the following link:https://soundcloud.com/settings/disputes/6512879

If you would like to learn more about copyright, please visit our copyright information page.

Thanks,

The SoundCloud Copyright Team

FYI I didn’t even remember uploading it to Soundcloud — it was just a joke that took about 5 minutes to put together. I kind of love how it turned out, since Sesame Street is embedded in my DNA. If you need to hear it:

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http://www.cornwarning.com/xfer/RubberDucky-WubMachine.mp3

There are several things that are awesome about this:

  • Soundcloud’s automated copyright infringement detector did NOT detect my actual ‘infringement,’ which was against Jeff Moss and Jim Henson, who wrote and performed the original Rubber Duckie.   I claim this is fair use, but I’m not going to the wall on that; this was a JOKE track, it isn’t worth it.
  • Soundcloud’s audio fingerprint software did detect that there was some common source material in the Rubber Duckie Wubstep remix and that track by Anand Bhatt. That common material is there because Bhatt and I did the same thing: Took an audio file and fed it to the Wub Machine, which is a neat hack that ‘converts’ any audio file into bad dubstep.  Feed the Wub Machine random songs, traffic noises, outgoing voicemail messages yadda yadda, and hey presto! Bad dubstep! it’s hours (well, minutes) of fun.
  • The most hilarious part of this debacle?  This guy Anand Bhatt has released a digital EP which you can buy here on Amazon.  Bhatt took what sounds like random crappy songs, ran them through the Wub Machine and released them as his own original ‘remixes’!

What conclusions can I draw from this?

  • Soundcloud’s audio fingerprint software is able to detect common elements in two songs.  That’s great, but it can’t distinguish between one song sampling another, and two songs containing common source material.  So it’s going to generate thousands of false positives.  I guarantee that the worst-paid people at Soundcloud are the poor shmoes who have to wade through all the people contesting false positives for copyright infringement.
  • Anand Bhatt is a complete tosser.  Don’t believe me?  Visit his mega-awesome website, or his Amazon Store.  All those pictures at the Grammies are curiously absent of any other people, as though he snuck in after hours to get his picture taken in front of the Grammy background.  This man has been spending his time inventing an imaginary international rockstar career.

Here’s the transcendent, timeless, original “Rubber Duckie”

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Live @ PS One 2013-03-19

It was cold and snowy and there wasn’t much in the way of an audience, but I got to try out some new stuff. Starting about 14:00 I have a section that samples (well, granulates) Milk & Eggs aka Jordan Sellergren. It ultimately bears only the most tenuous relationship to the original music which is wonderful in my opinion.

I don’t get to play out that much — I’d like to do it more often — but the general framework of what I’m doing goes back a couple of years, so it’s time to tear it down and build up something new. Expect more chances for live mistakes and chaos.

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http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/Chaircrusher-2013-03-19-LiveSet.mp3

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KRUI Noise Radio 2013-03-02

So it’s been a bit since I did a radio show, so I have a backlog of new stuff to work through. New Burial, Autechre, My Bloody Valentine, Alex Under, Ron Trent, Terrace, and of course Chaircrusher….

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http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/Chaircrusher2013-03-02-KRUI-NoiseRadio.mp3
My Bloody Valentine Who Sees You
Autechre Bladelores
Alex Under Bola 7
Alex Under Bola 3
Ed McFarlane She Sleeps
Ros Sola 6Sway
Sean Deason Ode To Detroit
Tevo Howard Pump & Bounce
Tevo Howard You Have A Way With Words
Micro World Your Techno Toy
Ron Trent Kids At Play
Ron Trent Exotic Drums
Perkowitz Time Lapse
Terrace Out of Time
Microworld Happy Machines
Ros Sola Sign Language Poetry
Microworld Subterranean
Don Froth REflex (Shake Shakir Remix)
Terrace Mekanika
Sean Deason S4R4
Orphan101 Baila Second Mix
Sean Deason The Nature Of Time
Chaircrusher Isthmus Strait Isthmus
Max 404 How to Bluff Your Way Into Techno
Starkey Fantasy
Starkey Nucleus
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Making Whole Wheat Bread: Recipe and philosophizing.

001This grew out of a discussion on Facebook about bread making. Kylie Buddin requested a recipe.

Bread really seems daunting to many people who are otherwise confident cooks. My first advice to people is to lower their standards: Your lumpy, under-risen loaves will still taste better than store-bought bread. Don’t be afraid to fail, and always eat your failures. You put good stuff in, and as long as you don’t burn the crap out of it, it will be good.

It is also a process, like playing the piano, that awards practice. In particular, knowing when bread is well-kneaded is a feeling that is unmistakable when you know it but that can only be approximated in words.

Whole Wheat Bread, the currently evolving recipe

  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 heaping teaspoons dry yeast
  • 2 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/3 Cup Molasses
  • 1/4 Cup vegetable oil or butter
  • 1 Cup White Flour
  • 2 tablespoons Wheat Gluten
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3+ Cups Wheat Flour — as needed.
  1. Combine yeast and warm (not hot, around 110F) water with a couple teaspoons whole flour and stir. Set aside. It should bubble a bit after 5-10 minutes, indicating the yeast is alive.
  2. Mix buttermilk, molasses and butter/oil in a pan on a stove. I use a digital thermometer to warm it up to 110F while stirring. If you don’t have a thermometer, you can just stick your finger in it. It should be like bathwater you could climb into without it stinging.
  3. When your liquid mix is warm take it off burner. Add a cup of white flour and the warm liquid to the yeast & water mix. Stir until smooth.
  4. Add salt and gluten and stir until fully mixed.
  5. Add a 1/2 cup of whole wheat flourr and stir until fully mixed in.
  6. Keep repeating step 4 until the dough mix starts separating from the side of the bowl.
  7. Turn out on liberally floured counter or breadboard. Cover your hands in flour and knead dough. Every time dough starts getting sticky add a few tablespoons whole wheat flour and continue kneading.
  8. When dough ceases to be sticky to touch, continue kneading for 5 minutes or so.
  9. Cut into 2 equal sized blobs. Roll and stretch blobs until they’re long enough to touch both ends of the bread pan.
  10. Add a teaspoon of oil to each bread pan. Put the dough blobs in pans and roll them around so that they’re well coated in the oil.
  11. Set aside to rise. Use a clean towel or plastic wrap draped loosely over the bread pan. Keeps dirt and vermin out, and heat in, while not restricting fresh air flow.
  12. Allow to rise until bread is above the edge of the pan.
  13. Put in 400 F oven for 25-35 minutes. It is done when the top is dark brown and when you thump it it has a hollow thud quality.
  14. knock out of pan onto a wire rack to cool.

Random thoughts:

The inside of the bowl will have dough stuck to it. When you turn out the dough to knead, you can rub off the bits of dough from the bowl into your big dough blob. Waste not want not. If you don’t have experience kneading, you can watch videos on Youtube about it.

The two main gestures are stretching and folding. You do it because it stimulates the protein in the flower, in combination with the liquids, to form long chain molecules that give the the dough structural integrity, such that small bubbles of gas can form as the yeast consumes starches and sugars.

There are endless variations one can introduce. If you beat an egg white and brush the top of the loaf it will make it shiney. You can add nuts or dried fruit. You can substitute a cup of oatmeal for some of the flour — in that case, heat the buttermilk mixture almost to boiling, and drop in the oatmeal. Let the oatmeal absorb liquid as the mixture cools — again, to warm going on hot.

Rising time is quite variable, and depends most on ambient temperature. In fact you can put the dough in the refrigerator and let it rise over-night. One good method is to put a dish of boiling water in your oven (before turning it on) and put the loaves in the oven.

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My Bloody Valentine “M B V” Review.

OK, new MBV first reactions. The overall sound hasn’t changed much if at all. If I had made a record as epochal and evocative as Loveless, I guess I’d have problems finishing a follow-up. There are kids in their 20s who literally grew up listening to it. I know it was on heavy rotation in my car driving kids around, and my sons are 24 and 27.

Where it’s different? “New You” is pretty sunny and not as fuzzy as the usual MBV song; the focus is on Bilinda’s multitracked vocals. It points up the influence of 60s french singers like Jane Birkin and France Gall on Shields. The album almost sounds like a noisier Stereolab at times. The two bands were more or less contemporaries; Stereolab had french women vocalists who made that connection more explicit, but it’s a serious part of Shields’ stylistic vocabular.

“If I Am” bears close listening, because it’s maybe Shields most fully realized, appealing vocal melody. If anything has changed in 22 years, it’s that Shields has progressed as a songwriter, especially in the songs he wrote for Bilinda Butcher.

“Nothing Is” in my opinion should have been left a B side, and replaced with another pop song. It is a relentlessly repetitive loop that gets slightly louder and then ends. It would be fun to hear them play it live, but compared to the more fully composed songs it comes off as a piss take.

ValentineIf you’re at all a fan it’s worth tracking down the Tape Op interview where he describes his recording techniques. It’s easy listening to MBV to feel like there’s something complicated there, but once you know how simply he recorded the music it’s more impressive — there aren’t a whole bunch of overdubs — he spends time getting the sound he wants, and he might have 4 tracks of different microphones on a guitar cabinet, but compared to a Beyonce record they’re very simple and transparent.
Image stolen from Mojo Magazine without permission.

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