Posted: 2020-03-07 16:48 | More posts about art code music
I'm very fond of Liz Harris's art — so much so that I have a small canvas print of the cover for the Grouper single "Water People" hanging in my living room. The cover looks like this:
This morning, having spent the last few days on sick leave from work, it caught my eye and I decided to relieve my boredom by attempting to recreate it in code. One naive solution is simple:
- Draw a square - a "segment" - containing 7 inner squares, with an equal amount of spacing between each, and diagonal lines from the top-left to the bottom-right and bottom-left to top-right.
- Repeat this N times from left to right, ensuring segments are visibly stacked towards the center, to draw a row.
- Repeat this N times from top to bottom, ensuring rows are visibly stacked towards the middle, to draw the full canvas.
- Draw two lines that span the entire height and width of the drawn area, meeting in the center, forming a cross.
I've never ever done any graphics programming before and have a questionable grasp of mathematics, so I was pleased with the result after an hour's hacking, regardless of how trivial the problem is. You can see it here:
The code (~50 lines) can be viewed on github and requires no dependencies to run
(apart from the
graphics.py library, which is checked in to the repo.)
Its parameters (e.g. padding, number of segments per row, etc.) can easily be played around with.
After many years of programming professionally, it is nice to create something inefficient and functionally useless but aesthetically pleasing — just for the sake of creating something.
Posted: 2013-05-17 00:15 | More posts about music
Years ago, when xltronic.com was a thriving community of electronic music nerds, something like xltronic Vibes was possible: a series of albums of music produced by xltronic members, mixed together, often with an overarching theme.
Such collaborations are pretty much impossible nowadays. The website has been dying a slow and miserable death in the past few years and the community is now as good as non-existant. To make matters worse, the old Vibes series has disappeared from the site.
So, here is a mirror of all of the Vibes albums I managed to collect over the years. If anyone has any that are missing, please get in touch, so they don't disappear from the internet forever.
Personal favourites are definitely #10 and #19.
- xltronic vibes 1
- xltronic vibes 2
- xltronic vibes 3
- xltronic vibes 4
- xltronic vibes 5
- xltronic vibes 6
- xltronic vibes 7
- xltronic vibes 8
- xltronic vibes 9
- xltronic vibes 10 - dual vibes
- xltronic vibes 11 - clubmix
- xltronic vibes 12 - drum & bass vibes
- xltronic vibes 13
- xltronic vibes 14
- xltronic vibes 15 - game music
- xltronic vibes 16
- xltronic vibes 17
- xltronic vibes 18
- xltronic vibes 19 - analord remixes & reinterpretations
- xltronic vibes 20 - pop vibes
Posted: 2013-05-10 16:28 | More posts about music live music
Had the chance to see Mac Demarco live in Munich a few days ago. My expectations were so high I was almost certain I'd come away disappointed, but I left completely blown away.
Demarco's studio albums are fairly mellow. When playing live, however, the tempo is jumped up and plenty more distortion and general madness is thrown in to the mix.
Here's a video of the band playing in the Pitchfork headquarters. An excellent performance all around: funny banter, awesome music and really tight playing.
- The Stars Keep On Calling My Name
- Cooking Up Something Good
- Rock And Roll Night Club
- Ode To Viceroy
- Freaking Out The Neighborhood
- My Kind of Woman
- Baby's Wearing Blue Jeans
- She's Really All I Need
- Take Five (Dave Brubeck Quartet)
- Break Stuff (Limp Bizkit)
- Blackbird (The Beatles)
- She's Really All I Need (Reprise)
- Still Together
Posted: 2012-02-28 17:51 | More posts about film music
Another tune I've been searching for for years (this time since probably around 2000) - first heard it as the backing to Ronnie Creager's part on the Blind Skateboards section of Rodney Mullen VS Daewon Song Round II:
Happened to give this video a watch for a bit of a blast of nostalgia and thought to have another look for the tune. This site has popped up in the last decade and gave me the full run-down of tunes:
- Blind #1 - instrumental mix by DJ Mino
- Blind #2 - Gideon Choi - Afromaxx Music Production - Two Steps Beyond
- Blind #3 - Josh Kasper - Visionaries - Say Where (instrumental)
- Blind #4 - Corey Sheppard - Diamond D - When It Pours It Rains (instrumental)
- Blind #5 - James Craig - Choclair - What It Takes (remix instrumental)
- Blind #6 - Ronnie Creager - Lone Catalysts - Due Process (instrumental)
Incredibly happy to have finally tracked it down after all these years. Easily one of the best hip-hop productions I've ever heard.
Here's the normal version:
And, most importantly, the instrumental:
Posted: 2012-02-04 18:33 | More posts about art code computers music
The Albumart Replacer is a little script I wrote to automatically find higher-resolution copies of album covers. For listening to music, I use foobar2000 and although the wonderful foo_discogs automatically adds album art to my music, sometimes the artwork on discogs.com isn't the best.
Enter Albumart Replacer. If I'm listening to music and I notice the album art isn't up to scratch, e.g.:
I simply run the script, it sends the image's data to tineye.com, and if any higher-resolution copies of the same image are found, it'll grab the best quality one:
This is all done without any user interaction. Using foo_run, it's easy to set up a keybinding in foobar2000 so that it just takes one key press (simply pass the script a song's %PATH% variable from foobar and it'll do the rest.)
Source code, downloads and further details are available at the github repository.
Posted: 2012-01-29 12:56 | More posts about experimental music
I'm fairly certain it is. I've nothing further to say about it.
The Sea of Providence by Richard Youngs
If Richard or Root Strata take exception to me hosting this music here, they need just contact me and it'll be taken down.
Posted: 2011-11-24 17:42 | More posts about art music
From their Facebook page:
for those of you who could not make to one of our US shows...our videographer friend Joshua Smelser filmed the entire Los Angles show. Enjoy!
You can watch the entire concert in high-definition below.
EDIT: Although the sound quality is pretty dreadful...
Posted: 2011-11-23 00:12 | More posts about art film music
"Wake" from "Slow Walkers", a Grouper / Lawrence English collaboration, to be released in 2012. The video is something else -- "meditations for the zombie as cultural phenomena".
Thanks to Dennis for bringing this to my attention. He also makes great ambient music himself -- if you like this kind of thing, you should check his music out.
Posted: 2011-11-07 18:29 | More posts about art music war
From its vimeo page:
see original version, conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki himself, performed just before this performance, here = youtube.com/watch?v=SFoTqF-gGxA&feature=related
see the other Aphex Twin edits for this show here = vimeo.com/album/1735255
see all other performances from the show here
Live visuals by Weirdcore.
gfx programming by weirdcore & andrew benson