A dip in the music pool

During a two hour drive I put my iPod on shuffle, which always results in a wonderfully random mix of horror and delight at what’s collected in there over the years. I love finding things that I haven’t listened to in far too long, and other tracks that I have no recollection of whatsoever.

I think I should try this on a more regular basis, except that perhaps only going into shuffle mode on a random basis seems more appropriate.

A quiet Sandwich

I spent a pleasant evening with a friend in Sandwich. It’s a lovely little town but probably one of the quietest places I’ve been in ages. It reminded me a lot of Rye in many ways, it is very quaint and very peaceful, and I had a great evening catching up with a friend who I haven’t seen in far too long, but it made me think about living somewhere that still.

Dashboard, what happened?

I was having a look for some new dashboard widgets and noticed that of the ‘recently added’ dashboard widgets on the apple site there are only 3 that were added this year! So what happened? I though dashboard widgets were great, really useful, but does no one make them anymore? Seems not.

What a shame, looks like I’ll have to grow my own then!

This would be cool, if …

I could get the server app to work where I want it. At the moment it won’t run on the machine I want to run it on, otherwise everything would be just wonderful!

The trouble with processing

A simple thing you’d think right? All I wanted to do was to embed and existing sketch into a post. I’ve done it before, but today, no, no way at all. It may be of course that it is because it is using the minimum library for synthesis, but I don’t know for sure.

The sketch I’m trying to embed is here, and the reason for trying is because I only just found the code again and decided I might try and do something more with it. That was foolish wasn’t it!

Is there anything new?

I’ve been continuing to read Nicollas Collins book ‘Handmade Electronic Music’, and I’ve started to think that there are no new ideas to be had. There were so unique and creative ideas musically that I started to wonder if I would ever find a way to do anything unique.

Then I started to realise that I don’t need to do anything unique, just something that sounds good, at least to me. Because that’s what music is about.

Handmade Electronic Music

I love this book. I have the paperback edition somewhere but I can’t find it right now, so I decided to buy the iBooks version as part of a plan to be able to make some of the circuits using iCircuit on my iPhone.

I realise that this sort of defeats the object, but when you’re on a train it isn’t easy (or advisable) to start soldering. There would be unpleasant consequences I should imagine.

Anyway, that’s my plan, and we’ll see how it works out, but if you don’t know this book, then it is excellent if you want to get into DIY electronics.

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Soldering Iron Found, Projects can commence

That is to say that projects may commence at some point. It’s a step in the right direction I suppose. I probably need a few more bits and pieces sorted out before I can get going, so realistically, after Christmas.

At least, that’s the plan anyway.