Hello September

So here we are in September already. Where did 2015 go? We’re already in September and the summer feels like it’s over. Not that it was really ever here. I mean, that’s typical really isn’t it, typical of an English summer. So perhaps we’ll get some better weather in September. Who knows.

There’s lots of interesting things happening in September, so it should be a good month, but it always feels like September is a doorway into autumn and then winter. It’s like we’re over the best of the year and it’s downhill now, which feels a bit sad.

Audio Unit Extensions on iOS, yes, that’s coming

So it seems that we’re getting audio units on iOS, and more than that we’re getting audio units that go across both iOS and OSX. All in one go. Now that will be interesting, or at least it could be. The down side from my perspective is that I think it makes mobile more and more like desktop computer music. I’m not entirely sure that’s a good thing.

An afternoon looking at the sea …

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Staying in a beautiful house boat and spending at least a small part of a Sunday afternoon listening to music and not doing anything else at all.

Bliss, sheer bliss.

Makes me realise how much more intently I should listen. After all, listening is an art. Listening is important, and I should do more of it, a lot more.

Welcome to May

May is always a really busy month for me and this year it’s no different at all. There’s a lot of personal stuff that happens for me in May, and also it’s the month where Palm Sounds has it’s birthday. Traditionally I’ve done quite a bit of celebrating for Palm Sounds birthday but I haven’t really decided what to do as yet.

Getting sidetracked

It is just so easy to get distracted by so many interesting things going on. In fact, I got distracted several times whilst writing this. It’s so difficult to concentrate isn’t it? Or is it just me? I seem to always be getting sidetracked into something interest and curious and then I disappear down that little rabbit hole for an hour or so only to reappear and have forgotten what I was supposed to be doing in the first place.

Does that happen to you to?

Restarting iOS Automation and beyond

That sounds a bit Buzz Lightyear doesn’t it. It probably isn’t nearly that cool though sadly. Automating doing stuff on your iPhone doesn’t have the same appeal as being Buzz Lightyear. Anyway, back to the subject in hand. I do post about this from time to time. I mention stuff about automating and how it can save time and get things done quicker etc. However, I’m not entirely good at practicing what I preach. My own experiments in automation haven’t been as fruitful. But I plan to change things over the next few weeks and months.

My plan is to find ways of automating things that I actually need to do rather than just automating stuff that seems cool. I also want to only automate when the process of automation doesn’t take so much time to set up that it actually outweighs the time saved in automating whatever it is I wanted to do. Does that make sense?

I’d also like to automate across platforms, into the real world where possible with stuff like WEMO, and find ways to get things done that make sense for me. That’s the plan anyway. I’ll be posting about what works, what doesn’t, what I just don’t get at all, and the stuff I find useful along the way. I hope that it’ll help me or rather, motivate me to get on with it, and it might be useful for one or two people out there too. We shall see.

OMD, Metroland, and playing things to death

I listened to this on Spotify and was really impressed by how good it was. Very well produced synth pop music. In many ways what you’d expect from OMD. So I played it for a few days and now I’m starting to move on again. I’ve probably over listened to the Metroland remixes and had enough, for now anyway.

So i makes me wonder what is it that gets us to obsessively listen to something for a while, a few days usually in my case, and then move on. Of course, it could just be me, but I don’t think so. I do know that a few of my friends are like this too. It comes in cycles usually. I’ll listen to something intently for a while then put it down, then in a few months or years I’ll come back to it and rediscover just how good it is. I suppose that’s the thing with ‘pop’ music isn’t it.

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Some thoughts from the mobile music makers meet up

This was posted over at Palm Sounds. I thought it was worth say just how interesting the meeting was. Thought provoking doesn’t do it justice at all in fact. It’s been on my mind ever since and I’ve been considering what it means.

But I think it’ll take time to get a considered response together, and it might be a long one.