Given the current situation I think that now is the time for me to start this off. I’ve had it for a while, and I’ve been waiting for the right moment to get it out and give it a try. That moment is now.
I’ve been playing with Roli Blocks again, and this time, I’m actually getting into it. I’m starting to find it quite useful and creatively inspiring. It is early days as yet, but I’m getting some results.
So I thought I’d share some very small videos of what I’ve been doing.
Another piece from me exploring sonic manipulation of my Ukulele through apps.
I should use this a lot more than I currently do. It is so much fun. I’m not sure exactly what I’m doing, except of course where I get something I like and continue to make sounds with it.
I really can’t get over how lovely these little kits from Boldport are. The attention to detail and design are just beautiful. I do think they’re amazing.
It has been a long time now, since he produced anything new. I wonder if anything new is going to come along from him, or if his work really is going to vanish away. That would be a real shame of course. I’d like to see a new album. Maybe not as difficult as Manafon, but something a little closer to what he did with Nine Horses, or indeed Rain Tree Crow.
To be honest I’d be happy with anything really. I’d just like to think that he hadn’t run out of ideas, or wasn’t going to produce anything new again. That would be the real shame in my opinion.
What a lovely thing. I’m so glad that I kickstarted it. I’ve been using it quite a bit recently and it’s great for just making interesting contraptions, and for tinkering, but best of all for having fun.
What else is there?
I do like the idea of made from things that don’t normally make music. Hence I like barcodas. The idea of making little snippets of music from bar codes is very appealing. To me anyway. The interesting thing, at least, interesting to me anyway is that different types of bar codes seem to have very different properties. So for instance, using bar codes taken from books, these all sound the same, at least the first few notes do. Bar codes taken from cereal boxes are quite different.
So I had a little idea for a barcodas project that I think I’m going to try out soon.
I saw this the other day as I was looking for something else and had remembered that I’d bought it so I could retrieve some old 4 track tapes from complete obscurity. I had some notion that I’d revive the tracks and even add to them. Who knows if that would’ve ever worked out. However, at the time when I bought it I didn’t go ahead with the plan as this 4 track doesn’t have multiple track outs. It only has a stereo out, which kind of ruined the idea. My very first cassette 4-track was an X-15 which did have 4 outs, but sadly this doesn’t.
Anyway, as I saw it the other day I had a new idea of how to make this work. So, when I can get some time to set it up I might try and get it working.
If I do, you’ll hear about it. I it fails, we’ll never speak of it again …