Tools and Music Production, as Explained Unwittingly by Chefs

The center of the macular portion of your eye is called the fovea; it’s the portion of your retina that most nearly represents what you’re looking at directly. I adopted from my father the phrase “thinking off the fovea.” It means tackling a problem not by focusing directly on it, but what’s at the periphery. And in any creative question, that can be a great tool for harnessing different ways of thinking. In music production, it’s doubly true: by necessity, working on music production can take large amounts of time and effort, and the more effort you spend, the further …

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Identity, Body, Making: "Timeless" Short Meditates on Digital Being and Design

What does it mean to disconnect from time and space, from our bodies, when communicating and making? “Timeless” is a meditation on that question, refracted through the ideas of a number of thinkers from various backgrounds, and interspersed with a mysterious, glowing object in the form of a regular polyhedron. (This alien device seems to act as both mirror and unspeaking narrator.) The work of filmmaker Gabriel Shalom and designer Patrizia Kommerell, “Timeless” is an immersion into the contradictions of digital expression. With thinkers from cyberpunk futurist Bruce Sterling to game theorist Mary Flanagan, it holds a critical, visionary mirror …

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Identity, Body, Making: “Timeless” Short Meditates on Digital Being and Design

What does it mean to disconnect from time and space, from our bodies, when communicating and making? “Timeless” is a meditation on that question, refracted through the ideas of a number of thinkers from various backgrounds, and interspersed with a mysterious, glowing object in the form of a regular polyhedron. (This alien device seems to act as both mirror and unspeaking narrator.) The work of filmmaker Gabriel Shalom and designer Patrizia Kommerell, “Timeless” is an immersion into the contradictions of digital expression. With thinkers from cyberpunk futurist Bruce Sterling to game theorist Mary Flanagan, it holds a critical, visionary mirror …

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Music Making, and Living, with The Books’ Nick Zammuto, in a Touching Short Film

When we say “handmade music,” we really mean this sense of crafting something , of touching something – not so much the technique or the technology as the intention behind what you do. In a striking film portrait of Nick Zammuto for nakedmusicians.com, the craft of living is spotlighted as much as the craft of music making. Nick, is known for his role in duo The Books (with Dutch-born Paul de Jong), and their distinctive, rhythmic, homebrewed-original sound. Here, he covers his manipulations of everything physical and temporal. Sound sampling is a tangible process, the poetry of things put together …

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Sleight of Hand with Screens, iPod Magic, and Marco's Ruminations on the Power of Deception

Techno-wizardry and eye candy aside, make no mistake: as artists, we engage every day the essence of truth and deception. So, while magician Marco Tempest’s hands are fleet, his magician-trained choreography slick, and his coordinated mobile screens impressive, it’s the message behind the medium that’s most poignant. To me, at least, Marco has something to say about the nature of deception, something as much about artifice of humans as about the artifice of screens, that is complex, beautiful, and moving. Image courtesy Marco Tempest. Naturally, that raises the question: what is this, exactly? Marco tells CDM: I am not really …

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Sleight of Hand with Screens, iPod Magic, and Marco’s Ruminations on the Power of Deception

Techno-wizardry and eye candy aside, make no mistake: as artists, we engage every day the essence of truth and deception. So, while magician Marco Tempest’s hands are fleet, his magician-trained choreography slick, and his coordinated mobile screens impressive, it’s the message behind the medium that’s most poignant. To me, at least, Marco has something to say about the nature of deception, something as much about artifice of humans as about the artifice of screens, that is complex, beautiful, and moving. Image courtesy Marco Tempest. Naturally, that raises the question: what is this, exactly? Marco tells CDM: I am not really …

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Analog, Digital: Fortune Cookie of Wisdom

Transcription: Digital circuits are made from analog parts. No further comment. Via the wonderful Rucyl, artist and blogger of Saturn Never Sleeps. Both her Tumblr and the blogging she does for SNS are terrific spots to visit when you feel stuck for creative energies. That to me is the Web at its best: directed procrastination, like connecting jumper cables to the part of you that makes new things. Tech, used only for its own sake, can’t do that. http://rucyl.com/ http://saturnneversleeps.com/blog/ And on that note, below, some music from our SNS friends:

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Prince: The Internet is Over; Digital Music Just Fills Your Head with Numbers

I hope you liked music while it lasted, because me and a bunch of nerds are about to replace it with … this. Photo (CC-BY) João Trindade Music celebrities have given CDM words to live by over the years — strange, yet strangely profound, reflections on the evils of modern technology. Sure, they’re trying to make some point about MP3 compression or the potential distractions of the Internet or … something. Yet, taken out of context, they form a kind of beat poetry for our time. 2006, Bob Dylan: “New records … have sound all over them. … CDs are …

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Open Design Thread: Progress Bars, What is the Fundamental Nature of Time?

Alternative titles for this post: “Progress Bars and Existentialism” “A single video encapsulates everything I have to say about the nature of time as reflected in interface design” “When the (*&$& is this damned wait cursor going to stop spinning, and why did it start spinning in the first place?” “Real-time – or its nearest approximation – is always more awesome than rendering.” Let me explain. Last Friday about this time (relatively speaking), I was speaking to MGFest in Chicago about how real-time is transforming visuals. (And speaking of time, I’ll be posting those slides real soon now.) Naturally, I …

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Happy New Year with Augmented Reality, Flying Words of Wisdom

Need some New Year inspiration on several levels? dickypan points to this brilliant New Year’s video. It’ll make you feel good about all dimensions of 2009. Motion graphics fly out of augmented reality, triggered by small objects on the screen. The work is based on an open source framework. Here it’s running in Flash, as: FLARToolKit That means you can try it out for yourself on the website of the creators, AID-DCC and Katamari Inc.: http://09.aid-dcc.com/ The code is all open, and comes in turn from NyARToolKit (Java), which, you’ll note “seems to executes much faster than the original C …

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