Sunday, March 28, 2010

Toying with GarageBand

Been meaning to play with music on the Mac for a while now. I've not got much brain, so the simpler the better. Previous experiments have gone down the old soundtracker-style approach, but begin too lazy to install Fink, I started playing with GarageBand instead, and the first MP3 I found.

Going to have to practice some more with it, as the result is a bit rough. But the drag-and-drop, snap-to-grid interface is reminiscent of Soundtracker, while making it much easier to crop samples and play around with them generally. Score editing is nice, and reminds me of Octamed on the Amiga. Nicely or disturbingly - not decided which yet - there are too many samples and effects to have gone through them all yet, but some imaginative mixing could yield something unexpected/unintended. I'd like to avoid some kind of "GarageBand by numbers" sounds, if possible...

Anyway, click below to listen to the latest Men of Focus release, or download here.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Sussex Uni Strikes

Sussex Uni alumni might be interested in the current strike actions going on around the University. The Defend Sussex blog contains useful updates and background information on each area facing cuts. Latest news is that Deputy Vice-Chancellor Paul Layzell is moving on. Whether that has anything to do with the current state of the Uni's finances are... unclear. But following the earlier departure of Vice-Chancellor Alasdair Smith, facing a lot of the same questions around finance cuts, it's difficult not to wonder if the management are happy to get out.

More generally, reading Baudrillard has made me (even) more sceptical. Like the cry for rights, if you've come to the point of protest then the state of affairs is already too far out of line to be saved without some kind of revolution. Protests, it seems, are a final battle cry against misjudged moves made within an inherent installation of attitudes. Protests are futile if they target only actions, as actions are the natural outcomes of attitudes and culture.

Real revolutions are not violent, but educational.