dang, looks like Desoto records
is shutting down.

And not just that, but Burning Airlines is calling it quits as well.

I’n a huge Jawbox fan, so kind of sad to see them go.

Finally got around to ripping the Japan Air cd to ogg/mp3. Not really
much of a mp3/ogg person myself, so did it just so I can upload stuff
to mp3.com.

If anyone wants to hear them, that can probabaly be arranged.

Discovered one of the new features in up2date is not
the trivial thing to back port I thought it would be. Joy,
seems to work now though.

When attempting to upload one of the more electronica
tracks to mp3.com, I got stumped on the “choose a genre”
section. Realized once again that I know nothing about

Spent the weekend in Winston-Salem. Went to see the
Japan Air/Tommy Gun/Frog
and Toad Together show at The Garage

Japan Air was excellent as usual, with a full keyboards included show
this time. Tommy gun was good as well, playing a handful of
new songs. Frog and toad were pretty good as well (though
they played a _long_ time). Some of the songs vaguely
reminded me of a less jazzy Clockhammer.

Borrowed the “Shadow of a Great Name” cd from Johnray.
Pretty cool cd. Working on trying to either get them a show
in Winston-Salem with Japan Air, or vice versa here in

a little of the Ludwig Von…

Been listening to 9beetstretch A time stretched version
of Beethoven’s 9th (stretched out to 24 hours). Kind of nifty, though it does remind me alot
of fripps soundscapes or some of eno’s stuff that way.

Kind of makes me wonder what a fripp piece time stretched down to say, 3 minutes,
would sound like.

While perusing the web page for Pure Data stumbled
across the site for dorkbot-nyc. Basically
a user group for people who do weird arty things with computers/electronics. Too
bad theres not a dorkbot-rtp. Not that I would have anything to contribute, but the
meetings look interesting.

Some of the folks presenting include Leon Gruenbaum
and his Samchillian Tip Tip Tip Cheeepeeee.
The interesting part is that the controllers selects pitch offsets from the last/current note instead
of absolute pitches. Ie, hitting +7 will result in playing a note a fifth higher than the current note,
and pressing it again will go another fifth higher. Simple, but really freaking clever, as I
cant think of any other instrument which can do that. The mp3 samples are pretty cool.
I didnt even realize I already own a cd with him playing that on it (Vernon Reid’s Mistaken
Identity cd…)

Another interesting project linked from dorkbots is Pocket POOL
or Performance-Oriented Oscillation Looper. Which is basically a Compaq iPaq handheld running
linux and custom software.