A ‘scene’ is a nebulous concept, but it’s pretty well understood. David Byrne in How Music Works talks about the necessary ingredients for a music scene, including location and venue(s), with a description of the old and new CBGB’s in NYC. Julian Cope in Head On describes the nepotistic maelstrom of Eric’s in Liverpool in… Continue reading Seeded Tunes – Scene and Labels
The lynchpin/keystone/root idea of Seeded Tunes is to use a random number generator (RNG) to drive the creation of text, images and music. Regular RNGs are not truly random. They use stuff like the current date, combined with internal values such as drive space and other numbers to come up with something that resembles a… Continue reading Seeded Tunes – Random?
I wanted to have an alphabet chart on A&E’s wall, but I couldn’t find one I liked, and then I thought why not make my own, and then I thought why not make it in a distinct art style, and so I came up with… The Pixel Art Alphabet Chart First I thought of interesting… Continue reading Pixel Art Alphabet Chart
I’m a frustrated musician, in that I would like to be a musician but I have been cruelly prevented in chasing this dream by A) a lack of innate talent and B) a lack of will or discipline to learn. Sure, I’ve dabbled. There have been attempts to get some kind of music project going… Continue reading Seeded Tunes – Why
For quite a while now I’ve been chipping away at a project that combines music, art, my fascination with music family trees, generative processes, and laziness. The idea – Seeded Tunes – is to use a random number generator to create music. But it’s a lot more complex, and in some ways a lot simpler,… Continue reading Seeded Tunes – An Introduction
I’ve been fascinated by Pete Frame’s Rock Family Trees for a long time. I created a tree in that style for my friends and associates over on the Coiled Spring site, seen below.I describe the process for manually creating the diagram over on that site, so check it out if you’re curious. I had other… Continue reading Rock Family Tree Auto-generation
Back in August 2017, I started to try and find the original images used by the artist or artists who created the Top Trump Horror Cards as “inspiration”. I asked people on Twitter about it, and got a few good tips. The results can be seen here. Included in the tips people sent was a link… Continue reading Top Trump Horror Cards – Update And Concession
I was clearing out some stuff from my keepsake memory box, and I came across my Top Trumps Horror Cards. Top Trumps was a big thing when I was a kid, and between my brother and I we had several packs. A paraphrased summary of the instructions from the Wikipedia page: Each pack of cards… Continue reading Top Trump Horror Cards – Help Me Find The Original Images!
If I Had My Document Way… …official templates would not be created by the unqualified. That sounds snobby, but if you end up using a template that looks all right, but has all the problems I’ve talked about in these posts, then it becomes a problem for everyone. Don’t delegate it to anyone who has… Continue reading If I Had My Document Way… Official Templates
Part of the whole ‘7 Days 7 Songs’ thing Today’s pop pick: LFO – ‘Tied Up’. Heard a remix on a magazine cover mixtape, tracked down the original. Should have bought the whole album then, which I have since done. The change in tone from the big beefy beaty beginning and the floating midsection gets… Continue reading 7 Days 7 Songs Part 2 – Day 3 – LFO – ‘Tied Up’