Thursday, April 14, 2011

This is a video made by Donovan Drummond. The music is Morton Subotnick's Silver Apples of the Moon performed on the Buchla synthesizer. Drummond's LightsOut! light shows remind me of Glen McKay's Headlights liquid light shows from the 1960's.

I did a very similar rear projection light show once in the sixties using several projectors for a stage play based on Whitman's sing the body electric. Live dancers, vocalists and musician performed in front of a translucent scrim. We only had the theatre for a single performance.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

I have been listening to WQXR's Q2 stream for the past several weeks. They present today's leading New Music. A couple of days ago Q2 broadcast a recording of the Beatles Revolution 9 performed live by Alarm Will Sound. I found it the next day on Youtube.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Experimental composer Milton Babbitt died in Princeton, New Jersey on Saturday at the age of 94. Babbitt had been a founding member of the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center. I have been interested in electronic music since I was very young. The music produced at the Columbia-Princeton center later was a big influence.

Milton Babbitt: "Occasional Variations"
Realized on the RCA Mark II Sound Synthesizer, 1968-1971

Paul Lansky was one of Babbitt's students.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

There is a nice book shop up the street from me and I decided to try and get a snapshot of it. I am not entirely happy with the picture. I wanted the sign to show but that made getting a good picture of the whole shop difficult. Also, I should have had the reader, in this case me, closer to the camera. It occurred to me as I was looking at the image of a reader with their face buried in a book how very much spending time in a virtual world is like spending time with a book.

I remembered Paul's fictional grandfather's conversation with Ringo in the film A Hard Days Night.
Grandfather: Would you look at him? Sittin' there with his hooter scrapin' away at that book!
Ringo: Well, what's the matter with that?
Grandfather: Have you no natural resources of your own? Have they even robbed you of that?
Ringo: You can learn from books!
Grandfather: You can, can you? Pahh! Sheeps' heads! You could learn more by gettin' out there and living!
Ringo: Out where?
Grandfather: Any old where! But not our little Richard. Oh, no. When you're not thumpin' them pagan skins you're tormenting your eyes with that rubbish.
Ringo: Books are good.
Grandfather: *Parading's* better.
Ringo: Parading?
Grandfather: [nods eagerly] Parading the streets! Trailing your coat! Bowling along! LIVING!
Ringo: Well, I am living.
Grandfather: You? Living? When was the last time you gave a girl a pink-edged daisy? When did you last embarrass a sheila with your cool, appraising stare?
Ringo: You're a bit old for that sort of chat, aren't you?
Grandfather: Well at least I've got a backlog of memories! All you've got is - THAT BOOK!

I remember hearing a letter read from Robert E Lee's father to his mother written when Robert was still a young boy. This was perhaps something mentioned in Ken Burns Civil War series. The father advices that young Robert should not be allow to waste time reading fiction. He felt that this sort of activity is not good for one's development.

I first heard of virtual worlds from a group of people that I know. They mentioned Second Life and laughed about anyone who would waste time in a virtual world. They said that people in virtual worlds needed to get a life and they needed to get outside into the real world. This was coming from a group of people who spend most of their evenings parked in front of a television.

Readers of books promote their activity with phrases like "expanding one's horizons". It seems to me that a virtual place that encompasses cultures from all around the world offers a very similar experience. I still enjoy reading. I enjoy watching films. I enjoy experiences in virtual worlds. Do I need to get a life? Am I wasting my time? I am not wise enough to know the answers to these things.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Here at Montale Time Lab I feel it is important that one first has a good understanding of the principles of one's journey.

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This is a good introductory video:

Monday, June 01, 2009

Tuesday, May 05, 2009