I’ve been experimenting today with ChucK, which is a music programming language. (!!) I didn’t even know there WAS such a thing until the other day! This is basically right up my alley, as I get to geek out over music and coding at the same time.
So far I’ve gotten it to do the loop above (a small section of the song God of Storms, which a few people have heard but which I haven’t recorded yet). This loop is made up of three different files, each one playing a different sequence of notes (a melody, a harmony, and a bass line).
I made a special scale for it, which is like a D minor scale but includes both C and C#, as I haven’t found another way to do accidentals in ChucK yet. I’m sure I’ll learn more as I go along! (Like how to do different note lengths!)
“When Kathleen Andrews became Edmonton’s first female bus driver in 1975, there were no female bathrooms in the bus depots and no radios on any of the buses.
So Andrews carried a dime in her pocket for emergency calls in phone booths, used the male manager’s private bathroom and picked up the tradition of waving to other passing bus drivers as a signal she was safe.
She faced drunken louts trying to pick her up, male colleagues who questioned her ability to drive and passengers who refused to get onto her bus because she was a woman driver. But Andrews stuck it out behind the steering wheel for three years before moving up the ranks, becoming a pioneer at Edmonton Transit Services while working to bring in a stable income for her two children.”
someone played an lcd soundsystem song over a miles davis trumpet solo and i think i feel alive for the first time in my life
There’s a slightly awkward bit where the trumpet playing ends and there’s some dialog, and the person skips around in the video to find more trumpet playing, but that actually adds to the sense that this wasn’t rehearsed in advance and when it fits together it just kind of happens by magic. :D
I have new upstairs neighbours. When I heard them moving in, I thought that I would drop by and offer them a welcoming gift; maybe home-baked muffins or a potted plant. However, I find that I now have a new problem. Well, two problems actually. The first problem was that on the day they moved in I found that someone had thrown cigarette butts from an upper balcony on to my patio. It’s only a…
Sir Anthony Hopkins Hears The Waltz He Wrote 50 Years Ago For The First Time
Academy Award-winning actor Sir Anthony Hopkins was a musician before he got into acting. 50 years ago he wrote a waltz but was too afraid to ever hear it play. Dutch violinist André Rieu performs it for the very first time. Watch Hopkins’ reaction.
That was beautiful
I cried a few tears and felt better about humanity’s endeavors.
This is so amazing. The waltz is awesome and Sir Anthony is humming along. He looks so damn pleased.
A) I realized that about 17 seconds into this, that I was just beaming.
B) Does this just sound like Anthony Hopkins? Complex, and joyful, with a darkness just below the surface?
C) André Rieu is everything I never knew I wanted when I heard the words “Dutch violinisit”
This was fantastic! I loved the way the audience reacted, swaying back and forth to the rhythm and kind of chair-dancing. The bit where the tubas come in around the four minute mark is so good. And what’s that cool wind up box instrument? I want one! :D
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