SPEAR feature requests

Apr 27, 2007 at 4:42pm

SPEAR feature requests

SPEAR is the best tool of its kind that I’ve used, but it could be SO much more useful if certain additional features were added, particularly:

-amplitude envelope editability for every partial

-a fast way to set the frequency and/or amplitude of any partial to a constant value

Does anyone have any other feature suggestions? Let’s round them up and send them to the developer! If he hears from a lot of people, it may encourage him to develop SPEAR further.

#31628
Apr 28, 2007 at 1:13am

SPEAR really is amazing — I use it a lot, even as a performance
interface… scrub them partials, live! I just finished a piece a
few weeks ago, all of the percussion sounds came from SPEAR mods of
me hitting a Coke (or maybe it was Pepsi?) can with a pencil:

http://music.columbia.edu/~brad/writing/mm-blog/mm-3-drugs.mp3

I’d love to see the ability to drive SPEAR with some kind of
event-scripts, but I’m a text-based kinda guy.

Michael may not be able to do a lot of SPEAR development for awhile;
he just scored a really good job and needs to finish his
dissertation to keep it. Go Michael go!

brad

http://music.columbia.edu/~brad

Quoting Max Planck :

>
> SPEAR is the best tool of its kind that I’ve used, but it could
> be SO much more useful if certain additional features were added,
> particularly:
>
> -amplitude envelope editability for every partial
>
> -a fast way to set the frequency and/or amplitude of any partial
> to a constant value
>
>
> Does anyone have any other feature suggestions? Let’s round them
> up and send them to the developer! If he hears from a lot of
> people, it may encourage him to develop SPEAR further.
>

#103027
Apr 28, 2007 at 9:19am

Which is it? Like yeah, I play a violin. It’s a Stradivarius (or maybe
Guarneri).

It matters! The density of a Pepsi can is lower leading to a slow response
and dullness in the high frequencies when struck by a common #2 pencil. I
much prefer the Coke (in full scores, Coca Cola) and I recommend pencils
with ratings 2.5 or higher. (Professionals use #4 according to our
per4cussion professor.)

On 4/27/07 9:13 PM, “garton@columbia.edu” wrote:

> I just finished a piece a
> few weeks ago, all of the percussion sounds came from SPEAR mods of
> me hitting a Coke (or maybe it was Pepsi?) can with a pencil:

Cheers
Gary Lee Nelson
Oberlin College
http://www.timara.oberlin.edu/GaryLeeNelson

#103028
Apr 28, 2007 at 11:17am

On 28 Apr 2007, at 10:19, Gary Lee Nelson wrote:

> I
> much prefer the Coke (in full scores, Coca Cola) and I recommend
> pencils
> with ratings 2.5 or higher.

This is why New Coke never took off: it sounded bad.

– N.

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#103029
Apr 28, 2007 at 11:18am

garton@columbia.edu schrieb:
> http://music.columbia.edu/~brad/writing/mm-blog/mm-3-drugs.mp3

love it, thanks for sharing. We have much too little music on this list…

> I’d love to see the ability to drive SPEAR with some kind of
> event-scripts, but I’m a text-based kinda guy.

Aren’t scripts text-based anyway?

> Go Michael go!

Go Go Go… Yeah…

Stefan


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#103030
Apr 29, 2007 at 5:57am

Gary Lee Nelson schrieb:
> Which is it? Like yeah, I play a violin. It’s a Stradivarius (or maybe
> Guarneri).
>
> It matters! The density of a Pepsi can is lower leading to a slow response
> and dullness in the high frequencies when struck by a common #2 pencil. I
> much prefer the Coke (in full scores, Coca Cola) and I recommend pencils
> with ratings 2.5 or higher. (Professionals use #4 according to our
> per4cussion professor.)

I agree it matters, I play those french plastic water bottles. And the
different brands make a huge difference. The “Chantereine” is the
Stradivarius of plastic water bottles. Fortunately its one of the
cheapest brands around, because if you play it once, its gone (I crunch
them from full size to a small little something) You have to drink a lot
to play a longer concert…

Regarding coke cans, age matters as well, I remember that they were much
thicker in the past. Though at those times I preferred small beer
bottles (plastic bottles weren’t common that time fortunately… ;-)

What a waste music can be…

Stefan


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#103031
Apr 29, 2007 at 12:17pm

Quoting Stefan Tiedje :

> Regarding coke cans, age matters as well, I remember that they
> were much
> thicker in the past. Though at those times I preferred small beer
> bottles (plastic bottles weren’t common that time fortunately…
> ;-)
>
> What a waste music can be…

But I diligently recycle! I even use samples and patches from one
piece in another! And I drive a Prius! Does that make me a Good
Person?!?

Oh, I forgot… I’m an American. And like the Bowie/Reznor video
suggests, you should be afraid of us. I certainly am.

brad

http://music.columbia.edu/~brad

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