You, the beginner, are living in a golden age. There are three things out there in the world that didn't exist when I was a beginner that will improve the quality of your Maxing life.
I learned Max, MSP, and Jitter as a non-student, which meant that I pretty much taught myself by reading and making patches and then trying to make them work.
I qualify as a beginner because I've been one.
Dismembering the morning New York Times and spilling Honey Nut Cheerios all over some random section is one of life's little pleasures, but it's always best to take a quick run through the whole paper. How else would I have found out that the Bush Administration called off the hunt for weapons of mass destruction? It was buried on page 10, a couple of hundread words.
In the course of a lengthy and wide-ranging discussion with an old friend, we wound up talking about a particular form of anxiety. Actually, it was a part of that game whereby old friends use some shared experience to chide each other about "aging." If you don't do this already, you will.
I wasn't planning on googling drug-smuggling secrets. A friend and I were talking about the Steven Soderbergh film Traffic.
You would think my weekly cruise by Boing Boing would have had me going on about how you can have Richard Stallman record telephone answering messages for you, but no. This is the Arts and Crafts column, thank you very much.
The radiophonic portion of my life has an annual ritual associated with it that might surprise no one; a top ten.
Here is a very brief outline on the Ukraine and its current situation.
Sometimes, you're just not in the mood for hard-hitting or even chatty bloggery.
I'm reading at the moment, since there's not a lot of listening I can do. An ear infection I thought I'd whipped earlier returned in a pretty ferocious manner (it even set my ENT to clucking sympathetically and peering sympathetically), with the result being that my right ear is totally non-working (except for being a completely workable source of pain).
Dear Diary, I think I've recovered enough from the ICMC (and the subsequent bout with an ear infection, replacing a wrecked car, and a few of the other shocks to which the mortal life is heir to say a few things about my trip to Miami.... For those of you who are acquainted with the ICMC, it's an annual international conference, held in a different place each year, that lets you hear the latest technical papers, hang out and exchange recipes for sugar cookies, and generally sit through a whole lot of concerts of all kinds of music made using computers.
Dear diary: Well, I'm finally back home after having survived two major-league spanking machines--the annual AES convention, and the annual International Computer Music Association conference, hosted this year in sunny Miami.
I know you all probably read slashdot religiously.
Perhaps you're of a different temperament than I am, and only start tasks that you fully expect you'll finish, or your initial enthusiasms never flag in the course of some great undertaking. While I may envy such persons, I think that the fully actualized may be denying themselves one of life's surprising little pleasures: the recovery of pleasure and enthuasiasm (and the accompanying boost to your sense of dedication) in mid-task, with the additional available-to-all thrill of deferred gratification at the end. If you're imagining that I have a bookshelf full of thick books with discreetly placed bookmarks (I shall someday pick this up from where I dropped it, honest....), then you might be surprised.
I've been thinking about the Xu Bing exhibition on and off--more specifically, I've been thinking not about the large installation, or even the calligraphy lesson, but rather the large ink paintings whose "brushstrokes", on closer inspection, turn out to be calligraphic narratives or comments on the image itself. I suppose that kind of recursion of imagery should have put me in mind of various granular techniques.
I spent a pleasant afternoon at the museum, checking out a new installation by the Chinese artist Xu Bing.
I've been a bit busy and scattered recently, working on updating the Max/MSP docs, starting to puzzle over stuff that needs doing for the AES, and preparing for some upcoming live performances.