This was my first attempt at making a tape loop. In 1974, I attended a class at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California, called “Colloquy in Electronic Music,” and this is the result. It’s so dumb that it must be an insult to the entire institution of scholarly electronic music. You are not obliged to listen to the entire piece!
For Halloween, I made this thing. Maybe it’s too “new age” for Halloween, maybe not. I probably insulted the term “new age.” What do you Think?
This is high definition video at 1280 x 720 (5000 kbps). If you have trouble playing this, try the lower quality version below.
640 x 360 at 2500 kbps
Stereo audio 48kHz at 320 kbps mp3
The basic sound was created using free VST plugins “MadRing,” “DTBlkFxS,” and “LoudMax” running in VSTHost. Then I finished up processing the audio further with another free VST plugin called “4ORMULATOR” running in Adobe Audition. The video was made by playing the audio in Winamp with “Milkdrop” visualization and screen capturing the video and audio with FRAPS. This made a giant uncompressed file, larger than 10 gigabytes. This file was trans-coded to a smaller size and to Flash video format, suitable for uploading.
Be sure to check out my YouTube version here.
Recently, members of Negativland got into a little dust up over Viagra, also known as “boner” pills. I decided it might be fun if I showed a couple of the commercials to point out what that distinctly manly music is on these ads. I had nothing better to do, so enjoy!
More information about John Lee Hooker and the song “Dimples” can be found here.
More information about Howlin’ Wolf and “Smokestack Lightning” is here.
Here are a couple of recordings of sounds exclusively from the internet. They are somewhat messy and I’ve been wondering since January if I should post them. Both parts feature live streaming audio from hydrophones (underwater microphones), several webcams with fairly high quality audio, and radio noise from online Very Low Frequency (VLF) radio receivers. In part 1 in particular, the tones were created by feeding the VLF radio noise into a VST frequency shifter and “tuning” it until I got the repeating tones. In addition, the sound was back fed into a microphone simultaneously which captured the sound of my room. That was actually a mistake, but I decided I liked the added room ambience.
Here are some of the voices from the “How Dare You“ collage. They are in no particular order and some of these voices were not in the original collage. There is two seconds of silence between each comment and sound. I may be making more versions of “How Dare You” as well. I’ve always liked hearing the sound of people and animals at this kind of mid-grade level of anger and frustration. It really isn’t too intense, but it is definitely “sassy.” Of course, I have my fair share of mid-grade anger and frustration, too. The cat hissing is Isis and she would hiss at Buddy, my other cat. Buddy, my little black cat, passed away in 2004. Now in this new version, I have added a few more comments and brought up the audio level. Maybe it could be considered “sassier.”
This updated version from September 2009 has some comments that are not featured in “How Dare You,” and were likely played on Over the Edge in the 1990s.
Now updated with MEL GIBSON!
Now updated with audio from a caller on a talk radio show, Swift Justice With Nancy Grace, a guest on The Steve Wilkos Show, and three YouTube Videos entitled “Neighbor’s Worst Day,” “Angry Woman abuses garage owner,” and “The Three Stooges In Crime On Their Hands.”
Now updated with “He burns me up,” from a 1960s public service announcement about mental health.
Now updated on June 8th, 2013 with audio from a YouTube video entitled “2003 Chevy Z71 Fire 8-8-2012,” and added some links
I made this sometime in 1989 using several synthesizers. I can’t remember for sure, but I think there is an Oberheim OB-X (four voice), Casio CZ – 101 Digital, a Roland System 100 Model 101, and at least one audio signal generator, probably an Eico 377 with vacuum tubes. At least one outboard effects processor was used, most like my DeltaLab Super Time Line Model 2048. For some reason I chose to record only on cassette tape even though I owned a DAT recorder. Luckily the cassette machine was a fairly decent Denon three head unit and the tape is Maxell UDS-II and Dolby “B” was used. I played the tape on my Sony TC-D5M with Dolby “B” switched on, and the line level signal ran through a Mackie 1402-VLZ mixer. The lows and highs were boosted in the mixer about 3db. The output of the mixer runs to the computer sound card (unfortunately unbalanced line level) though my new high end Mogami cable with Neutrik connectors. I recently upgraded my sound card to the Asus Xonar Essence STX which has quarter inch tip and ring line input and RCA jacks for line out. The sound was captured using VSTHost with one plugin only, LoudMax set to hard limit at -.4 db. The audio during capturing never reached -.4db, so any dynamics in the sound were unaffected and a 16 bit 48 Khz .wav file was made. I then put the .wav file into Adobe Audition and adjusted the amplification (calculated normalization and left/right not locked) to -.34db. I put fades at the beginning and ending (before and after any audible sound) and no other processing. After saving this new file, an MP3 at 320 kilobits per second was made using the LAME encoder with RazorLame. In spite of all this technical jargon, the quality is only fair, with the noise floor being around-45db (more technical jargon) which is considered poor.
As with anything I’ve created that may be more, dare I say, more musical, I’ve become more protective and shy due to my lack of music theory. I will say I created this “piece” originally entitled “Synthesizerdrone Dec. 1989,” (according to the label on the cassette tape) when my mother was suffering from complications of breast cancer and the strongest earthquake(Loma Prieta) that I had ever witnessed happened earlier in October. It is possible those events played a role in the creation of this recording. In addition, there was no thought as to what key or scale in musical terms this should be, and I never actually thought about it until yesterday. There seems to be a lot of G sharp major going on throughout this piece. To prove it, I have provided this link which should open a separate player which has the G Sharp Major Tone at 415.305 Hertz. The tone will not be exactly in tune due to inaccuracies in tape speed and tuning.
Here is another item from some old commercials I found at a radio station in the 1970s. The original box for the tape was lost and for some time I thought the tape was gone as well. Recently I located what I think is the original tape spliced onto a large reel of other material. I always liked this one, thinking it was whimsical and sort of snooty.
I can’t think of anything else to say.
Suppose you’re moving along, singing a song, watching tv, doing what “certain men” want you to do, when all of a sudden, THIS happens! What do you think will happen next???