Edition#3 of The Included Middle is online. This one is much more of a horror story and the music reflects that quite horribly! Something to creep you out over the next fortnight.
In other news… the mad modular circuit-bending hero J.Lopez Donado joined me at Browning Street Studios for an improvised session. He was demonstrating the use of his TP.Neon, a modified/bent electronic trumpet which he has written a paper on here.
He also brought along a hard drive that was contact mic’d and modified to provide percussive pleasures. Sounds from these things were fed into my MOTU and processed in Kenaxis, a Max/MSP based stand-alone tool that rivals Audiomulch for most suitable live improvisational platform. Controlling this with the provided Touch OSC patch made it fun and quite easy to build erratic soundscapes however I plan to make my own Lemur patch once I can get my head around the vast amount of controllers I need to address.
In other news, pretty sure I have ADD. And not just this kind, though it is probably made worse by the need to skim read everything. Things are starting to come to a head and questions are being asked about why I have lived for so long with an inability to focus on one thing at a time, to concentrate when people are talking to me, to not fall asleep in lectures other people are giving, to remember more than about 2 things in a row and to not constantly procrastinate and shift attention from whatever the goal at hand is until it’s ridiculously urgent and AAARGH!!
I know I’ve always had difficulty focusing on one thing at a time (unless it is music – then I hyperfocus) but now with the added responsibility of a child i’m finding it near impossible to finish anything.
The Included Middle project is one of the few things I seem able to do at the moment. Interested to hear from anyone else who has similar issues.