This is an idea I’ve heard suggested but had never seen anyone try to implement: environmentally-friendly events.

Most events are so wasteful (all those drink stirrers, those plastic cups and plates, and those conference lanyards, tote bags, etc.) that it seemed like an obvious idea.

From the site:

dvGreen designs sustainable events without sacrificing style. We show our clients that they can reduce their ecological footprint while still throwing a beautiful party – one that just happens to be Green. By featuring organic food, flowers, and table linens; tree-free paper invitations; donating or composting leftover food; purchasing carbon offsets, and more, dvGreen creates incredible events that you can be proud of forever.

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I started working with the staff at Friends Journal in June 2008.
The site is based on Drupal and is a companion site to the printed version, which is published monthly.

It’s a good feeling to work on a project that is devoted to communicating ideas and messages of peace, trust, understanding, and all the other values that sometimes seem so rare.

You can buy a subscription for $39 (makes a great gift!)… Read the rest

The Road to Mandalay

Rudyard Kipling is an interesting poet to study these days. His notions of the White Man’s Burden seem so outdated, yet his experiences in Colonial India have echoes in the actions of the U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan.

I had some music snippets and thought it would be a good exercise to fill them out using an existing poem as the basis for rhythm and structure.

I chose Kipling’s “Mandalay” because it had a structure that would work with what I already had melodically, and the verses are very visual.

The Road to Mandalay (mp3 2.32MB) is the simple demo.

It could use a bridge; it only has an A and B part now which gets repetitive after a few verses.

I heard a Sinatra version … Read the rest

Frameworks Week 13

An ‘audio sketchbook’ – a non-book containing non-sketches, more of a ‘samplesite’

Frameworks for Interactive Sound

Spring, 2004

Jeff Feddersen

Obvert box, shake, return, select orientation, make sketch.

Initial Sketch

(Did not include radiating lines of fresnel lens)

Select aural metaphor for each visual detail.

Represent grid with kick drum

Represent walls with high hat

Represent both screws and half-walls (shown in blue) with hand clap

Represent sugar with snare (granular synthesis would have been too obvious)

Represent Marbles with TS404

Drum Machine snapshot

The hand claps are pitched enough that you can hear the difference.

I chose 90bpm so that it approximates a human heartbeat.

Rather than make 19×11 separate phrases, I chose to make 20 phrases,

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Frameworks Week 12

Genesis put out an album called ABACAB, named for the standard form of many of their songs

Best Song Ever:

“My Six-Year Old Son Hitting Pots and Pans With a Spatula”

Album: Sounds From the Kitchen

Malleus Maleficarum – ©ï@|í5

Find the script to a play. The meter will affect the final music, so keep in mind that Shakespeare may sound somewhat boring.

Find a scene with a number of actors equal to the number of people participating.

Just you means select a monologue, just you and one friend means find a scene with exactly two characters, etc.

If you want to try playing the parts of two characters you can try but it will be more difficult.

If it’s just you, you may want to … Read the rest

Frameworks Week 11

Ada Babbage: Abba: Aba Cadaba

Heinrich Schenker had some interesting theories of music. One, I believe, was that every euphonious melody begins on the 3rd or 5th and ends on the root.
If you find a melody that does not fit this pattern, by adding or removing notes so that the melody does fit will actually ‘fix’ the melody and make it sound better.

– Made with FruityLoops, Jazz32, and Audition, as well as Blaze Audio Wave Creator and Goldwave

– VanBasco’s Karaoke Player is good for previewing midi files, jetAudio converts just about all formats, including midi. AnvilStudio edits midi files.

1ne – ABA – texture

2wo – ABA – 4/4 : 3/4 : 4/4

3hree – ABA – complexity

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Frameworks Week 10

“Feel the beat of the rhythm of the night!” – El DeBarge

Ursatz or Ersatz?

one – ‘mystery rhythm’ alternating with 3, fft=10

two – beat on 4 with more intricate intermediate rhythm, fft=6

three – loose rhythm, fft=12

four – ‘smells like Philip Glass’, beat on 5, 2+3 a là Brubeck ,fft=8

five – bass line with echo of 300ms (slightly longer than delay between beats) ,fft=8

six – dehydrated electronica: two sines (100 & 101) create pulse of 1 sec. double speed and pitch and remix, do again, and again.

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Frameworks Week 7

Bring in the Noise, Bring in the Skunk

Talking about music is like dancing about architecture

Fifty-Five Noises, some from nature, mostly man-made. The natural ones are most interesting to me.

Wind itself makes very little noise, just a low pitch as the air is pushed against your eardrum.

The sound of wind over a field of grass makes a ‘shh’ sound as the individual blades vibrate slightly.

The sound of wind through trees has a whistling sound, noise with an exagerated frequency or two. This must be the branches or leaves shaping the air.

I tried doing some spectrography on these noises, but since they contain huge swaths of frequencies, the spectrograms ended up just looking like solid blocks with no discernable concentrations, which makes … Read the rest

Frameworks Week 6

Week 6

I discovered that you can save an audio file as txt format, which then has a single line header (e.g. [ASCII 11025Hz, Channels: 1, Samples: 287448, Flags: 0]) and then one line for each sample with a single value (e.g. 0.00781) on each line.
The numbers must represent both pitch and amplitude.

Here’s an original and with all the numbers sorted

Headers are in uppercase, so changing all characters to upper case left the headers intact while making everything lower case ended up messing them up.

Changing character set on the Sopranos file made it unreadable (even though I left the header intact) while it had almost no effect on the honkytonk file.

Original Upper Case Lower Case Alphabetize Lines Spell-Check Character-set Conversion (to
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Frameworks Week 5

Week 5


1 – Bush SotU 1, RM at 500Hz

2 – Bush SotU 2, RM, rising cycle 0 to 1000Hz

(and for comparison, the Gold Cylon leader)


3 – Unprocessed Lark Sparrow

4 – Lark Sparrow with 1kHz AM

5 – Lark Sparrow with 1kHz RM


6 – signal of 1kHz, mod freq of 5, changing modulation depth from 0 to 20000 – note the fluttering helicopter sound

7 – mod freq: 14,061, mod depth: 2,656, carrier from 0 to 20,000 – note the musical scale that appears

8 – R2D2 upchucking the above use phasor, this uses cycle

9 – ‘Wow’ created with modrate of 1 mod depth of 199 on freq of 128

White noise, pink noise, red noise, … Read the rest

Frameworks Week 4

Week 4

Electronic Music that tries, and fails

15-year old invents ultrasound mosquito larvacide device

The grey album link posted this week on the list is better than the one I had a week or two ago.

It’s much better after a few listenings. The first time I thought, “I wish that guy would shut up and let the Beatles play.”

But now I can hear beyond the original songs and appreciate the new arrangements, and like them all (though least of all ‘justify my thug’, there’s some actual singing on the vocal track that doesn’t match the dubbed-in music)

The with this kind of mix is that the melody supplies the rhythm and the bass line provides the narrative, just the reverse of most older … Read the rest

Frameworks Week 3

Week 3

Mth Nrd

Explanations of the sounds below

1.mp3 a chord based on tuning based on the Golden Mean.

2.mp3 a chord based on tuning based on the Fibonacci Sequence.

Secrets of Beating Off Explained!

Explanations of the sounds below

3.mp3 100Hz + 101Hz = beat of 1 sec.

4.mp3 100Hz + 102Hz = beat of 0.5 sec.

5.mp3 100Hz + 101Hz + 103Hz = 3 beats per second, with an emphasis every third beat (3/4 or waltz time).

6.mp3 100Hz + 101Hz + 104Hz = 4 beats per second, with a deemphasis every fourth beat (quasi 4/4 time).

7.mp3 100Hz + 102Hz + 105Hz = finally getting interesting. I’m not sure I can describe it.

8.mp3 100Hz + 102Hz + 103Hz + 105Hz + … Read the rest