Archive for September, 2009

Tone Matrix

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

http://lab.andre-michelle.com/tonematrix .  Just got turned on to this cool little flash based sequencer thing that is apparently inspired by the Tenori-On.  It’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys!

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By following the link toward the bottom of the page you get to this crazy flash based sequencer thing that is quite impressive.  TB-303s and TR-808s + 909s, Boss pedals are all nicely illustrated and sound really  good too.  It takes a few minutes to figure out what to do if you start with a blank preset but once you do it’s a bit like web based Reason.  Future studios on your iPhone (or brain implant) most likely thanks to German ingenuity and start up capital!

audiotool screenshot

Fall Garden

Monday, September 28th, 2009

This year is the third season of my front yard vegetable garden and I’m having the best fall tomato harvest thus far!  Lot’s of material for salsa and gazpacho.  The key has been the discovery  that spider mites are basically decimating the central Oklahoma tomato crop.  For the last 2 years I have thought that it was some kind of disease killing my plants like blight or something but after looking at the leaves under a microscope and taking a  sample to the local extension office I found the real culprit.  Regular applications of a Pyrethrin (a plant based insecticide derived from pyrethrum Chrysanthemum cinerariaefolium) based spray as much as twice a week seems to do the trick of controlling these little devils.  It’s a bit costly and laborious but I haven’t found any other good way to handle it.  Hopefully as the soil fertility increases, my plants will become more resistant to the mites.  Two varieties that seemed to show more natural resistance this year were: Cherokee Purple (one of the tastiest purple slicers) and Costaluto Genovese (an ugly looking but tasty Italian variety).  Below are some photos of various recent specimens.  The strange thing about the spider mite problem is that not many gardeners here seem to know about it and they therefore tend to attribute the death of their Tomato plants to heat.  Consider this a public service announcement to those in central Oklahoma.  Beware the spider mite!

Washed Out

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

It sucks when some one creates a song that makes you think “it sucks that that person made that song and not me.”

FEEL IT ALL AROUND from Northern Lights on Vimeo.

Ryan McGinness

Thursday, September 17th, 2009
Untitled (Black Hole, Black), 2007, acrylic on canvas, 72 in. dia. (Detail) by Ryan Mcginness

Untitled (Black Hole, Black), 2007, acrylic on canvas, 72 in. dia. (Detail) by Ryan McGinness

I ran across this interesting artist today.  He is kindly giving away desktop shots of his work.

New to me but very old drum

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009
late 40's to mid 50's?  tribal.

late 40's to mid 50's? tribal.

Jeremy Cox remix + Satan

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

It’s been an intense few weeks but I’ve finally converted the alchemistrecords.com and this site into the world of WordPress!  Now I look forward to using the system and more importantly getting back to making music.  Speaking of which here is a remix I did of the great Jeremy Cox’s song ‘Stormsweet’.  It’ll be out later this year along with a bunch of other Alchemist Records inter-label remixes.

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I’m also excited to announce that the finishing plans are about made on an upcoming I and I Norwegian mini tour! More details on that to come. As of now there are 3 shows Oslo, Kristiansand, and Stavanger. I’ll leave you with a comedic video I came across thanks to Dean Avants.