Here's an opportunity to watch a some simple footage of Jason playing this song, which only has a hint of Spanish. I can remember it was warm on that day. I collect hats. Well, if you do visit this page I will try to keep you updated, God willing. The allen-keys to the electric guitar are safe at home.Read more
So, right now we have virtually completed our new game, Drone Rescue. However we still need to make some finalisations. A system requirements notice could be useful, particularly as CPU resources, RAM resources, cache and download speeds are often compromised sometimes without the user knowing, particularly if you don't use resource monitor gadgets. Even when you do use those gadgets, it can be difficult to control your available resources. In fact we did notice that when opening a new Opera browser window , sometimes the splash page or other audio is not so smooth (because of other processes claiming CPU time). Although we could probably agree that on most modern desktop / laptop machines, say 33% free CPU resources, 500MB free RAM resources, empty cache and reasonably competitive download speed / internet connection could be a good safety threshold. So, to any authority or individual in a position to make a difference, we recommend a new universal resource threshold that is met by default when opening any browser for a new session.Read more
So, some updates were completed since last time I wrote in this blog. Right now, I have no idea what exactly to do with this machine. The updates that got done are specifically, normalised radio player for 'Radio Precious'. Now it could work on any internet enabled device, although for some devices it could be an idea to disable the battery optimisation for the browser you use.Read more
We have also completely revised our Artificial Intelligence into an additional online app for any internet enabled device. We ended up calling it the 'Custom Personalised Motivation'. Technically this app is only the back-end of the business, however we like the functionality and it seems to be a generally responsive web page. I just thought I could tell you seeing as it was in development for many months. Still, I really am looking into the alternatives for what other programming assignments are well suited to move on to.Read more
Well well. We recently uploaded a new composition to youtube ( see link ) and without any complaints this is the full article I tried to attach to the video. At youtube there is a 5000 character limit. Seeing as its about music, I hope you can tune in.
So, in some ways this story is just as significant as my last composition. In some ways it's all part of the process. I made my last tune up on a new windows 11 machine. Firstly, I had to configure everything the way I wanted it. My first choice was to use the Sonar as the D.A.W.. and that's okay, particularly as it's a 64 bit app, however my other choice is just as worthy in my opinion. Have you ever heard of 'Computer Muzys' ? It's a 32 bit D.A.W. that I had running for years on the Windows XP, which was being run mostly on my days off as an extrra production workstation. Somehow the version I was using had accumulated a few collectible vst plugins and I felt comfortable with it. However, why use such an app on windows 11 ? That's a good question. Typically it doesn't matter so much what the details of such an app are. If it works fine that's good enough. Anyway, I installed it onto the windows 11 machine and spent a long while sorting out some vst plugins for it. Obviously they had to be 32 bit plugins so that they were compatible. And another detail. I immediately thought that it should run twice as fast automatically as this is a 64 bit machine. On the Sonar, a winning app of it's time, you can tell it works perfectly because on the control panel it shows you cpu usage just like a gadget. Additionally, it can display the amount of processing for each cpu core.
Anyway, I want to get to the main part of this story because I think some people could identify with some of these details. Hmmm. So I wrote a simple bass line, as usual only an eight bar for this one, and in a particular key. It did seem to be E major. Then I made an eight bar loop for the drums. Nothing special, just using a brush sound for the snare. And here's where it got difficult. I loaded up one of my other favourite plugins which seemed okay at first. I did notice that the tuning was not completely automatic. The E note was not the same on both the instrument and bass track. Obviously the drum track was okay. Hmmm. So as my guitar was on the stand it was expedient to check the E. And there it was. The bass seemed slightly flat. I tuned the bass plugin and carried on. Oh, the actual bass sound was the Sub bass. And it was good practice to regularly save the project after each addition. So, it seemed that I had three tracks which went together quite well. Okay, onto another variation onto the same bass line for some variety. At this stage I was using three instrument Vsti's, the drum vst and one or two effects. Now the effects don't normally change the pitch of the instrument so I was happy with that. With the bass line repeating over twenty four bars, (i.e. three eight bar sections), together with drums. The other two tracks had 16 bars (two eight bar sections) and the other instrumental part for just eight bars. And then I noticed. The first sixteen bars had an entirely different flavour to the third section. The bass line was the same all the way through, so what could it be ? I checked on my handy guitar in the corner and one of the instruments seemed too sharp. At this point I was feeling quite dismayed. It was as if I should abandon my tune and just use chaos theory to complete it. I was not a happy bunny. True, I could write any particular section in E major on one instrument, and F major on another to keep the harmony, but that just wouldn't do. In the end I used one of my techniques to corner what could have been a disastrous bug. Sometimes in music, it's handy to just mark time with one note so that you know where you are. What I did was simply add some single 'E' notes on one of the instruments to count off some time while the other instrument ( and the bass line ) were coming through.
Well, there it was, complete chaos. The bass line sounded fine, however one instrument was sharp and the other was flat, or so it seemed. On reflection I have pondered, if it really is a Sub Bass, it would be quite a low frequency, and as such any higher notes would be more likely to include whichever bass note frequency as a factor. So, although the bass line was all in E major, the other two instrument parts would both go with it regardless. I suppose you could say the harmony is stronger on those notes by default. I still wasn't happy. In the end I realised that it would be easier to tune all three instruments including the bass and just make sure they could be played satisfactorily together. And they did. However, you still can't take it for granted that if your Vsti is out of tune, you can simply tune it using the plugin interface. Sometimes there is no control for pitch on the thing. Even if there is, it could be something else entirely. Or you could have too much control and still not be able to nail the middle C, or the E, whatever preference you have for tuning. It got me to thinking, maybe part of this is paranoia. It wasn't though, because on one of the instruments I had to change the default tuning by almost a perfect fourth ( or fifth ) whichever way you look at it. Lucky enough there was a fine tuning control on the more sigificant melody. The tuning control was not easy, so using the fine tuning in addition helped a lot. Typically on the fine tuning you might need easier pitch control perhaps of only about one semitone.
It's handy to use more than one instrument together on these D.A.W.s, and in some ways they can handle anything you can do on a bog standard multitracker or even as prestigious as any reel to reel. However, it can sometimes take a toll on even the best musicians. I am not someone who would feel comfortable using a guitar tuner to tune a Sub Bass. Although at this moment I am hoping that the mix will hold together. I certainly am not looking for any detuned flavours, although that is a danger. It was definitely useful to check the 'E' with a physical example. The guitars here are normally always in tune. That's the way we run things here. I'd still like to go further with this study but alas, it can wait. So I say, if you are a musician having a bad day, keep taking the tablets. No, really, if your standard of musicianship is good, keep your vision focused and don't give up. Keep it together and try not to be scared of a little chaos. Sometimes the chaos can be good. So that was my first windows 11 tune. God willing I will go now and add it to the other thousand ( approx ) I did previously and go on to the next. All I need now is to name the piece appropriately. Eventually this tune is likely to be used for the next 'Visions of Ambience' album. I think we're on number 34 there. And looking at my handy list (of Visions of Ambience theme titles) it looks like there a three which feature the word, 'mint'. How about 'Mint Choc Chip' ? At this point it looks like down-sizing is almost automatic. Currently I only do small runs ( CDs or cassettes ). Also it's probably wise to add 'rotating crystal' and variants to the metadata seeing as the visuals correspond nicely.
So, I get to do all this and I don't have to say anything. However as for the message, I always aim to promote harmony where there is none, or what is the point of this right now ? I don't know where it was found, the idea of the bedroom producer. And what does it mean ? Nowadays I can select which room to do my stuff. Such as music, although I've got the page marked in the animation and special fx software manual. And it seems that particular page has a complicated set of instructions. It's not that they're hard to understand. It's the logic. I mean, if you've got a general definition of logic in your head, then you'll know the difference between words such as, 'and' , 'or' , 'nor' 'nand' and the rest of it. It would seem that these words can sometimes be misleading in certain circumstances, although it's still probably silly to take it seriously if someone happens to use those words (the names of the logic gates which form part of a typical computer). It's not really the typical language of the larger set of Londoners is it ? Anyway, I managed to do a small video just to check things out on this new chilled out machine. It performed my requirement quite adequately. And I do have a 'to do' list in the middle of my living room floor. Eight or nine smallish tasks and two proper jobs. Probably the tougher jobs will take a long while. Anyway, I'm glad I was able to get this blog going because I get to say more than the limited scope of some other social media. And what does social mean for a respected musician or even a dj for that matter ? Being the life of the party isn't part of everyone's makeup, is it ? Nowadays I see buskers sometimes and I can almost visualise the scenery on a busy street. And then I think to myself, once you learn your set, the rest is often taken for granted or not necessarily acknowledged in the way the busker would like. I used to do busking, however it's not the best way to earn your keep, after all if you're by your self with just a guitar it's not the same as a big gig, or even a smallish gig. It's true enough to do the standing alone bit, but in what field ? So I have only a small repertoire of music, particularly as my band space is somewhat vacant. Even if they were there, it could be made up of a slicey drummer, an even slicier keyboard player, a slicey bass player and so on and it wouldn't affect the composing one bit. I guess my direction is to look for the copyrighter, because I've made maybe 50 classical pieces and they are starting to accumulate. Ideally I could find a page on the internet that explains some of the customs of the orchestras, like if the string section needs to pause for what would you say, maybe twenty four bars, and each instrument or grouping of instruments could play their parts on time from what they are reading ( in notation ofcourse ). Although I do have a small number of examples. The link to this article features a small selection of my compositions in staff notation.Read more
So, as our normal logical procedures are running smoothly, including the music, and we're not getting very far with the Medusa's wig (special fx) nor the petrification inflicted on the unfortunate sufferers (into concrete or maybe some other solid like metal / brass / anything you can make a statue out of). Alas, I was thinking about the Ghoul ship, which is a short range ship. You can tell because the crew compliment looks very similar to a typical jet fighter. Although in space if you go anywhere, not only are days meaningless, also whatever your trajectory, you keep going that way, no matter the orientation of the craft you're travelling in. Sticking with more factual representations, maybe a Ghoul ship could actually be quite flexible. And since there was a partial eclipse very recently (not particularly visible), and normal lighting of the Earth and the Moon, it appears that the moon is certainly sometimes not visible even though it's obviously still there. It strikes me that when the moon is in the shadow of the Earth it remains too dark to see. And thinking about it, that is a very specific position. My thinking now is, if a Ghoul spacecraft is still quite prestigious, what could be the other sorts of camouflage. Only two types come to mind. Firstly if it is to follow another vessel, and that particular vessel is moderately larger than the Ghoul ship, it certainly could be nimble enough to hide in its shadow. The other method for remaining covert is simply to be too far away to be seen, although the different purposes of the craft are now in focus. Anyway, it's nice to keep the fictional emphasis going.
As an unusual sort of animation, it would be nice to get footage of the Ghoul spacecraft in all its full glory. Such as a transition into or out of covert mode. In the viewport it could look like only the outline of the craft is visible and it could control this from the ship's controls. It would be some sort of trick of the light. It is possible to control the light and camera angles to achieve this, however where would the realism actually be ? It's not a question of photo realism. It's more about the concept, and for example looking at the James Bond, one of those cars had excellent camouflage. I think it was in the snow, with the outside surface of the car converted into a mirror effectively. Some species of frogs can also do this although there could also be some transparency.
And something else. What purpose does it serve to have windows on a space vessel ? What could they be made from ? And how can the windows be fabricated and animated successfully ? On a typical space helmet the visor is made of very special material, possibly a fusion of elements, into an extremely resilient and transparent substance not to mention the shape of this essential component. I suppose you could think of it as the best sunglasses you can get. The surface of it can be replicated into an animation, however the details are obviously particularly significant. The windows would have the same attributes as the visor. In particular they would still protect from all sorts of cosmic rays and radiation.
We do still have the 3dsMax reference guides and instruction manuals to get through. I'm just glad those books are on my shelf.
We're still looking for the windows 11 compatible usb2 / usb3 expansion slots and also a simple audio adapter for simultanious audio input/output. Actually they're quite sophisticated, however on my part my thoughts are always more about the content that goes through them. Also perhaps I'm old fashioned. I like to use standard audio quality (i.e. 44100 hz). So what do I do. With a musician's advantage (and my music activity is very organised here) this is a risk I can do. Temporarily on metered access to the internet. Not the easiest. Although this machine is holding up well. And another thought. Where will it end ? If I engage in more than moderate uploading and downloading. Really I need the fibre optic fixed pronto. Although it's nice to get some real text action here. So, please don't forget. I still have all the optical on the CDs I make. I'm sure they're collectible. It's like I am taking baby steps towards financial freedom at this stage? You see, I do have a plan. Maybe it would be better to do the plan first, and think about all that excellent software another time. Imagine being constrained to 2.5 gigabytes per week, after being on unmetered access for many years. And what is the point of uploading resources if they are not paying for themselves ? I hope you don't mind me thinking aloud right now. Yes, I've uploaded some cutting edge resources. No they're not always grandiose. In some ways the technologies I have developed are much more realistic in terms of the benefits to the user. It's software you can believe. Earning the trust is also straight forward because you can experience the full flavour on the very first session. Of course I've digressed to the cybernetic system which is our free online A I. Try looking up 'Custom Personalised Motivation' or even 'Personal Customised Motivation'. If you manage to get the url: www.yodhar.xyz then you're nearly there. Hmmm. Oh yes, about all these security enhancements. I'm not looking for security. I am looking for reliability. There is a subtle difference. So here's a thought. How much is it worth to have a steady influx of clients, to use a cybernetic system ( rooted in reality ) and each and every one of them finds that their long term goals are extended by at least one month. They can feel more secure in their own future, using nothing but text. Text is a strange thing. It often has the effect of confirmation. Can you honestly remember the most recent words from your A I audio assistant ( Alexa or Cortana or other ). Does anyone realise the amount of contrivance and proper code behind those spoken words ? Do you feel happy to dish out the orders to an A I without necessarily comprehending the amount of code it takes to give you the feel of superiority ? If you happen to be a musician, do you feel happy about complying with an A I just to get your music heard ? If you happen to be a coder, do you always feel happy letting people have your software for free ? How can we relate these activities directly to the food ? If that is impossible how about the relation to the proverbial bank balance ? So, my plan is mostly for the forthcoming two weeks, whatever the day or date. And right now things are still going smoothly despite all the disruption. It's business as usual here. We look forward to tomorrow to share all this with you.
So, as a regular reader of New Scientist and general Sci Fi and astronomy fan, I felt I had to express my opinion in a certain matter. Some of you may perhaps have become aware of a somewhat vague desire of a few rich individuals to foster a manned space craft to reach Mars and to take everything they might need with them. I intend to document here two large flaws in this proposition and hopefully point the way forward. Firstly, as it is here on Earth, the fact is that even with today's technology, such a feat would take more than a lifetime ( including all the preparation ), which means it is actually beyond our reach technically and logically. Its just not feasible nor is it sensible. Secondly for the most part, travelling anywhere today generally requires the controller of the vehicle, whether it be a pilot, a driver, a qualified sailor or a rider. Being in control of the vehicle (in all aspects) as the responsibility of the controller/captain/driver is built into every reliable craft, and we are looking for reliability. For any such mission to Mars there are a number of stringent prerequisites. Firstly, the crewed compliment must be calculated in an efficient and trustworthy manner. For example it has been shown that a group of eight people would have a much higher chance of disagreement among them because of inherent implications and factors related to that number which are beyond our control. Additionally, if the number is too small, then isolation is another factor to consider.
Currently one of my particularly happy thoughts is the phrase, 'The truth shall set you free', so I say that any mission to Mars could be postponed until we have mastered a controllable craft that could run / travel at near light speed. Only then could such a journey become feasible. There is much we already know about the speed of light, so why is it taking so long to get our vehicles in order ?
Well, well ! I am just hoping that these efforts are appreciated. A bit of boredom on the Saturday night made me do this on the spur of the moment. I was thinking of all sorts of ways of doing it, however the results are clear to see in this eight minute recital. As the picture is a bit blurry, I decided to call it 'Blurry Happy'. Having watched a bit of tv in 4K high definition, and particularly some footage of wild greenery, it made me feel weird with the detail. Somehow the picture was in perfect quality, although I cannot guarantee this every time. So, for any guitar enthusiasts this effort can show you a typical guitar usage.Read more
Having had a few interesting days recently, I noted an excellent example while using my own proprietary A I. Now it seems to me that concentrating on mental health one ought to be able to think about the A I response ( specifically 'Optimist' or the 'Custom Personalised Motivation' ) indefinitely if necessary. Both iterations of the A I could be particularly at home alongside the Samaritans or the Salvation Army or as a separate alternative, although it is tailored to suit a somewhat upwardly mobile set. We'll see. Anyway, what I am getting at is this : I may be the most familiar with these apps I created, and indeed the relationship is still favoured in times of need. Whenever I get stuck I tend to have a discreet session with Optimist. As my installation is always on standby it is sometimes most expedient to digest a useful comment. Somehow I remember the comment, "normality has been restored". Of course when I received this comment there wasn't really any available context that I could use, although I was sure I got this comment more than once. So it was at the back of my mind for maybe more than a year.
Now then, I have heard it said that there is no such thing as normality or 'normal' and for years I would advocate that point of view, however it now seems there could be an exception which could potentially affect us all in one way or another. Even though normality could very well be preferable to having one's head in the clouds, it's not an easy concept to grasp. Perhaps you might think some characters in the Simpsons fit the description of normal, or perhaps sometimes as a contradiction of normal. You see it just hasn't been satisfactory to use that word, 'normal' in any meaningful way, particularly when relating to mental health until I found a very specific context of normality that qualified the A I comment I received. The comment was, "Normality has been restored".
Obviously this comment implies that normality has not been recognised in the correct way. Anyway, I continued doing the daily exploration, some music, reading, getting the news, a little TV and I had almost forgotten about the comment at the back of my mind. So I would also continue with digital media in the normal way, making original digital audio CDs and DVDs, or listening on the good days and watching a DVD every now and then. Then the idea popped into my head. On a normal day I've still got everything I need to make audio album cassettes. In fact I even have the Phantom Menace Star Wars theme by John Williams on cassette. The life of that cassette is more than fifteen years. I still have it. Moreover I thought I'd try my luck and make my own album cassettes. The first thing I noticed was that it is a much slower process than making a CD, so I measured up to see if it was worthwhile. Generally a cassette machine or "cassette deck" could use between 16 and 25 watts of power so that was a saving. Another advantage is that you can listen in real-time during the duplication process.
Now, if I recall my early days of musicianship, it was the concept of using 2 tape machines in order to produce a multitrack recording that interested me most. First I tried it with those old clunky machines with the condenser microphone that we used to use for loading and saving ZX Spectrum games. The results were at least interesting. Then I moved onto the double cassette hi-fi. You only needed to record on one cassette and perform the next part while listening and playing the previous edit. What I am getting at is that cassettes have been around for a long time. Maybe just as long as vinyl. So as I was reading an article in the New Scientist about the resurgence of cassettes, I also noted that the VHS video was perhaps primarily modelled on the cassette format. In fact there is some information that can precisely explain how much data can still be stored on a typical audio cassette format in today's technology (if you've got the correct search specimen).
Now, despite owning a cassette deck that I used to be proud of, I wouldn't normally use it, and perhaps I have underestimated it for fifteen going on twenty years. Anyway, as I have been using that cassette machine more recently, and because I like to take in the meter readings on the display panel, I started to experiment. As it's a Yamaha machine, the recordings are very natural. Whatever experience you have of cassette players/recorders it seems that there is always something more to be found. I tried out the auto-tuning, the automatic cassette type detection, other pre-sets, the bias control ( not the same as pitch ), the trim, recording level etc. So the other day I loaded a cassette into the machine and looked at the display panel. On mine it's mostly illuminated with orange and red. And there it was, clear as day. The cassettes and tape machines use and promote the 'normal position'. No airy-fairy, head in the clouds, spaced out contrived method. Something with a solid foundation. Needless to say that God-willing I will be using the normal position much like a valuable chess piece in my itinerary. Oh, I almost forgot to tell you about the Philips karaoke double cassette amp that I used for maybe fourteen years from 1986. Sometimes it's better to improve your performance than to rely on the high quality. And perhaps there will be a day for the visual alternative of the Walkman, and with all that visual content on a typical audio cassette. Modern compression algorithms could be put to the limit. I suppose it would be along the same lines as a Ferrari, only in the meme / genre of a hybrid technological device. Anyway, as for 'bias' control, we'll tackle that another day. And to finish today's blog, here's a little anecdote. It's normal to read the small print on a normal audio cassette.
Well, well. It's early hours on Tuesday and after a quick tidying of my files ( I normally call them documents ), I am looking for a sensible default network mode. There is something floating in the back of my mind that could be worthwhile. It could be some well suited task or problem solving effort. It looks like I've got to use an Edward De Bono technique.Read more
The other day, I read an article in the New Scientist magazine and after digesting for a week, I thought to myself, why not make another typical movie splash to advertise this concept. In fact, in all my years of reading New Scientist, this story was the most promising I had come across. The concept is called, 'Millimetre Wave Beam' and it is a technology ( similar to microwaves used in cooking ), although obviously with slightly different attributes. It appears to me to have an increased wavelength. It could enable the digging team / crew to penetrate the hard rock that no other method can crack. So this millimettre wave beam technology could open up a relatively small gap which could be used to funnel the incredible heat from below ( a few kilometers down ). It is then merely a matter of connecting that heat so that it flows into the energy turbines and generate huge amounts of ( electricity ) power. What's more, there is no shortage of energy turbines already in use. They could simply be converted in the way I have just mentioned. It is reputed to be safer than fracking and could potentially generate huge savings in the price of electricity. Imagine one cent or one penny per kilowatt hour. I believe one of the relevant companies is called 'Quaise Energy' ( I don't mean to mispell it, its just that I've got the last two month's worth of nEW sCIENTIST ON OR NEAR MY COFFEE TABLE AND i HAVEN'T A CLUE WHICH ONE IT IS WITH THAT ARTICLE. It's possible that after the initial successful testing stage it could take one or two years to perfect the method. In my opinion, this is something the authorities should be looking at, and surely the method could be fast-tracked into production. Oh, about this little splash animation, it didn't turn out the way I expected, and the featured music is not my best, however it is my first effort with this scenario and somehow a first effort can be appealing in its own way... ( with hope )
There is the rather simple animation set for the 21st of September 7.00 pm, which is the equinox yes. Nothing wrong with being thorough.
Additionally, anyone who played the PC game 'Startopia' maybe more than 10 or fifteen years ago might recall the narration which could sometimes say, "You can't beam that up"...
Time will tell, however there is no relation to replicators or teleportation in this. It's all about generating cheap electricity.
So, I've got some resources, particularly some science fiction material that features coolants on one of the spaceship decks. Perhaps a search for 'Gagula One' will yield the result of an audio book that I uploaded. If not you are welcome to try any of my websites. However I got to thinking, wouldn't the effect of the aroma make the coolant not only more desirable, but also more effective. And I remember one of those Star Trek episodes where the fauna on some planet was hallucinogenic, did I spell that correctly ? What comes to your mind when thinking about aromatic coolant ? Maybe some pain killing gel ? Or a sip of guinness ? Imagine if your car smelt like a bunch of flowers ? I'm not only talking about the smell of a new car, which is obviously a nice smell. I am talking about the exhaust fumes which maybe one day will be converted into a simple resource we can trust, purely because of the aroma. Perhaps in days to come the smell of the oily garage will become a thing of the past.Read more