An Image Building and Sky

A new camera so an excuse to post a single frame.

Pulled a stop in post and cropped narrow and wide.

Recent Things and the Start of the Summer 2018

It has been a while since I have blogged here as I just got very busy with lots of things.

Stairwell 81 an installation done in collaboration with Oscar Abela as part of Sounds Like This Festival Leeds 2018.

In April I presented at CeNMaS in Sheffield under the title Composing Processing Spaces to Prompt Improvisation this was the first public outing of the AudioBoxes project.

In other AudioBoxes news a trio of my students also gave the first public performance with AudioBoxes at the NoiseFloor 2018 Festival in Stoke (thank you Jordi Carreras, Molly Darley and Joe Kershaw).

Also while marking season is almost done 2017-2018 teaching is done so its onto summer projects.

Lots of summer project ideas at the moment but I have chosen the moon shot and now thinking about the doable project as well.

I have also switched from org mode based writing to Scrivener mainly because I have never liked lisp.

I have been enjoying reading Table Talk Magazine and Long Reads.

An interesting quote from Tabletalk April 2018.

Because God is different from us, we can have hope even in the face of our stumbling. Allen, M., 2018. A Good Mystery. Tabletalk April 2018.

I have also been enjoying the album Resolve by Poppy Ackroyd.

Setting Paste and Match Style as default in Scrivner on OSX

An incredible tip that I found today when I finally got feed up with pasting text into Scrivner and having to deal with all the different text formats at compile time.

A stack exchange entry about how to remap key commands in OSX.

Using the OSX system preference App Shortcuts found within,

System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > App Shortcuts

It is possible to swap Paste with Paste and Match Style.

This little change makes Scrivener much quicker to work with as know when you copy text into scrivner it does not paste with its own style and instead matches the current format style.

Im sorry but this only works with Scrivner on OSX.

I wanted to mark the passing of Billy Graham here and I was reminded of a Ted talk he gave a number of years ago regarding Technology, faith and human shortcomings.

Music Picks of 2017

Based purely on my own personal preferences here are 10 picks from 2017.

On Apple Music and as a YouTube playlist.

Dirty Sexy Money by David Guetta & Afrojack ft Charli XCX & French Montana

Great synth sounds and then stunning rhythmic features that dominate the track in its entirety.

Bestie by Yungen ft. Yxng Bane by

More fun rhythms and some interesting vocal processing alongside an interesting background.

Pretty Girl (Cheat Codes x CADE Remix) by Maggie Lindemann

While perhaps predictable I consider this a delightful track with a nice pace of progression throughout.

Something Just Like This by The Chainsmokers & Coldplay

Maybe the most controversial on this list? I don’t know I think is the best track from the album.

Split Stones by Maggie Rogers

Yet more cool rhythms but with a nice change of feel from much of 2017 and a great vocal performance.

What Lovers Do ft. SZA by Maroon 5

Very pop and lots of fun I will offer no more defense.

Memory Lane ft. Tom Grennan by Bugzy Malone

It’s always nice to hear old lyrics reworked and I enjoy the creative of the lyrics within this track. The accompaniment is nicely done as well especially around 2 mins.

Castle On The Hill by Ed Sheeran

My favorite track from Divide and I don’t care what you say.

Despacito ft. Daddy Yankee by Luis Fonsi

I remember a friend playing me this track almost a year ago and thinking it was great. Little did I realise it would become what it did!

Blinded By Your Grace Pt.2 ft. MNEK by Stormzy

I remember this track as a surprise on my first listen through the album and have enjoyed it for the later part of 2017.

Honorable mentions to Boys by Charlie XCX, Know No Better (ft. Travis Scott, Camila Cabello and Quavo) by Major Lazer and Hourglass by LANNDS.