We decide to try and shoot a music video so I was out scouting in Huddersfield and got this nice shot.
Music Video to come soon.
The Magic Piano by Smule
The Magic Piano is a fun tool basically offering a playable piano, while it offers a game mode I was just using it for improvisation. The different interfaces naturally facilitate different performance methods. The spiral keyboard makes playing octaves much easier though the rotating background robbed me of a possibly useful visual reference point. The circular interfaces makes playing continuous glissandos very easy.
Sylo Synthesiser By Matthew Rosenfeld
For such a simple synth there is a massive potential in sounds and then I worked I could sample sounds and use them as the foundation of the synthesis. In the performance setting the 100% feedback on the delay provides the opportunity to build a rich texture which worked very well as a foundation to under pin the ongoing improvisation.
I think there will be more iPad based performance to come and inevitably I have started looking at the SDK.
Had an enjoyable time performing at the first Clunk event this week in musical collaboration with Samuel Freeman, Scott McLaughlin and Eilon Morris alongside some physical improvisors from Huddersfield. Was an interesting evening and I understand then intend to do more events which should be great.
Experience of playing with the physicals improvisors has made me aware as to the importance of rapid gesture availability and the tendency towards shorter form gesture. As a consequence of this I opted to perform with a Dr Pepper Bottle, 2 plastic cups and a tray. This setup allows me rapid access to a rich variety of sounds while offering an observable performance and also an interesting progression due to the instrument fatigue.
More details about ClunK online here.
Every now and again I find it useful to build word clouds of some of the websites I am responsible for its a good way of seeing the trending words within the front page of the site.
Thought I would put to online just for fun.
Word Cloud of www.scotthewitt.co.uk
Word Cloud of www.ablelemon.co.uk
If your interested you can build your own at www.wordle.net.
Over the course of the day I should use a lot of different Twitter accounts, for the various business and groups I am involved in.
However multiple accounts in the browser is hard work.
At first I tried multiple browsers which works until you a; run out of browsers and b run out of memory.
Next I tried TweetDeck which is a great interface for working in but I found the multiple account management awkward and that it never really let me work with just one account quickly when it needed to be my sole focus.
Currently I am working with Python Twitter Tools (PTT) simple to install and allows you to run from the command line interactively.
The real key though is that you can opt to use different files for the oauth login.
To install from the terminal type
Make sure you are logged in to the Twitter account you want to use in the browser.
At the the command line just type
and follow the instructions.
This will give you single account Twitter from the command line.
Rename the created authentication file .twitter_oauth (you will find it in your home directory) to something meaningful.
mv .twitter_oauth .business_twitter_oauth
Then in the web browser login to another Twitter account and repeat the setup process
If you want to set a default account then name the authentication file .twitter_oauth.
I prefer not to have a default so I have to explicitly set the account I wish to tweet from.
To send a tweet you just have to selected the authentication file you wish to use to tweet from. So to tweet from the business account created in the example above,
twitter --oauth .business_twitter_oauth set hello twitter
Of course an easier way of doing this is use an alias.
alias BTwitter='twitter --oauth .business_twitter_oauth'
*If you like colour in the terminal use this alias instead
alias BTwitter='twitter --oauth .business_twitter_oauth -f ansi'
Now if I want to read my Business Tweets I can just type
and to Tweet from the account
BTwitter set Hello Twitter
Hope that is useful to people dont forget you can follow me on Twitter @scotthewitt.