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Archive for July 2005

Physical computing


Tom Igoe co-author of Physical Computing has a tremendous list of resources on all things relating to physical computing.

BTW: The front page of his site also functions as an Oblique Strategies oracle.


Search for chips and their data sheets by part number.

Cheesy lights


  • Oggsz – Oggz are portable rechargeable lights made of flexible translucent silicone that glows from LEDs inside as they shift through a cycle of colors.
  • Mathmos – lava lamps and more
  • Morphema – frosted marbled glass accent lamps
  • Color Kinetics

Images from workshop


Gisle has uploaded screenshots of all white board notes from the recent workshop on electronics at BEK here.



Music is continually going up and down but no longer only on those stepping stones five seven twelve in number or the quarter tone.

John Cage: Experimental Music: Doctrine. Silence




Musical habits include scales modes theories of counterpoint and harmony and the study of the timbres singly and in combination of a limited number of sound-producing mechanisms. In mathematical terms they all concern discrete steps. They resemble walking – in the case of pitches on steppingstones twelve in number. This cautious stepping is not characteristic of the possibilities of magnetic tape which is revealing to us that music action or existence can occur at any pojnt or along any line or curve or what have you in total sound-space that we are in fact technically equipped to transform our contemporary awareness of nature’s manner of operation into art.

Again there is a parting of the ways. One has a choice. If he does not wish to give up his attempts to control sound he may complicate his musical technique towards an approximation of the new possibilities and awareness. (I use the word “approximation” because a measuring mind can never finally measure nature.) Or as before one may give up the desire to control sound clear his mind of music and set about discovering means to let sounds be themselves rather than vehicles for man-made theories or expressions of human sentiments.

John Cage: Experimental music. Silence




<a href=“/system/photos/118/original/steppingstones.jpg” rel=“lightbox” title="The installation “Quiet and relaxed, but alert” by Jana Winderen and Trond Lossius">Steppingstones

From the installation “Quiet and relaxed, but alert” by Jana Winderen and myself currently at Galleri F15. Photo by Jana Winderen.


Eno podcast


Rykodisc has an official podcast on the new Eno CD “Another Day on Earth”. In addition to Danny Hillis interviewing Eno it also offers a 10 min scan of the CD tracks.

The individual in the group


Schoenberg’s method assign to each material in a group of equal materials its function with respect to the group. (Harmony assigned to each material in a group of unequal materials its function with respect to the fundamental or most important material in the group.) Schoenberg’s method is analogous to a society in which the emphasis is on the group and the integration of the individual in the group.

Cage The Future of Music: Credo. In Silence.



CronniX is a Aqua frontend to the powerful Unix tool “cron”. Cron is a Unix system service that allows scheduled execution of scripts programs applications – in short anything that can be started from the command line. This includes OSX applications and AppleScripts. The source code is available.

It has been suggested on the MaxMSP mailing list recently as a workaround to avoid HD sleep on bowerbooks.

2005-07-04 is now registered.


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