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Uffington Horse, Linux, Found Sound. - Elf M. Sternberg
Uffington Horse, Linux, Found Sound.
First off, an apology to all of you who were at the Uffington Horse concert. It was poor judgement on my part that I thought the kids could sit still or, barring that, at least be quiet. They weren't that bad, but Kouryou-chan's only three and Yamaarashi-chan's often living in a dream-world where what's going on outside is sometimes not relevant at all to her. I should have also brought water; I hadn't anticipated it being that hot in there.

Still, it was a damn fine concert, the half of it I was able to attend. The sound system needed help; Heather's voice was terribly fuzzy and off-kilter from the back. And I'm so glad that she did a nifty fiddle solo in the middle of Black Unicorn; the guitar solo on the Phoenyx album is completely off-genre and inappropriate.

And I must say that I haven't been in a room filled with quite such a high quotient of sexy people in it in quite a while. Heh. Having parental responsibilities just sucks sometimes; I wish I could have stayed late and practiced those nascent flirting skills Jenkitty accused me of having.

Got the kids home, got the changed, got them into bed. They were actually very good about the whole thing. This "sitting still and just listening to the music" thing isn't quite there yet, though.

I've installed the new Linux kernel (2.4.21) onto my laptop and I'm really, really happy with it. Supposedly, the new virtual memory manager and I/O channel were meant to help big systems with massive I/O needs. To save power, this little laptop has a 4200 RPM hard drive, so even a moderately large write, say about two hundred megabytes, would lock up the kernel for up to five minutes as the drive sorted itself out. Such write sizes aren't even unusual when transferring MP3s and videos.

No more! The new kernel is way friendly about chunking writes in time with the drive speed. MP3's playing at the same time still stutter, but only for four or five seconds at a time, not for minutes on end. And the keyboard buffer loses nothing-- I can keep writing while sucking down massive bandwidth wastage. Huzzah!

Speaking of massive bandwidth wastage, I'm really intrigued by this album, Nymphomatriarch, by the band of the same name. They're of the "found sound" school of studio musicians-- instead of using classical synthetics or acoustic instruments, they use sound samples of ordinary life. The band The Art Of Noise was one of the pioneers of this: the video of their hit, Close to the Edit, depicted them disassembling a piano with various tools, which the critics understood, because their music was made with digital sound samples of the act we were being shown, modulated and repeated and arranged into something indistinguishable from music.

Nymphomatriarch does that-- and, okay, it's cheap nowadays to own a digital recorder, sampler, and arrangement software. But you've got to admit that they've finally gone and done what should have been obvious. The raw sound library they used for production was sampled completely from the two bandmembers having sex. Nifty stuff, like Aphex Twin in a really horny mood. And not bad twisty electronica either.

Current Mood: tired tired
Current Music: Nymphomatriarch, Blood on the Rope

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manawolf From: manawolf Date: July 12th, 2003 12:48 am (UTC) (Link)
L.... live.... Phoenyx... concert? Black Unicorn?

**most favorite celtic album of ALL TIME**

jenkitty From: jenkitty Date: July 12th, 2003 07:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Not precisely. The only original Phoenyx member in Uffington Horse is Heather Alexander. This is her new band.

Sorry I missed the concert, despite the sound problems. I would have liked to see everybody!
elfs From: elfs Date: July 21st, 2003 02:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, not really Phoenyx, which is well and truly dead. This is Heather's new band: drummer and bassist along with her. They're actually very good, if you make apologies for the terrible sound quality of the room.

I must say that I truly enjoyed Heather more the week before at the Filk concert she did, solo and unplugged, at the Doubletree Inn.
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From: katybeth Date: July 13th, 2003 06:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ditto on enjoying watching the girls dance. They distracted me from the concert at times, but only because I found them more interesting to watch. :) Kouryou-chan seems to have a good sense of rhythm. (I didn't see Yamaarashi-chan dancing as often to tell.)
elfs From: elfs Date: July 21st, 2003 01:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Really? I thought Yamaarashi-chan did the bulk of the dancing; she's really enthused about it (which is good, as I'd much prefer that she dance than sing; sadly, she has the voice of an anvil).

From: katybeth Date: July 21st, 2003 02:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yamaarashi-chan may have done more dancing. I noticed Kouryou-chan more, perhaps because of where I was sitting.
elfs From: elfs Date: July 21st, 2003 02:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, thanks. I'm glad they lasted long enough for me to hear most of the concert, although bathroom breaks took me downstairs for at least two songs. I know it'll be a while before they're old enough to sit still and just "enjoy the music" (although both of them seem to do that quite well with just headphones-- and both of them are headphone hyenas).

And I still worry about Y's fantasizing. It's to the exclusion of everything else, and it gets her into sticky and sometimes dangerous situations. I worry because I fear it's a defensive mechanism against something else happening in her life.
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