cruft for the world.

August 31, 2006

Superflat Single #42 / Tachikoma

Tachikoma is now weighing in with his last post from Canada....... ever? Well, probably not, but most of his posts are gonna be coming from Taipei for a while.

I'm flying out tomorrow and I managed to get an apartment set up today, which I admit is cutting it pretty close.

This piece of song is as unclear as my thoughts right now. It's 'kumo no jutsu,' which the boats' boo might be able to decode as "The Cloud Technique." But the word "cloud" is synonymous with "bear", so it could also be "The Bear Technique."

By placing my hands together and invoking the names of various animals from the Chinese zodiac, I can execute the cloud technique: by which I mean, I get to fly away and live in Taipei for a while, rejecting all hardware analog synths for digital ones, and connecting to the net via my new wireless studio. The city of Taipei is almost completely covered by a huge dub-powered 40,000 hz wireless signal anyway. Abandon your modems and routers.

I'm sitting at 710W3's house now. We hashed out a bunch of ideas over the last few evenings, and there've been many changes to our hometown,, as a result. There's a live chat room now that's always on.....

For rejecting your life and attempting a 'transvaluation of all values,' I highly recommend retiring to Taipei's industrial countryside. It's better than living in a Pole album. 14.7% better. And if you feel the need to, you can hit on all the hometown girls you want, especially the ones that you shouldn't hit on, so you can leave with a broken heart and knew you did the right thing. And what's more, you can learn something.

Thanks to technorati I now know that people like SomaFM's Cliqhop and the-unscene are finding their ways to blips and ifs, playing us on their radio stations.... the memes are being distributed gradually. It's our way of imitating unappreciated art. Also, Blipsandifs is the 668,00th most popular blog in the world. Our goal for next year: 665,000th. I know we can do it, guys.

I don't want to get your hopes up too much. But if you ask me, this blog, and Boomcity, and the airwaves, are soon gonna be getting regularly flooded with data after typhoon-class online jam sessions. People are gonna invent new forms of comic books and flash studios. Videoblogs (also known as "vidweblogs" among truant street youth) might even show up. There's a webcam built into my new studio.

I'll be content with more content.

KUMO NO JUTSU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Listen to blipsandifs042.mp3 - 2.1 MB

August 29, 2006


I just came across this and am blown away by it's size....

HORNMASSIVE (2004) (Matt Hope) is a 2 Ton (4500 Lbs US), 3.5 M by 3.1 M by 4 M mobile 2000 watt steel and aluminuim horn sound system, all powered from a commercial 12” speaker driver. It functions as a mobile audio input station whereby people can plug-in in order to project "content" a distance of 1 km, designed to be the ultimate monophonic sound projector intended to catalyze social activities in multiple settings.

not much else on the website about it..... all you need to know is it's big and
I would imagine loud!

August 24, 2006

Superflat Single #41 / Dub Bear

Dub Bear brings back the beat with this bit-reduced dub essay. He feels strongly about delicious salmon and wonders why more salmon are not equipped with midi ports. That would make their echounits easier to sync to the tempo..... don'tcha think?

Seriously, I don't understand this Dub Bear guy.

Listen to blipsandifs041.mp3 - 2.9 MB

August 22, 2006

Tachikoma Apartment Collection #1

I thought I'd post some photos of my apartment, which I'll be moving out of at the end of the month.

This one is early in the morning. You can guess what's going on at this time.....

August 21, 2006

But Why?

Nobody gets it. Nobody gets why Tachikoma is a ramblin' man and he needs to ramble on, just like Gandalf in that led zep song.

It's hard to explain. But I can say that I am addicted to rejecting all my possessions and rebeginning my life. Last night 710W3 came by my apartment and picked up a bunch of my junk that I am gonna lend him. Ditto for The Boats in a few days.

My dream now is to wander Taipei city, accessing net via wi-fi on my new laptop, mmaking songs and sending myspace messages and blogging..... I'm gonna make it come true .... somehow.....

August 11, 2006

Tachikoma: Output.

I'm outta here!!

Ever since this blog first fired up, Tachikoma has been living in Vancouver. But sometime between September and October of this year, I'm taking off to go live in Asia again.

For those who know me, this is a common refrain. Making this statement always reminds me of the Ben Folds Five song "Steven's Last Night In Town."

It will certainly have an affect on my music. Harpoon won't be able to practice anymore, and I will have to leave most of my Tachikoma Instrument Collection with The Boats or 710W3. But the core of my studio is my USB keyboard, USB drum trigger, USB soundcard .... just attach to any computer and voila, instant studio. Plus reason 2.5, of course....

Over there I hope to do more writing, but 710W3 convinced me I need to make at least 2 more tracks a month. I think I can do that. And I hope to make field recordings for Audio Photography as well.

Why do I wanna go back there? It's my home, even though I am a white guy. I always tell people that I hate Western Civilization, which is true. Living in Asia with a self-inflicted language barrier lets me put my cyberbrain in cultural-autism mode.

Anyway, I am psyched up about the move. I am a big lazy procrastinator, but this kinda thing helps me get my shit together.

More info to come as it gets confirmed.....