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October 29, 2006

Audio Toy Field Test #5

After hours of consideration, multiple trips to the drawing board, prolonged consecutive bouts of electroplankton and serious meditation we are now sitting on a new plateau of development in the Audio Toy Arena. Our final programming tests are being completed as are the shiny three-dimensional computer generated graphics complete their three hour rendering process. Soon our Beta Phase will be complete and the First Official Audio Toy from Blips and Ifs will be released. The accompanying photo is only a representation of the initial concept of our first Audio Toy: Gronk.

October 24, 2006

Superflat Single #46 / [710W3]

It's been too long old friend. Music is such an intrinsic part of my life, without it I would waste away. Not just listening, but making music drives me. I absolutely love writing the soundtrack to my life. Expression through noise. Taking in all that I hear and regurgitating it back as waveforms, cafefully placed and layered around each other. If only life were as easially broken down as this sequence of loops, breaks and samples. Maybe it is, maybe it's a simple song that sounds more complex than it is. Could it be that we create new frequencies and harmonies that were never present in the original? That all this excess sound and noise I hear isn't even supposed to be here? That the chaos of life is created by the echos and delay boxes, delay boxes, that man has created to make life...better?
Listen to blipsandifs046.mp3 - 3.7 MB

October 19, 2006

Supeflat Single #45 / [710W3]

I've walked from the skytrain to my house as my very own symphony played in my head. An epic tune with horn lines and strings. I'd tried to record real instruments parts with the synthetic sounding impersonations of my Roland XP30 Keyboard without any realism at all. Years later I've grown to love the sounds of fake keyboards and fake horns. I know others hate this, some artists are adament against the use of presets. My fellow producer Tachikoma recomends to use whatever sounds to write with and then swap them out for something more interesting later. I think that's why I love them. Why should I care if it's a real trumpet or a synth? I can't afford to hire a real orchestra, and Samples often limit what melodies and rythms you can create (which adds it's own reward) while alternatives may steer away from my original intent. I picked a fake trumpet sound because of the historical significance of trumpets. When I want that tune, that melody, or that pop to be similar to the one in my head I'm willing to sacrifice real instrument sounds knowing that your brain will fill in the details for me. Your imagination will add the realism I can't afford. Like an illustration of a man walking home from the skytrain. It's just a bunch of lines and colours on a page, but when you look at it you don't see the lines, you see me lost in a dream about a symphony inside my head.
Listen to blipsandifs045.mp3 - 1.3 MB

October 2, 2006

Bargain Bin.

I can't believe I found this in the bargain bin for 99 cents!!! who's been bootlegging us? Is it you, Ingo!!?!?!

October 1, 2006

Taipei Street Art #7

In the park across the street from my house, there is this huge important gentleman willing to shake hands with everyone who walks by.