Aaron Cael

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Media Diet: City, Dollhouse, Duckling

Somebody went and made that New York By Elevated Public Transit video we’ve all collected scraps for. And a damn good job.

I would also submit for your consideration the unembeddable video for Can’t Stop Feeling. A sight gag that stays fresh for the whole 3 minutes.

>>Free dollhouse plans http://www.letsbuildadollhouse.com/

>>One of the greatest things to come out of the Occupy movement is a greater awareness among citizens of how their government works and what people’s rights are in regards to speech, assembly and public space. Notably, how those in power do their damnedest to ignore all those things. Here’s a fun little bit of home work: http://whownspace.blogspot.com/2011/12/occupy-department-of-buildings.html

>>Ugly Duckling Presse online chapbook archive http://www.uglyducklingpresse.org/catalog/online-reading/

>>Projection mapping and sharpie of the sort of crystal/fractal/gridded mountains I paint obsessively. I need to get close to this and see it. Badly. http://www.creativeapplications.net/environment/eyjafjallajokull-vvvv-events-environment-inspiration/

>>Article on Philip K. Dick’s Exegesis http://www.gnosis.org/pkd.biography.html

>>”Welcome to the Official web page of The African Federation of Free States of Africa, also known as the African League for Peace and Prosperity. The Federation is an Alliance of Sovereign African States, it’s aims and purpose are to promote Democracy, Freedom and Peace in Africa.” Equatorial Africa divided by cultural groupings into potential, unrecognized states.  http://www.africafederation.net/



Stay Tuned


Naturally, it changes the nature of what you are creating if you know there will be an audience. If you know something about that audience, that will also creep into the creation, alter your methods, affect your approach. There must be some reason why I decided to document my writing process on a blog, after all, rather than tucking thoughts safely in a notebook that has much stronger access controls.


Bliptronic 5000’s Notes

I’ve had my Bliptronic 5000 for a few months now. Pretty fun little toy. I bought it to hack the thing but the tradeoff doesn’t seem to be worth it for my needs. Hooking it up to effects or just processing after it’s in the computer seems to do the trick. (a pitch bend wheel would be nice, though… maybe I’ll make  a box that does just that)

Anyway, the one thing that hampered me in using it in any sort of song construction is that I didn’t know what the notes were. I am not gifted with the ability to jam. I may even be tone deaf. However, I did receive six years of mandatory music class so I know my way around those notes with their names and their sharps and the bippity boppity and so on. It’s just some other kind of math to me.

After the fact, I realized that it’s nearly impossible that someone hasn’t gone and posted this exact info already but that’s not how my brain works all the time. So I loaded a chromatic tuner onto my phone–gStrings Free— and cut a strip of sticker to label the rows of buttons down the side.

C to C, no sharps, no flats. Ya got 8 notes. Go forth and rock out.