Over 2013 I will be releasing tracks that make up the Memory Drift album. The album is loosely based around the theme of time and place. Each piece is associated with the time it was produced, either because it reflects how I felt at that time, or because it includes references to the sounds around. In the course of making the pieces I acquired a mobile sound recorder, and some of the these sounds make their way into some of the pieces too. There are twelve pieces in all, so I will be releasing one piece each month, with each piece most closely related to the release month.
So the first piece up is called January 2008. At the time this was produced I was going for an all synthesised approach. The tune is an upbeat take on the start of a new year and is available to listen to on the right.
Ever thought about preserving the family pet? Ever considered taxidermy? Ever wondered what would happen if it all went wrong?
Well wonder no more, thanks to the good people at Imgur we bring you this thoughtful and sensitive exploration of the fine art of taxidermy.
While you are here, why not have a look at the Catalyst VST? It is currently in the KVR Developer Challenge, and I have high hopes for the wild card prize!
I have recently been posting a large number of tracks on SoundCloud. The set on the right features some of the tunes available. These are all free to listen to and download.
On the other hand if you in the mood for a little viewing, why not try the animation for the Kate Bush song Among Angels? It’s not cool, just quietly devastating.
“I would like you to think carefully about the following reflection by Montaigne from his Essays written in the 16th century. He wrote: “You are holding your opinions in too high a regard if you burn people alive for them.”” These are the words of Nadia Tolokonnikova who in August 2012 was jailed for two years alongside two fellow members of the group Pussy Riot. Her crime was performing a protest song in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow. What does it say about the culture of a country when such people are put into jail? Read the closing statement made by Nadia at the conclusion of the trial and decide for yourself.
Update, October 2012 One of the members of Pussy Riot, Yekaterina Samutsevich was released this month with a suspended sentence following an appeal in which she claimed she didn’t fully take part in the performance. Her fellow band mates, Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova, both mothers to young children are likely to be sent to distant penal colonies.
I’ve made a short audio demo to showcase the freeware Catalyst VST.
All the sounds on the demo were created using Catalyst and no external effects. Catalyst is easy to use yet offers unusual synthesis and waveshaping options based on half wave rectification.
The latest article looks at the origins and future of the album. Where did it come from? What is its future? Where is the best place for Tales of the Topographic Ocean? Talking of albums, as you can see at the bottom of the page I have added a link to Last FM where you can download my album Still.
I must admit I’m finding it hard to get my head around using WordPress to design a site. All the same there has been a fair amount of activity on the site. The latest track to be featured is A Wolf in Cheap Clothing. I’ve also uploaded the album ‘Still’ to Last FM. The material on this album is ambient and beatless and generated algorithmically. I’ve written some articles on algorithmic composition. These were published in the on-line My Atari magazine. This magazine is no more, but if you are interested in this Tim’s Atari Midi World site is still up. I still use the STEEM Atari emulator to run Atari programmes on my laptop, and it occurs to me that with the price of laptops forever falling, and people regularly upgrading there is something to be said for running an older pc as an ATARI clone.
The future was yesterday.
Broken Gadget is the alias of Tim Wilson, producer of music, VST plug-ins, and a man known to hold an opinion or two. I used to have a site back in the dial up days of the early nineties, when Pay Pal was new, websites were in Times New Roman and photographs took minutes to load in a browser. The site had a modicum of success, and for a period of time my granulating VST plug-in was the top search result on Google. Talk about obscure.
Luckily for my family, neighbours, and now you, dear reader I have kept up music production and in a rush of vanity and generosity will be using this site to share my pearls of wisdom and the fruits of my labours. As our American cousins would say, enjoy!