I finished my labours early today and found a moment of calm to write.
I like to write with sounds playing in the background, music maybe. But today I made a little piece, a loop, using Audio Mulch
which gradually transforms over time.
The lines within Iannix are sending midi notes to Mulch, triggering sounds, when they encounter blobs.
Listen & look at the video – then either play or download the short audio file below. It distorts a bit nastily, so when I get a moment I'll improve the Mulch Recording and re-post.
After a wonderful weekend in Elterwater, walking and drinking, I revisited the above composition, took out the peaking, sorted the awful Mulch and Iannix routing and re-recorded 'calmer'. I have left the original video in as a fail, but the Play and Download mp3 files are both lovely.
PS – I've added another track, 'bahm,' to this ongoing Mulch/Iannix session for no other reason than that they seem to belong to each other in time and space. Take a listen to 'bahm.'
I've been experimenting with interactive storytelling recently, with one eye on presenting my other writing in a new, tablet friendly way as well as in print.
The result is Black Rock Trail
I think it's totally natural to read text on a tablet; outside of inky print, text is more naturally at home on a tablet than on a laptop or desktop computer, so combining photos, text, narrative and interactivity was natural for someone weaned on Colossal Cave
on a ZX Spectrum
, created by Chris Klimas, has been my tool of choice.
Twine is an open source free to download piece of deceptively simple software, which allows you to experiment with presenting words, narrative or not, along with almost any other piece of information you may find on any web page.
I've put up a page for my new interactive photo stories
, or you can take a look at my Photography page
if you would like to see the Black Rock Trail photographs 'story free'.
You can find Twine
here, thank you Chris.
Almost as importantly take a look at the best Twine hosting site philome.la
if you have a Twine tale of your own you want to share.
I am eternally grateful to @colinmarc and @trucy for putting philome together.
All the photographs used in Black Rock Trail
have been fairly brutally edited in Aperture for effect rather than improvement.
For other sources of interactive stories try Indie Games
and for very texty stuff go to Zarf's
To get your twine tale up on Android try Gritfish
. To look at a twine tale on your Android device try The Abyss
Owners of iDevices might try Inkle
For truly artistic pieces of creative wonder look at Porpentine
's work, not all suitable for work but all amazing.
Tonic 5 - Word Alchemy
Wonderful: the Android app Tonic 5
for which I have been designing both UI sounds and the ambient Level Backing Tracks is out now on the Google Play Store
for all owners of Android devices. Eat you hearts out iPeople.
We are already working on a line of expansion theme packs for Tonic5.
Here is an audio taster of my Level1 backing track for Tonic 5
which was designed to have an inquisitive, playful, Steam Punk feel and not be too distracting on a word game where some level of concentration is required.
If you can take a look and have a play, Tonic 5 is free to download.
Leave me a comment with feedback and etc...
You can take a listen at other soundscapes I have designed on my Sounds
page or get in touch
if you are creating an application, real or virtual that needs audio.
Here are a couple of screen grabs off my tablet to give you a feel for Tonic 5.
Create alchemical tonics by conjecture and experiment in this free English Language word-guessing game by H. Pearberry.
Tonic 5 - Word Alchemy offers strategy and gameplay similar to popular word games like Jotto and Lingo. In this single-player game you strive to create tonics (words) by combining elements (letters) into a conjecture. Each guess is scored based on how closely it resembles the secret five letter tonic formula.
With multiple difficulty and gameplay levels you can unlock, Tonic 5 lets you choose the type of game to play. You can play casually -- a quick, fun game for life’s idle moments, or you can hone your deductive skills with a Mastermind-like challenge. Perfect app for anagram training for Scrabble or other word games.
The base game is free along with all features described below. Future expansions, themes, and multiplayer functionality will be optional in-app purchases.Features:
* Innovative scoring of your guesses as you try to decipher the word.
* Multiple levels of challenge. The game starts by picking target words from a “common words” dictionary. You can unlock two progressively harder dictionaries simply by playing.
* Multiple types of strategy. In the initial game mode you are given detailed feedback on how individual letters in your guess correspond with the target word. Through successful game play you can unlock two other modes. These modes aren't merely more challenging, they each require a different strategic approach.
* Dozens of achievements. Some serious, some silly -- have fun trying to unlock them as you play.
* Original ambient soundtrack adds some chill to your game.
* Generated graphics, backgrounds, and text give depth to your tonic guessing.
* Polished UI includes ability to custom highlight letters in a game.
I am currently collaborating with Strawberry Holiday, a fellow Second Life friend and creator, as the soundscape designer
for H. Pearberry
on an upcoming Android word alchemy app called - Tonic5
It's an exciting development for me with many of the same restrictions found when making sounds for virtual worlds: file size restrictions, compression restrictions and duration restrictions etc but with a much larger audience plus new devices and new discoveries to be made. I'll keep you posted.
I recently turned on, tuned up and restarted my ancient unused Twitter
account in extra well advanced preparation for getting news out about my book 'How Money Works'
. Social web stuff is everything so I am told.
I can't and won't have a Facebook account so Twitter comes romping in the lesser of two all pervading weevils as Jack Aubrey would say
, which, I am well aware, is as near as not
recommending something as you can get while still talking about it.
I also refuse to pledge allegiance to any of the new feudal web lords
who are in danger of owning our world under their claustrophobic cloud of convenience- Apple, Google, Adobe, Microsoft et al- so on both my Macbook and my Linux Mint PC
I required a way of watching and posting to Twitter that didn't involve renting
an app from the Apple App Store and wasn't reliant on Apple's beneficence for my continued use and ownership.
This is no easy task. Most of the better Applications are moving to the App Store lemminguously.
I won't bore you with reams of words comparing Twitter clients as this information is available all over the web; I will however point out a couple of regular shortcomings of many of the apps available if you too choose not to be beholden to the new feudal lords and would rather directly and fully support the work of an independent creative at a level that suits both people.
Twitbin makes the most of 17" widescreens
I would have gone with Hibari
as both the design philosophy
and implementation is well worthy of support, plus I loved the app after downloading it from the web for a free trial, but Hibari is in the process of transmigrating to the Apple App Store. Aagh and Bah!
Even so the Hibari
web site is well worth a visit; colours, graphics, philosophy, quite lovely.
Most of the other independent apps as far as I can be bothered to see (so not an in depth review of all the apps then... ed.) use Adobe Air which I have had on my system and don't want again; to much, too unnecessary, to updatey, too Adobe.
So I was stuck.
Then I stumbled across Twitbin
which exists as free donation ware app (if you like it you can donate money) and more importantly exists as an Add On for Firefox
- so no app store, yay...Twitbin
Twitbin is installed and linked up to my Twitter account in an efficient second or two.
$5 sent to the developer.
No cloud, no feudalism.
I've been adding and subtracting like a dervish on Moongold so take a look. A couple of new pages and lots of changes, it must be spring. Tah Dah...
I've started to put out information on my recent writing, slightly nervously it must be said and maybe even slightly prematurely, but here goes, it's a statement of intent - How Money Works
I have totally re-done my Silver Surfer
page; so much to say etc etc.
I have added a Sounds
page to reflect a renewed interest and purpose in sound making inspired by my involvement in sounds for an upcoming Android game.
Who's there?Love Film
Love Film who haven't got a chance of selling me a subscription but it's nice to see you ))
I just had a knock on the door and what I thought at first glance were Jehovahs Witnesses
turned out to be from Love Film. Lovely people who brought sunshine with them. Nice to meet you guys.
I recommended they take a look at Biutiful
directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. So should you. The most profound and affecting film that ever made you cry. Twice.
It's subtitled, if you don't speak Spanish. Don't let this bother you.
I also suggested they use Duckduckgo
instead of Google. So should you.
I bought a tea cosy.
It's purple, and came all the way from Carmarthen in Wales, via EBay and the Post Office, from Kathryn at Designs and Discoveries
It was beautifully packed; you could tell it was an object made with skill and pride just from the care that had gone into the presentation and choice of packaging. Lovely
It's my second tea cosy from Kathryn.(Unboxing for geeks here.)
Just, wow, on so many different levels.
The creation and making of the instruments. The re-cycling and beauty of the people, instruments and music. The sound and community and delight of the orchestra.
How can so many governments and states continue to deny that all people might be helped by their monetary systems and governing communities to be what they are capable of being, in their souls, as a positive and contributory part of a modern, loving economy.
How can we continue to assert that value is only value when it can be counted economically.
As the most patient of my friends and relatives will bear witness I am in the throes of writing a book about money tentatively entitled 'How Money Works'.
During my research and reading over the last couple of years I have delved into and read at length any number of different books, blogs and tomes, all of which have moved my research on a little or shown me new directions to explore. There has only been one traditional economics text book among that lot, very boring, and very little to do with money.
This traditional economics dry spell has continued right up until now when I am delighted to say that I have discovered an amazing little book called 'Economics of the Real World'
written by Peter Donaldson and published by Pelican Books in 1973.
Peter Donaldson read philosophy and economics and graduated from Oxford in 1956. He lectured at Leeds, Leicester & Nottingham; with the Workers Educational Association; at Osmania University in Hyderabad; for Ruskin College, Oxford; and finally did a considerable amount of broadcasting which is where we come in.
This little book came out of a joint publication between Pelican and the BBC and so far seems to be an absolute gem for the non-professional searcher for economic knowledge. That'll be me and you.
I am considering quoting a large part of the first two pages of the book in my preface. Peter speaks with my scepticism, some of my passion, but with more knowledge, so as to briefly and succinctly describe economics in as small a nutshell as you are ever likely to find.
I confess I'm only up to page 33 as I write but it seemed appropriate to break off and post about Peter Donaldson's wonderful little book - 'Economics of the Real World'
- this link will take you to Amazon's secondhand section and if you buy I will receive a minuscule percentage of your purchase in a long while.
If you do, you won't regret it. If you do, thank you.
PS - This is the only economics book I have come across where you encounter the sentence: "Households, on the other hand, are the places where people live, eat, drink and ,ake love."Peter Donaldson (27 October 1934 – 6 September 2002)