9,900 hours to go!
What an amazing week! Thanks for all the wonderful feedback about the system. I’m really excited that it’s been so well received.
According to Malcolm Gladwell's book, "The Outliers" he presented the concept that with the investment of approximately 10,000 hours of focus, one becomes an expert, and he gave many very strong examples. Being a busker, I agree. There are just many things that I do now that I can only do because I obsessively find places to play, while creating income for myself with my "pay-what-you-want" CD. Playing is more important right now, than trying to maximize income. Playing ALOT is the only way that this system will become second nature.
On that tip, I have been going around to a few places here in Berlin, un-booked, just to rinse new sounds and new gestural constructs (my term for the combination of hand/body position and playing that results in a particular sound). The other night at RufReaktor (Landsberger Alle 54), I set up my small system in one of the unoccupied dark, graffiti covered corridors, a few floors below the venue. I had a couple of cats checking out what I was doing when another guy comes up the stairs, sees us, and comes over. he stands there for a sec trying to make out what I’m doing and looks at the guy closest to him and asks, "Is this for real?!" in the straightest, most honest voice I’ve ever heard! No assumptions. Just a simple question. I was honored. I stopped right then and built a new sonic-construct, slowly, for his benefit.
That was one of 4 Q&A's last week, including Sabia Khans "an Artist Talk" at Tacheles, and a few un-planned post-performance sessions. I may try to find a way to either incorporate such sessions into my performance concept OR, refine my presentation so as to negate the need to have such a session.
On THAT tip, this week I install the big babies in the controllers. My BlinkM MaxM rgb LED arrays! The lights I use right now are rated at around 8,000mcd (millicandela and no, I don't know what that means either)...the BlinkM's?! 435,000mcd!! Don’t come to the show without your shades and I ain’t joking!! Why? Because I don't want "indicator" lights, I want shockingly bright, swirling balls of energy! I'm a bit of a hippie and I have ingested, at life affirming quantities, a fair amount of LSD and Mushrooms over the years. One aspect that I always enjoyed the most was the synesthetic aspects of music and psychedelics. One can "see" the music, and I really wanted to share that with people without the expense or anxiety of giving everyone acid. my theory is that the dark environments, coupled with the color synth I am designing, and brightness, should approximate synesthesia, or "seeing sound as color" that's the theory at least, come to RufReaktor this weekend (April 30th) and let me know if my theory was correct.
I am using these lithium polymer bad boys to power the system. They are designed for remote controlled helicopters. They are freakishly powerful. So much so that I am going to have to acquire an external charger for them, as the ones built into the arduino's, can’t deal with them. but I’m gonna have to do much running around to find transistors that will do what I need them to do and my temporarily dissipating German language skills aren’t helping.
The massive changes in the last couple of weeks have brought to light another issue. I have no relevant pictures! All my promo stuff is me with my wx5. I hope to rectify that this week as I start compiling content for the TRON controller campaign DVD. There will be loads of mind maps, videos, pics, the book AND the only release of the open source patches and schematics (before MAKE mag prints it in Sept)...everything! There will only EVER be 15 of this DVD made and it is for the contributors without whom I would not have been able to complete this project.
I must do a new "pay what you want" CD this week, as well. I learned a lot about "what" this disc actually is-less "CD with data" than "digital goodie bag". I will load up the new disc with some of my TouchOSC patches, samples...all kinds of stuff. I hope to have it ready by Friday.
And I am nearing the 2/3's mark on the completion of the book. Just started on “theory and concept”. This is the section I am most passionate about. If you are interested in checking out some of what I have written so far, msg me and I will add you to the private Facebook group I have for it.
And finally, this week I will add an "inhale" mode to the controller. The pressure sensor I use has a "blow" port and a "suck" port (which, for obvious reasons shall be referred to as "exhale" and "inhale") and I realized that I could use the inhale port to literally double my controller functions! Exhale (blow) to play and inhale to create new parameter and effects settings for when I exhale again. It’ll be the bizzaro alternative universe, because I can just copy my existing system and set it to control stuff besides notes. For instance, when I inhale and play a c#, that can be “turn on distortion” then I blow, and I have distortion assigned to my effects position, or a combination of effects. Very excited to get started on this! Hope to have it functional by the weekend.
So there is the previous week and the upcoming week, in a nutshell. Cheers for the support, but the best is yet to come. Holla...