Archive for May, 2006

Certified

Posted in Rants on May 27th, 2006 by (contact)

I am now an Apple Certified Portable Technician. Hooray!

Snakes Morbur

Posted in Audio, Songs on May 22nd, 2006 by (contact)

Look out for Senko Deluxe!

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Morbur

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Snakes

New Site Features

Posted in Site Info on May 18th, 2006 by (contact)

A new page has been added “Authors” which lists everyone who’s posted, along with how many posts they have, as well as an rss feed for each author. Now, clicking an author’s link by a post will take you to a page with all of their posts. Also, the about page needs some work, or needs to be deleted – I’m not sure if it’s even necessary, though I do think some sort of description for the site is a good idea.

compression.

Posted in Audio, Songs on May 18th, 2006 by (contact)

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draw here there and everywhere

Posted in Image on May 16th, 2006 by (contact)

a friend of mine in san fran is part of the development team for this new project that lets you tag websites, not tagging in the del.icio.us style, but in the wildstyle…graf for the digital age. amazing what you can do with a little javascript. just finished my first piece, right here.

check it:
http://www.drawhere.com

John Whitney’s Digital Harmony realized

Posted in Audio, Video on May 15th, 2006 by (contact)

Here’s a Flash animation setup to illustrate the principles of digital harmony (for visual music) that John Whitney set out in his book. Having read the book, it’s really cool to be able to see a video of the examples, rather than try to visualize the movements. The guy who did this in Flash also set it up to translate the visuals into sound, completing the circle of medium translation.

http://www.coverpop.com/whitney/

mp3 ID3 tags

Posted in Audio, Field Recordings, Found Audio, Image, Songs, Writing on May 14th, 2006 by (contact)

so, i thought it would be pretty nifty if we started to treat ID3 tags as malleable objects. rather than ID things with a scrutinizing and precise eye, one would play around with it’s description. i think it would be nice to begin to develop a dialogue with tracks by adding our own artwork…our own “lyrics”. add links to websites and descriptions that have a relation to the audio track. an ID3 wikipedia of sorts. i’m adding my contribution here, for a reference*:

sample mp3 with ID3 tags

*rather than just listen to this track, download it and play it while checking out it’s tags.

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Posted in Found Writing, Writing on May 13th, 2006 by (contact)

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Posted in Found Writing, Writing on May 13th, 2006 by (contact)

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Posted in Found Writing, Writing on May 13th, 2006 by (contact)

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Site Design

Posted in Site Info on May 13th, 2006 by (contact)

Reccomendations or discussion about the look and layout of the site are very welcome as well – I’m thinking about changing the colors around a bit, maybe at least taming down the orange a little.

Eritalog, and a New Audio Player

Posted in Audio, Site Info, Songs on May 13th, 2006 by (contact)

Killing time in EWR.

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download

Using a new audio player plugin, quite nice (thanks Ari), displays tag info, with a progress bar, configurable pretty nicely as well. To use it, type

[audio:link_to_mp3_file]

To include a download link for the file, just link to it normally somewhere in your post (I’m updating previous posts to use this player).

spam #1

Posted in Found Writing, Writing on May 12th, 2006 by (contact)

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Posted in Reblogs on May 12th, 2006 by (contact)

I really am having a hard time with the thought that this isn’t an onion article.

Treehugger’s coverage and straight from Halliburton. I just really can’t believe this can be for real.

The writing on the Halliburton site… can they actually mean what they’re saying?

“Most scientists believe global warming is certain to cause an accelerating onslaught of hurricanes, floods, droughts, tornadoes, etc. and that a world-destroying disaster is increasingly possible…
“In order to head off such catastrophic scenarios, scientists agree we must reduce our carbon emissions by 70% within the next few years. Doing that would seriously undermine corporate profits, however, and so a more forward-thinking solution is needed.”






Many more pictures (and videos!) here.

Quicktime Embedding Plugin

Posted in Site Info, Video on May 10th, 2006 by (contact)

I just installed a plugin from mobvcasting that’ll let you embed your quicktime movies directly into your posts. All you have to do is put

[QUICKTIME http://www.xxxx.com/quicktime.mov 320 257]

where the 2 numbers are the sizes of your movie, and the url, naturally, is your own URL. It’ll load up and play like the movie below.

[QUICKTIME http://www.dolphinleap.com/movies/elliebeingabrat.mov 180 145]

veg versus fruit

Posted in Animation, Video on May 10th, 2006 by (contact)

here’s a little vid (15MB) that I made the other night, you’ll need the h.264 codec to view it, however. feedback would be lovely, yo.

[QUICKTIME http://brotherhoodoftheoctopus.com/uploads/veg%20versus%20fruit2.mov 320 260]

-plastron

sloppy

Posted in Audio, Songs on May 10th, 2006 by (contact)


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flah1. sloppy.

noisey new year’s early morning

Posted in Audio, Songs on May 10th, 2006 by (contact)

sexual frustration, alcohol and a computer

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new year’s came and went

Rich Post Editor

Posted in Site Info on May 10th, 2006 by (contact)

That’s what it’s called – not my idea. Anyway – if you post from Firefox, you’ll have a nice toolbar to insert things into and format your posts. Safari don’t do it. Supposed to work soon, but I don’t know how long ago the page that said “soon” was written. So if you want some more convenience while you post, use the Firefox.

The Inevitable Rift

Posted in Audio, Songs on May 10th, 2006 by (contact)

Here is a piece that was featured at the 2005 Bonk Festival of New Music.

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The Inevitable Rift. (2002)

Whatever you want, wants you.

Posted in Audio, Songs on May 10th, 2006 by (contact)

Here is a piece that was featured at the 2004 Bonk Festival of New Music.

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Whatever you want, wants you. (2004)

First Test at Hosting a File.

Posted in Audio, Site Info, Songs on May 10th, 2006 by (contact)

Here we go, Mind Pigeons!

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FOICHuk

To link in an mp3 to play like this one, just put an aboslute link to it in your post. Which can, of course be a link to something you uploaded here. Contact me if you need the ftp info.
Update! See newer post for info on embedding your song in your post! Still include a link if you want your song to be downloadable.

Contact Info for Posts

Posted in Site Info on May 9th, 2006 by (contact)

Currently each post will include the author’s name as well as a link to their email address. The address is encoded to prevent spambots from harvesting them. I feel like ideally each user would have their own page on the site with some general info, and links to all of their posts, but this works for now. Could also have it link to the person’s own site, offsite. Any feedback on how this should be handled is very welcome.

Brotherhood of the Octopus Night?

Posted in Performance, Site Info on May 9th, 2006 by (contact)

Would anyone be interested in doing a night somewhere? I have been thinking about trying to get a night were I can get a bunch of people together and show off what we are working on in a live setting. It would be more about playing for each other instead of caring about the audience (which I can guarantee will be minimal). I just think it will be fun to see what we are all working on. It’ll take a little more time for the contributors on the site to increase to a point where we can actually fill ot a night, but, I thought I would get the idea out there and see if there is any interest.

Uploading Issues

Posted in Site Info on May 9th, 2006 by (contact)

So, I’m working with my host to get some uploading issues resolved. Ideally, everyone will be able to upload whatever they’re doing to this server, and link to it or embed it in their post. As of now, there is a 6MB limit on uploads, which even still seems iffy (tried uploading a 2mb mp3 and no luck). Any posts linking to media files, for now, will have to link to files offsite, though they can still be embedded. Using an absolute url link to your mp3 will drop it into your post, playable on the page, with an easy link to add the mp3 to the viewer’s del.icio.us bookmarks. Crude as hell right now, improvements to come.

Hello!

Posted in Site Info on May 8th, 2006 by (contact)

Welcome to Brotherhood of the Octopus. Please see the About page to get the idea of what’s going on here. Everything is probably going to be changing a lot in the next few weeks, as the design is worked out, galleries are added, as well as ways of handling other media, RSS feeds are smoothed out, and as new people sign up. Anyone wishing to join should contact any member with a very short description of their work or why they’d like to sign up (just enough to show you’re not a spam bot), and a login and password will be emailed to you.