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The theory of Oscilution (or Survival of the Phattest)…

Last week I spent a day mucking around with my loop and sequencing app, Oscilab; one of the few ways a non-melodic numpty such as myself can achieve anything even approaching a sound that could be loosely described as “music”.

This time, I was attempting to create something a little more soothing than many of my sonic experiments, something more than ambient, but without the clattering, frenetic rhythms which are often the result of me inexpertly twiddling knobs and pressing interesting buttons.

What eventually came out of this particular simultaneous playing and recording session, (after a couple of hours of studious programming and spurious guesswork) was a tune that I christened Sphear and you can experience it, in all its multi-layered loveliness, by clicking the artwork below:

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m just as inordinately proud of this entry in my peculiar oeuvre as any other, but there was something that nagged at me when I heard it back for the first time; namely, the slightly discordant tone of the ring modulator in the background.

This twin synth harmonizing thingy (I know, I know, I’m baffling you with technical terms) seemed to detract from the main theme of the piece, (although it has since grown on me) so I recorded a second version, which I called Inner Sphear and you can hear that by clicking picture number two:

I think you’ll agree that this reimagined aural soundscape is an altogether smoother affair, (it is Rhonda’s favourite version, so that’s one reason to be pleased with it) but to me, it felt as though there was now missing something.

Well I doubt it’ll be much of a surprise to you, but I couldn’t just leave it at that, so I decided to go for one final attempt, this one at the opposite end of the spectrum; a full-on psychedelic wig out, complete with frenzied wah wah guitar solos, (no, honestly) which I naturally chose to entitle Outer Sphear and you can immerse yourself in that one by clicking the final image of glossy artwork, below:

And please feel FREE to download any or all of the above tunes from Bandcamp, gratis, complimentary and totally FREE of charge, should any of them tickle your audio fancy.

Thank you for listening.

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2016 in Arts, Music

 

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One liner Wednesday: Alternative dictionary…

Wednesday again, so time for your weekly dose of differentiated definition;

“Fabricate” – Moth damage.

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Swanning around the countryside…

Sunday’s lake side stroll, captured for Photo Sans Frontiers…

Photo Sans Frontiers

Dodging the intermittent rain yesterday, Audrey and I took a walk along theTarka Trailcycle path to our favourite wildfowl lake, where we were pleased to see the pair of swans who are resident there, chaperoning seven inquisitive grey cygnets. The permanent duck population was out in force, too, squabbling over their free lunch in a noisy mass of striking plumage.

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K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge…

The start of a new week means the unveiling of a new selection of artistic submissions for K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge and this week we’re getting personal.

I picked the theme for Friday’s prompt, one which encouraged all you lovely people to expose yourselves in the name of photography; Selfies.
I know from some of the comments on the prompt post that the revealing nature of the challenge didn’t appeal to all of you, so I’m looking forward to seeing what creative ways you’ve come up with, to obscure, obfuscate and obliterate your images in the name of art.

However, since I’ve never knowingly been shy or retiring, you’re getting a bonus dose of me today.

When you’ve recovered from that, you can see K’lee’s photo HERE.

But in the meantime, let’s have a look at you…

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.
Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.
#CosPhoChal

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2016 in Arts, Photography

 

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Stream of consciousness Sunday: A novel idea…

I had thought of taking a week off from SoCS, because I’ve had a busy weekend and my brain is fuzzy and not terribly focused, (having been up since 4.30 a.m. to give a visiting friend from the States a ride to the airport) but I decided to jot a few lines, before reverting to fiction again next week.

The prompt left by Linda G Hill on Friday was;

” “date.” Use it any way you’d like. ” 

Getting it right: Writing the Wrong Stuff.

The date was 29/11/15 and Linda, who runs the fabulous Stream of consciousness Saturday feature, was on holiday and the prompt was supplied by guest host, Pavowski from Accidentally Inspired;

” “stuff.” Simple, right? Ehh, maybe, maybe not. You could go direct: literal, basic. Stuff as a thing is pretty ubiquitous. Or you could go all metaphorical, even symbolic. You might even, if you’re feeling saucy, use “stuff” as a root and wander into the wild realms of the participle (stuffed) or the progressive (stuffing) or even the gerund (also stuffing, sorry for the English Teacher wheelies). One request: whether you feel saucy or not, please don’t actually mention sauce. Or do, but be prepared that I might hork all over your blog if you do.”

Pretty detailed, right?

Well, I went about my SoCS routine as usual; only checking my e-mail for the prompt as I was writing the intro, then just writing whatever came into my head and seeing what happened.

By the time I’d got to where I could end the post at a sensible point, it was clear that I had barely scratched the surface of the still-evolving story, so I decided to carry the plot over to the following week’s post, using whatever prompt was supplied by Linda (or her proxy) and I did just that.

I hadn’t even considered the possibility that I’d still be writing the same story, nine months and thirty four more episodes later, let alone that I might be considering publishing the conjoined chapters as a novel.

Which is what the next logical step seems to be.

Now I’m not saying The Wrong Stuff, as posted on the blog, is a completed manuscript for a bestseller; but as I’ve had to read it all again from the start, (for the first time since I began the story) so I could edit out the original post introductions, I was more than pleasantly surprised at how well it flows, the number of times actually I laughed out loud and, quite frankly, how damn exciting some of it is.

And I especially like Frank.

I never think about my SoCS post during the week (in fact, I don’t think I can; I have to wait until I’m sitting down to write, to be in that “zone”) so the story really did unfold as I wrote it. It was only towards the end, when the main characters are drawn inextricably together, did it begin to suggest the future direction of a plotline, but all the details, story structure and dialogue are written within the rules of SoCS (albeit over the course of several hours, punctuated by breaks for entertaining Audrey, shopping, cooking and eating) and only edited as I go, for typos and really huge mistakes that detract too much from the narrative, (one of the occasional pitfalls of using the Swype™ keyboard on my phone, with its particular form of auto-correct) which I’m smugly pleased about, given the result.

So, the next step is to have a publisher read it. Well I’m sort of fortunate there, too, because of my short stories being included in anthologies. Catherine, to whom I submitted the five works of fiction that have so far seen the light of day from the pages of an actual book, encouraged me to edit it all together and send it to Anna, the publisher.

There will still be rough edges to smooth out and I expect there will be a few overly-wordy descriptions that need paring down, but at a smidgen over 50,000 words, I reckon I have a solid base on which to build something I could be rather proud of. (If you wanted modest introspection, you came to the wrong place) 

But I’m open to opinions, so if you’ve read The Wrong Stuff (or this post has encouraged you to do so, in which case, GO HERE) then please feel free to stick your oar in and advise me accordingly.

Because I want to get The Wrong Stuff right, you know what I mean?

Oh and by the way, whatever happens with her first extraordinary adventure outside of Diary of an Internet Nobody, one thing I can promise you; 

Hannah Meredith will return.

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Cosmic Photo prompt…

And so we come to the end of another week, which means that it’s time for your Friday prompt, to inspire you to create something artistically photographic for Monday morning.

For this week’s edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge, I get to pick the theme and I’m going to make it personal, by asking you to reveal yourselves to us.

Yes, Monday’s post is going to be all about that most 21st century of artforms; Selfies.

But obviously, you wonderfully creative and imaginative folks are going to show us something more than just the standard grinning headshot, because this feature is where photography and art collide. 

So let’s have a look at you, in all your self-captured glory, it’ll be good to put some interestingly edited faces to names.

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.
Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.
#CosPhoChal

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2016 in Arts, Photography

 

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One liner Wednesday: Alternative dictionary…

Today’s entry in the alternative dictionary gives you two meanings for the price of one;

“Dogmatic” – 1) A nervous twitch, brought on by unquestioning belief.

2) A pet that walks itself.

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