ISIM 2015

Here is a zip file that contain pdfs of the slides from my presentation at ISIM 2015. It also includes the Max patches for the instruments I demonstrated during the presentation. The instruments have no documentation with them, so feel free to contact me at jvalbert@loyno.edu if you need info.

Complete package of ISIM 2015 files here.

Pay me: Some Thoughts on Musicians and Money.

F*ck you. Pay me: Some Thoughts on Musicians and Money.: “When she writes of ‘norms,’ she seems to imply (and here I also draw from my own experience), that money is something to be tip-toed around, that there are tacit rules that must be followed, that handshake deals are the norm, and that money somehow sullies the purity of art.

This needs to end. Now.”

The Photoshop of Sound – The New Yorker

The Photoshop of Sound – The New Yorker: “Joshua Gersen, who conducted that night, began the show with a demonstration of the Meyer setup. He clapped his hands; the sound resonated handsomely. Then he signalled for the power to be turned off. Suddenly, the clap was clipped and lifeless. The crowd gasped and applauded. The Meyers, sitting amid a throng of twenty- and thirty-somethings, smiled. ‘Isn’t that a kick?’ Helen said.”

All the ghostly sounds that are lost when you compress to mp3

All the ghostly sounds that are lost when you compress to mp3: “Right now, you’re probably listening to music on your computer. The source of that music — whether you’re listening to an mp3 file or streaming — is a compressed version of a file that was much more detailed, but way larger. It’s worth interrupting your music for a moment and asking: What sounds are you missing?

To get a sense, watch the video above, created by Ryan Maguire, a Ph.D. student in Composition and Computer Technologies at the University of Virginia Center for Computer Music, for a project called The Ghost In The Mp3. It’s a song made with only the sounds that were left out when compressing Suzanne Vega’s ‘Tom’s Diner’ to mp3.”

6 Audio Editing Tips for PreSonus Studio One : AskAudio Magazine

6 Audio Editing Tips for PreSonus Studio One : AskAudio Magazine: “Studio One has some real handy ways in which to edit and manipulate your audio. These methods can be useful in speeding up your workflow and in creating new audio ideas. Let’s take a look at some helpful audio tips that will improve your Studio One production techniques.”

‘Grammy U’ teaches young musicians at Loyola

On the night of the Grammy awards, WWL-TV did a nice story on Grammy U that features one of our faculty and a number of our students.

‘Grammy U’ teaches young musicians at Loyola: “Twenty Grammy nominees, in a variety of categories, have Louisiana ties this year. And at Loyola University, there’s a whole crop of young, new talent hoping to make in the music industry some day.”