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Rasmus Hedlund Luminös Klang (2018). A good vibes summer techno track with a video by Paula. The track has a strong Maurizio vibe and the road trip music video is in baltic-style.

A Kulttuuri ykkönen episode on the power of curating. Jussi gives a good description on what culture institutions are: Factories which reproduce the past. This is why we should not expect museums, stages etc. to react to pressing political issues. They are specifically designed to keep art and life separate, which is why they cannot serve decolonial, radical identity politics (they can only create representations of these movements). He also offers an honest description of the work of curators: It’s only partly about curating.

Settling to New York City. The Fciny crew welcomed our four member family warmly. We sorted our two room apartment so that the kids have their own room. The apartment building has a gym in its basement and it’s located very close to the Grand Street in Brooklyn (Control is right next door!). Had to buy a new phone, my Oneplus3t LTE doesn’t work here. Got a Samsung 7J Prime (it’s scrappy). All of the food is coated with sugar, everyone I’ve seen has an iPhone and our apartment air-conditioner is leaking water (had to pry it open to drain it). And it’s all great! The city is more spacious then I expected.

I want a Rakit Analogue Drum Synthesizer kit.

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Saw Oscar Hagen & Rasmus Hedlund “Shift / Ambient Drawing” live at Galleria Kalleria over the weekend (had to spend most of the gig outdoors because the space was full). Worked as a camera operator for the the Media Art Worlds conference (organized by M-Cult). Sarah Cook’s presentation was great. She provided the audience with a historical overview on the dissident roots of media arts, problematizing tentiontions between artistic creativity & appropriation, techno-lure & big business. Unfortunately the panel discussions were a tad unfocused.

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Response for the Berlin Wall Distortion has been great! The demo video has received over 1000 views in under 24h and the response on Reddit has been warm. Rasmus Hedlund shared the video on his Facebook and Kristian said he’d show it to students at the National Institute of Design (Ahmedabad) where he’s teaching.

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Accidents happen. I met Mikko in a cafeteria a while back we ended up talking about a public modular synthesizer system which was made publicly available by the Lawrence Public Libary in Kansas City (US). I sent an email to the Helsinki Central Library (Oodi) studio/electronics-department asking if we could get a modular for our upcoming library too. Four months later they asked me to meeting. I invited Rasmus Hedlund to join me because he’s great with modulars. Rasmus recommend Tuukka Jääskeläinen, who joined me for a meeting last Tuesday.

After a cheerful chat with the library crew, they invited us to select modules for a novice-friendly system which fits a 5000€ (+24% VAT) budget! Tuukka is currently in contact with various electronic music associations in Helsinki and I’m in contact with all of my sound-art friends. If everything goes as planned well have a list of modules selected in two weeks which we’ll propose that the library for purchases. We’ll also collect a list of people who would be interested in running educational workshops at the library or act as modular-godparents whom the library staff could consult concerning audio synthesis.

A futuristic military choreography Guard Commander Inspection – Arlington National Cemetery (2014).

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Apparently pifm which I tested last year only works in RasPi2 and I’m now trying to get RpiTx to stream FM trough USB audio in (I bet that for what I need it would be easier to buy a RasPi2). RpiTx is very advanced but I can only get it to broadcast audio files over fm (here is a simple tutorial). Unfortunately I can’t get it to stream live audio trough my USB audio interface. Following rpitx-app-note‘s I learned about:

arecord -c1 -r48000 -D plughw:CARD=Device,DEV=0 -fS16_LE - | csdr convert_i16_f | csdr dsb_fc | csdr bandpass_fir_fft_cc 0 0.1 0.01 | csdr gain_ff 2.0 | csdr shift_addition_cc 0.2 | sudo rpitx -i- -m IQFLOAT -f 100000

But it is dependent on libcsdr, which I can’t get to compile on RasPi3 because “If you compile on ARM, please edit the Makefile and tailor PARAMS_NEON for your CPU.” and I have no idea on the RasPi3 PARAMS. I found some hints on what to do (but it seems that those are set for RasPi2). Trying to sort the things out by installing gnuradio and other tools as recommended in a different tutorial.

I’ll make yet another clean install of Raspbian and continue in the evening with PiFmRds. I’m using Etcher to write the os on the sd card, which seems to work well. I should learn how to clone the sd card.

Visited Lovi ambient event at Lava klubi and saw a good gig by Rasmus Hedlund and Paula Lehtonen. Their collaboration yelds great results. Paula designed video using material from their trip to Tasmania and Rasmus crafted a field of sounds consisting of oceanic & low jungle rumble tones. Spotted a Make Noise Photogene in use. The gig was constructed out of some 8-10 distinct soundscapes, which were supported by videos from different locations.