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A Glimmer of Hope or Skin or Light — The Album

 

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I have been work­ing on an album ver­sion of the Glim­mer of Hope or Skin or Light sound track with KT Niehoff.  It is done, it is awe­some and it was release to the world today. glimmer01

 

 

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It has been an epic expe­ri­ence. I’m so excit­ed about it.  There will be more about the whole expe­ri­ence to come, but for now I just want to share some beau­ti­ful pho­tos, videos and reviews.

Yay, yay, yay, reviews? Thank you so much for lis­ten­ing and writ­ing John Noyd, Simon Smith and Ken Scruda­to.

John Noyd from Max­i­mum Ink wrote our first fan­tas­tic full album review I feel like he total­ly got it, “A dar­ing, dar­ling musi­cal revue fea­tur­ing punk-goth operas topped in macabre cabaret arias barg­ing into off-Broad­way bal­lads, “Glim­mer,” daz­zles in rapid cos­tume changes applied with styl­ized guile. Sprung from the col­lec­tive con­scious­ness of KT Niehoff and Ivory Gray-Smith, Eat The Apple’s sound­track to their unpre­dictably orig­i­nal 2010 project is stun­ning fun-house phi­los­o­phy sport­ing dark car­nal hap­pi­ness from smart melo­dra­mat­ic rad­i­cals.”

Black­Book pre­miered the video below on Octo­ber 13th.

Simon Smith from High­er Plain Music also reviewed the video, “Whilst I could ref­er­ence sev­er­al things in the post to Kate Bush, I’d rather focus on one of the most unique and haunt­ing­ly inquis­i­tive tracks I’ve heard in 2016. “Hou­di­ni” is the lead track from Eat the Apple’s lat­est release. Eat the Apple are duo KT and Ivory. KT cre­at­ed a dance the­atre glam rock show called “A Glim­mer of Hope or Skin or Light” which had sold out runs in 2010 and 2015. Join­ing with Ivory around the same time, the two have worked on cre­at­ing a sound­track from that show and this is the result.

The video for “Hou­di­ni” is visu­al­ly strik­ing and moves across var­i­ous exper­i­men­tal art pieces and I’m gen­uine­ly excit­ed to hear the sound­track in full.”

And I’m pret­ty stoked to say that Met­al Talk also reviewed our video, woohoo.  

 

 

 

IGNITEWOMEN FUELING SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

It is an hon­or to have one of my com­po­si­tions and a blurb about gen­der dis­par­i­ty in music tech­nol­o­gy fea­tured in The Inter­na­tion­al Muse­um of Wom­en’s exhib­it, IGNITEWOMEN FUELING SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY.  Please check it out.  

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http://ignite.globalfundforwomen.org/gallery/slow-surge-moonlight

If you would like to down­load the Slow Surge of Moon­light please do so:

 

Sound and Processing

Pro­cess­ing is an open source pro­gram­ming lan­guage and inte­grat­ed devel­op­ment envi­ron­ment (IDE) built for the elec­tron­ic arts, new media art, and visu­al design com­mu­ni­ties with the pur­pose of teach­ing the fun­da­men­tals of com­put­er pro­gram­ming in a visu­al context…The lan­guage builds on the Java lan­guage, but uses a sim­pli­fied syn­tax…” said Wikipedia.

Processing Code

Just fin­ished, “Get­ting Start­ed with Pro­cess­ing,” by Ben Fry and Casey Reas (the cre­ators of the pro­gram). I thought I would get through it in a week, but it took 4. It was only 190 pages, it doesn’t look like much, but when each page takes 15–30 min­utes, well…it takes a while. It is not often I decide I am going to learn some­thing by read­ing a book (or man­u­al) cov­er to cov­er. The plus-side includ­ed work­ing at my own pace and being able to look over every step until I real­ly got the infor­ma­tion. The down-side includ­ed, falling asleep uncon­trol­lably every time more than a page of text went by with­out an exer­cise to engage me, lucky there was a sketch on almost every page. I’ve done the math, I passed out on aver­age once every 15 pages.

Video: Murmur — From sound to light, by Talking to Walls

The lan­guage was cre­at­ed pri­mar­i­ly for visu­al artist, but there is a sound library in Pro­cess­ing called min­im. I’ve been pok­ing around online look­ing for ways that com­posers are work­ing with Pro­cess­ing. It has been a chal­lenge to find any com­po­si­tion­al musi­cal based work (if you know of any, please share), although it seems like there are quite a few mixed media artist using Pro­cess­ing to include a son­ic com­po­nent and lots of peo­ple using a mix­ture of Max and Pro­cess­ing.

The fol­low­ing two sounds based projects are my two favorites cre­at­ed using Pro­cess­ing.

This is a piece by Josh Nimoy called Ball Drop­pings. Make sure the vol­ume is up. Draw lines on the black screen to bounce the balls.

CLICK HERE FOR BALL DROPPINGS

This is a piece by Georg Reil and Kathy Scheur­ing called Fine Col­lec­tion of Curi­ous Sound Objects.