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.
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.”
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.”
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, IGNITE — WOMENFUELINGSCIENCEANDTECHNOLOGY. Please check it out.
“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.
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.