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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.