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we are
after all
the sum
from zero to omega
of our deeds

or otherwise

(c)2007 Bill Grundmann
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Uploaded: May 19, 2007 - 07:21:31 PM
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bud said 3858 days ago (May 19th, 2007)
Took me a minute but I figured out
what you were up to. What I don't understand is what it has to do with falling cats.
A fun listen.
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SmokeyVW said 3858 days ago (May 19th, 2007)
the real game is this is a set up for the next song

there's no explanation for the cat
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SmokeyVW said 3858 days ago (May 20th, 2007)
that cat
the cat has a vague explanation.

the algorithm here sets each song sample to be 98% as long as the previous one. so there is a sort of acceleration going on - though it's not gravitational, it's exponential decay - i was thinking it's sort of like falling off a building - but the math is wrong, and cats reach their terminal velocity fairly quickly, so it's pretty far off analogy-wise...

an exponential speed up wouldn't be as fun to listen to i think.
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Vic Holman said 3858 days ago (May 19th, 2007)
i think ...
....your car radio has a lot of station presets. and they said the ramones did short songs. fun!
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SmokeyVW said 3858 days ago (May 20th, 2007)
well, they're only snippets.

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michael2 said 3858 days ago (May 19th, 2007)
that was
really cool. nicely edited. for your next trick will you be recording each of those songs in their entirety? very clever, I must say.
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SmokeyVW said 3858 days ago (May 20th, 2007)
hmmm, how do i say this nicely? all these songs are already entire.

i should explain. i had serious insomnia recently, and while not sleeping, i randomly thought about creating a song that is built out of snippets of all my MacJams submissions. not able to sleep, i planned out what it should do. the next time i had some spare time i wrote a program that did the following:

1. find all my songs in iTunes and make a list
2. randomly mix the list
3. find the loudest part in each song
4. grab a short sample of each song surrounding the loudest part
5. chain the samples together
6. gradually reduce the length of each sample so that the rate they switch gets faster and faster
7. repeat until the samples are very short

then i mixed in a reverb blast, a recording of rain and thunder, and some rambling nonsense about life, the universe, and everything.

that's how this song was created.

(on a personal level, hearing this is a real trip. i recognize each song as they flash by, and all the emotions and work behind each one strobes in briefly. it's like seeing one's life flash before one's eyes i suppose. no one but me can ever experience this particular trip. maybe some of my fans will get an inkling of it... what does it mean? i have not a clue.)
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michael2 said 3857 days ago (May 21st, 2007)
hmmm, how do i say this nicely? dude, you are a freak. that is an incredible task that you undertook. now that i have some background info, it's more like performance art than musical composition. very cool. now i have to go through your entire catalog again and see what i can recognize.

i can't believe that you wrote a program to do that. i'm still having problems with my new mic.
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Kren said 3857 days ago (May 21st, 2007)
very clever
Are these all clips of your songs?
I thought I reconized "I know your here"

enjoyed it.

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SmokeyVW said 3856 days ago (May 21st, 2007)
yes. every one.

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VicDiesel said 3855 days ago (May 22nd, 2007)
samples from other tracks?

Interesting listening experience, this. There is a certain unifying principle underlying all these songs, some common mood, yet the jump from one to the next is sometimes considerable.

Wild, man, wild.

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SmokeyVW said 3855 days ago (May 23rd, 2007)
well, it's my 98 prior songs that are sampled. this one makes it 99. once it picks up speed, it starts repeating shorter versions of the same samples.

i'm pleased with what the algorithm created. finding the loudest part of each song seems an effective heuristic for finding something "interesting" from each.

thanks for listening

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SmokeyVW said 3845 days ago (June 2nd, 2007)
i just discovered that i should not listen to this song while driving... nothing bad happened, but i was impaired for a while. good thing no snap decisions were necessary.
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said 3844 days ago (June 3rd, 2007)
A Life's Work In Progress :-)
It feels a little like, A.D.D., sleep deprivation and your life flashing before your eyes (while you're falling off a building?, and in terminal velocity I hope you reach the ground first, 'landing on your feet' so you can save THE CAT!!! :-)
SmokeyVW said 3842 days ago (June 4th, 2007)

that's my experience too. a very strange experiment this one. maybe i could interest some other MacJammers to try running this program on their portfolio...

ever hear that song "but the cat came back?"

it always does.


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said 3842 days ago (June 5th, 2007)
...the very next day! :-)
That was fun. My folks sent me to camp one summer, where I learned several of those songs ie. the Cat Song, "Country Roads" and "Annie's Song" (John Denver) and "The Circle Game" (Judy Collins), and I learned to play enough chords on the guitar to get by, that my brother gave me. Then we went on vacation (car trip)from CT to CO, and I taught the songs to my brother and sister! By the time we got to Estes Park via Mesa Verde and the Grand Canyon my folks were kind of regretting that I didn't have a larger repertoire. :-)
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