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    Indie, Addendum (or: why I benefit from GamerGate's opposition) →

    kazerad:

    I know, I know, I said I wasn’t going to talk about GamerGate anymore. So instead: let’s talk about something else. Let’s talk about Daggerfall.

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    This is Daggerfall. It was the second game in the Elder Scrolls series - the sequel to the 1994 Arena and predecessor to the 1997 Battlespire.

    — 3 weeks ago with 542 notes
    Musings on #notyourshield, a last word on Zoe, why Anita was right, and a few Twitter personalities who need addressing.

    j-k-degoya:

    #notyourshield, a users’ guide,

    “Public relations” is the biggest “fuck you” that real feminism ever endured.

    The art of public relations appoints men and women into positions of power, where their genders will be the most effective at deflecting criticism.  Perpetuating and forcing adherence to gender roles is the only thing that keeps them employed.  They stockpile maleness and femaleness, and spend it as currency to win over a public who catches them and their friends pulling some heinous shit.

    It’s usually maleness that gets things done; people listen to men, and they ignore women, in many topics of conversation.  Femaleness is great for getting sympathy, or when it’s time to talk about gender.  People rarely care what a woman has to say, but they hate it if a woman gets hurt.  Women—after all—are children, and it’s the patriarchs’ jobs to protect them.

    If you’re a feminist like me, you know that “misogyny” is one of the most effective words that the PR patriarchs every co-opted.  If you think the patriarchy doesn’t exist and I’m full of shit, you likely still believe that being called a “misogynist” without proof or reason is a real problem.

    The reason #notyourshield is important to me is because it harkens back to the era of real feminism again.  Women do not need to be leveraged by “white knights” and public relations firms, as a means to avoiding criticism.  They do not need to wield femaleness as a tool, to silence critics.  In so doing, they create a trauma-addicted, shame-addicted culture that harps on people’s differences and monetizes those differences instead of celebrating them.  When people worry about their “shield”, they focus on privilege and oppression and gender instead of humanity.  An abuser is not humane; to discuss an abuser’s gender or privilege is derailment.

    #notyourshield is for minorities who no longer want to be gambled for the sake of public relations.  If Zoe and Anita were real feminists, they wouldn’t want to be anyone’s shield either.  They would be huge proponents of this hashtag and this movement.  As it stands, however, they welcome the glancing blows of the public, if it satisfies others in their industry.  Their niche in the patriarch is comfortable.

    #notyourshield is for our white male allies too, of which we have plenty.  Consider carefully what you say and how you say it, though.  After all, you’ve not been used as a shield by these people.  They think you’re under heel.  Sure, you’re sick and tired of seeing your friends exploited as social currency, but your friends’ voices will speak volumes to “SJW” paternalist scumbags.  Your white male voice cannot do that—and that’s nobody’s fault but theirs.

    It’s shit—but if we beat them at their own game, by their own sexist rules, our victory becomes all the sweeter.

     

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    — 3 weeks ago with 242 notes

    justwestofweird:

    People like Zoe Quinn and Anita Sarkeesian make it hard for women to be taken seriously in gaming. This whole bullshit surrounding Ms. Quinn just makes me sad because I used to respect her and had thought Depression quest would be really cool. Now I just don’t know.

    If you want an awesome woman who’s in the gaming industry go follow dexbonus. She’s actually a decent human being and doesn’t censor people who disagree with her, lie out of her teeth, or doxx people (looking at you Anita).

    — 1 month ago with 25 notes
    Sampling Is Sexy: notes from the field →

    samplingissexy:

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    Earlier this summer, I found myself on a late night walk along the east side of Manhattan. I came across the Tudor City Place overpass at 42nd St and 1st Avenue. Given the lack of traffic at such an indecent hour, I took the opportunity to sing, clap and make loud noises. As it turns out,…

    Recorded some impulses and sounds under a bridge in Manhattan last week (at 42nd St and 1st Ave). Pretty cool sounding space. Link to samples in post.

    — 1 year ago with 1 note
    samplingissexy:

Exactly one year ago, I decided to record one sound from my environment every day for the next ten years. This felt rather distant at the time, given that I am usually unsure of my plans next Thursday evening. Commitment issues notwithstanding, thus far my quest has been successful; 365 sounds out of 3,650.

Why am I doing this? At first my motivation was to manipulate these sounds into musical compositions. As a composer and producer, I am obsessed with using digital signal processing to turn innocuous objects and naturally occurring phenomena into instruments that have personality and enigma. For example, I might record the sound of a miter saw growling to stretch into an aggressive textural drone. Or if it starts raining, I might build a song around the percussive pitter patter of drops on a window-mounted air conditioner.

An unexpected side effect has come from this daily documentation. I am becoming more aware. Not to wax overly poetic about all that the earth has to say to us, but I believe there is something to be said for paying attention. After one year of this routine, I have met new people, drawn crazy looks from strangers, and discovered pieces of wildlife I would not have otherwise.  

Now I am here on the internet to share. I intend for this project to become an open forum that will bring other nerds together who love to record and make sounds. I will start by posting a short, simple track that I made exclusively using these samples as well as a suite of individual sounds for anyone to use! If you would like to share something that you have recorded, send it to me at samplingissexy@gmail.com and I will post on the blog. By shaping our own sonic worlds through listening and recording, perhaps we might inspire each other to make something great.

Here are some of my mystery samples.
Here is the track:

    samplingissexy:


    Exactly one year ago, I decided to record one sound from my environment every day for the next ten years. This felt rather distant at the time, given that I am usually unsure of my plans next Thursday evening. Commitment issues notwithstanding, thus far my quest has been successful; 365 sounds out of 3,650.


    Why am I doing this? At first my motivation was to manipulate these sounds into musical compositions. As a composer and producer, I am obsessed with using digital signal processing to turn innocuous objects and naturally occurring phenomena into instruments that have personality and enigma. For example, I might record the sound of a miter saw growling to stretch into an aggressive textural drone. Or if it starts raining, I might build a song around the percussive pitter patter of drops on a window-mounted air conditioner.


    An unexpected side effect has come from this daily documentation. I am becoming more aware. Not to wax overly poetic about all that the earth has to say to us, but I believe there is something to be said for paying attention. After one year of this routine, I have met new people, drawn crazy looks from strangers, and discovered pieces of wildlife I would not have otherwise.  


    Now I am here on the internet to share. I intend for this project to become an open forum that will bring other nerds together who love to record and make sounds. I will start by posting a short, simple track that I made exclusively using these samples as well as a suite of individual sounds for anyone to use! If you would like to share something that you have recorded, send it to me at samplingissexy@gmail.com and I will post on the blog. By shaping our own sonic worlds through listening and recording, perhaps we might inspire each other to make something great.

    Here are some of my mystery samples.

    Here is the track:

    — 1 year ago with 4 notes

    jasonweinberger:

    Gary, Indiana churches and theaters captured in their current states by urban documentarian trashhand. Imagine the music that once filled these spaces …

    — 1 year ago with 69 notes
    Very excited to announce that today is the release of the debut album from the Mike Bono Group. These guys are not only incredible musicians, but they also happen to be my best friends. We had a really beautiful time making this in the Spring, and we’re all excited to finally be able to share it.

https://themikebonogroup.bandcamp.com

    Very excited to announce that today is the release of the debut album from the Mike Bono Group. These guys are not only incredible musicians, but they also happen to be my best friends. We had a really beautiful time making this in the Spring, and we’re all excited to finally be able to share it.

    https://themikebonogroup.bandcamp.com

    — 1 year ago with 1 note
    #music  #jazz  #guitar  #mike bono  #julian lage  #new york  #boston 
    Tracking vocals at The Record Company studio B for Isaac Haselkorn.

    Tracking vocals at The Record Company studio B for Isaac Haselkorn.

    — 1 year ago with 1 note
    Spoiled for synths today

    Spoiled for synths today

    — 1 year ago with 1 note

    erinthomas:

    My friend and former Berklee classmate Sid Sriram covered one of my favorite new James Blake songs. SO MANY GOOD THINGS

    (Source: erinect)

    — 1 year ago with 10 notes