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The Elements Of Design by Patrick Butler

After the recent change in the interior design of the office Bitsphere pinned printouts of the two pdfs “Elements of Design” and “Principles of Design” by Patrick Butler at the pin-board. The documents are available for download at

http://splitcomplementary.blogspot.ca/2012/08/new-and-improved-elements-and.html

The elements are not necessarily unknown in the art world as Bitsphere found them back in the photography book “Learning to see creatively” by Bryan Peterson. The principles apply not only to visual arts but are common in music and dance too. During the next few months the pdfs will stay pinned and there may be another post about the “Elements of Design” which are Line, Shape, Form, Colour, Value, Texture and Space.

 

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Sound Map Project, Bandcamp, Typo3, 2013

album_art_2013Several things are going on at the Bitsphere Project and made the blog becoming a little starving though in general the year started very good.

The Sound Map Project

The Sound Map Project is going on well there are already a few recordings collected. Birds, waves and the noise of a building site among other sounds. There are some technological issues the final version will for sure not be as intended and described in  the last post Developing a Neuchâtel Sound Map. The main reason about the technology change is evernote is recording sounds in exactly one file format which is very well protected by copyright in case of an android phone. But luckily there are many free recording apps which allow high quality file formats. Another issue is that a stand-alone web site allows more flexibility in providing access to the sound map for people with a less technological background which do not know evernote yet.

CMS

Currently Bitsphere is doing a website with the open source CMS Typo3. To work with a CMS to do the bitsphere.ch site and others was a long hold back idea which now comes true and will hopefully make it more easy to update the website on a regular basis. It seems that the skill of mastering a professional CMS also opens business opportunities. In the end the sound map may be done using that system too.

One Minute Video

This year will be a one minute video most likely too. There is an idea with an augmented reality app using a laser to generate music and then turn the outcome in a sounding video.

Ringtones on Vibedeck.com moved to http://bitsphere.bandcamp.com

Vibedeck hosted the Bitsphere Ringtones for a while as mentioned earlier. Unfortunately they are no longer offering a free service and will drop all non paying accounts by the end of January. At this very moment it seems the best solution to move them to bandcamp.com since they offer paid downloads with reasonable fees. http://bitsphere.bandcamp.com is the new URL to get them. Still you may listen to all the sounds at soundcloud but soundcloud is somewhat too limited to offer downloads to non paying users so chances are that the limit is exceeded by people not really using the sounds.

Finally

Thank you for making 2012 the year with the most visits on this blog. If you have any questions, ideas or issues just make use of the comment section or the numerous social media links on this site!


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Developing a Neuchâtel Sound Map

neuchatel_mapCurrently Bitsphere is working on a sound map of the town Neuchâtel in Switzerland. This is inspired by the Canadian composer, R. Murray Schafer, who wrote several books covering the topic of sound environment. The Neuchâtel sound map will be opened for the public as soon as there are enough sound snippets to expose.

The recordings are made with a cell phone and uploaded to evernote.com. In the Evernote notebook the exact location is set via the inbuilt google map. The planning goes to open the notebook to the public and link to the sound from google maps. Maybe there is a simpler solution so if anyone knows about it please leave a comment. Bitsphere is by now not sure whether this is a proper solution to avoid people deleting content. If not, the map will be copied to another website.

The bad news about recording with the mobile phone into Evernote is the fact that one cannot choose the sound quality and the media format. So the sounds are always recorded in the file format the cell phone provides. The good news is that the cell phone is almost any time at hand and one can enjoy the sound mapping as an ongoing side project.

So if you do not want to create your own sound map, but you still want to take part by telling which typical sounds of a city you would like to hear in a Neuchâtel way, just post your comment!


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How to embed sound in noise

Our normal sound environment is an ongoing noise from big bang to paradise. Adding music or sound to this world can only change a small bit of this sounds surrounding us. One of the challenge to put music into the world is the shift from every day sounds to another tune. In a classical context this could be a rather standardized procedure like: you go into the opera house, keep quiet, nod to one or the other person, maybe say hello, take your seat, and so on.

In our daily sound environment exists many variations to begin a sound and let the audience out again and there are different approaches to deal with different situations. Four of them you’ll find in the following list. The list is far from finished but it might be a good starting point to get into the habit of distinguishing everyday sounds and interventions:

  1. to insert a sound like this into the noise                 --- < sound > ---
  2. to sum up the noise and tranquillize the sonic environment === sound > ----
  3. to mix up a clear aural situation to bring live into       --- < sound ===
  4. to add a completely different sound                        --- sound ::: sound ---

This thoughts seems not very clear but if someone is interested in this kind of theory, please drop a line in the comment box and we might go on there!


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The CD Method

image_cdInspired by the pomodoro technique, Bitsphere recently worked with the CD-Method. The CD-Method as a rather simple and for sure known method – may be it is a GNU concept – works like this:

To complete a task – there where plenty to update the bitsphere site and some social media accounts like twitter or the youtube channel to properly promote the new oneminute video 2012– a CD was kept running. When the choosen disc was over – everybody knows it takes them about an hour to run – a little break was up. Just enough time to get another coffee and to decide on which task – it might be the same – Bitsphere will go on.

If you have a simple task managing tool to share feel, free to use the comments section!


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Feel Good Exercise

To go a bit off topic Bitsphere likes to present a very short feel good exercise. It consists of three simple steps:

  1. First take a sheet or canvas and some colours. Using this try to paint or draw a picture how your psyche looks like now.
  2. When finished step one paint a new picture which shows the psyche you wish to have.
  3. Now bring the colours, shapes or forms which distinguish picture one from picture two into your house, flat or office. This might be only little changes. Maybe you add a little this or that or even paint a wall.

Why not leave a comment if you have similar exercises or even did this one? In the meanwhile Bitsphere is out to the second-hand store to get some items to support the outcome of step two.


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How many posts are never written?

Thinking about how hard it is sometimes to write down a small and simple piece of music in the classical notation the question arose, how many simple and perhaps very good pieces of music are never written or recorded just because it is to complicated to do so. And going further, how many strong ideas has never come to life, because their owner found a reason not to bring them from mind into reality? How many blog posts are never written, because of a lack of time or just because the writer was too lazy to turn on his computer to start writing?

The interesting thing about all this things is, that people tend to bring ideas to paper or into a computer because the medium – pen, computer, camera – exists and has certain abilities. Ideas which are easy to transform into real things possibly turns more likely into reality. Ideas which are harder to transform stay ideas. The ideas themselves only takes shape on the medium with which they are brought into the “real” world. So the already existing things tend to form what is in the pure mind.