The Redeye Complex

Thursday, January 18, 2018
A mostly new PC 

Of all the computers I use, the most active computer is a ten year old Atom based PC that I use as a music player. A USB DAC is connected to two stereos. I use remote desktop to operate the controls. This PC is great however it is very slow running web pages so I thought about buying a new system.

While cleaning up old computers and parts, I decided that I might want to build a new desktop computer using as many old parts as possible.

After some research, I realized that I still don't need much CPU power, so I settled on the ASRock J3355M motherboard which has a built-in Celeron chip. Its only $100 so that was good too. I reused an old computer case, hard drives, and power supply. I ended up buying some new memory and swapped sticks with an existing system at the same time.

The result so far with Windows 10 Pro is good. Speed is better loading web pages so I think this has been a good project. 

The old computer continues to run so I might just use it to serve up media. 


Thursday, January 04, 2018
Out with the not so old ... in with something else

A new year brings new possibilities and new experiences. In computer land, things are changing all the time. Hardware stops working. Software that once worked, may not work anymore. 

Two services that I had been using daily stopped working in 2018.  Microsoft announced in late 2017 that they were getting out of the music subscription service. Another late year notice was given by AOL to say that their RSS service, AOL Reader was shutting down. 

I started using AOL Reader in 2014 after Google shut down their RSS service, Google Reader.

After looking around for alternatives, I am now using Feedly. The interface is a little too busy and is not great on my small display smartphone. But it is quick and allows me to scan through my +500 daily list of articles. RSS is great for me. 

Microsoft Groove was a good music service where I could find almost all new music releases that I was interested in. I could easily get music on my phone which means I could take music with me everywhere. 

For the moment I am trying Spotify which was recommended for Groove customers. A week in now and it appears to be thin on its catalogue. We shall see how it goes. 

Technology is magical when it works. But don't count on it to be there forever. Things break. Things stop working.

Dealing with change is hard. But dealing with something new is an opportunity to remind yourself of what is important. 

Happy new year. 



Monday, January 01, 2018
2017 albums of note

Colleen / A Flame My Love, A Frequency
Heather Leigh / I Abused Animal
Windy & Carl / Blues For A UFO
VA / Follow The Sun
Tomoko Sauvage / Musique Hydromantique
Sarah Davachi / All My Circles Run
Claire M Singer / Fairge
Death and Vanilla / Vampyr
EERA / Reflection of Youth
Noveller / A Pink Sunset For No One
Jen Cloher / Jen Cloher
Astrïd & Rachel Grimes / Through The Sparkle
Catherine Lamb & Bryan Eubanks/ Prisma Interius III

They are in no particular order. The list should be larger. I seem to have albums all over the place. CDs, computers, and now phones. Music purchasing and listening has never been easier. However losing track of music I listen to has never been easier either.


Thursday, March 02, 2017

Using a remote control camera, Olympus Air A01 with a Pentax 100m lens to watch the bird feeder through a window. The camera does not control focus. I dial it in and also set the aperture which stays fixed. I control the shutter speed through the remote control.

Tried to capture some bird flap action with the multiple shutter option. The remote control displays the image through the lens however I watch the scene without the screen to anticipate birds flying into the frame. Once I see something about to happen I press the shutter button and hope something interesting is captured. 


Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Project Movie Scan

A winter project includes scanning old home movies that have been sitting idle for many years. I will be updating this post with information how it was done and impressions. The above is a home movie from my Aunt's collection of Super 8s. This one was at Expo 67 in Montreal. The crowd size makes me think this was 1967. I was there a couple years later when the crowd size was smaller but I was too young to remember it.


Thursday, January 05, 2017
A Radio List

A collection of radio and podcast programs that feature sound art and experimental music.


Vital Weekly

S.A.N.E Radio 

Chaud Pour Le Mont-Stone / Francis Et Les Exerciseurs 

Headphone Commute 

Aural Tethers 

(added 20170202)
Optic Echo Presents


Saturday, December 31, 2016
some nice 2016 albums

Ashley Bellouin / Ballads
France Jobin / 29 Palms
Harry Bertoia / Sonambient Complete Collection
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Suzanne Ciani / FRKWYS Vol. 13_ Sunergy
Lambchop / FLOTUS
Lesley Flanigan / Hedera
La Sera / Music For Listening To Music To
Mats Gustafsson / Mg 50 - Peace & Fire
Marissa Nadler / Strangers
Mathieu Ruhlmann + Chris Strickland / This Heap is Greater Light
norah lorway / drone bølge
Olivia Block / Dissolution
Paul Jebanasam / Continuum
Sarah Davachi / Dominions
Thomas Brinkmann / A 1000 KEYS
Weyes Blood / Front Row Seat To Earth

Albums that caught my ear in 2016. I hear them while doing something else and STOP the doing part, rewind, and listen. The ones that really stand out, I make a point of listening to them more than a few times. 


Thursday, August 11, 2016

Ace Art 20160805

Irene Bindi

Rosa Reaper


Angela Forget

An evening of sound art performances at Ace Art on 20160805. With so much else going on in the city on a Friday night it was good to see a nice size crowd.

Cameras used here ... BMPCC with a Pentax wide zoom lens. A Panasonic GM1 with a nice voigtlander 35mm, GM5 with an old takumar lens, and GX7 with Pentax Limited lenses. And a Olympus Air A01 using the Android app.

The rooms lights were LEDs I believe and they caused problems when shooting with the GX7's electronic shutter. I use the electronic shutter because it is silent. However it scans the camera sensor slower and the LEDs slow flicker causes banding in the image. I researched this a bit and the solution may be to use a very slow shutter speed or choose a shutter speed that syncs in multiples of 60. I have images at 1/50 that did not work. 1/60 seemed to work okay. But if the LEDs are on a dimmer then this still might be a problem.


Thursday, December 31, 2015
some nice 2015 albums

C Spencer Yeh Solo Voice I-X
Christopher Bissonnette Pitch, Paper & Foil
Faith Healer Cosmic Troubles
Thomas Brinkmann What You Hear (Is What You Hear)
VA Remembering Mountains _ Unheard Songs By Karen Dalton
Castle If Transmissions EP
Cold Catcher Guitar
Norah Lorway Future World
Ora Clementi Live at Issue Project Room
U.S. Girls Half Free
Basic Nature Circles and Lines
Colleen Green I Want to Grow Up
Death and Vanilla To Where the Wild Things Are
Ghost Twin Here We Are In The Night
Jessica Pratt On Your Own Love Again
Mette Henriette Mette Henriette
Olivia Block Aberration of Light
Rachel Grimes The Clearing
VA Another Kind of Language (2015)
Sarah Davachi Baron's Court
Hannah Cohen Pleasure Boy
loscil for Greta

Here are some albums that really caught my ear in 2015. Okay so some are EPs, long tracks, and Various Artists collections. Any one of these would be a pleasure hearing again. 


Wednesday, December 30, 2015

"Making long wires talk" says The Wire's 2015 archive release of the year - Ellen Fullman's The Long String Instrument. 


Friday, August 28, 2015

As someone who has eaten chips with a smoked meat sandwich, I am undecided if this a good idea or not. 

Skip the sandwich and have chips with a salad?


Thursday, July 30, 2015
 Smiling Cat


The white cat is always smiling. What better way to try out the new LAOWA macro lens.

With Panasonic GM1 and Olympus EP5.


Sunday, June 21, 2015

New macro lens ... time to take a close up look at a dandelion in my back yard.


Tuesday, June 02, 2015
Project 32: sound from print suface

On going project with a paper surface and transducer speakers.

Some reference material: 
Tech Note: Understanding Exciters – Principles and Applications from Dayton Audio.


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