Dendriet is a network of musicians in The Hague (.nl) that perform with networked electronic and acoustic instruments. The word dendriet, or dendrite, is also the name for the receptors of a nervecell. Dendrites are typically branching branches. You'll find these fractal shapes in ice, in metal chrystals in limestone, and likewise, in our performance setups. Please do check out our homepage by clicking the stone. You too are invited to join the discussions.
Review on Retecool
Someone with a good taste for nicknames posted a review of the third set our Zuidwal concert
, in the comments of retecool.com
, spontaneously. He sat through the whole recording, unlike his cats and girlfriend, and wrote down what came up in his mind. A good read, funny too.
Since the tongue is very good at finding things in your mouth, is wired for remembering shape an position so well that you can learn to speak and play sax and harmonica. Newabilities
developed a tongue controller for people with spasms. It's a keypad that you put in your mouth, runs half a year on a watch battery and has a wireless connection to the core device that you can ware in your neck. If you can use it with a gameboy
, then why not use it for computer music? Or should we develope for the mouthsliders, as the current technology are merely buttons?
Intego today (may 12th) announced its latest virus definitions are offering protection from a new Mac OS X Trojan Horse: AS.MW2004.Trojan: "This Trojan horse, when double-clicked, permanently deletes all the files in the current user's home folder. Intego has notified Apple, Microsoft and the CERT, and has been working in close collaboration with these companies and organizations. The AS.MW2004.Trojan is a compiled AppleScript applet, a 108 KB self-contained application, with an icon resembling an installer for Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac OS X. This AppleScript runs a Unix command that removes files, using AppleScript's ability to run such commands. The AppleScript displays no messages, dialogs or alerts. Once the user double-clicks this file, their home folder and all its contents are deleted permanently."
I don't know if this is a 10.3 or a 10.2 problem or both... just to let you know
An Electronic Hammer Concert
The Electronic Hammer
, Diego Espinosa | Henry Vega | Juan Parra, Percussion Computer Music, will perform on the Interactive Festival
(super annoying website alert).
Saturday May 29, 22 hrs. 'Theater at het Spui
', Den Haag, NL
As far as I can see, this festival completely fails to communicate why
we should want to go there. The organizers, The Loos Foundation, only posted a piece of text that suggests techno autism & incrowd, while the full program info is solely accessible through this sheer unreadable poster
However, according to the information Dendriet got about the festival, it is definitely interesting and well spent time.
Patch your Mac if you run 10.3
A known habit of MacOSX is now recognized as a danger. A webpage triggers a .dmg file download, the .dmg mounts, it contains an applescript that launches on run, and such an applescript is allowed to move files. Also, a webpage is able to open the help viewer
. It's safe to test/proove the accessability of your mac by code on a remote website with this page. (It opened the help viewer on mine, but help complained about not being able to find a program to run 'du' with.)
A third party patch is here: scroll down to DGTGF
. more info
Dave and Thijs in Paradiso, monday 17 may
Dave Krooshof and Thijs Scheele will play for you in Paradiso: "Toycontrol"
the sounds of hacked electronic toys with game computer hardware. Or, more pointingly, we'll shoot it to pieces. The soundspace that will be left is the
place for improvisations and fat toyrock.
Read more about this series of performances in Paradiso on Project Nul edition 02
test of audio encoding methods
Read the links in this slashdot post
. You can participate in a test where different file formats are compared. The old tests are interesting as well.
I allready noticed that QT and iTunes sounded way better then other encoders. Also, decoders seem to use different algorithms, and that too is clearly audible. Your experiences?
New video codec
is making a new video codec (the nice thing about standards is that there are so many to choose from). The /. community is happy as it is open source. The core of the codec are "wavelets". I could not find a better explanation about it then this
:"Wavelets are mathematical functions that cut up data into different frequency components, and then study each component with a resolution matched to its scale. In effect the video is not, at first, compressed but converted into a waveform and sent, the compression is carried out on the waveform that has been created."
This sounds like it is some sort of an advanced fourier analysis, with the biggest advantage over fourier that it scales it's resolution to each component. That phrase made me wonder weather the computer musicians could use the algoritm for sound. It would make excellent pitchshifters :-D
As I was negatively amazed by how movement looks on DVD, I hope that this new codec has it's emphasis on moving stuff across the screen, rather then faking movement by building pictures frame by frame.
User License for Dendriet music
As the Creative Commons License has just been ported to the Dutch law system, I expect we'll 'ship' our music with a custom license soon, which means - in short - you can legally share and alter our music, provided that you use in non-commercially (contact us if you do want to use it commercially), you are free to share it and convert it to the preferred file formats as you see fit, and you are free to make derivative works provided that you release those under a similar creative commons license.
Our license will be based on this text:http://creativecommons.org/projects/international/nl/translated-license
This license will not be in contradiction to how we prefer to use your music. An important aspect to enjoying music is to share it. Music is not only something to listen to, it's also something to share with your peers, and it's also stuff to archive. We won't stand in the way of those secondairy means of enjoying music.
I expect my fellow Dendriet members to step on the break, should I go to far. We can tune licenses per file, just like software houses do.