Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Love Field, Nov 22, 1963

The little man waving his arms is a Secret Service agent at Dallas' Love Field on this day in 1963.  He's just been pulled off the President's car as it drives into downtown Dallas, leaving no protection.

Talk about hiding things in plain sight.  All those photos, we never noticed there wasn't an agent within 20 feet of the President when he was shot.  Not a one.

I wonder how Oswald ordered this guy to get off the limo.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Mel Blanc, hiccuping floorwalker

The talented Mr Blanc, relentlessly hiccuping his way through an amazing routine on Fibber McGee & Molly.  This is an exponential level of difficulty up from "rubber baby buggy bumpers." 

Hiccuping floorwalker

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The 5,000 Fingers of Dr T: Musical Dungeon

The 5,000 Fingers of Dr T was a 1953 musical written by Dr Seuss.  The production does a great job realizing his cockeyed vision; I grew up on Cat in the Hat and all those books, and it pretty well captures that world, from the malleable poetry describing "Doh-Me-Doh duds" to the smug self-assurance of T's henchmen.

There's a trio of composers credited for the film, so I'm not sure who's responsible for this little pastiche.   It's a set piece for a dungeon full of non-piano-playing musicians, and sounds several familiar styles of mid-20th century showbiz composers, from the Bernsteins (Lennie & Elmer) to Spike Jones.  The swooning strings at the end, all insouciance and melancholy grace, is like a lost Gershwin.

Musician Dungeon

Monday, October 16, 2017

Radio: The Last Word, for now

On the air, 24/7,
now and the foreseeable future, thanks to AutoDJ!  (beep, beepity boop)

Ok.  Probably going to keep it like this for a while.  I figure that a 15 hour playlist, changed every 5 days, will let you listen at the same time for 3 hours, and hear something different every day.  If the model's correct.  So I'll try to upload 15 fresh hours every 5 days and we'll see if this thing can work.  Keeping it fed should be interesting.

Next step-- the "Now Playing" widget!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Variations on Le Mur

I use Audacity for editing audio, but after 15 years still know very little beyond the basics.  Apparently, there's this thing where you can lock it in continuous "play", and play back forward and reverse by scooting the cursor around. Not even sure it's supposed to happen.

 Here's what it did to Mr F Le Mur's "Andy of Bug Porn #10"

And here is a handy link to more Le Mur.

Update: It's an Audacity feature called "scrubbing" and it's found on Audacity 2.1.3, under "transport".
If your mouse has a scroll wheel, you can speed or slow the playback.  Wild wacky stuff.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The line is up

The line feed, that is.  93 hours, repeating every 3 days and 21 hours, with new material trickling through it.  This concludes phase 1 of Cut-up Radio's launch.  In honor of the event, here's a little something.

The Action Signal Tape

Update:  well, if you're interested-- I tried putting it on the desktop computer a week ago and it's crashed 3 times.  We're back on the laptop now, where it lived for the first month.

Scaling back a little: not a 24/7 feed, more like a radio show, with me putting something together every day at about the same time.  The hours will be announced over there on the right.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Radio Update

There will continue to be tech work done while Cut-up Radio gets going.  I'll try to keep a stream up (as is my sacred duty).  Of some kind of audio.  24/7.  We're still in a testing and training period, though, for the foreseeable future.  Couple months.