I just tried what I’m doing with image files (and pictures of text) since 1 1/2 years with audio files and it immediately worked! Lalala!
FFmpeg is producing pieces of a 5-second audio sample. The starting point for the cut (-ss 00:00:$vv) is a variable, which is defined by a sine function. The cuts (200 pieces) are assembled into a 1-minute song.
Late morning jam, just the Shellllllllll. 🤖
Wir haben neulich Schnelltests gekauft und erst später festgestellt, dass deren Erkennungsraten extrem niedrig sind. Darüber haben wir uns so sehr geärgert, dass wir eine praktische Einkaufshilfe gebaut haben: https://zerforschung.org/posts/schnelltesttest/
life = 1 damn thing after another
Money is bloodsucking-bloodsuckled
Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, “Cosmic Chemistry” https://allpoetry.com/Cosmic-Chemistry-
Woman in Tech
Lorinda Cherry. There is this video from the AT&T Archive in which she demonstrates “pipeline” in UNIX: makewords text|lowercase|sort|unique|mismatch. And she makes the computer become a talking calculator! Cherry worked as a programmer at Bell Labs, contributing to text processing and text formatting programs.
The UNIX System: Making Computers Easier to Use https://techchannel.att.com/playvideo/2014/01/27/ATT-Archives-The-UNIX-System-Making-Computers-Easier-to-Use
📄 David Silverman, Text Processing and the Writer’s Workbench https://www.princeton.edu/~hos/frs122/unixhist/text.htm
📄 Samir Bhowmik, The Battery is the Message. Media Archaeology as an Energy Art Practice, 2019 https://scholarworks.umass.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1075&context=cpo
“Despite over decades of research, they remain assemblages of messy chemicals, hazardous, black-boxed and subject to thermal runaways. Batteries are designed today as not meant to be replaced. While scholars and industry stay obsessed with interfaces, software and processor speed, the engine that drives the heart of communications remains an unexplored and dangerous territory.”
@jine Absolutely still relevant! I read https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/open-standards-and-the-digital-age/3605A03EC74D80F2D30FE233C7BCBF35 afterwards which is nice to further unpack how where these notions of openness come from and how they work across different internet technologies..
• “The geek ideal of openness and a moral-technical order (…) was forged in the era of open systems; without this concrete historical conception of how to maintain openness in technical and moral terms, the recursive public of geeks would be just another hierarchical closed organization …”
Still relevant, I think.
Some bits from part II:
• “UNIX was, by 1980, without a doubt the most widely and deeply understood trade secret in computing history.”
• “… sharing produces its own kind of order: operating systems and social systems.”
• “… being ‘open’ is perhaps the most complex component of Free Software. It is never quite clear whether being open is a means or an end.”
I really recommend “Two Bits” by Christopher Kelty (thanks to @rra who recommended it before) for stepping into the history of Source Code and the pedagogical and socio-political implications, especially to non-techie persons.
Unfortunately, it’s not Open Access, but you can find the introduction here: https://read.dukeupress.edu/books/book/1136/Two-BitsThe-Cultural-Significance-of-Free-Software
One important aspect for me: The parallel development of UNIX and photocopying.
Taper: an online literary magazine for small computational pieces, published by Bad Quarto.
Call for Work for Issue 8, with the theme of 8-Bit Nostalgia by April 1st
The 8-bit era was characterized by remarkable creativity in working with constraints, something Taper seeks to emulate. We seek works inspired by 8-bit computing, music, games, graphic art, character sets as well as the number of bits that constitute a
byte and its multiple representations.
We also welcome submissions that address cultural associations of the number 8, such as fortune in Chinese and other Asian cultures, holiness in Japanese culture, and other religious associations.
Alternatively, works could address abstract aspects of the number eight, such as its relations to geometrical figures (cubic vertices, octagons), the symmetry of the number, how it becomes the symbol of infinity when rotated, or its impact on poetic forms (octosyllabic lines, various kinds of octameter, octets, octaves, etc).
The story is from 1926. McKenzie Wark also mentions it in “Molecular Red: Theory for the Anthropocene” (2015). An extract with the relevant passage is here:
📄 McKenzie Wark, Climate Science as Sensory Infrastructure, 2014 – https://www.thewhitereview.org/feature/climate-science-as-sensory-infrastructure/
There is also an adaptation (from 1967) by Ukrainian-Russian filmmaker Larisa Shepitko.
Platonov. In “The Motherland of Electricity” (Родина электричества) the protagonist who studies electrical engineering & works at a municipal power plant goes to Wertschowka, a remote village, to help the people with building a system for irrigation. The generator is an old motorcycle (from British troops?), fuel is alcohol made from corn, paddlewheels are cut out of the motorcycle’s enclosure & a tin roof. The engineer, the village council (сельсове́т) & an old peasant work together.
Would broaden the search to include fiction in general. And definitely add some of Andrej Platonov’s writings.
techno–poetics / politics / sound
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