Academics, like the rest of the world, have been talking a lot about ChatGPT. College writing instructors—people in the field of writing studies or composition and rhetoric—are particularly worried about (1) the possibilities of plagiarism and (2) the questions automated prose generators raise for the notion that writing is form of thinking. This informal 5000-word longread primer, with an extended bibliography for further reading, summarizes some of the technical operations of LLMs for a humanist audience and links those technical questions to larger pedagogical and philosophical concerns. Feedback welcomed!
Composer's Sketchpad is an iPad sequencer-ish app for quickly jotting down musical ideas. In brief, the app presents you with a giant pannable and zoomable canvas that you can draw musical notes on. I wanted to create a modern take on sheet music, but without any of the legacy limitations; as a result, you can start each note at any time and bend it to any pitch, giving you the ability sketch out expressive solos and complex rhythms with no extra effort. (You can also turn on time or pitch snapping if you like.) Navigation, editing, and playback are carefully designed to be as frictionless as possible, and over 100 different instruments (as well as a percussion set) are available. Your music is saved automatically without any limit on the total number of sketches. Apple Pencil supported! [more inside]
Brown's Review began as a way to avoid posting excessively long comments in Fanfare, but very quickly became a site where I reviewed episodes of shows (Avatar and Star Wars). It then expanded to include short essays and thoughts on Star Wars, as well as book and comic book reviews, too. [more inside]
Ladies and Gentlemen is a multimedia performance duo combining guitar and live, remixed video. Our performances are incredibly difficult to document, so we put together these videos as an attempt to give some insight into our process, as well as to explore the intersection of composition, musical performance, and video-as-instrument. [more inside]
So my friends & I have been working on this iPad music app for the past several months & it's just now available in the App Store as of tonight! As the name suggests, it emulates the table-top gear that a DJ or producer might use. It’s an expandable modular studio where you can mix and match a variety of unique devices including samplers, mixers, effects, sequencers and etc. We've done quite a bit of iOS music app development in the past few years but this is the first app we've designed from the ground up for the iPad & so we're pretty psyched to find out what everyone thinks about it. I had an *amazing* response for the last thing I posted here (youarelisteningtolosangeles.com) so I figured this would be a great place to get some early feedback. There's plenty of demo videos & stuff available at the link so check it out and if you've got any questions, definitely let me know in the comments!
I've started a blog devoted to isolated tracks from songs. Really acts as a search engine for this amazing new phenomenon where you can hear recordings track by track.