This post is the sixth instalment of a weekly series in where I share a list of the five coolest things I’ve found (or explored) that week.
1. Ableton Session Controller & EQ Module
My previous blog post took an in-depth look at these two controllers, which was aiming to generate some interest for them, as well as showcasing what I deem to be one of the most tactile controllers for Ableton Live that I’ve seen. You can read the full article here, which will shortly contain an interview with the creator.
2. Byzantine Dreams – An Exploration of a Single Patch on the Haken Continuum
The Continuum by Haken Audio is one my favourite MIDI instruments that I’m yet to own. The video below is an exploration of just a single patch which I think perfectly demonstrates the capabilities of the instrument.
3. What is Polychromatic Music? – An Introduction with a Comparison of Modern Microtonal Instruments
I wrote a post exploring Polychromatic music as well as providing articles for further reading on the subject; you can find the post below.
4.Ｊ Ｂ Ｐ Ｗ Ａ Ｖ Ｅ: A Jordan Peterson Lofi Hip Hop Mix
After spending the last week or so reading his book, I’ve been absorbing lots of Peterson’s content in the form of lectures which can be found over on his YouTube channel. A music producer by the name of ‘Akira The Don’ put together a mix of Lofi Hip Hop, combined with Jordan Peterson lectures, which he has chopped and arranged to fit over the music. He’s named this new genre ‘JBP Wave’. I think the concept of listening to lectures in this format could help many people absorbed what’s being taught, or even just playing a mix of songs underneath a lecture at the right volume can help retain your attention.
“Most of us will freely admit that we are obsessed with our devices. We pride ourselves on our ability to multitask–read work email, reply to a text, check Facebook, watch a video clip. Talk on the phone, send a text, drive a car. Enjoy family dinner with a glowing smartphone next to our plates. We can do it all, 24/7! Never mind the errors in the email, the near-miss on the road, and the unheard conversation at the table. In The Distracted Mind, Adam Gazzaley and Larry Rosen–a neuroscientist and a psychologist–explain why our brains aren’t built for multitasking, and suggest better ways to live in a high-tech world without giving up our modern technology.
The authors explain that our brains are limited in their ability to pay attention. We don’t really multitask but rather switch rapidly between tasks. Distractions and interruptions, often technology-related–referred to by the authors as “interference”–collide with our goal-setting abilities. We want to finish this paper/spreadsheet/sentence, but our phone signals an incoming message and we drop everything. Even without an alert, we decide that we “must” check in on social media immediately.
Gazzaley and Rosen offer practical strategies, backed by science, to fight distraction. We can change our brains with meditation, video games, and physical exercise; we can change our behavior by planning our accessibility and recognizing our anxiety about being out of touch even briefly. They don’t suggest that we give up our devices, but that we use them in a more balanced way.”