So, I've decided to release the mini mix I recorded for VEMOM 10 on Bandcamp. It's been nearly 7 years since the last time I released something there, it was about time I guess...
This is a couple of tracks I'm still working on, made with the OP-Z, full of clunky live effects because I'm still quite new at this workflow. But it's been fun to make :)
The more I play non-violent games with no combat system, the more abhorrent I find games with combat systems. Don't get me wrong, both as a player and a designer, I love combat systems.
But the insane proportion of gameplay tied to violence, conflict and exploitation, and the fact it's seen as normal or even desirable in video games culture, make me feel increasingly bad. Is capitalism fun?
What about complex systems to explore empathy, ecological awareness, philosophy, utopia?
I've felt the sudden urge to set up a small #tokipona forum for the Merveilles folks (or anyone interested in it) who'd like a more organized place than Mastodon to discuss and learn the language together. Disclaimer: I'm a total beginner.
Feel free to join and suggest anything (and to boost if you like the idea)
Hi, I’m a French game designer/writer working mainly in the serious game/edutainment industry.
On my free time, I develop my own video games and tools, compose electronic music, make pixel/voxel art, build keyboards, grow hops and brew beer.
Computers ate my soul.
I think one of the hardest things in
#TokiPona is putting words in the "right" order, knowing what looks like the right order for you can make little sense to someone else, since it's heavily subjective and context-dependent.
I mean, compound words are just consensual constructs. Some are obvious, but sometimes swapping words around implies subtle differences and really depends on the way you perceive the thing you're referring to.
I've been listening to this Estas Tonne one-hour long track all week long, all day long, on repeat. I still can't figure out what it triggers inside me. It feels a bit like if something I don't see was talking to some part of me I don't know. I guess it's going to spin for one more week.
Did a little "photoshoot" today to with all the loose lightbulbs in the house to put together the summary video tomorrow :)
After five days, I'm now pretty sure why this workout program is called "Ironborn". It's because it gets you reborn into a massive, helpless lump of iron that can't move nor do anything but try to remember the fleeting human form it once had.
I've been practicing daily keyboard lessons with Melodics for two weeks now, while continuing finger drumming in parallel. I'd tend to think it's absolute torture and that the standard musical keyboard layout is the worst thing ever designed after the qwerty typing keyboard. I'm kind of enjoying it nonetheless, but for me it's waaaay harder than finger drumming, even if it's closely related.
20 minutes of 8 kg dumbbells workout is honestly less painful than 20 minutes of keyboard practice.
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Here's the quick and dirty kalimba track I started to work on yesterday. It's just me playing live, a bit of reverb, a basic OP-Z beat with random variations, and a few EQ/compression tweaks.
Both the kalimba and the beat were recorded straight with an iPad mic, so it's noisy. Perhaps I'll do a proper recording for the next versions, but I like the ultra fast workflow and the low-fi + reverb vibe (or maybe I'm just lazy.)
I did absolutely nothing of interest this week and felt bad about it. I didn't work on any of my projects, and my mind wandered in dark places.
Two hours ago, I recorded a live kalimba loop, added a hint of reverb, then a slow evolving beat I did in five minutes on the OP-Z. I'm listening to the two loops, synced but with slightly different lengths, since one hour or so.
All of a sudden, the universe is infinitely beautiful, and I'm happy to be part of it.
This morning, my workout was weird. The program I’m following regularly includes alternating biceps curls, with dumbbells, until muscle failure. Usually, I manage to carry on for 4-5 minutes with 4 kg dumbbells.
Today, I repeated curls for nearly 25 minutes, and I stopped because it was freaking me out, not because I couldn’t continue. My arms just kept working. I felt light fatigue, but never reached the point where I couldn’t lift anymore. I did nothing unusual, how is that even possible?
While it is a fair amount of preaching to the choir out here in the wilds of internet frontier, I have to recommend 'The Social Dilemma'.
I just watched it for the first time tonight despite having explored this paranoid stuff for a few years.
A good watch despite not being a lot of new info to me, and it seems especially useful as an easily digestible primer to recommend to 'normal' people.
Just finished The Red Strings Club. The last choice you can make is such an agonizing moment, I don't think I've ever seen a dialogue menu this powerful in a video game.
Definitely the best game I've played in 2020. Funny how such a low budget, short cyberpunk game can prove so much more meaningful than a behemoth like Cyberpunk 2077.
Computers ate my soul.
Merveilles is a community project aimed at the establishment of new ways of speaking, seeing and organizing information — A culture that seeks augmentation through the arts of engineering and design. A warm welcome to any like-minded people who feel these ideals resonate with them.