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Hey, I’ve finally found a bit of time to put my tracks on Bandcamp. I did a bit of mastering, and came up with quick and dirty aesthetics I still rather like. I also had fun naming the tracks using a blend of bad translations, bad search engine suggestions and heavy text glitching.

I’m glad I did it, it was a great experiment and a motivating starting point for more musical exploration in the future.


narcanthe.bandcamp.com

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Hey Fediverse, I’d like to start a slow-paced micro fiction experiment with input from the community. I’d play Stellaris (a grand strategy space empire sim) and post regular updates about how everything goes horribly wrong in my galaxy, with polls to help me take important decisions.

What kind of civilization would you like to see boldly go where no man has gone before? (suggestions welcome.)

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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’ve finished reading The State of the Art by Iain M. Banks and while I liked most of the short stories, I’m not sure what to think about the longest one. The Culture observing contemporary Earth feels oddly out of place, and its criticism lacks nuance and subtlety.

On the other hand, it’s an interesting satire, with meaningful points, but it was too much, or not enough. Too serious despite the silly characters. I’m not sure what I didn’t like, but it kind of bored me.

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Today I am releasing the first version of my livecoding system, alive!
This is a release-candidate, since it has only run on two different PCs so far, and I need more data to trust that it works at all. There is now a Windows build that should make running it there a breeze.
Let me know if you tried it and whether it did or didn't run! ;)

Info, installation instructions, and tutorial in the docs:

alive.s-ol.nu/

2236.03.07 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central

We've received strange reports of ancient deep-space drones roaming a few of our systems. They were apparently built eons ago for mining operations, but we have no idea who created them.

Their actual purpose is unknown. We've decided to establish a listening post on Mazov Central to keep them under close watch. We can’t entirely dismiss the possibility of a machine empire older than our civilization suddenly invading the Cluster.

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Look what I’ve found in my inbox: Age of Civilization, a tiny board game I’ve kickstarted ages ago. It can be played solo, up to four players, for about half an hour. I didn’t try it yet but it looks cute, simple and fun, with a lot of replayability.

Not sure I should make the effort of setting up an Icecast server to stream some generative ambient/chillout music, since there's already plenty of people streaming great stuff all over the place.

Finger drumming in a nutshell:

1. Struggle for months trying to make your brain understand that not only your hands but also your fingers can move independently.

2. Avoid retrying old exercises you failed miserably for weeks, struggle with new exercises instead.

3. Feel utter joy and astonishment when you try old exercises again and watch your fingers moving on their own exactly where they should.

4. Return to step 1, add more fingers to the equation.

Finally took some time to try TidalCycles. I really like it so far, I was able to make nice loops with a few steel tongue drum samples. There’s a whole world to explore here, and it will probably lead back to Orca.

Here's a recipe I've been using for a while to work on a computer in a noisy environment.

1. Put some headphones on.
2. Launch this white noise generator and set the sliders to cancel whatever distracts you: mynoise.net/NoiseMachines/whit
3. Go to somafm.com and add an ambient station like Deep Space One or Drone Zone to the mix.
4. Close all your other tabs, relax and focus.

I’m thinking about recording or streaming some kind of long form steel tongue drum ambient, a soothing soundtrack for waiting, something I could share to help people relax a bit, but I don’t really have time for this at the moment... Not sure how I could make this fit in my schedule, but I’ll try to find a way.

I love how these keyboards look, not to mention they are made with through hole components only. No case, no plate, no Pro Micro, everything is soldered on the board.

2236.02.05 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central

The People of Maz traditionally show little interest in spiritual matters, but our numerous new citizens have brought their beliefs with them.

As a result, one more faction has emerged in the political landscape: the Church of Metaphysical Cleansing, which aims at developing our spiritual side, and is led by... the Oracle.

It seems even machines need gods, after all.

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i've put together a list of hundreds (!) of open source, experimental, and tiny tools for interactive, web, and game development

this rose out of my weird tools games class, where we have been talking about walled gardens, the politics and aesthetics that tools carry with them, the edges of “tool” and where it intersects with “game” or “playful media” and how much a tool can say about its maker

(but i also thought this resource might be particularly useful now ~)

everest-pipkin.com/teaching/to

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Sometimes I think we live in a truly bizarre high-tech leisure society. I don't think William Gibson could have predicted this one: polygon.com/2020/3/12/21177754

This is terrible, I'm actually thinking about designing and building my own keyboard.

I've started to play the steel tongue drum one year ago. I had very little prior experience with physical instruments. Everything I had tried before wasn't fun, or led nowhere.

This time, it just clicked. I'm practicing daily along with finger drumming and I enjoy it immensely. I can feel the small progress I make day after day, and it's incredibly rewarding. My skills are tiny, but they keep growing, and the pain of learning has become a pleasure.

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Not enough people know the NODE Vol. 1 zine. Since it's under a CC BY-SA 4.0 license, we have made the PDF available for direct download:

resist.berlin/node/NODE_VOL_01

NODE follows the tradition of 90s #cyberpunk zines, with more current topics such as decentralization, hardware hacking and other DIY stuff. It was edited by @Famicoman and is such a great collection of material and ideas. More information and the original dat:// address can be found here:

n-o-d-e.net/zine/

Spread it widely!

2236.02.03 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central

The war against the megacorp has ended, and its territory has been split in two. There was little resistance: 99% of our new Molluscoid citizens have happily left capitalism and are celebrating our egalitarian values.

Between refugees, immigrants and former slaves, five different species now live in the Cluster, not to mention synthetics, space amoeba, tourists, and pre-space primitives. It seems communism is getting popular in the galaxy.

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