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all of the tartans

I saved an archive of Robert Bradford’s mktartan program on github: scruss/holestone-tartan (local cache: holestone-tartan-master) to stop it falling apart completely from bitrot.

Road Trip Playlist – for the way home, 2015

  1. In The Bleak Midwinter — Kith & Kin
  2. Jed’s Other Poem (Beautiful Ground) — Jason Lytle
  3. The Ballad of Mr. Steak — Kishi Bashi
  4. Baby, We’d Be Rich (Cuss Version) — Old Man Luedecke
  5. Arms I Know So Well — Emma Ruth Rundle
  6. One Nation Under A Brolly — Trixie’s Big Red Motorbike
  7. Guantanamera — Holly Near, Arlo Guthrie, Ronnie Gilbert, Pete Seeger
  8. Takeshi and Elijah — The Music Tapes
  9. Gone Beyond — Akron/Family
  10. Green, Green Rocky Road — Dave Van Ronk
  11. Same Old Man — Holy Modal Rounders
  12. One More Robot/Sympathy 3000-21 (Album Version) — The Flaming Lips
  13. Oh God, Where Are You Now? (In Pickeral Lake? Pigeon? Marquette? Mackinaw?) — Sufjan Stevens
  14. Thumbtacks and Glue — Woodpigeon
  15. Long John — Holy Modal Rounders
  16. The First Day of Winter — Ivy Mairi
  17. Baby Bluejay — Poopy Lungstuffing
  18. A Pickle and Two Pearl Onions — The Golden Motors
  19. Delicate Cycle — The Uncluded
  20. Tongues — Ty Segall & White Fence
  21. Plastic Jesus — The Flaming Lips
  22. Highwire — Tall Tall Trees
  23. Roo-Buh-Doo-Buh-Doo — The Statesmen
  24. Nitrous Gas — Frightened Rabbit
  25. John Hardy — Silver Apples
  26. Water Fountain — Tune-Yards
  27. The Ghost in You — Robyn Hitchcock
  28. Since Yesterday — Strawberry Switchblade
  29. When the Levee Breaks — Memphis Minnie
  30. Un — Y Niwl
  31. I Wear Black — Ty Segall & Mikal Cronin
  32. Never Let Me Go — Basia Bulat
  33. Stop Error — John K. Samson
  34. Desiree — The Left Banke
  35. friend — bo en
  36. Forked Deer — Sheesham and Lotus
  37. Send Them Kids to War — The Burns Unit
  38. Shanzhai (For Shanzhai Biennial) [feat. Helen Feng] — Fatima Al Qadiri
  39. 8 bit Blues (Chicago to LA to NY) — Kid Koala
  40. Biscuit Roller — Peter Laughner
  41. Walking on the Moon — The Police
  42. aisatsana — Aphex Twin

Gramophone Echoes

gramophone echoesInspired by Robert Howsare’s Drawing Apparatus, a time-step simulation of a similar apparatus was developed. Each trace was made of thousands of straight line segments, one for each rotation of the turntables’ drive motors, and enough to create a closed figure. Suitable gearing was modelled to simulate standard (North American) gramophone speeds of 16⅔, 33⅓, 45 and 78⅕ rpm for each of the turntables. Drive crank lengths were derived from standard record sizes. The initial starting angle of each turntable was also modelled.

Three simulation runs were chosen and superimposed. The result was plotted on “A” size vellum using 0.3 mm ceramic drafting pens. Total plot time  at 90 mm/s: 22 minutes.

Code available on request.