Red Echo

November 7, 2011

Review of active projects

Of the dozen projects I listed a month ago, I’ve completed #2 (ALT&S expansion), #3 (living room couch), #4 (mysterious music project), #6 (dimmer for Hunter’s geode sculpture), #8 (repackage Shame Project lights for use in my living room), and #9 (serger workbench for ALT&S).

I haven’t touched the electric skateboard; it’s too cold and rainy out to ride such a contraption anyway. The high-output full-spectrum light has had a couple of setbacks, but once that next Digikey package arrives I should be able to finish it up in a night or two. The City Light thing – well, they weren’t actually looking for a proposal, just some kind of artist resume. It was frustrating and nothing is going to come of it.

The rhythm synthesizer algorithm is still kicking around in the back of my brain, but I may divert that mental energy toward learning to use Ableton Live. It’s been a long time since I did any studio production work, and the Mysterious Music Project reminded me how much I enjoy composition. I haven’t lined up any live-PA gigs lately; I think maybe I will spend some of this winter “in the studio”, making dance music.

Last on last month’s list was my motorcycle: it’s been in the shop for the last two and a half weeks. I’m not sure what’s going on with the mechanic but I’m getting worried. He had to order in a new front tire and some special tool to replace the clutch, but still, it shouldn’t be taking this long. Meanwhile I have been driving the car to work, or having Ava drop me off. It’s not so much fun.

The new active project list:
0) Finish assembling the full-spectrum LED array
1) Radian: clean up after introducing a new allocator and a new X64 backend
2) Recruit new members for ALTSpace – lots of room now
3) Acquire and learn to use Ableton Live

That’s a really short list. No wonder those boxes of fabric at the shop have been catching my eye every time I walk by…

I do have a few things on the home improvement list too:
– install AirPort base station for better internet access in the office
– figure out why one of the Shame Project lights doesn’t light up and fix it
– weed old stuff out of wardrobe
– help Ava hang up her wall-sized mirror
– introduce a more rational organization to the file box


  1. Hey, thought about posting about ALT Space on Just an idea…

    Comment by Adam — November 8, 2011 @ 9:25 am

  2. Interesting… would people not regard that as spam…? If it’s cool to post links to organizations like that then yeah, I’ll try it.

    Comment by Mars Saxman — November 8, 2011 @ 7:01 pm

  3. I have an older account, if you feed me something, I’ll post it if self links are no-nos.

    Comment by Sara — November 11, 2011 @ 8:41 am