January 2015 3
Aphex twin has always been one of my first and main influences when it comes to electronic music. After his “comeback” and the great success of the last album Syro, I am enlightened that he teams up with artists like “>Squarepusher – to use robots in electronic music!
His last EP “Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt 2” (Part one is still missing!) which is out on Warp since yesterday is a collaboration with the creators from the dutch old-school robotics company “logos”.
In interviews founder Godfried-Willem Raes says Aphex Twin did approach logos already some time ago to request some hand made robots. Their collaboration resulted in several instruments, especially two robots called SNAR and HAT (Hit Any Thing). On the EP you can hear several tracks named after these instruments. What you can also hear are some automatic pianos and string robots. Whoohoo! As rumors go, Aphex twin is using the “disklavier” – a robotic piano by yamaha – which was probably already used on his album druqs.
Whats particular interesting about the logos foundation – apart from their constant nudity in their videos – is the open source character: on their homepage you can find plenty of technical details about the robots and how they were made!
When I was lately digging out an old Windows 7 and tried to include it into my local network I had the problem that I could not get the Networkprinter (Samsung Xpress M2825ND) to work. I had set the Windows firewall to block everything except Browsers and stuff and couldn’t figure out what the printer needed to work.
So, for anyone who has problems printing on a Network printer from Samsung through a locked-down windows firewall:
You have to add the print client from the windows directory to the exceptions for the firewall. In the case of the Samsung Express it is called “splwow64.exe”.
1. Try to print something with your firewall on
2. Open the task manager and look for the print client that comes up (and is blocked)
3. Go to system –> networking –> security –> firewall –> advanced options
4. Go to “outbound connections” (as I have a German windows, the menu-names might differ slightly)
5. Add “new rule” (or such) and point it to the program you found out at step (2.)
6. Let the program connect to anywhere (and welcome NSA, eh!)
Only do this modifications if you know what you are doing. I will not be responsible
for damage done to you, your device or the people around you.
For an installation called Boom Boom Station, we chose several cheap and easy to play instruments like the Korg Monotron, a delay line from behringer and a stylophone. To save money and battery-induced environment pollution we opened the Korg and the Stylophone to add extern power, so that they can constantly driven with a standard power plug.