Ask companies like Adobe and Fiftythree, and they’ll tell you that tablets are the future of drawing. Give in, and get used to the concept of touching a stylus to your screen. Because as hardware and software get better, you’ll be able to create the sorts of things you can only dream about creating on paper.
Moleskine—the preeminent journal company with no lack of self-interest in keeping paper alive—has presented the vision of another possible future.
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Last week I met Tom Beddard, a physicist turned web developer turned artist (and friendly guy). He creates fractals — those recursive shapes that infinitely repeat at every scale. They’re based on simple math, but they can create some amazing images.
Says Beddard: “I don’t seek any new mathematical insight into the resulting structures, it’s a purely aesthetic pursuit to scratch a creative itch. Part of the fascination with fractal exploration is when … amazing and completely unexpected structures can pop out and surprise you.”
Some of the fractals look like Gothic architecture. Some of them look like alien seed pods. All of them are mesmerizing. You can see lots more on Beddard’s flickr page. You can actually fly through the fractals and see them morphing in these videos. And now, thanks to a new app called Frax that Beddard helped develop, you can make fractals of your very own.
Thomas Doggett At The Fremont August 21 2014 by centipedefarmer on SoundCloud - Hear the world’s sounds
Like I said leading up to this performance: “I’m going to learn something.” I did.
-I learned that I love performing. I was so excited to play that night.
-I learned that I need to relax. I don’t really relax until about seven minutes into the set.
-I learned again that distortion on saxophone is best for studios and not for stages. It’s so cool and incredibly hard to control.
-I learned that I need to spend more time on sound checking. I didn’t realize that the saxophone was that much louder than the beats and loops. The saxophone isn’t amplified through the PA. It’s just naturally that loud.
-I learned that I need to relax; did I say that already? I need to constantly remind myself of that because in my head, time is moving faster but it’s not moving that fast for the audience. Any audience would rather hear me play my best than rush from song to song.
-I learned that there is a large group of listeners in Des Moines that appreciate what I do. That means the world to me. It means that I’m doing what I should be doing.
-I learned that I want to do this again.
One of my all-time favorite musical moments is Kenny Garrett’s solo on Human Nature on the Miles in Paris concert from 1989. I have a it on VHS and a friend transferred it to DVD. A few years ago the concert was released on DVD with additional concert footage. If you ever need a lesson on taking a solo, this is the video to watch.