What is that?
It's a duck pond.
Why aren't there any ducks?
I don't know. There's never any ducks.
Then how do you know it's a duck pond?

Monday, June 22



I'm tidying up all the files for Winter Collection, and I discovered that I hadn't saved the final version of the source file for the first track.  I had saved it, but then I'd done some more changes, and not saved those, and then produced the .mp3 I uploaded from that unsaved version.

Spent about 30 minutes fiddling with it trying to get it back the way it was, then realised that what I'd done was put an intensity hold on it, which is why that track sounds so mellow.  That done, I was able to reproduce it exactly.

I think.

I don't have a .wav output of the original either, so the best I can do is compare the original .mp3's waveforms with the new one.  Or do a blind test to see if I can tell the difference.

Update: Eyeballing the waveforms, it's very close up to the 1:57 mark, then it diverges.  Looks like some more tweaking is in order. neutral

Update: Eurgh.  Well, the sequence of notes is exactly right.  Now I just have to place - at most - 17 intensity markers at half-section intervals until each sub-section matches exactly.   Sigh.

Update: Aha!  Had it almost right except for the ending.  I couldn't persuade it to do an automatic fade and switch sections on cue; I could do one or the other, or I could switch sections and do a manual fade, but I knew I hadn't done a manual fade before, so it meant I was missing something.  And so I was.  Even when you manually place all your intensity cues, the composition parameter still affects the ending.  When I set it back from 1 to 4, I was able to match the original mix.

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Sunday, June 21


To The Moon!

Hedghehog Launch 2 is out, with a brand new destination, and a brand new delivery route:
It provides that special thrill you only get from strapping wriggling little animals into an elastic band and then snapping them through the core of the earth. Don't pretend you don't know what we're talking about.
(via Jay is Games)

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Saturday, June 20


It's In A Good Cause!!

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Winter Collection

I know not much has been heard from the Electric Ant Orchestra in the last couple of years, but we're still alive, still making music in our own weird way.  And here for your enjoyment (or otherwise) is our latest album, Winter Collection.

Winter Collection

13 tracks, 40:34
46,940kb zip

Side A - View from a Cloudy Window

1. Escapement
2. Counterpane
3. Intermezzo
4. Antebellum

Side B - Problem Child

5. Theme from Problem Child
6. Problematic
7. Problem Child's Problems

Side C - Shapeshifter

Recorded live at The Scythe nightclub, Sydney, June 2009.

8. Dark Patterns
9. Brilliant Shadows
10. Shapeshifter

Side D - Linden Hill

11. Theme from Linden Hill
12. Linden Nights
13. Linden Dawn

Bonus Tracks

4 tracks, 12:04
14,050kb zip

Disk 2 Side A - Ragamuffin Tea Party (with Axiolotl)

1. High Tea
2. Cucumber Marmalade
3. Five Sugars
4. Stewed Peaches

Tracks arranged using Acid Music Studio, Acid Pro, Cinescore, and Sound Forge Studio.  Arrangements copyright © 2009 Andrew Maizels. The Electric Ant Orchestra is currently appearing live at The Scythe alternate Fridays.

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Nearly There

Just a leetle more tweaking - my cucumber marmalade won't jell.

Update: Got it!  Just needed a little C salt.

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Wednesday, June 17


Let's See

There's eight compositions, three moods, four arrangements, six starting sections, and twenty variations on the one theme, not to mention the fact that the structure is very much dependent on the length, and that all those factors serve merely as a seed.  So there's easily ten thousand different outcomes even before you really start to customise it.



Oh yes.

View from a Cloudy Window


Hrm.  Might tinker with those last two some more.

Hum.  Actually, apart from a couple of chorus sections in Counterpane and Antebellum that could do with punching up a little, I'm pretty happy with all four.  So, having broken and then repaired the mu.nu virtual server (accidentally upgraded it from 8GB to 1GB instead of 10GB), I think it's time for bed.

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Friday, June 12


I Should Bloody Well Hope So

There's a third season of Ashes to Ashes due next year.  And having just watched the finale of season two, well, see the title of the post.

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