Welcome again to the latest edition of Sonic Canvas - your beacon of self-reflection at the crossroads of music, art, and artificial intelligence.
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Protocol Update: Fractality
I'm writing this at 5:15 am on the morning that I'm publishing it.
I have been pretty organized this week - I got this post mostly done on Monday, then had Tuesday and Wednesday night to edit and refine it (and write this initial introduction blurb). However, I felt pretty sleepy Wednesday night when I was supposed to wrap this up, so I went to bed with this incomplete. This is about the latest I've left this newsletter since I restarted it. So much for being organized, realistically, I guess.
Summer is in full swing here at the Staley house. As you can see in the picture above, the patio set is out (though covered up in the image above), and we've blown up the $40 Walmart pool and unicorn. The walls of those Walmart pools are pretty thin, so this is, I think, the third one we've gone through in two summers. C'est la vie. Still less expensive than buying one of the pricey, more stable pools.
Other than that, the big news is that I tested out DJ streaming on Twitch and it seems like it will work, though it's a bit taxing on my five-year-old laptop. I'm trying to do my first stream (which I'm sure will be a trainwreck) sometime over the next few weeks.
The goal, overall, is to make the Steel Orca media experience fractal. What do I mean? Well, it would break down to something like this:
- I pick five songs during the week to write about on this site/newsletter.
- I add them to my DJ playlist.
- I do a short DJ set with the new songs (sometime after the new Sonic Canvas comes out). This would be a short set of <30 minutes (5-7 songs).
- Every month, I do a more extended set where I include the most recent Sonic Canvas songs I picked that month.
So, fractal in the sense that one thing builds on another - the song selection and AI image curation lead to longer and longer DJ sets. At the same time, I plan to include slide shows of the relevant AI imagery during the sets using the slide show functionality on OBS Studio. It should all work; I just have to plan it out. The goal is to also showcase Sonic Canvas as an immersive real-world audio-visual concert series. More to come on that in subsequent posts.
Enjoy the latest edition, and we'll see you next week.
Sonic Canvas offers an immersive experience where handpicked tracks from Spotify spark a spectrum of AI-generated visuals meticulously designed with the artistic touch of Midjourney. Each piece of art and music is carefully curated, showcasing the intricate details that AI and human creativity can achieve together.
To fully appreciate the depth of each track, click on the song title under the image to expand the information. For a closer look at the artwork, click on the pictures to zoom in and explore further. The beauty lies in the details, and we encourage you to take the time to explore and appreciate each element.
Scroll down now, and dive into a symphony of music, art, and AI.
🎉 Jay Hardway - The Sound
☀️ Skrillex, Boys Noize - Fine Day Anthem
📍 Blossom, longstoryshort - Still Here
- Beatport: Still Here (Extended Mix) by Blossom, longstoryshort
- Release Date: March 31, 2023
- Spotify Plays: 88,843
- Plays Per Day: 766
- Label: THRIVE MUSIC
- Genre: Bass House
- Origin: Phoenix | 🇺🇸
- Instagram: @blossom.dj | @itsalongstoryshort
- Twitter: @blossomdj_ | @itslngstryshrt
👼 AVELLO - Angel
Song of the Week 🙌
💓 Kylie Minogue - Padam Padam (HAAi Remix)
Other AI Images Generated This Week
Other Music Bought This Week
Tools of the Trade
- Grammarly: Grammarly is a digital writing tool that uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to detect grammar errors, punctuation mistakes, spell check, and plagiarism, thereby improving overall text clarity.
It also provides stylistic suggestions to enhance readability, making it a versatile utility for students, professionals, and anyone looking to polish their written communication.
This is the writing tool I use more than any other one. I use this at work, for this newsletter, for Twitter, and for everything else where the plugin works. I cannot recommend Grammarly enough for professionals in all lines of business. I have been using it for about a year now and have no intention of ever unsubscribing. If you want your work communication to be as seamless and professional sounding as possible, subscribe to Grammarly.
- OBS Studio: OBS Studio, or Open Broadcaster Software Studio, is free and open-source video recording and live streaming software. This is what I'm using to stream on Twitch in the future.
It offers a range of features, including high-performance real-time video/audio capturing and mixing, scene composition, encoding, broadcasting, and device compatibility, making it a popular choice for content creators and streamers.
That's it for this week from all of us here at Steel Orca. 🚀🐬
Until next time... 👋