I love it when a new creative partnership works.

I just had a great rehearsal with @cathrobots for our upcoming duo for Lume at Hundred Years Gallery in London.

Of course I forgot to photo anything during the rehearsal so here's a photo of my table after the fact!

Join us if you're around!

Friday | Dec 12 | 7:30pm | £10


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𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗴𝘂𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗳𝘂𝗻𝗴𝗶

A new study suggests that mushrooms talk to each other through the use of electrical signals. And their language is complex.

In observing the spikes of electrical activity in particular species of fungi, computer scientist Andrew Adamatzky found patterns that were strikingly similar to human language.

Through experiments, he translated the spikes into a lexicon of 50 ‘words’.

#mushrooms #mycology #fungi #nature

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My monthly radio show, Fractal Meat on a Spongy Bone, broadcasts tonight on NTS.live from 1am to 3am.
This episode marks the 11th birthday of the show. I'm not doing anything special for the occasion, it's the usual uninterupted mix of experimental music, noise, improvisation, drone and electronic music.
Tracklist and more info is here:

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Unfortunately I have to stop actively working on #Metatext for a while due to health issues. I really wish I could implement Mastodon 4 features and squash every bug, but it's not possible for me to do so right now.

I know the app has become important to a lot people, so I'm open to a new maintainer who can carry on its values of privacy and accessibility taking it over if there's interest and a fit. Email info@metabolist.org if you (or your organization) are interested

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(At Hadrian's Wall)

Roman soldier: Centurion, there's a problem

Centurion: What is it?

Roman soldier: It's these painted guys keep showing up, they draw a cock on the wall and run back off north

Centurion: Urgh, unsolicited Pict dicks

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I do like it here on Mastodon, but the huge influx of people from Twitter means there are far fewer image descriptions than from even a couple of weeks ago. I’d love to tell every one of them about this, but quite frankly there are so many I don’t have the patience. I’d dearly love it if apps could block posts unless an image description was added to every photo, but I suppose that’s too much to hope for. I’m feeling really excluded from so many conversations. It’s getting as bad as Twitter.

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I know somebody will know the answer to this! I used to have a standalone program on my Mac, back in the pre-OSX days, which did granular synthesis overnight. You would give it an audio file and it would generate a file of sound/noise many hours later.

Can someone tell me what that program was called?

#synthesizer #plugin #standalone


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@Chanders @Jelaniya And btw, Chris, this is why I wrote this post and why I'm holding a class on the 5th on moving to Mastodon. https://medium.com/whither-news/on-joining-mastodon-d539eed5e41a

Man - ‘ExpertsOnAir’ are practically stalking me. They obviously haven’t heard my work…it doesn’t exactly ‘scale’ 🤣

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Just a reminder to everyone:

If you "Favourite" a post it gives the author warm fuzzies, but there's no algorithm to feed, it doesn't increase those sorts of things in your feed(s).

If you "Boost" a post, your followers will also see it, helping them decide if you're a "Good Egg", then *their* followers might get a chance to see it.

"Boosting" things lets them travel, and helps to create and strengthen your network.

But never discount the value of the warm fuzzies !!.


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Having run my own test mastodon server, I can tell you that boosting is REALLY important. That's how posts propagate between servers that are not federated together.

I may get a bit technical, and it can be hard to describe but it's something like this:

Let's say that you have 2 servers, A and B that are not connected. They have their own federated timelines that is vastly different.

let's assume they have their users @a@A and @b@B that are mutuals. If user @a@A sees something interesting on theirs federated timeline and boosts it, user @b@B will see that on their own home page. But more importantly server B will now know about and download that post, and everyone else on B server will be able to see that post on their own federated timeline!

And that's why you boost, guys! It helps posts to spread.


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I was just recommended to watch Carsie Blanton. Fantastic! Why have I never heard of her. Here is one of her post-trump election songs. It seem appropriate even today.... (language warning!)


Just finished this book: TACET n2 on Experimentation in Question (in music).

Wonderful collection of music/art/philosophy essays on what experimentation actually means in music/arts practice. The physical book is no longer available (I spent a stupid amount on this) but the pdf is only £5 from the publisher (and yes - I bought that too).

Completely recommend the book.

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While following a lot of people can populate your Home feed significantly, sometimes people (like me) end up boosting a lot and that can unexpectedly hinder your own experience.

So if you like someone's specific posts and don't want to follow their boosts, you can go to their profile under the [...] button, and select the "Hide boosts from account" button.

There is no algorithm on Mastodon. You have ownership and control over every filtering decision instead of some robot.


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assemblag.es is a Mastodon instance for people interested in thinking creatively and critically about technology, in the broadest sense. The only requirement is that you keep to the code of conduct! Note: we've paused new signups for a few days while we deal with the #twittermigration influx - please do request an invite, but be aware that for now functions more like a 'waiting list' than a knock on the door, until our numbers stabilise again :-)