Pat Gunn (dachte) wrote,
Pat Gunn
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Sharp Notes

NSF is a sound format that is commonly used for storing sound from old NES8 games - I think it's made by tools that extract the audio from ROM images. It's probably conceptually similar to a tarball of midis. Most audio software I've seen that can play them tend to loop whatever song is playing (or perhaps NES8 audio actually had something akin to a GOTO in it - some older sound formats did, and I don't actually know much about this format), and provide additional controls to swap between the songs inside the NSF (some of them also let the six channels in the thing be turned on/off individually). I don't normally keep NSF files in my normal music folder, but I was recently listening to some stuff from Zelda, and was doing other stuff, and later realised that for about 45 minutes, I was listening to the Zelda1 dungeon theme. I'm not sure if it was that I was programming (and zoned out), that the music is presumably designed to be repeated endlessly without getting old, or that I'm used to it on some level because when I was younger, I played Zelda a lot. Either way, it's funny how deeply some of these tunes are burned into my brain (along with the elaborations on the tunes when better hardware (and better understanding of said hardware) allowed sequels to do more with the themes). I am amused to think of orchestras today playing music that orchestras of the future will want to extend because they have better musical technology, although I imagine that that's taking the analogy too far (or at least onto a slope where technological advances that make a difference wrt potential complexity are slow). How much complexity can most people handle in music? How much complexity can a trained ear appreciate? Is there a difference?

The Wexner Centre for the Arts (tied in some way which details I don't remember to Ohio State) put together a mix tape for memorial day (which I would guess is upcoming?). This marks the second alumni newsletter I've gotten from OSU that's actually had anything interesting (the first told me how to revive gunn.22@osu.edu for lifetime email forwarding).

Last Saturday, according to a recent university police report, some people who sound a lot like POG members wandered onto campus in the afternoon and did some untargeted vandalism/destruction in Wean after having pulled a fire alarm in NSH as a distraction. As usual, I'm embarassed - not at vigilanteism/civil disobedience/direct action, but because this wasn't at all targeted, people couldn't concievably figure out what they were doing it for, and it did nothing apart from possibly let them work out some anger. Pittsburgh's young anarchist community's aversion to planning and leaders (even if leader doesn't mean someone with authority) will continue to hold them back for the indefinite future - these are not the same kind of anarchists who organised the Black Army in Russia to fight for their notion of freedom - they're more the sort to start a Pogo-Party, I think. I'm especially frustrated because the group has built a high level of idealism (a precious thing) into their subculture, but it's not the right sort nor paired with careful thought. Oh well...

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