(Distant) Spring Updates

I have been trying to cultivate a bit more of a consistent content production, and for sake of simplicity, I have been using a well known and proprietary media platform
Caution: The following link is not FLO!

2/20/2020

Things have been quite busy in the past year, but I’m making a point to keep this site more updated (today’s date seems appropriate). I’ve started a page for my project, the Glass Beatstation. I’m also performing on (and giving talks about) it regularly, and have begun collaborating with a number of local musicians in Portland. More updates to come more but for now I will say: I’m hosting a weekly cypher/jam, planning to start a Linux Audio Group in Portland, release a number of videos, and start a crowdfunding campaign by the summer.
Another exciting development I’ve been involved with is the Kite Guitar (pictured below). More to come on that but for now I’ll say adieu.

Kite Guitar Yamaha 6-string refretted by Matthew Autry small.jpg

New Year

The new year has begun and thus I will proclaim at least one of my resolutions:
TO BE MORE ACTIVE IN COMMUNITIES
(particularly in FOSS / Art / Tech) – This will mean appearances at everything from art exhibitions, dances, cyphers, installations etc. – and also hosting (and co-hosting) events. I may not like it but I’m definitely going to have to get more active on social media. And that means making some accounts and actually publicizing more of my work.

Thus far, I’ve attended a few events:
Both of these are at CTRL-H, a fantastic hackerspace in North Portland
Dorkbotpdx
Open Hack/Stitch Night


Mentorship Saturdays at Metal Toad

Been meeting some really phenomenal people, and expanding my network (as well as horizons, knowledge and skillsets). After all, being around like-minded people is quite inspiring.

Happy new year and here’s to 2019 being a productive one.

Events on the horizon for 2019:

Linux Audio Conference in March
Linuxfest NW (20th year anniversery) – I will be tabling some interactive loopstations demos with raspberry pi’s so come see me there if you are in in the PNW.

Also planning on being in Europe and doing a small circuit in starting in Germany/Greece, so if you or someone you know anyone in the area who would like to host an open-source linux music event, feel free to contact me.

updates and current status

So I recently presented my glass_beatstation project at Open Eugene Festival https://eugtech.github.io/Open-Eugene/ .

Image result for "open eugene festival"

Video and more documentation to come, but the code is hosted on gitlab at https://gitlab.com/alignwaivers/glass_beatstation

My code is pretty convoluted atm and I’m currently working on refactoring, implementing asyncio, and in general learning about open source project management as I’m hoping to get more contributers as I develop my code. I got some really good feedback and insights from folks at OEF, so thanks to all the organizers, and my old friend Mark Davis in particular for inviting me.

Consider this post an open call to anyone who would like to help or support the glass_beatstation project in any way: that means hosting demos/concerts/installations, contributing code, promotions, advice on managing an open source project, etc.

Init

So in honor of progress, I’m going to start updating my website as regularly as I can.

As much as possible, I will be using, sharing, and advocating about  things related to Free/libre/open-source!

This will include hardware as well as software – I work on both. I’m a fan on xkcd comics, and this circuitry one pictured above definitely is appropriate for some of the circuit-bending I have done in my time.

Happy reading, and thanks for taking a peek

comic:  https://xkcd.com/730/