Making some Adjustments

As I had to get up early this morning I though I might make good use of my time. I popped into the Village shop and bought a screwdriver.

I wanted to have a closer look at the TV in my accommodation after last night’s blip.

I also need to get some more credits and decided on doing a wee bit of audio work. I am still trying to get an understanding of The Village by looking under the bonnet.

I had already taken a bit of audio from on of the surveillance tapes:

I ran it through the reverse filter in audacity:

Which was interesting and make some sort of sense if you are in a hypnagogia state. But it required further investigation. I found some instructions which lead to a new tool to add to my toolbox. PaulStretch is quite fascinating, and after spending quite some time testing the settings I fell back on the basic preset:


Feeding this into some video footage from the archives:

Tells us quite a lot about the state of Rover’s mind, or perhaps his master’s?

Some information

Movie clips extracted with MPEGStreamclip from video taken from dvd with HandBrake.

Movie clips concatenated with ffmpeg.

Slowed down with ffmpeg:
ffmpeg -i -filter:v "setpts=4.0*PTS" rovercon.mp4
Which turned into mp4 too

Added the stretched audio:

ffmpeg -i rovercon.mp4 -i the-prisoner-backwards-strech.mp3 -map 0:0 -map 1:0   -shortest rovercon-audio.mp4

I am finding ffmpeg interesting as you can try different variations out quickly.

Rover normally seems to be a cold mechanical creature, this view suggests something deeper, organic perhaps, hints of ancient chants and secrets. Perhaps the Village is not as rational as we think.



Croaking a Good Morning


For week two of  prisoner106, one of the job we were asked to do was to take over the morning announcement for the Village for a day. Amid the recent disruptions I hope I can calm things down a bit.

Here is mine:

download good-morning

Announcement trumpet ripped from video file with MPEGStreamclip

Raven croaking recorded by myself with AudioBoo, a portent of upcoming events in the village?

‘Music’ more in the next post.

All put together in audacity, this post tagged for ds106 Assignments: Good Morning Message for The Village, 2 credits I think I’ll buy a screwdriver.

Adjusting the Set

As I’ve mentioned I’ve been mostly  keeping to my lodgings in The Village, not going out, thinking and dreaming.

Sometimes when I am half awake, watch tv, strange things happen.


There might be a clue in this ds106 Assignments as to what is going on, and I guess that the RSS feed might need:

I’ll be hearing strange sounds…

DS106 Radio Bumper Dub Number two

I love audio, but am fairly scared of music making. I am a bit of a klutz musically, can’t clap in time or keep a tune.
I’ve already created a couple of bumpers for ds106: Jim Says, Listen to the LoDown and DS106 Confusion. both relied on music from someone else, one a GarageBand loop the other a steal.

This time I though I might step up and make a noise. Given the lack of musical talent I decided to try a Magic Garageband production.
This allows you to make some ‘music’ by choosing a genre and playing with the variables (instrument styles). I did this for a while and then passed it on to the ‘real’ garageband interface. There I chopped it down to a very short segment and added my voice. Some effects added to the vocals. Then I dropped out a few bit to give it a dubish feel.
I ended up with this:

I quite like the announcement feeling from the brass. I made a quick edit of the ds106 skul and crossbones to make a skull and trumpets.
My GarageBand screen looked like this:
Screen Shot 2013-09-19 at 21.48.56
The number two in the tile comes from the fact I ‘saved as…’ at one point where I did’t want to lose something that sounded better than nothing.
The text plays on the idea of ds106 being open, I am more of a ‘romantic socialist’ than a business man. I am also thinking of ds106 being play rather than work.

Jim Says, Listen to the LoDown

Listened to a couple of the excellent ds106LoDown podcast on the scottlo radio blog this afternoon. I was delighted that a radio bumper of mine was plated as an example on ds106zone LoDown 009 apart from Scott’s usual wonderful voice and engaging content he is embedding some great audio information in the lodown podcasts.

So when I had 10 minutes waiting in my car I decided to knock up another bumper, this time playing with Scott’s reluctance to be a required part of the DS106zone.


I used GarageBand on my phone, just messing with the sampler and then putting a hopefully suitable loop behind it.

Of course it would be better if I had a sense of rhythm;-)