In my PhD dissertation (2015), I assert that a playful sealing off of the ‘real world’ to create a confined psychological space is conducive to creativity. Interestingly, this claim, based upon a review of 20th & 21st century psychological creativity … Continue reading Freedom, Inspiration and Limitation: Hermes Trismegistus
In 2012, I published an article (Heiser, 2012) in the peer-reviewed online Journal on the Art of Record Production regarding Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys’ SMiLE project. It consisted of one half of a chapter (chapter 4) within my … Continue reading The Beach Boys’ SMiLE: a complete chronological sessionography
Computer programs need to determine how to proceed at certain points in their program flow, depending on whether certain predetermined (or variable) conditions have been met or not. Such operations are a mainstay of computing and are known as a … Continue reading Conditionals for Pure Data: Interactive tutorial
I first became involved in the Australian independent music scene at the dawn of the 1990s. I was young, idealistic and full of passion to make music that challenged the status quo of the “normals” and bean-counters of the world. … Continue reading Where did all the benevolent gatekeepers go?
“We tend to treat the studio rather like a sort of sophisticated sandpit. So it’s just a place to play around in. Which is how we usually work. We get an idea, which might be a word or a lyric … Continue reading Godley and Creme: Playfulness, pastiche and the grotesque.
Click here to download this app for free. This is an app I designed and coded a few years ago using Pure Data (Pd). I did it as an exercise in coding the Graphic User Interface (GUI) features of the … Continue reading Pure Data: Major Scale/Circle of 5ths App
If you use the Pure Data (Pd) visual data-flow programming platform, or plan to, then this downloadable pdf will be essential. It outlines the correct names and functions of the Pd “objects.” Without this chart you’ll find yourself forever stalling, … Continue reading Pure Data: Reference Card
I can’t think about this music and remain detached. It takes me back to a period from the late 70s through to the early 90s when I was discovering amazing new music on an almost daily basis. Music from each … Continue reading Inspirations 2: Ornette Coleman’s “Change Of The Century” (1960)
One of things I find most frustrating about life on this planet is how humans tend towards setting up scenes and communities, with all of their inherent rules, shared values, mythologies and hierarchies, only to eventually become enslaved by the … Continue reading Inspirations 1: Alvin Lucier’s “Music On A Long Thin Wire” (1977)
How many times have you searched youtube for concise, accurate and clearly-explained information about a topic that’s important to you, only to be greeted by some frenzied bozo desperately trying to squeeze their fifteen minutes of fame out of the … Continue reading Tube Amp Theory: Uncle Doug and his dog Rusty