Komplete Start

Audio plug-in creator Native Instruments has just announced the release of Komplete Start in February. It’s an introductory suite of audio apps / plug-ins and will cost nothing, yes… completely free. Well, free except for your email details, as you will need an NI account to qualify for registration and download.

I’m unsure as to whether Komplete Start will replace the current set of free ‘players’ and free content but this has to be the must-have DAW add-on for 2019. I shall certainly be  registering.

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Completely unrelated, I have to mention that it’s taken me three whole days to seal the cistern leaks from a relatively simple siphon change. And there’s a possible big music event (as far as I’m concerned) in September but more about that some time in the future (hopefully).

 

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iBook Project Costumes

I’m currently working on the costumes for the figures in the iBook project. I don’t have the intellectual wherewithal to model in 3D though I do have suitable apps. Acquiring knowledge of anything with a steep learning at the moment will just delay progress so I’m using what I already know to modify models I’m already licensed to use. My first 30 page A3 sketch book seems to be filling up rapidly.

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Initial costumes and possible procedural texturing for iBook project.

iBook and job search

I’m currently juggling work on the e-book with job searching and personal computer swapping (and more general family life). Using an A3 sketch pad (my favourite work medium as I’ve mentioned before now), I’ve mapped out the general plot, making some significant decisions (alterations) as I did so. I’m currently using the excellent Worldbuilding website to make solid some of my more gaseous thoughts. I’m not sure how many contributors on the site are bona fide scientists  but the consensus of opinion on matters seem to give creedence to many answers.

My mate John has gifted me a copy of “The Seedling Stars” by James Blish and I’m currently reading “Surface Tension”. Although I won’t be using any of the ideas directly, I’ve had some ‘offshoot thoughts’ about aspects of my project. I love the way that James Blish explores the idea of existence in the narrative just as UKLG explores ideas about society in “The Dispossessed”. I read (present tense) both narratives as ‘thinking out loud’.

I’m considering producing the e-book as a Bandcamp CD and booklet before a multimedia iBook but will probably change my mind many times over the next few months.

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My friend John asked me a question about something I hadn’t considered – who is the audience for the iBook? I had to confess that I hadn’t really thought about it but that it would be suitable for all audiences. “Young adult then?” he suggested. Now I think about it, it couldn’t be anything else.

Orestes Graphics on Daz 3D

Having decided that I wasn’t going to spend any more of what little cash I have on 3D modelling and rendering resources, I jumped at the chance to invest in some files when a flash sale was announced for Orestes Graphics at Daz 3D. I purchased the Vega Systems Skydomes  – a set of hdri photo files that, in addition to providing a background for model renders, also add additional lighting to a scene. I am very and happy and believe the purchase to be money very well spent. As you see in the quick render below, instant new solar system! I’ll need to add spotlights to light the figure more effectively and generally tweak the scene but I love the results!

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Here’s a different scene with my same figure and Orestes HDRI:

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iBook project update 2

I’m continuing with my experiments using Tumult’s app Hype. The app is designed for web work but I’ve exported files to video as I currently don’t have a web host account. The intention is to get to know  Hype’s work flow and capabilities before beginning actual iBook widget work.

 

iBook project update 1

I’ve finally begun the iBook project in earnest. I’m recording ideas in an A3 sketchbook (my favourite planning format) and have made much progress. My decisions are provisional and may be drastically altered at some later point but I now have the following fairly concrete intentions:

  • The iBook will follow a loosely sequential timeline but will be presented out of chronological order.
  • The narrative will have several alternative timelines that will not be ‘author resolved’.
  • The reader will not need to follow the book’s sequential structure.
  • The book will make use of all of iBook Author’s capabilities – html widgets, video, audio, text, Javascript interactivity etc.

There are several apps which I have owned for quite a while but not used and there’s a steep learning curve to one of two of them which I’m enjoying scaling. I’ll post updates here as often as I can or I feel pertinent. Below are two video tests of video exports from the html within Tumult Hype.

 

 

Time to get to work

I haven’t spent much time posting here during the last six months or so due to working full time and catching up on house maintenance etc. This laconic state is set to continue for a while longer as I begin to work in earnest on my musical and iBook projects.

I’ve begun to familiarise myself with (Tumult‘s fantastic html editor and iBooks widget exporter) “Hype”, “Inkscape” (for its ability to export svg files) and iBooks Author.

I’ll post some work in progress as video files on my under-used Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyUFYhtKbsMJMlW9rmXHFYwT

I intend checking often on my favourite blogs.

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