Matthew Conroy's blog

gravity video (22-4)

Tue, 2014-07-08 20:00

Now with a soundtrack. Fullscreen it, if you can.

gravity video (22-4) from Matthew Conroy on Vimeo.

this week's drawings

Sat, 2014-06-28 14:41

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self portrait - charcoal and wash

figure drawing in charcoal, long pose

long pose figure drawing

Tue, 2014-05-27 14:01

A long pose figure drawing I'm working on in Terry Furchgott's Figure Drawing in Interiors class at Gage Academy.

It meets only once a week. These images are one week apart. We have a couple more sessions.

in progress - long pose figure

in progress - long pose figure

A Tale of Two Cities

Sat, 2014-05-17 11:15

I forgot to mark off A Tale of Two Cities, which I read last summer. Now I only have two Dickens novels left to read. I should start one soon.

  • Dombey and Son (1.95)
  • David Copperfield (1.91)
  • Bleak House (1.91)
  • Nicholas Nickleby (1.86)
  • Martin Chuzzlewit (1.85)
  • Little Dorrit (1.85)
  • Our Mutual Friend (1.83)
  • Pickwick Papers (1.72)
  • Barnaby Rudge (1.41)
  • The Old Curiosity Shop (1.19)
  • Great Expectations (1.01)
  • Oliver Twist (0.91)
  • A Tale of Two Cities (0.78)
  • Hard Times (0.58)

The numbers are proportional to the length of the book (they should be
approximately the number of characters in the novel, in millions).

one-dimensional continuous automata with color

Fri, 2014-05-09 23:16

Each frame is the result of a one dimensional continuous automata. The bottom row of pixels is the initial state of the CA; each frame has a slightly different initial state. The CA is iterated upward, and the "smoothness" of the CA changes gradually throughout.

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one-dimensional continuous automata with color from Matthew Conroy on Vimeo.

paper collage

Sun, 2014-04-06 16:45

Paper collage, with ink-toned and gouache-painted pieces.

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paper collage

self portait with 22 layers

Sun, 2014-04-06 16:23

A montage of 22 self-portrait shots taken in quick succession, layered with code written with Processing.

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self portait with 22 layers from Matthew Conroy on Vimeo.

gravity 18

Tue, 2014-04-01 21:54

Another gravity image, this time with color.

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gravity 18 (287_2014_4_1_18_41_5)

My favorite film viewings of 2013

Sun, 2014-03-02 00:43

I try at the end of each year to go through my movie log and pick out my favorite films that I watched that year. 2013 was not a good year for me, movie-watching wise, but I figured I ought to list something to mark the year. So, here are a few films that were decent that I saw in 2013:

I hope for some better films in 2014.

RPM 2014

Sat, 2014-03-01 13:20

Each February, starting in 2008, I have attempted to complete the RPM Challenge.

Some health issues, research, teaching and art class keeping me distracted from sound making, but
I got these things out this year.

1. Barber Pole Kind of Thing - 2:01 - An attempt at a Shepard tone. Not completely successful, but not bad.

2. Continuous Automata 2014 - 4:04 - A track created using a continuous automata to make the spectra. I still haven't hit on something I really like with this method; I guess I'll keep trying.

3. Guitar 1- 2:57 - An illustration of a crazy guitar effect I wrote in Csound. It is a quad-envelope-controlled-ring modulation deal.

4. Random Walks GoGo Dancer I - 6:22 - The product of two random walks on a sample from the TV show Dragnet.

5. Random Walks GoGo Dancer II - 5:23 - Another product of two random walks on a sample from the TV show Dragnet.