This post is entirely too long… you might want to make a fresh cup of coffee or tea to get through the whole thing. :-)

Got up early yesterday and made my way to the Santa Fe Canyon Preserve to record some critters on the lake.

Unfortunately, although across the lake, two runners were conversing loudly and I had to stop recording – it’s amazing how well sound carries in the thin air at altitude! A little while later a frontloader was started up in the distance and I gave up. I did find a little protected corner, where I was able to record the river.

I took a few photographs and then I returned home.

A little while later I rode the Mariachi Bullitt to Counter Culture for breakfast. Among other things Jon and I talked about recording, how many bits make a byte, 88.2 versus 96kHz and so on.
Wolfram|Alpha search engine is great for that sort of thing!

24bits x 96kHz = 2.304 megabits/second = 0.288 megabytes/second
0.288MB/second x 2 (stereo) = 0.576MB/second
0.576MB/second x 60 = 34.56MB/minute
34.56MB/minute x 60 = 2,073MB/hour

for 24/88.2 that means:
952.6 MB/hr (MB/hour) x 2 = 1,905.2 MB/hour

which is just about three times the information that we record for CDs:
16bits x 44.1kHz = 0.705 megabits/second = 0.0882 MB/second
317.5MB/hour x 2 (stereo) = 635MB/hour

Incidentally, I think LPs used to be about 15 minutes per side… that means a regular CD should be able to hold about 20-25 minutes of music at 24/88.2. And, if one were to use FLAC or Apple Lossless compression, one should be able to fit about 40-50 minutes of high quality music on a regular CD!!! Forget surround sound, the next step is to build quality D/A converters right into computers. Forget about CD players, use the CD only as a delivery system (((and backup))).

Here is some news from the always interesting Trent Raznor – I posted this in the Diary this morning and am including it here in case you want to comment:

Trent Reznor on social networking: I’m out | Technically Incorrect – CNET News
“I will be tuning out of the social networking sites because at the end of the day it’s now doing more harm than good in the bigger picture and the experiment seems to have yielded a result. Idiots rule,” he said.

Reznor is very forthright about the kind of idiots he has in mind. For him, they have ruined the beauty of eschewing record companies in favor of direct contact with real people out there.

Sounds like this saying: I love humanity, it’s people I can’t stand…
Raznor has done better than most in dealing with his fans, but one could argue that artists who can make direct contact – instead of working through a large record company are a minority. Being a creative artist and communicating with people are two entrirely different lines of development.

In the NIN forum Raznor also wrote:

Online communities, etc.
I had thought a while ago about attempting to start a mainstream public forum that required real verification of it’s participants for purposes of context. The idea was to have a place where you can actually discuss whatever and have some idea of who you’re conversing with.

Hm, kinda like Ottmar-Friends

Of course The Well has been doing this for a long long time:

The WELL – Join Us
You know who you’re talking with: As a WELL member, you use your real name. This leads to real conversations and relationships. It’s the individual people here who determine the experience and create the community. This highly collaborative work in progress has been rolling since 1985.

Have you asked yourself how one should transport a goat on a bicycle? Here is your answer.

Other bike news. Bullitt Karaoke! – Bullitt Karaoke im Berlin
So there’s this guy in Berlin. He has a Bullitt cargo bike from Larry vs Harry. He equipped it with speakers, a karaoke system with microphone and a laptop. He started showing up in Mauerpark in Berlin and got some people to sing. It’s now become a cult classic in the city. On nice days you’ll get 1000 people sitting there in the amphitheatre, staring down at the Bullitt and listening to crap karaoke.

Unfortunately the Karaoke Bullitt and the Drinks Bullitt are not in the same city!! – Probably the Most Sensible Use of a Cargo Bike in History
You, like 95% of the nation, are equipped with a mobile phone. You write an SMS that reads:
2x1L.Frozen Mojito
You send the text to a number.
At an arranged time this Bullitt from Larry vs. Harry shows up at the corner entrance to the King’s Gardens. You collect your two litres of Frozen Mojitos and your 2 litres of Daiquiris, pay the man with your credit card and head back to your friends

2009 Euro Messenger Championships: – The Copenhagen Bike Culture Blog: The 14th European Cycle Messenger Championships
My mate Hans from Larry vs Harry was present and he competed in the cargo bike category. From what he tells me, the course was 2 and half hours long and involved many checkpoints and package deliveries.

The cargo bike category was won by a Dane, Nils Jakob „Kvante“ Mørkbak on a Belingy. (((does he mean Bilenky?))) In the top 5 there were four Bullitts from Larry vs Harry. Andreas, from Stockholm, who finished 5th was riding a Bullitt fixie. He’s mad. Hans came in 7th, by the way.

I love the programme wherein you can read this text in the intro:

“Non-messengers are as always tolerated at this event, although leave the excessive posing to the professionals, thanks”.


Breakfast at CC. Ordered a Vietnamese coffee. They gave me a cappuccino with a little sweetened condensed milk added. I told the person behind the counter that it wasn’t like any Vietnamese coffee I had ever had. Vietnamese coffee is usually served iced and is a feast for the senses. It is a ritual, as the coffee is coarsely ground, then individually brewed with a small metal Vietnamese drip filter, into a cup containing condensed milk. The condensed milk and coffee are stirred together and poured over ice. There is a certain scent when drops of coffee hit the condensed milk and of course a big flavor…

I must have looked upset, because the person came by our table and offered to take back the coffee. I gladly exchanged it for a regular cup of joe. What was really funny, was that I was told the owner of the restaurant was proud of his Vietnamese coffee…

Jon suggested a new name: Viet-no-mese Coffee

Uploaded some photos I took of Stevo in Palm Desert. Here is a link to the Slideshow on Flickr

I spent most of the evening in the laboratory, the result of which you can hear tomorrow…


Breakfast with Jon @ Counter Culture. My fixed gear bike was locked up outside. The weather was cold, but sunny and by the time I headed home it was getting too warm for a shirt and a jacket. But, winter might come back briefly as there are snow storm warnings for Santa Fe – for tonight and Saturday.

Thursday Evening

Tonight the sky is cloudy, large shapeless clouds that cover Santa Fe as if somebody placed a giant milky bowl over the city. As the sun is setting, that translucent, but not clear bowl lights up in many shades of yellow and orange. It has an otherworldly, slightly threatening look.

This morning I rode the Mariachi Bullitt to Counter Culture to have breakfast with Jon. We always order the exact same food and I remarked that it would be a funny scene for a movie. A man or woman who always eats the same dish for breakfast at restaurant A, followed by a certain dish for lunch at restaurant B and another specific dish for dinner at restaurant C. Do you do that, asked the counter person, horrified. I said, of course not, but it would be funny.

Later I walked to Mello Velo, but my fixie wasn’t ready yet and so I walked back, making a pit stop at Downtown Subscription.

The afternoon was spent in the studio, working on Bikers #3 – I am using the working titles our engineer wrote onto the 2 inch analog multitrack tapes in 1995 – from the LAVA recording and Heart Still/Beating from The Santa Fe Sessions. Both pieces are coming along very nicely and should make their Ottmar-Friends debut sometime in the coming months. A CD of the remixed and remastered album The Santa Fe Sessions will be released in 2010 – twenty years after Nouveau Flamenco. Or maybe it will be released as a download-only album.

LR sent me a link to an article in the UK Times called Young Music Fans Deaf to iPod’s Limitations. It seemed to me that the writer mixed up Data Compression and Dynamic Range Compression, which are two very different things. I wrote about the article and you can feel free to leave comments or questions at the end of this here post.

For dinner I made an arrugula pesto (I substitute arrugula for basil and use walnuts instead of pine nuts) for dinner and experimented with using less water to boil pasta – see this article in the NY Times. Used a large frying pan and 1.5 quarts of water. Worked well.