“Finishing a thing is way more important than having something that’s perfect but not finished” – Jake Parker

I can’t stress enough how important this is. Unfinished business is likely to haunt you at night. No matter if it’s a piece of music, a drawing or an idea you didn’t put on paper yet. Unfortunately it’s not as easy as “just doing it”. Especially when you’re learning something new you might be in your own way. Maybe because you’re comparing yourself with the masters of the art. Maybe because you’re afraid to be unable to achieve your goal.

And even though it might feel shitty, it’s perfectly fine. It’s part of your process. We’re mutually encased in self-doubts. It’s human (unless you’re an asshole). It’ll vanish with every step you take and every single, even the simplest project. I’ve been recently asked about my process and approach of making soundtracks for demos. The one and most important lesson there was: cutting through the pain and getting stuff done as if my life depends on it when neccessary.

See, any kind of creative output at a certain point results in work. I think there’s like 20% fun involved in exploring and capturing the idea before it becomes work. If you feel like throwing the damn thing into a corner, tackle your reasons. Does your frustration tolerance needs a level-up? What keeps you from being satisfied with the result? Are you even fair with yourself? Do you expect to achieve the result of someone who mastered his discipline already?

If that’s the case: it’s likely that the person you admire has been there as well. It’s possible that the person you admire is still getting there as well from time to time. You just don’t get to witness the process. Let me assure you: The struggle is equal for everyone creating things. It needs management and learning to deal with it.

How many perfectionists do you need to change a lightbulb? …

I first encountered this one on Austrias FM4radio (which I urge you to check out!) and it instantly stuck with me. Not much to say left. Except wow – what this now Manchester based guy tossed together is crazy good in every aspect. Is that trap music? Great video as well!

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I miss the 3Lux & X-Mix series by Studio K7 — when tailor fitting visuals for DJ sets was a fresh thing. The quality of the visuals compared to todays standards was quite meh. But they showcased what’s possible with technology back then, emerging from the Techno subculture.

Sullivan Murrays “Berghain Dreams” mix hits that sweet spot like a boss. Unlike the X-Mix series it’s based on video footage, not CGI. Caleidoscopic imagery derived from a car trip around industrial Berlin well synced to the music. With a lot of attention to details. Blinking lights heaven. PS: the mix is dope, too.

CV4LIVE by Skinnerbox let’s you gain control over Ableton Live functions from your Eurorack synthesizer. Without any additional hardware. I always dreamed about getting the complex, hands-on envelopes from my modular to control parameters in Live. Problem solved in a pretty genius way:

Most audio devices come with a DC filter that filters nasty artifacts from a signal. Unfortunately the low currents of CV is one of them. Skinnerbox bypasses the issue by calibrating min and max values in Ableton Live to the pitch of a VCO in a modular system. Should also work fine with your Microbrute, Moog Mother 32 or whatever synthesizer you’ve got in your arsenal. Once you modulate the VCO with envelopes, LFOs or whatever in your modular things start to get interesting. There is a lot of creative potential. What Skinnerbox show in the video is mouth watering: for the demo video they setup multiple devices to control the sample start point of a Simpler instance and the offset by CV. Wonder how well it responds to very fast LFOs. Only one way to find that out…

CV4LIVE comes with two devices:

  • one for mapping fake CV to any mappable destination in Ableton Live (nasty!)
  • one for syncing Ableton Lives tempo to your modular

If that isn’t enough already – it’s available for free :) Thank you very much for your efforts, Skinnerbox!

Quick test with two Quadra envelopes and a LFO mapped to Abletons Auto Filter:

Once again I’m in the midst of tweaking the typography of this site. Never wanted to do it again — hate it. Maybe I’m just stupid, maybe just using the wrong tools. But it got me thinking. Isn’t it time to rethink how browsers handle typography on a fundamental level instead of leaving everything to CSS? Pretty please?

But first, I have to confess I’m not 100% up to date with the current developments in this regard. If the following ideas are redundant because they’re already being addressed – please let me know! My train of thought is:

Are browsers typography defaults worthy of 2016?

We’ve got an arsenal of webfonts at our disposal. It’s possible to use them perfectly responsible. But the way of handling it via CSS and it’s nestedness… Uh. Especially when dealing with already existing websites. I’m tired of unraveling a cobweb of CSS spread across reset stylesheets, bootstrap.css and other files. And I doubt I’m the only one. It just takes time and resources I deem absolutely unnecessary. Plus, I’m “just” a designer. The only reason why I started with CSS was to gain control over typography in first place. As far as I’m concerned, things continuously grew more complex.

Let’s be honest: reset stylesheets, bootstrap and jquery plugins to unsuck typography merely exist because browser defaults are stuck with values from the 90s. But…

…what if

  • browsers came with a balanced baseline grid using optimum line-heights, headings etc based upon the golden ratio?
  • you could adjust the global ratio via CSS to your liking and everything would scale in tune for all devices?
  • the metadata of OTF fonts would be used to calculate the perfect line-height for the font in use individually?
  • there was a CSS switch to disable the defaults for backwards compatibility?

Call me lazy. I’d still love to see that happen. Not only for time saving sake. It’d make websites easier accessible for visually impaired users since a lot of scaling issues fell apart. Among other things.

I can’t be the the first and only one thinking about this. If you’d like to extend this thought, how about we have a chat on Twitter?