I am a composer, sound designer, hardware designer and programmer who is enthusiastic about gaming and game mods. I feel like gaming is the future of multimedia entertainment and the storytelling of today. I am especially interested in generative music and interactive music, that further immerses the user in the virtual world. I have built robots that compose music, data-driven algorithmic music, forward thinking electronica track, full symphonic works, multiple chamber works and have played in and composed for award-winning electro acoustic ensembles. You can read my blog www.simiansblog.com

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the_simian Aug 24 2010, 3:22pm says:

Thanks for uploading this henri :) You're a talent, and a pleasure to work with.

+1 vote   download: Making of Flesh
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the_simian Dec 22 2009, 3:53pm replied:

Thanks man. We worked really hard.

+1 vote   download: Flesh version 1.1 (no more laboratory crash)
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the_simian Sep 15 2009, 3:22am replied:

I agree. I'd love to meet a girl like that someday.

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the_simian Apr 2 2009, 3:41am replied:

problem solved.

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the_simian Mar 20 2009, 6:00pm replied:

that odd, because I use gmail myself and I'm the admin.

I'll have some known good gmail accounts try to reproduce your problem. I'd try again, as it may have just been 'sunspots' (read: mysterious intermittent problem).

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the_simian Mar 15 2009, 8:24am replied:

ah cool, thanks.

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the_simian Jan 27 2009, 4:08pm says:

Hmm didn't expect the Pc/ Mac/ *whisper* "linux" thing to come up ( i was just clarifying file extensions), but since you mentioned it....

There's no super short answer to that:

If you want my opinion, I use all three platforms. For recording I recommend Macintosh SIMPLY because of the stability of core audio. Yes it is more money, but for a professional machine its worth the bucks. Audio apps really do run more efficiently on the mac due to better programming so you make up the $$ in CPU cycles certainly. I can especially tell the difference in max msp! My 6 year old mac can many times outperform my hot rod PC with an x58 chipset. Furthermore, external hardware works better with OSX than windows. Especially stuff like firewire interfaces. Many companies (MOTU comes to mind and obviously Logic by apple) aren't PC friendly and are really optimized for the Mac.

+2 votes   article: Vst to AU wrapper, a great idea for some users.
the_simian
the_simian Dec 3 2008, 3:06pm says:

In case anyone is curious as to what the wayfar cartridge is sonically capable of, I posted a track called "God In My Automatic Vaccuum" after the previous post to show what it can do. The Nintendo is featured prominently, and I hope those seeking to further their 8-bit vocabulary check it out.

Also, this is great:
Sidstation.com

Its based on the old commadore 64 MOS6581 soundchip. A friend of mine had it and it sounds absolutely great. A lot of your sounds could have come right off this thing!

Ok! I am done barfing 8-bit sound trivia all over your piece's thread, lol! I found your piece to be very interesting, and I enjoyed listening to it. I hope you , and anyone reading the thread finds the aforementioned links interesting, and maybe they will follow them and expand their sound palette!

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the_simian Mar 3 2009, 5:37pm says:

Thanks for that! The "slow portamento" lead made me happy!

+1 vote   download: You Do It Like This
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the_simian Mar 3 2009, 5:35pm replied:

If you're wondering if they're like, royalty free...then yes. You "buy" the presets when you buy the synth. Some platforms like Reason, even make money selling more presets in the form of "refills", or battery in the form of more kits.

So yeah, you're in the clear, but between you and me? You get waaay more street cred when you make your own sounds, lol.

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the_simian Feb 27 2009, 3:24pm replied:

Sorry you haven't heard form me lately, I've been offline slightly more than i realized. I am very very excited about the manor map!!! I know you are working very hard. I have had a lot of just...coding to do lately and it been eating up a lot of time. I am still focused, though.

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the_simian Feb 22 2009, 2:57am says:

...and a rubber band gun and origami paper Chinese ninja stars

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the_simian Feb 22 2009, 2:56am says:

you should turn a gun into a marvin the martian style ray-gun and also make a bubble blower.

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the_simian Feb 20 2009, 8:12am replied:

you told me bro!

Mines today btw!

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the_simian Feb 18 2009, 8:19am says:

Happy birthday, man!

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the_simian Feb 17 2009, 7:55am says:

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the_simian Feb 15 2009, 4:42am says:

Legions of the Gosh Darned!

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the_simian Feb 13 2009, 8:58pm says:

...bangbangbangbangbang...

a roflcopter just flew by.

+1 vote   media: M4 Fun! (Black Sierra Reload Example)
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the_simian Feb 12 2009, 1:54am says:

I was studying some tutorials on coding in C# yesterday and i saw an article that reminded me of this thread.

Aspfree.com

Its ten performance tips to increase Vista's performance. Maybe that is useful to someone!

+2 votes   article: Vst to AU wrapper, a great idea for some users.
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the_simian Feb 10 2009, 5:56pm says:

Cool drum machine you're making! reminds me of fruity loops!

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the_simian Feb 10 2009, 5:44pm says:

What a fun modcast intro piece!
I find I really like your sound selection for your "lead" lines. They have a nice timbre...

Sometimes I feel like your drums get a bit covered up by the dominant synths ,which is a shame because its a clever beat, and the "live kit" feel is refreshing. This is really only near the middle when you "lay it on thick" with the synths that have a lot of harmonics and cover the full spectrum.
This piece is great, but maybe finding a way to help the drums get through in the thick of it might make it even better!

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the_simian
the_simian Feb 9 2009, 6:52pm says:

good work guys, the track turned out nice.

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the_simian Feb 7 2009, 4:19pm says:

WTFCOPTER???

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the_simian Feb 6 2009, 5:23pm says:

I feel what you're saying, Crux. We all want performance/stability/comaptibilty ...moreso than flashiness and looks. Thats whats important to me!

+2 votes   article: Vst to AU wrapper, a great idea for some users.
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the_simian Feb 6 2009, 1:35am says:

Hey man! How your DAW/ MIDI controller hunt going along?

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the_simian Feb 3 2009, 9:23pm says:

very cool

+1 vote   media: Dead of Night, vampire 1, WIP
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the_simian Feb 3 2009, 5:55pm says:

this needs a 25- 50 bracket, for greater resolution.

+1 vote   poll: My PC game (does not include non-commercial games or mods) collection is...
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the_simian Feb 3 2009, 3:18pm replied:

my Aim is Chronojesster and Msn is harlinjesse@gmail.com

I am on 24/7 and at my computer every day. Contact me.

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the_simian Jan 31 2009, 2:58pm says:

This is hilarious, man!

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the_simian Jan 31 2009, 2:53pm says:

Wow this is breathtaking!

+1 vote   media: Screenshot from First Contact Planetfall
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the_simian Jan 28 2009, 4:09pm says:

All my friends like it and most internet sources have favorable reviews.

Here: Telegraph.co.uk That one comes to mind.

I'll post my thoughts later sometime, i'm still testing a lot of my favorite programs in it.

You can download the iso for free until feb 10.
Microsoft.com <-- here.

+2 votes   article: Vst to AU wrapper, a great idea for some users.
the_simian
the_simian Jan 27 2009, 9:18pm says:

Yes I use Max Msp a lot, its one of my favorite programs! I've been getting into the "Jitter" bits recently.

+2 votes   article: Vst to AU wrapper, a great idea for some users.
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the_simian Jan 27 2009, 4:09pm says:

(continued..)

I might write an article about my thoughts on this sometime. I have even loaded OSX on to some Intel machines I built, and that's been a pretty good (well... interesting) idea, but support was limited (obviously!) and i spent just as much time setting up as using the system.

Of course, I also have some friends at Mills College that use PCs for basically everything and have for years, and definitely push the limits of their machines. They run some esoteric stuff ..supercollider comes to mind.. and i think Cubase has been their main DAW for years. The point is, there's options out there and PCs aren't BAD just not my first personal choice after having had to fix numerous PC rigs over the years. Really, with a PC the machine runs as well as the user can operate it. Your skill in fielding issues that arise will directly correlate to how effective the platform is for you.

in other news...
I use the East West XP stuff myself. Its the best orchestral library for the dollar (compared to say Vienna $SSSymphonic) and sounds much better than most competitors I have come across. Its sounds just great, even the bassoon (which ALWAYS sounds fake/sampled to me) sounded really good. (I used to play bassoon in college so I'm picky about my woodwinds) Congrats on your purchase! Its a fine orchestral library!

Lord! this comment is longer than than the article! AHA! Heres to short answers *toast*

+2 votes   article: Vst to AU wrapper, a great idea for some users.
the_simian
the_simian Jan 27 2009, 4:09pm says:

(continued..)

Really, my 896HD interface has been running for nearly two years straight. I literally mean i rebooted it once 2 years ago and never touched it again, and before that it had been going for about a year. The reason for the reboot? I moved to a new place and had to disassemble my studio. That's stable.

The Windows 7 beta is out and it looks nice. If it elegantly addresses the problems that CoreAudio solved on the mac platforms, we might see more professional studios using windows. I'm with you - I hate vista! this new breed of windows (win 7 beta) looks promising, but can it be a reliable workstation? Hope so! I can build a (smoking) windows rig for cheap.. but the reliability of the mac OS STILL outweighs this.

+2 votes   article: Vst to AU wrapper, a great idea for some users.
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the_simian Dec 16 2009, 3:37am says:

I just made a bonus track. Its sort of an epic version of Heather's theme, I'll ship it right over.

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the_simian Sep 28 2009, 2:15pm replied:

One of the Developers of Flesh, you must have commented in the thread. I befriended a few people who seemed genuinely interested, as well as people who were working on their own stuff.

Just an act of networking, I suppose. Names Jesse, nicetameeetya.

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