how things are made
S5E9P4 Baseball Mascots and the Future of Automation, “Fishing Lures”

S5E9P4 Baseball Mascots and the Future of Automation, “Fishing Lures”

September 8, 2019

Automated baseball mascot. Word of the day! "Fishing Lures"! OK this was a weird one.

 

Are you sick and tired of buying insurance to cover the risk of harming the human that you stuff into an unventilated poly-foam synthetic suit and pay to dance for children and give fake high fives to umpires? Well, thanks to the great minds at screwball technologies, your ballclub can keep the light entertainment flowing between innings without endangering a helpless, dehydrated teenager.  Hi, I'm Rover, the worlds first fully automated baseball mascot and the newest addition to your local ballpark. I like to dance for children and make a goofy face. I like to play tricks on umpires. I like to run the bases and fall over and over and over again until your cheering fans get off their seat and on to their feet to support the local sluggers. Go Sluggers! Let's play ball Sluggers!  

S5E9P3 Baseball Mascots and the Future of Automation, “Yule Logs”

S5E9P3 Baseball Mascots and the Future of Automation, “Yule Logs”

September 1, 2019

Susan Kuo introduces "Yule Logs". Dave and Matt enter a one minute contest. Advert for automated baseball mascots. Nonsense poems over fancy grooves. Congratulations to Lisa Fender for a two-day class. Unreferenced remix. 

S5E9P2 Baseball Mascots and the Future of Automation, “Bagpipes”

S5E9P2 Baseball Mascots and the Future of Automation, “Bagpipes”

August 25, 2019

Susan Kuo introduces "Bagpipes". The members of How Things are Made are solicited and so are you!

S5E9P1 Baseball Mascots and the Future of Automation, “Sulkies”

S5E9P1 Baseball Mascots and the Future of Automation, “Sulkies”

August 18, 2019

Automated baseball mascots have taken the minor leagues by storm, but do pro teams see the same inevitability on the horizon? All this plus a passionate listener call and the first half of an extended duet between Matt and Brian at the Glitterbox Theater called "Sulkies". 

S5E8P4 Now Xen Things Are Made, “Membrane Switches”

S5E8P4 Now Xen Things Are Made, “Membrane Switches”

August 11, 2019

Stephen Weigel of the Now&Xen podcast tells us about his favorite piece of equipment/ HTAM grooves with poetry/Stephen explains the tuning systems up for retirement/"Membrane Switches"/outro

S5E8P3 Now Xen Things Are Made, “Bent Hardwood”

S5E8P3 Now Xen Things Are Made, “Bent Hardwood”

August 4, 2019

Stephen Weigel of the Now&Xen podcast pairs food with tuning systems while his own 14EDO music plays, fan mail from our instagram, and a live recording of how thing are made playing in a basement

S5E8P2 Now Xen Things Are Made, “Street Light Poles”

S5E8P2 Now Xen Things Are Made, “Street Light Poles”

July 28, 2019

Stephen Weigel explains xenaharmonic music, and the Now&Xen podcast, while talking over his own 14 edo composition. Mr. Handy and Mr. Handy each teach a guitar lesson, each believing the other is the student. 

S5E8P1 Now Xen Things Are Made, “Suits of Armour”

S5E8P1 Now Xen Things Are Made, “Suits of Armour”

July 21, 2019

Do you know about the notes in between the notes? Think of it this way; its a lot easier to cut a loaf of bread into multiple equal portions than it is to cut a fish, meaning, technique. The trick with bread is not to squish it. The trick with fish is guts and bones. You can make bread from scratch. Fish is just there in the water for the taking. It is simple to cut bread after it's made, but not a fish, cooked or not, especially into equal portions. Xenharmony is more than the notes between the notes on a piano. Xenharmony is more like cutting a fish. 

This special crossover episode with the Now&Xen podcast features music in 14 equal divisions of the octave by Stephen Weigel (more from Stephen below), and, of course, Susan Kuo. Susan plays music with us on a microtonal marimba thingy. It sounds real great. As great as a fish sandwich tastes.

 

Music with Stephen Weigel

"Our Pixel Perfect Dial Tone of Voice" https://soundcloud.com/overtoneshock/our-pixel-perfect-telephone-discussion-14-edo

Six Macrotonal Etudes: https://xenharmonicgod.bandcamp.com/album/six-macrotonal-etudes-for-electronic-music-media

Keyboard arrangement of Easley Blackwood's 15 equal Microtonal Etude: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhyKQQMexqQ&t=1s

S5E7P4 Moral Failure, “Room Dividers”

S5E7P4 Moral Failure, “Room Dividers”

July 14, 2019

Dave and Matt bribe each other into believing one another made a product in order to make a sale. Brian plays wind chimes. Is how things are made moral failure? Oh come on. 

S5E7P3 Moral Failure, “Parking Meters”

S5E7P3 Moral Failure, “Parking Meters”

July 7, 2019

Sometimes you have a choice while parking. Other times you have no choice. This time Derek Bendel, David Mathew, Albert Manders, Kevin Sapp and all them are in the car. Where to park?