Via email:

We write to share news about a faculty search at the Rhode Island School of Design in the field of Art and Technology. 

As part of its Race in Art & Design cluster hire initiative, RISD seeks to hire 10 new faculty in multiple disciplines to begin in Fall of 2021. One of these positions is for a new faculty member with an artistic career at the intersection of technology, race, and decolonial practices, who will join the faculty in the Digital + Media graduate program and the undergraduate interdisciplinary concentration in Computation, Technology, and Culture.

We would greatly appreciate it if you would help us spread the word of this opportunity.

The link to apply with additional information is:

And there is an article at RISD’s website on the initiative at:

Candidates who submit their materials by November 20, 2020 are assured full consideration.

Thank you in advance for sharing this news.

Charles boosted

Which is why I laughed aloud and then wept a little when I happened upon this nugget today: Oct 14 is World Standards Day, according to the IEC, ISO and ITU.

But not according to ANSI, which observes World Standards WEEK, Oct 19-23, along with NIST.



Show thread

Does anyone here have experience teaching old age pensioners how to make audio recordings (of themselves singing) with their phones?

Trying to do a shield-friendly choir project.

Is it possible to do a circular scroll in html/css/whatever? Like if I scroll all the way left, it restarts on the far right, or if I go all the way down, it restarts at the top? Or both, actually.

I can use the output to control the pitch of a triangle wave, so they can also hear the effect of the rectifier.

And/or use it to control the amplitude also.

Maybe I should built a module that just does this.

Show thread

So first a half rectifier and then a full one with a fifth LED further long to show that it's all been rectified.

I'm going to end up making a video, I guess. I wish I had a tripod for my phone.

Show thread

I could build a rectifier out of LEDs and then plug an LFO sine wave into it and this might help illustrate the idea for students.

Domestic Comedy 

Irititainment is like Do or DIY with People Like US

Show thread

Domestic Comedy 

Why does this exist, though?

(Does everyone die at the end?)

Show thread

Domestic Comedy 

Me: There's a British, sort of noise-adjacent genre called irrititainment.

My spouse: Like Crazy Frog?

Me: Well, there's a strong retro, car boot sale record shopping aspect to it.

My spouse: Starts playing Crazy Frog.

Me: Ok, wow, that is kind of retro, actually.

My Spouse: Now Crazy Frog is stuck in my head. I guess I knew that would happen.

Why is so much 20C American Modernist music written by white gay men?

Charles boosted

I'm looking to learn more about black musicians who build their own analogue circuits into synths, effects or other musical gear. Who are some people I should know?

Charles boosted

Unconscious Bias - understanding it and elminating it 

@celesteh A great book about cognitive biases and how we can (and can't) overcome them is "Thinking, Fast and Slow" by Daniel Kahneman.

Charles boosted

Is any one on here a university first year or college freshman? Have you been able to make friends with people in your online classes? What's worked to build friendships for people you're not seeing face to face? What could your teachers or university be doing to make that easier?

Unconscious Bias - understanding it and elminating it 

You will have emotions after you take the bias test. I felt very defensive. It is tempting to want to go and get assurance from your friends after taking such a test. If you decide to do this, please choose friends who are ~not~ members of groups you have unconscious bias against!

Do remember, we all have bias. And we can all choose to reduce it. Take this action. The best time to start is now!

Show thread

Unconscious Bias - understanding it and elminating it 

Once you become aware of your biases, there's two ways to compensate for them. One is to consciously remember you have them and try to adjust accordingly. Studies show this helps in many situations, including hiring, firing and promotions.

The other way to deal with bias is to try to remove it. What works for this is to seek out "good examples" from groups you have bias against. For example, you may find that you have bias against black women. To get rid of that, you could look up important composers, such as Pamela Z, or reading books by black women authors like Angela Davis, who has published on numerous topics, including musicology. (See: Davis, Angela. 1999. Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday. 1st Vintage Books Ed edition. New York: Vintage Books.)

Wikipedia has several articles which are just lists of people, for example, this list of electroacoustic composers of colour: . There are also numerous 'listicles', such as this one , to get you started. Web searches can help you find these.

This kind of unlearning has been shown to be effective.

Show thread

Unconscious Bias - understanding it and elminating it 

If you asked me before I saw the video, I'd have no idea I was susceptible to the McGurk effect. Our other biases can similarly be invisible to us. The first step to overcoming biases is being aware of them.

In the case of the McGurk effect, and several other misperceptions, awareness is not enough to undo the effect. Instead, we simply have to remember to double check our work, or, where possible and appropriate, to remove distracting elements that mislead our perceptions.

However, some biases can be unlearned. Many social biases, such as unconscious racism or unconscious sexism can be unlearned and overcome! The first step to this, though, still is awareness. The upcoming link is to a test that will help uncover your unconscious biases. Be aware that these come from social messaging external to ourselves that we received from a very you age. These are not conscious and everyone may have them. Being a member of a group does not protect you from bias against that group. Having bias doesn't say anything about your value as a person or the goodness of your intentions. Everyone has bias. The key to being a good person is not starting out perfect, but going on a journey to become better.

However, be aware, this may be upsetting.

Show thread

Unconscious Bias - understanding it and elminating it 

Hello friends,

Everyone has unconscious biases. This, alas, is a downside of living in a society. It's important to address this because we are often asked to make decisions about and rate the output quality of other people. Numerous studies show that bias effects peer review; hiring, firing, and promotions; students rating their teachers; and many personal interactions. This certainly is one factor in some of the dysfunction on the fediverse.

This is a short explainer for music tech students:

Our brains are the product of millions of years of evolution and there are some things that they're really good at, but there are other parts where we're fooled by our own minds. Here are some fun examples of places where our brains can mislead us:

Many people, but not everyone, is susceptible to these auditory illusions. Some of them happen because our brain has shortcuts to deal with information. It's looking for ways to be lazy and so makes associations between, say, lip movements and received sound. Some of this is from observation - people who don't tend to look at speakers faces don't perceive the McGurk effect either. Some associations are from cultural or social messaging.

Show more

Welcome to, an instance for discussions around cultural freedom, experimental, new media art, net and computational culture, and things like that.