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“Spring Twilight” by Adrian Patience (2007/2013)

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This is a track that I made in 2007. The cover artwork I made just this year(2013). In 2007 I had been making a lot of beat driven electronic/hip hop music, and this track was a departure from the previously mentioned “beat driven electronic/hip hop music”. It was about me making a change from the pulse pounding beats to something that was more about music(chords) and percussion. I was motivated to make this track because I was listening to a lot of jazz/electronic music that had a lot of ambient soundscapes(Jan Jelinek, Pat Metheny, John Klemmer, to name a few). I wanted to test myself and skill set to see if I could make something that was not so much about the hi-hat/kick/snare combo pack. Not to say that there is anything wrong with the aforementioned “hi-hat/kick/snare combo pack”, but I felt I need a change to broaden my proverbial “horizons”.

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Posted May 4th, 2013

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Graham Blvd “Trapped” Single Cover Art (Reimagined)

A few months back I found this track: “Trapped” by Graham Blvd on the iTunes store. I have been searching for this track for years to no avail. I’m pretty sure that I had heard the track in the 80s when I was growing up, but my love for the track first developed after Boards of Canada did a remix of it(“Trapped” by Hell’s Interface on the MASK 200 EP).

I was quite surprised to have found this track on iTunes, as their selection of rare/obscure titles from the 70s and 80s is a bit lacking. I usually turn to Google when researching older tracks, but for the first time Google came up short…really short! In fact, I can find no information about Graham Blvd on Google at all, which is quite surprising. If anybody out there knows any information about Graham Blvd, shoot me a line…I’d love to know what you know!

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- To preview/download(buy) “Trapped” from iTunes click: here.

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Posted April 29th, 2012

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1234axioms.net (Waves) Background

1234axioms.net (Waves)

To download a high-quality version please click here. By downloading this image you agree to and accept the terms outlined in the Copyright, Derivative Works, and Note sections below (please read the terms as they are not that bad/restrictive).*

Title: 1234axioms.net (Waves) Artist: Adrian P. Patience Media: Ink, Pencil Crayons, Watercolour Paints on Paper, Moderate Computer Editing Year: 2011

Rationale: When I was by the shore of Lake Ontario the other day I threw a few stones into the water. This was something that I used to do as a kid, and it seems that it’s something that I still can’t resist doing as an adult. I’ve always been fascinated by the ripple effect/diffusion that occurs as the waves radiate out from the initial splash as the stones hit the water. I always thought that the patterns that emerge were aesthetically beautiful. As an adult I have more knowledge about waves and the science behind them. Having more knowledge about waves conjures up various thoughts in my mind regarding how waves affect all people in contemporary society on a quotidian basis.♱

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Posted July 6th, 2011

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Progress Bars: An Exercise in Being Patient


by Adrian Patience

When I was a kid growing up in the 80s, I remember our first computer was an Atari 400. The console had a keyboard built into it, and it had a top loading slot where cartridges could be inserted. The back of the unit had a serial port for connecting peripherals. We had the Atari 410 tape drive that used audio cassettes to record programs and save files, but you could also buy software on cassettes.

As crude as this hardware is in comparison to today’s technology, I still think that it was rather brilliant to store software on audio cassettes…but I digress. Despite the 410′s aforementioned brilliance, it had one major deficiency…it was slow. I remember that my Mom and Dad had bought me this Mickey Mouse game on cassette, and nobody could ever figure out how to get it to load. Eventually the cassette/the 410 tape drive where dismissed as being defective.*

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Posted April 13th, 2011

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A Legacy of Apple Hand-Held Hardware

By Adrian Patience

With the release of the iPad 2 in the US (March 11, 2011), and its impending global release (March 25, 2011), I’ve decided to look at the legacy of Apple hand-held hardware.

I think the best way for me to examine said legacy of Apple hand-held hardware is to share my personal experiences with the Apple devices that I have had the privilege to own. To add context to this history I think it’s pertinent that I mention that I’ve been an Apple/Mac user since the mid-nineties (circa. 1995/96). I’ll spare everybody the history of the exact Apple computers/devices that I have owned–and still own–over the past years. I will mention that my history with Apple computers began with machines that used the Motorola 68000 line of processors; in 1999 the logical progression of upgrading led me to the PowerPC line of Macintosh computers.*

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Posted March 18th, 2011

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Thoughts on “The Shallows”


by Adrian Patience

I just finished reading “The Shallows” by Nicholas Carr. I think it is an important text given the rapid rate of technological advancement in our postmodern world. I will try to not give away too much of the book’s details because I think that everybody should read it for themselves. I don’t want to spoil it for you so I’ll cover the points that I found interesting. The main idea that is suffused throughout the text is that our use of the internet/technology is distracting us from being able to think deeply in a sustained state of concentration. This kind of deep thinking is what has helped mankind reach our current technological level of sophistication. As the book’s narrative progresses, Carr gives us examples from past philosophers and cultural theorists (Friedrich Nietzsche and Marshall McLuhan) about how technology itself–not the technology’s content–effects how we think and develop cognitively. Carr also provides empirical examples of cutting-edge neuroscience research that further supports his claim that technology is distracting us and limiting our intellectual abilities.*

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Posted March 8th, 2011

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