For the last year or so I’ve been working on an audio plugin (VST/AU), and I thought my poor neglected site deserved a bit of a redesign too. And a blog! Sure, why not? More info on the Mangle will follow shortly, but here’s a little on why I’m doing a blog:
First off, I decided it was high time I got myself a web presence in text form. Many of you will be aware that I have a sadly neglected Youtube channel. I’m not abandoning it for good, but I do think it will be helpful to have a place where I can thrash out ideas with less friction (making videos is hard!). Plus, of course, it will be a good way to keep anyone who cares updated about the progress of The Mangle.
However, this blog will not just be a shiny corporate face for Sound Guru. It will be a dumping ground for ideas on topics including but not limited to: programming, sound design, music production, historical curiosities, wildly inaccurate predictions about the future and more.
I’ll probably also write some text-form sound-design tutorials here, as well as articles about interesting programming techniques I come across. I may even combine the two and write a series of tutorials on SuperCollider.
For the moment the blog doesn’t have a comment system, though I may add one. For now, you can tweet me @tmaisey.
In Praise Of Hugo
The blog, incidentally, is statically generated by a wonderful piece of software called Hugo. In the past I’ve always set up blogs using Wordpress, which is very easy to get started with, but hard to customize because it tries to do so much. It’s overkill for what I need.
Hugo is barely any harder to get set up, but just feels incredibly lightweight in comparison. I infinitely prefer typing up articles in Markdown format in Textmate 2. Plus with the site being statically generated, I don’t have much to fear when I’m inevitably Fireballed or thrust into the limelight on Hacker News.