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Let's Play with BLEASS αlpha

I've been playing with BLEASS alpha for while now and just realized that I hadn't done a Let's Play for it. I've corrected this omission with a lengthy exploration of the app. I felt confident enough in my knowledge of the app to go into this one without pre-planning, and I like the results. This is a different kind of Let's Play where I'm just allowing myself to get lost in the sound design process, and having fun jumping around through the app to make it do interesting stuff. I linger in the my happy-weird-place longer than I usually let myself in a Let's Play.

This is my response to the recent popularity of live streaming videos. I personally think live streams are a bit of a mess, so I'm trying to capture that spontaneity in a tighter package. I'm very open to feedback about this approach, and my execution here.

Video Description:

BLEASS has been producing a bunch of fun, feature packed, AUv3 effects and now they've brought us BLEASS alpha. This is a powerful synth! I'm having so much fun in this video but it runs long! This isn't a "tutorial" where I'm telling you how to do a thing, this is my sound design process of trying to create a thing. I love the end result!

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Reader Comments 9

Alpha is a great piece of work, love it. Don't fall into the live streaming trap Tim, they ramble on and I get so bored listening to the host reply to comments, I think my overall video watching has decreased markedly since the live-stream style fad began,
On May 21, 2020 - @pantsofdeath said:
Don't fall into the live streaming trap Tim, they ramble on and I get so bored listening to the host reply to comments
Yeah, this is my problem with streaming exactly. I used to watch game streamers, especially ones with good communities so that the chat was interesting, but I've gotten to that same point. I don't care what inane shit the comments are spewing, so I definitely don't care what the host has to reply. JUST SHOW ME THE THING!

So does this video hit that happy medium of "lively" but not meaninglessly meandering? Or do you think I'm better off going in with a more solid plan as I have tried to do in the past.
On May 21, 2020 - @Tim Webb said:
do you think I'm better off going in with a more solid plan as I have tried to do in the past.

It is good - you are explaining what you are doing as you do it, and I thought it was fun watching you noodle with the thing in real time!
Don't take the following personally. I'm only giving it to you because you seem to want constructive feedback. It wasn't really that interesting to me because I had no idea what your destination was going to be.Without having some sense of the destination, I really wasn't sure if I was wasting my time. And honestly, the sound you ended up with wasn't that interesting and the path you took to get there wasn't really clear enough to replicate.

Watching others noodle might be fun for some, but I prefer videos where the maker states their intention. "Today I'm going to show you how to make a great bass sound from scratch" or "3 hidden secrets to getting the most out of Alpha" ...you get my drift. I need a promise of a payoff that appeals to me in order to invest my time.
May 22, 2020  | person_outline Pleasure Yachter
One other thing. I also am a firm believer in just doing what you love, and people who love what you do will follow you. If you changed because of opinions like mine, you wouldn't necessarily enjoy yourself as much and will still end up not appealing to others. In other words, my opinion of your video doesn't really mean jack.
May 22, 2020  | person_outline Pleasure Yachter
@Pleasure Yachter: I take both of your points! Thanks for the input. I need to be reminded every so often of that second point.
The strength of this video, and many of yours, is that you've spent some time with the app.. and it shows [ ! ] That outweighs the preference for live stream or regular upload. I don't find this meandering at all.. it's really informative and, like someone else said, you're explaining everything as you go. Your knowledge of what your demonstrating is what's most compelling.
On May 28, 2020 - @BitterGums said:
The strength of this video, and many of yours, is that you've spent some time with the app.. and it shows [ ! ] That outweighs the preference for live stream or regular upload. I don't find this meandering at all.. it's really informative and, like someone else said, you're explaining everything as you go. Your knowledge of what your demonstrating is what's most compelling.
Thank you very much, BitterGums!
"I'll have what BitterGums is having!"

Why does the sound of "BitterGums" make me LOL? Don't even want to submit that string to the digital hive-memory repositories or amateur pysch-:^O-analysis, lest it ruins the humor of it. Maybe later when it doesn't make me crack up I'll see what I find out. Darn it! ... the-experience-of-nibbling-on-pine-tree-sap after reading about hunter-gatherers chewing "pine sap gum", a habit possibly developed secondary to the making of laminated composite bone and wood implements, neuron-cluster just started firing ;)

Nevertheless, Pleasure Yachter (PY) made a succinct critique upon a few of the weaknesses of instructional videos in general. A useful articulation/reminder. It is good to read a non-ranting rational criticism (think, for example, as in literary-criticism) these days. Personally (warning, overt value-statement ahead), based on past viewing, I like Master Webb's overall "style." A style that strikes me as a well reasoned assortment of compromises, that for any thoughtfully "designed" product, it's originator, must grapple with. The vast majority of these tricky "compromises" go almost entirely unnoticed and unappreciated by us 'users' of said "designed" products. Our mind's default operating mode is to accept the superficial as definitive. For example, ask the average-Normal to view a boat's hull, a trigonometric equation governing the simulation of real-world physical motion for a virtual bot, a newly discovered dinosaur species unusual hip-joint design, or an airplane's wing, and then ask them to explain what it really is their looking at, or, what lay behind the designer's (be it Man or Nature) choices. Get ready to hear a bucket load of nonsense and ignorance if the explainer is foolish enough to speak in an authoritative declarative* manner or mood when the appropriate/accurate response is a simple "I don't know". Recall, for example, the silly poses museums used when they first displayed T-rex skeletal models? PY did not make this mistake or any one of a nearly limitless number of other potential errors. Maybe. there is something to be said for brevity. I'll have to look into that. Nor did PY resort to using a global-group-mind-zombification abomination like www.grammarly.com. With that I squelch my inner Harold Bloom. Probably should watch the video too :^D ... oh no, it appears miRack is now ready for AUM! To many choices sometimes!

* https://glossary.sil.org/term/declarative-mood (better cover my arse-end just in case @dysamoria reads this ;)
May 28, 2020  | person_outline Crowfly
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