Robert Wm. Gomez's

November 2019

Mister America (7/10)

If you haven't followed "On Cinema" on Adult Swim, I can't imagine appreciating this movie. If you're a fan, you will love this. It's ninety minutes of uncomfortable anti-humor in which Tim Heidecker presents himself as one of the most unlikable characters in cinema history. Cinema buffs like Gregg Turkington will immediately recognize that the mockumentary thing has been done many times before and much more effectively. There was a ton of potential here for satirizing the electoral process but it is mostly just a character study of an awful human being who never actually saw Sully.

Assassin's Creed III on PC (4/10)

An Assassin's Crud Acheivement. Oh boy.

This game has been sitting in my to-do list for quite some time. I got it as a freebie from Uplay, and to be quite frank, that may have been too expensive for this clunker. I suppose if you really love the parkour mechanics of the other games you'll be entertained by this, but I am long-since over jumping from towers into bales of hay. With a handful of naval missions, some of the seeds of the vastly superior AC IV are here, but, to mix my metaphors, the mechanics still a bit half-baked (wait you can bake seeds, so maybe that metaphor works... or is it a simile).

The Horrible Dr. Hichcock (5/10)

This was directed by Riccardo Freda but I wouldn't be surprised if Bava had some behind the scenes role. It's the story of a doctor whose wife dies then the second wife is haunted by the first. I was just a little bored and confused by the whole thing.

Transferring Patches to a Yamaha DX100 with Sysex and a PC

Yamaha DX100 Cassette Connector CableOn this site, I had previously posted a set of 24 Yamaha DX100 synth patches for download. The DX is a notoriously difficult synthesizer to program. That difficulty extends to its load/save workflow as well. Originally, the DX100 came with a special cord with a MIDI-style plug on one end and three headphone-sized jacks on the other. This is meant to be plugged into a data cassette recorder. The red cable is audio out, the white is audio in, and the black (I assume) controls the tape player. You hit a button combo on the DX100 and then a screeching modem sound is output to the tape. Modern users can record this sound on a computer as a .WAV file and it will work the same as and old-school tape deck. This works okay, but there is a better way to archive and reload sounds.

Meet Sysex

Sysex stands for system exclusive and it's a part of the MIDI standard that allows synth manufacturers to define their own specific message formats. In our case it is useful because the DX100 uses sysex to store and retrieve patches. With some free software and a cheap hardware interface, you can easily store and retrieve synth sounds on your PC as both individual patches and a complete 24 patch bank.