Whether we're constructing pavilions for the the Internet 1996 World Exposition, pioneering the use of audio in the arts and humanities on the World Wide Web, or exploring issues of public policy we always try to bring a human, handcrafted quality to everything we do. Even on those rare occasions when we're doing what we were originally hired to do!
Getting the most
from Becknell and Lucas sites.
To get the most out of our sites, use an up-to-date version of Netscape and make sure that your monitor is set to high color (16 bit) or better. Two hundred and fifty-six colors makes sense for gaming, but there is little room on such a limited palette for the earth tones and pastels that we like to use. Primary colors, colors that are too bright, and the excessive use of pure white all contribute to eye strain, and are unpleasant and inharmonious. It just ain't natural.
IMS hosts some of the most audio intensive services on the Internet. Make sure your audio is on and working and turn it up. In processing audio for IMS' Radio on the Internet we use a Korg A1 for limiting, instead of compression, to control amplitude (loudness)--a process that preserves a more natural sound, but one that may benefit from a bit more amplification on the user's end.
People who care about sound should consider hooking their computer audio outputs to real amps and speakers, and eschewing those wimpy midrangey computer speakers that fall off the desk. Yes, they're improved over what they were a couple of years ago, but your stereo still sounds alot better, doesn't it? At our studio, we have the computer hooked up to a Mackie 1604 mixing board, a QSC 1200, and Klipsch kp-201 speakers. An 8kHz .au file still comes out lo-fi, but its reasonably clear, there's a discernible bottom end, and its...you know...not wimpy.
If you're on a slow link and find the first couple of pages take awhile to load, try to be patient. Our projects are designed so that once you're in, movement will become easier. Explore--in many cases there are more pages than is immediately obvious; sometimes many more. If you're lost, look for a directory--like the one below!
|Internet 1996 World Exposition Pavilions|
|Arts and Humanities|
|reporting on issues of Public Policy|
|Ctrl-Z, our musical alter-ego|
|Corinne "Logana" Becknell|
|Marty Lucas, "firstname.lastname@example.org"|