archive: music
December 23, 2009 - 2:32 PM

[listen] - added a list of podcasts to the music page (at right, middle). radiolab, sound opinions, this american life, quirks & quarks, ideas, definitely not the opera, and others. further suggestions welcome.

September 19, 2009 - 11:16 PM

[nsfw] - When Lily Allen originally wrote the song, she had in mind the far-right-wing British National Party and George W. Bush (which the ignorable official video addresses). Then this year, after some random folks made The Big Fat Gay Collab video mashup, and Lily saw and liked it live on French Television, other groups have been joining in, from England, France, and Brazil, to Hungararian celebrities and more. [Potential intercultural overgeneralisation comparison fun! Which country's scene has the best fashion?]   A friendly little earworm!

Also good ditties by her, with official videos, are LDN, The Fear, and Not Fair.

January 11, 2008 - 3:21 PM

July 20, 2006 - 12:08 AM

[music] - The Visual Context of Music

Pitchfork Feature: 100 Awesome Music Videos. YouTube is almost as dangerous as Wikipedia, for timesinkness.
also Stylus Magazine’s Top 100 Music Videos of All Time

Vinyl Vision - more here

whitney music box, try 2,6,7, and 11.

Atlas of Plucked Instruments and Gallery of Ceramic Musical Instruments

2 new stations from SomaFM. Those added, and other changes, at my music page.

June 4, 2006 - 6:26 PM

January 24, 2006 - 1:17 AM

[music] - Jazz and Blues Figurine's Gallery (via)

Music thing: How to sync a 16-tonne steam engine to your laptop

Top 50 Music Videos Of 2005 (be advised, #1 is quite disturbing)

Sound Wave Sculpture - Experiment with Parabolic Flight (download/watch the movie)

Trashy vintage novels as iPod cases (no, i dont have an ipod, yet..)

Wikipedia:Sound/list - a list of full length copyleft/public domain songs available on Wikipedia. free classical by the barrel.

August 26, 2005 - 1:23 AM

[music] - Ishkur updated his Guide to Electronic Music. (now with 1189 samples. quite often horrifying)

brainwashed updated their musiczine.

and i updated my list of streaming radio stations...

due to, the "CBC is [still] currently experiencing a labour disruption." (walkout/lockout/strike). stupid bureaucrats. tons to read from all sides. none of which brings back my radio contentment.
Oscar Peterson gets a Canadian Stamp (via)

Yma Sumac "will sing 2 songs of her choosing which have yet to be determined. She will be available for autographs on 8x10's that span her career or will gladly sign your memorabilia" at Hukilau 2005, this October. (via)

nipper - the dog and trumpet logo, �his masters voice�, HMV, die stimme des herrn, la voce del padrone ...

August 4, 2005 - 10:44 AM

July 27, 2005 - 12:03 AM

[music] - Ambient environmental recordings.
no new-age crap here; just adventurous nuts wandering deep into the nowhere with high quality microphones, leaving the gear to record for hours and days, then editing it down to cd-length. (most links to Earthear, which has samples. though many are out of print.)
(these are the albums i own/recommend)

Douglas Quin - Caratinga: Soundscapes from Brazil's Atlantic Rainforest.

Francisco Lopez: La Selva: the Costa Rican rainforest (a single 71min track. he's a purist)

Rainforest Requiem. more Brazilian rainforest, from the British Library of Natural Sounds.

Chris Watson: Stepping into the Dark: "from wind to a rookery, forest to mangrove swamps, Africa to England.". a smorgasbord.
also Chris Watson: Weather Report, with two tracks from Kenya and Scotland, and ends with recordings of a glacier shuddering and chattering as it slides past itself in Iceland.

Rainstorm. one storm. one shower.

junglescapes and weathersounds. more in the earthear Naturalist Realm section. "straightforward field recordings of nature."

I also find these recordings to be an Excellent test of a stereo-system's soundstage depth/quality.

July 21, 2005 - 12:21 AM

[music] - Phantom Words, and Other Curiosities, auditory illusions and curiosities of sound perception, by Diana Deutsch.
and some simplified examples of her work

explanations of other Auditory illusions

The Highest Note illusion
other examples of Auditory Illusions (most require headphones)
Auditory Illusions (more complex/academic)

unrelated, but tangential: Musical hallucinations

July 8, 2005 - 12:03 AM

[music] - minimalist ambient suggestions.

Zammuto: Willscher. the pinnacle of glitch? my daily soundtrack, along with the earlier albums from his other band, The Books.

Takagi Masakatsu. foundsound soundscapes and music with toys.

Ogurusu Norihide. sparse and beautiful piano stroking.

music for airports (notation on reverse)

Eric Satie - Gymnopédies and Gnossienne No. 4

streaming radio: Sleepbot Environmental Broadcast and somaFM's Dronezone

March 6, 2005 - 6:03 PM
[music] - soundscapes/acoustic environments: Audio relics lost to technology

February 24, 2005 - 6:25 PM
[music] - CBC Radio is now offering CBC Radio One and CBC Radio Two (both from eastern time zone) in ogg vorbis streaming flavour (ogg is like mp3, but newer and opensource).

February 23, 2005 - 10:17 PM
[music] - i placed all the streaming-mp3-radio stations on my music page into a single playlist containing All Radio Stations (except dronezone and sleepbot). its just a text file so download and edit out the ones you dont like (stream duplicates included for redundancy). (or click to play...). any suggestions for more?

February 1, 2005 - 6:19 PM

[mixmashsample] - Raiding the 20th Century, 60 min long samplefest & exposition. download mp3 here or here or torrent.
See also the last 3 volumes of concretetv, video mashup extraordinaire

January 15, 2005 - 6:29 PM
[music] - fabulous ambient shenanigans from members of the boredoms and cibo matto. Yoshimi and Yuka: Flower With No Color (especially for fans of susumu yokota and takagi masakatsu). also Pitchfork redesigned.

January 1, 2005 - 2:21 AM
[music] - [ Low Morale: Radiohead - creep (acoustic) ] animation put to the recording. f11 to fullscreen, turn speakers up.

October 21, 2004 - 1:38 AM
[music] - william shatner: has been, is brilliant from the bits ive heard. the site has 20 odd mins of samples in streaming flash (interview with ben folds who produced). having not been forced to endure decades of his acting, i quite like the guy. he was good in free enterprise too.

September 1, 2004 - 2:53 AM
[music] - LED MusicBox

May 2, 2004 - 12:04 AM
[music] - updated the streaming mp3 radio links.

April 23, 2004 - 3:17 AM
[music] - musicplasma : the music visual search engine (similar to: gnod. (click on 'related bands', at the first suggested artist.))

April 14, 2004 - 2:09 PM

March 23, 2004 - 7:10 PM
[music] - Audiograbber, CD-ripper for windows is now freeware! highly recommended for ripping cds to mp3 or ogg.

March 18, 2004 - 8:53 PM
[music] - major labels: who owns who. the big six and their subsidiaries.

January 31, 2004 - 3:50 PM

December 20, 2003 - 2:52 AM
[music] - Pitchfork: Top 50 Albums of 2003. add to the stack of lists. (i've got 2, and heard of 3 more. not gonna get my hipster music badge at this rate.)

November 26, 2003 - 11:23 PM
[reading] - [updated] - Sharing Tastes. best one-man cultural project i've seen in a while. cultural sm\F6rg\E5sbord. [possibly not a wiki. ;) ]

November 26, 2003 - 1:02 PM

October 31, 2003 - 11:42 PM
[music] - tech lust: dj cd players

October 31, 2003 - 11:12 PM
[music] - audio lust: WE15B horn

October 26, 2003 - 1:37 PM
[music] - solex has 2 mp3s for you. 3 4 12 and 1969 - a stooges cover

September 30, 2003 - 9:41 PM
[art, music] - Ken Butler's Hybrid Visions. large update since i last saw. imagination soundtrack, oh boy.

September 23, 2003 - 11:52 AM

August 6, 2003 - 3:27 AM
[bite] - rap music, and why it is bad. (an oh, it IS bad).

July 26, 2003 - 10:55 PM
[music] - ooo! 3 videos by one of my favourite bands: Domino: Mouse On Mars

July 22, 2003 - 9:14 PM
[music] - Takagi Masakatsu provides the current ambient electronic goodness.

May 25, 2003 - 9:37 PM
[music, maps] - flow charts of progression. i *love* these conceptual schematics. These don't have nearly enough detail, layers or annotations for me, but will hopefully develop further over time. And i need more. I'm particularly hoping to find some covering politics. and tangentially, a google news option to show the biases behind each particular source covering the same story. links welcome.

May 7, 2003 - 9:39 PM
[music] - strung along

May 7, 2003 - 9:32 PM

April 30, 2003 - 12:43 AM
[music] - talking of slippery slopes, this sounds even better than it looks.

April 27, 2003 - 1:17 PM

April 4, 2003 - 10:07 PM
[video] - music videos. far left sidebar: video number 5, Gotan project. video number 10, Yun-di Li on piano. and video number 6, lemon jelly. (realplayer, hi bandw)

February 26, 2003 - 6:18 PM
[listen] - The Noisy Planet.

February 13, 2003 - 8:42 PM
[soundscape] - Soundshowers

February 13, 2003 - 12:24 PM
[soundscapes] - Fallt | Invisible Cities

January 15, 2003 - 10:18 PM

January 9, 2003 - 8:09 PM

December 1, 2002 - 1:14 AM
[music] - SomaFM: Streaming MP3 Internet Radio is back. Resume enjoyment.

September 19, 2002 - 10:03 PM
[musical] - instruments

July 13, 2002 - 12:34 AM
[music] - streaming genre walkthroughs. see also "additional genres:" menu on right-hand nav column. they also have radio (oodles of still-working post-CARP goodness). [epitonic] is just plain indie goodness. someone should tell pete.

June 8, 2002 - 1:32 AM
[music, baby] - Score. funfunfun. Interviews with Jim Thirlwell, fantastic plastic machine, ursula 1000, herbaliser, and more. Section on Imaginary Soundtracks (one of my pet interests).

May 20, 2002 - 10:44 PM
Metal subsub-genres. Well, they're descriptive, i'll give them that. I keep imagining dubbing over an interview of these folks with some gentle Satie, or Warner Brothers™ orchestral mania.

May 1, 2002 - 12:23 AM

April 18, 2002 - 7:25 PM
[music] - stalacpipe organ. found via the oddball auditorium archive

February 22, 2002 - 11:18 PM
[listening] - The Droplift Project "Manufacture our own CDs, go into chain stores, and leave them in the appropriate bins. Down among the established pop hits and top 40 product, these CDs await those curious few who take them to the counter." Some marvellous [free, downloadable] tracks for fans of sampling/mixing/collaging/turntablism..

February 15, 2002 - 10:30 PM

February 4, 2002 - 6:46 PM
[music] - Muslimgauze. epitonic has some good content of otherwise-scattered bands. bios, samples and suggestions abound. And their Genre Walkthroughs are well-done and addictive.
I'm bathing in the dreamy rhetoric of reviews.

February 4, 2002 - 12:50 AM
[headphones & mp3s] - The EarthEar Catalog.

February 3, 2002 - 1:03 AM

January 24, 2002 - 10:35 PM
[who let the audiophiles out?] - Notes Towards Sound Ecology in the Garden of Listening "Natural soundscapes or sonic eco-architectures are in effect being grafted as 'virtual realities' onto the flesh of Culture". yum.

December 6, 2001 - 6:02 PM

November 24, 2001 - 1:39 AM
Matador Records | Pizzicato Five Biography "Pizzicato Five are ultra-hipsters, they have truly gone beyond the valley of the hip, walked in the shadow of the valley of overkill, and come out smiling on the other side."

November 17, 2001 - 6:02 PM

November 9, 2001 - 6:33 PM
SomaFM: Streaming MP3 Internet Radio. 5 genre stations, no ads, 24k and 128k options, very stable, winamp intelligent, and friendly. exactly right.

November 3, 2001 - 11:05 PM
Electronics at FORMandFUNCTION: turntable of the gods.

October 27, 2001 - 10:20 AM - modified children toys menu. no longer being slashdotted. quite marvellous.

October 4, 2001 - 9:48 PM
Eeeep!. movie here. Vespertine's elegant webpage here.

July 22, 2001 - 6:40 PM
Stereolab rebuilt their site. go listen to the radio mix.

July 1, 2001 - 12:42 AM
The Shape of Song. *stunned silence*.

June 10, 2000 - 2:35 AM

i really love the idea that you can conduct music at one speed using one hand (eg 3/3), and conduct at a different speed using the other hand (eg 4/4). It takes some training and some fierce concentration, but it is possible. Trying it without knowing how, the mind explodes at trying to conceive what kind of state of mind would have to be possible in order to achieve it. What other completely different states of mind can I achieve without straying from the realm of "sane man" (using whatever definition you please)?

I think this is the huge attraction of both books and drugs. This is also the thrill of languages, games, activities and every type of art.

May 24, 2000 - 12:47 PM
for the "god speed you black emperor" fans out there, check out Rachel's (cdnow)