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[MUSIC] Some Old School…
Date Created: June 20, 2017  Date Modified: June 20, 2017

After Laughter…

We all know that feeling.

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More Audio Experiemnts
Date Created: May 25, 2014  Date Modified: May 25, 2014

I dont want to get into the hum, sounds of spheres, Sherman resonances or any of the ilk. I just fiddled with some Mhz and came up with something that I think does work.

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Sub-Sonic Experiments
Date Created: September 24, 2013  Date Modified: September 24, 2013

I have been playing around with Sub-sonic audio for a few months, using research from various sources. I’m still in the early stages but I’m happy with this sample below, it only lasts a minute but if played on a loop it aids relaxation. I named thie track due to its similarity in sound to that of a cat purring.

Note: Sub-sonics do not work on a home stereo, you need to listen thru good quality headphones or the resonance will not be effective.

I also wanted to test the soundcloud short-code, it didnt work so I iframed it

For those wishing to learn more, or even make their own–try the following software called Discord (the above was made with Audacity tho):
http://discord.sourceforge.net/

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[VIDEO] Television, Drug of a Nation
Date Created: September 9, 2012  Date Modified: September 9, 2012

This came across in discourse today and it reminded me of a time when it was still cool to dissent

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Fully Sic Subbie Mayte!
Date Created: September 6, 2012  Date Modified: October 4, 2012

My neighbor kindly gave me his Fully Sic Sub-Woffer and amp, from his old r31 which went to Skyline heaven (or more likely hell) a year or so ago. It was covered in spiders; Now I am covered in spiders. Which is making it awkward to type, or do anything…

The amp on its back board as I obtained; I have removed this amp to mount under the drivers seat

close up of the amp

and the Sub and amp (thie amp is the same Alpine as the above)

More pics relating to the audio modding will be added as they happen. I need to clean these up before I can install them and that’s not going to happen now until the weekend. I have asked an old friend around to give me a hand and feeding cables is best done with 4 hands (three and a hook can work too but that is just educing flashbacks of my childhood…)

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[VIDEO] How could have I missed this on rights-free?
Date Created: June 2, 2012  Date Modified: July 5, 2012

Hindsight helps a lot; I would have really liked to have embeded this in the original Digital Distribution essay post…

But thats the thing with hindsight and deadlines.

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[VIDEO] El Lupe Live Recording
Date Created: November 28, 2011  Date Modified: May 6, 2012

Back when I was a student I aspired to work in the glamours world of the music industry, needless to say that didnt happen, but here is one of the many gigs I filmed at the time.

It was shot on a Canon XM1, but as you can see this upload has been thru the codec blender (blame the producer, not me. I didnt upload it)

More info can be found on the producers MySpace page (Im mentioned by name on this site…)

[VIDEO] The CMS Rap…
Date Created: November 20, 2011  Date Modified: May 2, 2012

I was sent this a while ago but didnt click the link till today… This guy is the Biggie Smalls of WebRappers!–bigger than Heavy-D and his boys.

http://youtu.be/Zw-oflFWiR8

Essay: Digital Distribution
Date Created: September 16, 2011  Date Modified: September 21, 2012

READERS NOTE: This is my original work was originally posted on my no-longer active Murdoch blog on April 14th, 2010.

I have decided to post my MCC124 essay here on the blog so you may comment and critisize it. Its fairly short of the required 1500 words so I dont expect to be given a high mark for it. Before I paste it into here I would like to share a quote from the song “Evolution” by 311:

Evolution has expontential timing it’ll be
Half as long til the next breakthrough that
blows are mind
It’s up to the people to brave on with
experimentation
Move forth the species by using our
imagination

But can we handle it
Could we dismantle it
Or should we fear the void and just be
para-paranoid
If it’s understood it could be used for good
and would
If you will believe in all we can conceive

Describe the impact of piracy, p2p and/or file sharing on the digital distribution of media.

In 2007 Radiohead, a popular musical act released their seventh studio album, In Rainbows in a way not seen before from such a well known musical, act: They made their album available to download, at a cost decided by the consumer, from the bands website—as well as making a hard copy available to be purchased by fans in conventional music stores1. It was big music conceding defeat in the digital distribution war.

The distribution of media through piracy, even p2p is not a new phenomenon. Video piracy was widespread with the consumer availability of VHS recorders, software piracy plagued developers since programming shifted from hard-coded chips to the floppy disk, and music piracy was no different2. With technological advances come new methods of breaking the law, it must follow then that legislation needs to keep up-to-date with emerging technological trends.

Digital distribution of music was not a new concept for the music industry3 in 2007, the time this white surrender flag was waved. By 2007 the case of Napster was long in the past and Apple’s iTunes store was now five years old. The music listening public had made their choice and it was up to the artists and record labels to catch up—people were not going to stop downloading music, (no matter what the cost?).

Not so much that’s it was the musicians themselves, as most of them shared their voice with the people in the battle cry for digital distribution, Acts as diverse as pop music’s Moby4 and Prince; New Metal band Slipknot; and the anti-establishment political rap group Public Enemy5 had been long advocates of digital distribution; In the case of Public Enemy, this stance put them up against their own label: Def Jam6. The record label, the face of the enemy.

Recording companies were the biggest opponents of digital distribution, primarily because it was seen to undermine their position in the music industry heavyweights, the generals and brigadiers leading their elite squads of musical acts in the pursuit of money and fame. The record companies saw digital distribution as synonymous with piracy and responded with legal actions against its proponents—both those end users downloading music, but also those that put in place the infrastructure to accomplish this.

Sony was one recording company that had tried, and failed horribly to counter digital distribution in 2005 with their DRM software7. People who had brought compact disks legitimately, were the casualties, a root-kit installed on a users computer once the CD was inserted into the optical drive, making the users computer vulnerable to malicious code. It was the wrong approach, for the kids of generation Y, downloading music was seen as a rebellion against an over-zealous corporate establishment8. Punishment for rebellion would only prove counter productive.

Apple, makers of designer electronics, had taken a different tact. Unlike Sony, Apple did not see digital distribution as a threat to their existing business model. Apple may not have had the massive back catalogue of music it owned rights to, but it did have dominance over the MP3 player market, so the choice to embrace digital distribution with its iTunes store could be seen as less of a risk. By October 2007, Apple had secured rights to distribute “digital” boxed sets from 1970’s super group Led Zeppelin9, people would still download music, even if they did have to pay for it.

Legislation was seen as something that needed to be brought into line with the emerging technologies, legislation that was fair to both user, creator and publisher. After the Napster case hit US courts, a “Digital Recording Act” was proposed10. Without a legal framework corporate interests would still look at digital distribution with an eye of mistrust, they needed a guarantee of return-of-investment on their stockpile of music11.

What the success of the Apple model of distribution, over Sony’s DRM failure taught musicians was that the old paradigm of selling music was becoming obsolete, and it followed that the record companies themselves were obsolete. Artists could do away with the corporate drill, and take on their own means of getting their music to their audience. Bands had taken on this endeavor before, as militant anti-government rap group Public Enemy had done. But popular music had yet to free itself from the corporate hierarchy—that was until an internationally known pop band Radiohead released “In Rainbows”, in its first month online over a million copies were downloaded taking US$3 million, from 40% of those users choosing to pay. At an average of $6(US)12, proving digital distribution can still be lucrative for the artist.

What the significance of In Rainbows had to the digital distribution of media was not a technological one, but a larger cultural paradigm shift. Indy bands, and militant rappers had embraced the technology before, but this was confined to smaller sub-cultures. The mass adoption of digital distribution had been proven effective, and it wasn’t until In Rainbows was this acknowledged by anyone from within the corporate music mainstream. This act meant not that the battle lines had been redrawn, but that the war was finally over.


References

  1. Wikipedia, “In Rainbows” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_Rainbows
  2. Kembrew McLeod, 2005, “MP3s Are Killing Home Taping: The Rise of Internet Distribution and Its Challenge to the Major Label Music Monopoly”
  3. Sean Ebare, 2004, “Digital music and subculture: Sharing files sharing styles”
  4. Moby, “Napster” 2001 www.moby.com/journal/2001-01-29/napster.html
  5. John Borland, 2000, “Rapper Chuck-D throws his weight behind Napster” news.cnet.com/2100-1023-239917.html
  6. MTV News, 2000 “Public Enemy Leaves Def Jam, Will Distribute Next Album Online” www.mtv.com/news/articles/1427080/19990114/chuck_d.jhtml
  7. Molly Wood, 2005, Cnet News, “DRM This!” www.cnet.com/4520-6033_1-6376177-1.html
  8. Carrie James, 2009 “Young People, Ethics and Digital Media”, Page 53, MIT Press
  9. Apple Co, (Press Release) 28th October 2007, “Led Zeppelin Digital Box Set…” http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2007/10/23itunes.html
  10. Raymond Shih Ray Ku, 2001, “The Creative Destruction of Copyright: Napster and the New Economics od Digital Technology”, University of Chicago Law Review.
  11. Jeevan Jaisingh, 2004, “Piracy on file sharing networks: Stratergies for recording companies”, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology.
  12. Wired Magazine, 12.18.2007, “David Byrne and Thom Yorke on the Real Value of Music”, http://www.wired.com/entertainment/music/magazine/16-01/ff_yorke?currentPage=all#ixzz0jlXr4Ley

UCMPOS: the worst band ever!
Date Created: September 9, 2011  Date Modified: September 22, 2011

I managed to catch up with my cousin the other day and spoke with him about the progress of his band and how things are going….

not so great is the jist, they havnt even gigged since they have been over–but they are on unearthed, so heres linky:

UCMPOS

http://www.triplejunearthed.com/Artists/View.aspx?artistid=19453

UPDATE: The “Muppets” and “Bad Taste” tags are a joke–this is my cousins band and they dont suck that much

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Week 13 – Lab – Audio & Sound
Date Created: May 12, 2010  Date Modified: May 12, 2010

after finaly finding a machine that i could log into AND use Audition I had some time left in the tute to work on the excersize. The end product isnt anything earthshattering, and I would re-do it if I can get onto a lab computer that works.

and the world – Mp3

Please dont laugh at my lack of musicability–I make no excuses.

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Week 13 – Lab – Audio & Sound
Date Created: May 12, 2010  Date Modified: May 12, 2010

after finaly finding a machine that i could log into AND use Audition I had some time left in the tute to work on the excersize. The end product isnt anything earthshattering, and I would re-do it if I can get onto a lab computer that works.

and the world – Mp3

Please dont laugh at my lack of musicability–I make no excuses.

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Tute – Week 13 – Music and Sound Design
Date Created: May 12, 2010  Date Modified: May 12, 2010

Jackie asked us what her favorite quote from the readings was. When I first attempted the reading (cos it has really small print that i cant read cos im really old) one quote stood out to me

Adorno argues that popular music reinforces the hegemony of early 20th century industrial capitalism…

My notes in the margin of my reader next to that paragraph are:

In soviet Union, Music listens to you!

Im guessing that the former quote is the one that Jackie was refering to in the tute, the latter Im refering to the difference between the western pop music that renforces the former and Russian music that evolved seperate to western popular music. Sure Russian pop music uses some of western musics styling, but it also has roots in the older, more traditional Russian music–more ochesteral, more… “Operatic??”.

The reading also quotes T. Rose’s “A Style nobody can deal with: Politics, style and the post industrial city in hip-hop”:

… hip-hop artists use style as a form of identity formation which plays on class distinctions and heirachies by using commodities to claim the cultural terrain. Clothing and consumption rituals testify to the power of consumption as a means of cultural expression.

this kinda reflects what I was trying to achive in the lab with our Cool-Edit Audition excorsize…

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By the Time I Get to Arizona – FREE Mp3
Date Created: May 5, 2010  Date Modified: May 5, 2010

As mentioned prior, Chuck-D is no stranger to Digital Distribution, Mash-ups and getting political. On Public Enemy’s 1991 album “Apocalypse 91 – The Enemy Strikes Back” was a song titled: “By the time I get to Arizona”, it was comment on Senator John McCain’s opposition to recognizing Martin Luther King Day as a public holiday in the State of Arizona.

Recently Arizona’s come under fire for its border control, and the unprovoked beatings that citizens receive. I havnt followed the story closely, but in response DJ Spooky (who has worked with Chuck on projcets before) remixed the 19 year old (OMG Im old) PE classic and made it available for free (and totally LEGAL) download.

UPDATE

As all are well aware; the ABC radio station, tripple J, offer free mp3′s at their website. This week Sage Francis has a song avalible to download. Free music doesnt have to be illegal of unheard of. If you dig experimental hiphop I reccomend you give it a download.

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UCMPOS: The Gig they tryed to stop
Date Created: July 31, 2009  Date Modified: November 24, 2012

well due to arseholes and voilence, the gig was stopped short. But I managed to get a few pics before some SKANK TRIED TO SLAP MY CAMERA OUT MY HANDS.

here are some random pics from the night, once I go thru the shoot properly I’ll post some more.

UPDATE: I decided just to embed the whole picasa album for that night–includes all pics
UPDATE: Had to delete those pics from picasa due to space constraints, but I will pass the whole album onto Beeeeeeest so he can do what he chooses with them.

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