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Muzak - Wikipedia
"Muzak is a brand of background music played in retail stores and other public establishments. (...)

The word Muzak has been a registered trademark since December 21, 1954 of Muzak LLC, although it dominated the market for so many years that the term is often used (especially when used with lowercase spelling) as a generic term for all background music. The term Muzak is – at least in the United States – often used as a term for most forms of background music, regardless of the source of the music, and may also be known as "elevator music" or "lift music". Though Muzak Holdings was for many years the best known supplier of background music, and is commonly associated with elevator music, the company did not itself supply music to elevators. (...)

While Muzak had initially produced tens of thousands of original artist recordings by the top performers of the late 1930s and 1940s, their new strategy required a different sound. (...)

he company began customizing the pace and style of the music provided throughout the workday in an effort to maintain productivity. The music was programmed in 15-minute blocks, gradually getting faster in tempo and louder and brassier in instrumentation, to encourage workers to speed up their pace. Following the completion of a 15-minute segment, the music would fall silent for 15 minutes. This was partly done for technical reasons, but company-funded research also showed that alternating music with silence limited listener fatigue, and made the "stimulus" effect of Stimulus Progression more effective. (...)

A growing awareness among the public that Muzak was targeted to manipulate behavior resulted in a backlash, including accusations of being a brainwashing technique and court challenges in the 1950s. However, the popularity of Muzak remained high through the mid-1960s. President Dwight D. Eisenhower was the first president to pump Muzak into the West Wing, and Lyndon B. Johnson owned the Muzak franchise in Austin, Texas. NASA reportedly used Muzak in many of its space missions to soothe astronauts and occupy periods of inactivity. (...)"
music  history  work  psychology 
october 2018 by eric.brechemier
BBC - Capital - The art and science of being on hold
2018-08-20, by Damian Fowler,

"(...) The stereotypical hold music is an insipid instrumental track, musical wallpaper similar to elevator (or lift) music. This kind of music was pioneered by the Muzak company beginning in the 1930s; typically, it offered instrumental versions of popular songs, albeit recorded by major band leaders of the day.

Over the years this kind of background mood music became so prevalent at workplaces and hotels – with speakers hidden in the potted palms – that it sparked a backlash: the brand name Muzak became a noun with negative connotations. The company went bankrupt in 2009 and was acquired by Mood Media, who ditched the Muzak name forever. (...)

Audio quality on a telephone is often not so good. Because the audio is compressed and delivered without much equalisation, hold-musicologists recommend instrumental music that is textually suited to this kind of delivery (pop songs not withstanding). “You may want to stay away from things that are too lush, or that have dramatic shifts in tempo and energy,” says Turner. “You want to stay away from anything that is abrupt or that could be perceived as abrasive.”

A vintage example of this type of smooth track is the default hold music used by Cisco, the high-tech telecommunications company. The piece, called Opus No. 1, was composed in 1989 by Tim Carleton and Darrick Deel and recorded on a four-track in a garage. The music – with it retro 80s synth and drum loop – was probably destined for obscurity until Deel landed an IT job at Cisco and offered the piece as hold music for Cisco’s phones.

It was installed and more than 65 million phones later is now a global earworm. “It’s so awful and great at the same time,” commented one of the fans of the beloved cheesy track, which has had over 1.3 million views on YouTube alone. (...)

Nowadays hold music isn’t left to chance. There are companies like BusinessVoice, which specialises in on-hold marketing for mid- to large-size companies. (...)

For a company that has a queue for sales and a queue for services, BusinessVoice would create two completely different messages and formats on those separate call experiences. “A lot of time we pick out music based on beats per minute of a song. So, if you’re a customer service line where people are holding for 10 minutes, we don’t want to have high beats per minute. If it’s a sales queue and you’re trying to move people to action, we want to increase their heart rate a little bit,” (...)

The company also pays attention to whether hold music should be in a major or a minor key, offering subtle emotional cues to the caller on hold. (...)"
phone  music  psychology  marketing 
august 2018 by eric.brechemier
Filmstro | Adaptive Music Library & Software
"Download static versions of all our royalty-free music tracks for FREE. YouTube cleared. Explore the library and start creating!"

"Three sliders, infinite possibilities. Create unique and moving soundtracks for your films and videos. No musical experience necessary."
music  online  service  shop  video  creative  ux 
may 2018 by eric.brechemier
Australian violin prodigy, 10, named youngest ever winner at Menuhin Competition – video | Music | The Guardian

"Ten-year-old violinist Christian Li from Melbourne, Australia, has become the youngest ever competitor to win first prize in the junior category at the 2018 Menuhin Competition – the world’s most prestigious violin competition for players under 22, which took place in Geneva.

Li, who has been playing the violin since he was five, shared his win with Chloe Chua from Singapore, who at age 11 was the second-youngest to compete this year. Each of them won 10,000 Swiss francs and Li also was awarded the audience prize.

‘I would like to treat this as a fun, exciting learning experience more than a competition,’ Li told Limelight magazine in January. ‘What I most look forward to is the chance to meet my heroes and favourite violin masters in person, and play in front of them.’

He performed Summer from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons alongside Jaehyuck Choi’s newly commissioned work Self in Mind."
music  violin  kid  fun  play 
april 2018 by eric.brechemier
Stream What You Hear
"Stream What You Hear (SWYH) is a Windows application to broadcast the sound of your computer (ie: “what you hear”) on an UPnP/DLNA device such as TVs, amps, network receivers, game consoles, etc..."
music  audio  streaming  opensource  software 
march 2018 by eric.brechemier
Welcome to the official Brian Eno web store
"Brian Peter George St John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno, RDI (/ˈiːnoʊ/; born 15 May 1948 and originally christened Brian Peter George Eno) is an English musician, composer, record producer, singer, writer, and visual artist. He is best known for his pioneering work in ambient music and contributions to rock, pop, electronic, and generative music. A self-described "non-musician", Eno has helped to introduce a variety of unique conceptual approaches and recording techniques into contemporary music, advocating a methodology of "theory over practice" throughout his career. He has been described as one of popular music's most influential and innovative figures. (...)"
ambient  music  official  website  online  shop  inspiration 
january 2018 by eric.brechemier
Get started | Learning Music (Beta)
"In these lessons, you'll learn the basics of music making. No prior experience or equipment is required; you'll do everything right here in your browser."

"Dorm Room Tycoon is a podcast show for designers, developers, growth hackers and founders. Each interview cuts to the chase, uncovering unique and practical insights. The show doesn’t celebrate the guests’ accomplishments or take a trip down memory lane; rather the show is concerned about startup lessons and first principles.

The host, William Channer, is co-founder of Panda, editor of Interface Lovers and co-author of Ways to Connect. He has also written for the Guardian. He graduated from Imperial College London and now lives in Berlin."
music  electronic  composition  learning  patterns 
january 2018 by eric.brechemier
Knuth: Fantasia Apocalyptica
by Donald Knuth,

"Fantasia Apocalyptica is a multimedia work for pipe organ, accompanied by several video tracks. It can be regarded as a somewhat literal translation of the Biblical book of Revelation into music."

"(...) First I prepared myself by reading several books about composition, by Stainer, Schoenberg, Hindemith, Piston, and others.

Then, instead of relying on algorithms, I did constraint-based composition, which is a methodology that I discussed in an hour-long lecture to Stanford's musicians on 07 May 2015. The basic idea was to study the Greek text carefully and to identify roughly 150 of the principal motifs that it contains. For every such textual motif, I then chose a corresponding musical motif to use as its translation. (Think of Wagner's “leitmotifs”.)

Some of these musical motifs are brief melodies; some are chords; some are rhythms; some are idioms like trills, arpeggios, appoggiaturas, contrary motion; some are effects possible only on a pipe organ; and so on. Eight of them are up-down patterns inspired by the I Ching. Several of them are much less specific: I simply told myself to think of a certain composer. (For ‘truth’ I thought of Bach; for ‘voice’ I thought of Borodin; etc.) People who are obsessively curious can find below the complete dictionary of motifs that I finally selected.

Then, for each of the 404 verses in the book of Revelation, I made a list of the textual motifs that they contain, and the order in which those motifs occur. (...)"
music  composition  bible  organ 
january 2018 by eric.brechemier
Parsons code - Wikipedia
"The Parsons code, formally named the Parsons code for melodic contours, is a simple notation used to identify a piece of music through melodic motion — movements of the pitch up and down. Denys Parsons developed this system for his 1975 book The Directory of Tunes and Musical Themes. Representing a melody in this manner makes it easier to index or search for pieces, particularly when the notes values are unknown. (...)

The first note of a melody is denoted with an asterisk (*), although some Parsons code users omit the first note. All succeeding notes are denoted with one of three letters to indicate the relationship of its pitch to the previous note:

- * = first tone as reference,
- u = "up", for when the note is higher than the previous note,
- d = "down", for when the note is lower than the previous note,
- r = "repeat", for when the note has the same pitch as the previous note.
music  patterns  recognition  software  analysis 
december 2017 by eric.brechemier
[fr] Plantes sous protection musicale - Oui ! Le magazine de la Ruche Qui Dit Oui !
"(...) L’influence positive de la musique sur les hommes, mais aussi sur les animaux et les plantes : le sujet revient régulièrement, sans que l’on comprenne bien de quoi il retourne. Parmi les scientifiques qui ont tenté d’en expliquer l’effet, Joël Sternheimer, ancien élève du physicien nobélisé Louis de Broglie et premier acteur de cette drôle d’histoire.

Nous sommes dans les années quatre-vingt. Le chercheur travaille sur la masse des particules quand il découvre que les acides aminés produisent un mouvement ondulatoire lors de la synthèse d’une protéine. Une vibration sonore, inaudible par l’oreille humaine. Le docteur en physique théorique – qui fut également chanteur sous le nom d’Evariste – décide alors de la retranscrire en associant une note à chacun des acides aminés qui composent la molécule. Il obtient ainsi une suite de notes semblable à une partition, délivrant une mélodie spécifique à chaque protéine. Les « protéodies » sont nées. (...)"
music  health  nature  frequency 
october 2017 by eric.brechemier
[fr] Henry Valensi — Wikipédia
"Henry Valensi est un peintre français né le 17 septembre 1883 à Alger et mort le 21 avril 1960 à Bailly (Oise), fondateur du musicalisme et auteur d'un film abstrait de "cinépeinture" La Symphonie printanière, qui entre officiellement en 2013 dans les collections du Musée national d'art moderne."

"Théoricien de renom, Valensi publia de nombreux écrits sur l’évolution des Arts et leur rapport à la matérialité. Valensi parle de matière d'art en effet : le son est la matière du compositeur, la couleur celle du peintre, les mots, celle du littérateur, la pierre ou le marbre ou, etc. celle du sculpteur. Les cinq Arts que Valensi dénombre sont : l’architecture, la sculpture, la peinture, la littérature - incluant la poésie et la musique -incluant la danse. À travers l’Histoire, ces Arts respectifs sont régis par les principes d’un art dominant, qui perd de sa matérialité au fur et mesure que l’on avance dans le temps : l’artiste définit ce phénomène comme « la Loi des Prédominances »4. Dans cette logique appelée « Art-Un », Valensi conçoit une histoire des Arts de l’Occident et de la Méditerranée évolutionniste, dominée par les règles artistiques de la façon qui suit :

* Tous les arts sous l’Antiquité égyptienne sont dominés par les principes de l’architecture, à savoir le massif, le colossal et la rigidité.
* Sous l’Antiquité Gréco-romaine, l’architecture laisse place à la sculpture. Réalisme, tridimensionnalité, précision géométrique, légèreté font évoluer tous les canons artistiques.
* Pendant le Moyen Âge et la Renaissance, la peinture devient l’art dominant. La couleur et l’expressivité transforment la sculpture, l’architecture mais également la littérature et la musique.
* À partir de la fin du XVIe siècle jusqu’au milieu du XIXe siècle, les principes artistiques sont soumis à la littérature. La représentation de figures allégoriques et la multiplication des sources littéraires dominent les académies. La majorité des tableaux à thèmes mythologique, littéraire ou historicisant datent pour la plupart d’entre eux, de cette période 5.
* C’est à la fin du XIXe siècle que Valensi voit naître une certaine « musicalisation » ou abstraction des arts. Valensi considère Stéphane Mallarmé comme le premier poète musicaliste : « Mallarmé le recueillit [le mot] et l’ayant musicalisé lui donna de nouveaux sens symboliques. » 6.
* Dans l'esprit de Valensi, le mouvement Musicaliste tend à incarner pleinement cette nouvelle ère qui va vers la légèreté, la fluidité, par l'abstraction-musicalisation de tous les arts, mais aussi de toute la pensée. Le manifeste des « Artistes Musicalistes » a vu le jour le 17 avril 1932, publié pour la première fois dans le journal Comœdia. La peinture Musicaliste est parfaitement représentative, dans ses principes esthétiques, de la musicalisation des Arts: ces derniers se définissent par l’introduction des propriétés musicales dans la plasticité picturale, à savoir le mouvement, le rythme et l’espace-temps: la couleur est une vibration qui ne se distingue du son que par sa longueur d'onde.
* Valensi considère qu'il peint dans un état d'esprit similaire à celui du compositeur, il orchestre ses couleurs sur la toile et nomme symphonies, préludes ou fugues celles de ses œuvres qu'il considère abouties.

Dans les années 1910, la pensée artistique est considérablement imprégnée par la Révolution technique, découvrant ainsi de nouvelles formes plastiques et spatiales. Nombreux sont les peintres qui, bien qu’ayant bénéficié d’une formation académique, se penchent à représenter ces nouvelles formes de réalité : les Cubistes, les Futuristes et bien sûr les Musicalistes menés par Henry Valensi. La théorie du musicalisme vit le jour dans un monde où le rapport à l’image changeait complètement, où l’art s’imprégnait de ces nouvelles formes de réalité que sont la machine, le mouvement ou la réalité de la matière (support, couleurs). La mise en forme la plus aboutie de cette « musicalisation » consiste non plus à suggérer le rythme et le mouvement mais à leur donner une plasticité réelle. La technique du cinéma, âgée d’à peine quarante ans lorsque Valensi entama la création de sa peinture en mouvement, également dite "cinépeinture", représentait le moyen idéal d’insérer le mouvement et par ailleurs de donner une forme plastique à cette quatrième dimension qu’est le temps ."
painting  art  history  france  music  movement  abstraction 
august 2017 by eric.brechemier
Google Code Archive - Long-term storage for Google Code Project Hosting.
"Audirvana is an audiophile player for Mac OSX.
No equalizer, no trendy special effects, just the music"

"Direct sound path, directly to the CoreAudio HAL for pure bit perfect sound"

"Currently works on 10.6 & 10.7 Intel Macs with any CoreAudio compatible DAC"
music  opensource  player  macos 
february 2017 by eric.brechemier
MasterClass Online Classes
"MasterClass was created to give anyone the ability to gain the wisdom and knowledge of the world’s best creators. The education platform offers affordable, engaging and inspirational online courses curated by world class instructors.

Through the MasterClass platform, instructors create engaging online classes with interactive assignments, course materials, student community and Q&A that creates a uniquely powerful educational experience. All classes are available online for individual purchase for $90 each. (...)"
video  learning  online  music  movie  writing  television 
december 2016 by eric.brechemier
Knuth: Fantasia Apocalyptica
by Donald E. Knuth,

"Fantasia Apocalyptica is a multimedia work (in progress) for pipe organ, accompanied by four video tracks. It can be regarded as a somewhat literal translation of the Biblical book of Revelation into music."
music  bible  numbers  computer  science  composition 
december 2016 by eric.brechemier
The Cranberries - Crazy (Patsy Cline Cover) - YouTube
Cover of Patsy Cline's Crazy, a song composed and sung originally by Willie Nelson.
music  ballad  cover  song 
october 2016 by eric.brechemier
Restoring the first recording of computer music - Sound and vision blog
2016-09-13, by Jack Copeland and Jason Long

"(...) computer-generated notes were emerging from a loudspeaker in Turing's computing lab as early as the autumn of 1948.

The Manchester computer had a special instruction that caused the loudspeaker—Turing called it the 'hooter'—to emit a short pulse of sound, lasting a tiny fraction of a second. Turing said this sounded like 'something between a tap, a click, and a thump'. Executing the instruction over and over again resulted in this 'click' being produced repeatedly, on every fourth tick of the computer's internal clock: tick tick tick click, tick tick tick click. Repeating the instruction enough times like this caused the human ear to hear not discrete clicks but a steady note, in fact the note C6, two octaves above middle C.

Turing realized that if the 'hoot' instruction were repeated not simply over and over again, but in different patterns, then the ear would hear different musical notes: for example, the repeated pattern tick tick tick click, tick tick tick tick, tick tick tick click, tick tick tick tick produced the note of C5 (an octave above middle C), while repeating the different pattern tick tick tick click, tick tick tick click, tick tick tick tick, tick tick tick click, tick tick tick click, tick tick tick tick produced the note of F4, four notes above above middle C—and so on. It was a wonderful discovery.

Turing was not very interested in programming the computer to play conventional pieces of music: he used the different notes to indicate what was going on in the computer—one note for 'job finished', others for 'digits overflowing in memory', 'error when transferring data from the magnetic drum', and so on. Running one of Turing's programs must have been a noisy business, with different musical notes and rhythms of clicks enabling the user to 'listen in' (as he put it) to what the computer was doing. He left it to someone else, though, to program the first complete piece of music.

A young schoolteacher named Christopher Strachey got hold of a copy of Turing's Programmers' Handbook for Manchester Electronic Computer Mark II (the Mark II computer had replaced the prototype Mark I, which also played notes, early in 1951).3 This was in fact the world’s first computer programming manual. Strachey, a talented pianist, studied the Handbook and appreciated the potential of Turing's terse directions on how to program musical notes. (...)"

"(...) The BBC recording, made some time later the same year, included not only the National Anthem but also an endearing, if rather brash, rendition of the nursery rhyme Baa Baa Black Sheep as well as a reedy and wooden performance of Glenn Miller’s famous hit In the Mood. There are unsettled questions about the authorship of the three routines that played these recorded melodies. In the wake of Strachey's tour de force a number of people in the lab started writing music programs: even the routine that played the National Anthem in the recording may have been a retouched version of Strachey's original. (...)"

"(...) We were able to calculate exactly how much the recording had to be speeded up in order to reproduce the original sound of the computer.8 We also filtered out extraneous noise from the recording; and using pitch-correction software we removed the effects of a troublesome wobble in the speed of the recording (most likely introduced by the disc-cutting process). It was a beautiful moment when we first heard the true sound of Turing's computer."
computer  music  programming  history  bbc 
september 2016 by eric.brechemier
Coach vocal et professeure de chant, Lesley Findlay de Montréal
"Lesley Findlay a consacré sa vie à l'étude de la voix. Étant chanteuse depuis son enfance, elle a développé une passion pour la compréhension du fonctionnement de la voix ce qui lui a permis d’expliquer les concepts de chant aussi simplement que possible. Cette passion l’a conduit en tant que professeure de chant et pédagogue vocale à dévolopper une approche unique et innovatrice. La maîtrise de sa propre voix a nécessitée de longues années de pratique. Toutefois, avec son approche simplifiée du chant, vous pouvez progresser beaucoup plus rapidement. Elle a conçu ses leçons de chant afin de vous permettre d’approfondir rapidement vos connaissances du fonctionnement de votre voix et de maîtriser rapidement votre expression vocale sur toute votre gamme. (...)"
song  singing  music  speech  learning  theory 
september 2016 by eric.brechemier
Larynx - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"The larynx /ˈlærɪŋks/ (plural larynges; from the Greek λάρυγξ lárynx),[1] commonly called the voice box, is an organ in the neck of amphibians, reptiles, and mammals involved in breathing, sound production, and protecting the trachea against food aspiration. It manipulates pitch and volume. The larynx houses the vocal folds (vocal cords), which are essential for phonation. The vocal folds are situated just below where the tract of the pharynx splits into the trachea and the esophagus. (...)"
music  speech  anatomy 
september 2016 by eric.brechemier
[fr] Musicothérapie
"Nous vous présentons un site Web dédié à la musicothérapie que nous avons réalisé dans le cadre des Travaux Personnels Encadrés (TPE), composante obligatoire de l’année de première à l’issue de laquelle des groupes de trois à quatre élèves présentent des productions écrite et orale sur un sujet de leur choix. Notre travail rentre dans le thème national "L'Homme et la nature".

Nous espérons que vous trouverez des réponses aux questions que vous vous posez concernant la musique. Nous vous souhaitons une bonne visite.

Anaïs, Elodie et Lou"
music  health  brain  psychology 
september 2016 by eric.brechemier
Sopranos: resonance tuning and vowel changes
"Wagner is well-known, even notorious, for writing operas that can challenge both performers and listeners. Both groups might be surprised to learn that Wagner was helping both the performers and the listeners by taking the acoustics of the soprano voice at high pitch into account when he set his text to music. A recent paper from this lab suggests that this is indeed the case: (...)

Each vowel in European languages is associated with a set of resonance frequencies of the vocal tract. For the soprano voice at high pitch, both the intelligibility to listeners and the ease of production by singers could be improved if the pitch of the note written for a vowel corresponded with its usual range of resonance frequencies.

We tested this hypothesis by investigating whether Wagner used certain vowels more often for the high notes than the low notes, and vice versa. A study of the two great Wagnerian soprano rôles, Brünnhilde and Isolde, indeed found the vowels that required an open mouth were used more often for the very high notes. Similar studies on some operas by Mozart, Rossini and Richard Strauss showed no such effect.


It appears that Wagner, either consciously or unconsciously, took the acoustics of the soprano voice at high pitch into account when setting text he had written to music. This is consistent with the increased importance of textual information in his operas, the increasing size of his orchestras, and the more complex vocal parts."
music  speech  research  physics 
september 2016 by eric.brechemier
Frequencies of formants from f1 to f5 for vowels a, e, i, o, u, depending on voice type (soprano, alto, countertenor, tenor, bass)
vowel  speech  frequency  music  physics 
september 2016 by eric.brechemier
Formants and phonetics
"Formants are distinctive frequency components of the acoustic signal produced by speech or singing. The information that humans require to distinguish between speech sounds can be represented purely quantitatively by specifying peaks in the amplitude/frequency spectrum. (...) The formant with the lowest frequency is called F1, the second F2, and the third F3. Most often the two first formants, F1 and F2, are enough to disambiguate the vowel. The relationship between the perceived vowel quality and the first two formant frequencies can be appreciated by listening to "artificial vowels" that are generated by passing a click train (to simulate the glottal pulse train) through a pair of bandpass filters (to simulate vocal tract resonances). (...)"
speech  music  physics  frequency 
september 2016 by eric.brechemier
IPA vowel chart with audio
"(...) Vowel height is named for the vertical position of the tongue relative to either the roof of the mouth or the aperture of the jaw. However, it actually refers to the first formant (lowest resonance of the voice), abbreviated F1, which is associated with the height of the tongue. In close /ˈkloʊs/ vowels, also known as high vowels, such as [i] and [u], the first formant is consistent with the tongue being positioned close to the palate, high in the mouth, whereas in open vowels, also known as low vowels, such as [a], F1 is consistent with the jaw being open and the tongue being positioned low in the mouth. Height is defined by the inverse of the F1 value: The higher the frequency of the first formant, the lower (more open) the vowel.[7]

The International Phonetic Alphabet defines seven degrees of vowel height:

* close (high)
* near-close (near-high)
* close-mid (high-mid)
* mid (true-mid)
* open-mid (low-mid)
* near-open (near-low)
* open (low)
speech  sound  music  frequency 
september 2016 by eric.brechemier
Anaïs Gassin – Violin Maker – France
"Violin maker, specialized in the manufacture of fine violins, violas and cellos (...)"

"Anaïs Gassin’s workshop is located in the South of France, near Montpellier, in Saint-Geniès-des-Mourgues.

« My work tends toward historical researches, not to imitate the « greats » from the past, but to understand and master the manufacturing processes that made the violin and its family such incredible instruments. »

Since 2013 Anaïs Gassin is the sole representative of the profession invited each year by René Martin to present her creations at La Folle Journée de Nantes.

The instruments made by Anaïs are on sale in Paris, rue de Rome, at Guy Coquoz’s workshop."
violin  maker  france  music  art  technology  history 
august 2016 by eric.brechemier
Conducteur de louange - Chants
"Chants par ordre alphabéthique

Les chants présents sur ce site proviennent majoritairement des recueils suivants :

JEM 1 = J'aime l'Éternel vol.1
JEM 2 = J'aime l'Éternel vol.2
JEM 3 = J'aime l'Éternel vol.3
EXO = Livres de partitions d'Exo
CD = Célébrons Dieu
ESF = Église Sans Frontières"
church  song  music  database  lyrics 
june 2016 by eric.brechemier
Combinatorial Music Theory
"The purpose of this paper is to examine some unique properties of commonly used musical patterns. It assumes some familiarity with musical ideas: octaves and intervals, the major scale and the concept of key. It also assumes some knowledge of abstract algebra: elementary number theory, groups, and graphs. In order to address a readership of wide-ranging backgrounds, I present these ideas with the mathematical and musical aspects evolving in parallel.

We will see that there is a natural way to describe the internal structure of a musical scale that is closely related to the process of autocorrelation used in digital signal theory. Attempting to pull musical patterns into a second dimension will reveal that these patterns may be thought of as embedded in a 12-point space with peculiar connectivity. The automorphisms, or structure-preserving self-mappings of this space, will correspond to precisely those musical transformations that preserve melodic and harmonic relations between notes, or interchange those relations. These mappings are analogous to the symmetry groups of tilings or crystals. (...)"
music  theory  math 
june 2016 by eric.brechemier
Auditory Neuroscience | Making Sense of Sound
"This site contains sound examples, color figures, animations, links and other materials to support the study of auditory phenomena."
music  sound  science 
may 2016 by eric.brechemier
Rethinking Musical Notation with Composer's Sketchpad
2016-02-05, by Alexei Baboulevitch ("Archagon"),

"(...) Instead of trying to shoehorn all music into a Western style of notation invented several centuries ago, it occurred to me that maybe an entirely new approach was needed. In fact, why encode the music at all? The barest, most obvious form of notation is a graph of time and pitch. This system would have been too difficult for musicians to read from and write to back in the day, but that’s not really an issue when the music can play itself and your musical canvas is tactile and effectively infinite. It seemed like the best shot at covering all bases.

In Composer’s Sketchpad, each “note” is a simple array of times and pitches. Note names, measures, and time signatures still exist, but only as a grid or stencil over the absolute time/pitch graph — a feature of the tooling, not an intrinsic part of the piece. You use the current scale and meter grid to align and snap your notes, but you can also change them up for use in later sections without having to worry about your existing music. Under the hood, it’s all the same: scattered little point clouds of absolute time and pitch.

As a result, writing out complicated and expressive sections of music in Composer’s Section no longer feels like caging a canary. The grid is your friend, not an oppressive bureaucrat. If you want to write more conventional music, snapping to time or pitch works just as it did with traditional notation. But turn snapping off and you can bend your notes or extend them out to the exact length of time needed. Because the shape of your notes corresponds exactly to their time and pitch, a quick glance at your music tells you exactly how it’s going to sound without having to decode a mess of symbols in your head. And you can edit any part of any section or overlap as many notes as you like without having to worry about fulfilling the “note quota” of a measure, as you constantly have to do in sheet music apps like Finale. (...)"
music  software  creative  tools 
february 2016 by eric.brechemier
Sonic Pi
"A free live coding synth for everyone originally designed to support computing and music lessons within schools.
Use code to compose and perform in classical and contemporary styles ranging from Canons to Dubstep.

Brought to you by Sam Aaron and the Sonic Pi Core Team"
music  programming  sound  generation  software 
february 2016 by eric.brechemier
Music For Cats
"Music composed for cats.
Verified by science. For the first time ever."

"Music for Cats was born out of David Teie's scientific theory on the fundamental nature of music appreciation by mammals. He contended that every species has an intuitive biological response to sounds present in their early development. Felines establish their sense of music through the sounds heard after they're born: bird's chirping, or their mother's purr. With this premise, Teie composed Music for Cats, incorporating feline-centric sounds and their natural vocalizations and matching it to a cat’s frequency range. An independent study conducted by researchers at the University of Wisconsin and published in Applied Animal Behavior verified that Music for Cats resonates conclusively with its audience, writing that “cats showed a significant preference for and interest in species-appropriate music."
music  cat  science  emotion 
february 2016 by eric.brechemier
The Target Shoots First on Vimeo
2013-01-25, by Chris Wilcha,

"An NYU philosophy grad struggles to maintain artistic and personal integrity as a production manager for Columbia House."
music  history  1990s  marketing  business  work  psychology  creative  management  documentary  video 
december 2015 by eric.brechemier
Delia Derbyshire - Sculptress of Sound - YouTube
"Complete documentary originally broadcast on Radio 4. I love Delia."

"Delia Ann Derbyshire (5 May 1937 – 3 July 2001) was an English musician and composer of electronic music and musique concrète. She is best known for her electronic realisation of Ron Grainer's theme music to the British science fiction television series Doctor Who and for her pioneering work with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop."
-- From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
electronic  music  sound  history  uk  drwho  woman  composer 
november 2015 by eric.brechemier
Kit Armstrong :: Official Website
"Born in Los Angeles in 1992, Kit Armstrong started composing at five and shortly after that began piano studies. Today he performs in the most famous concert halls in the world (...)

Armstrong studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and at the Royal Academy of Music in London. From his seventh year he also studied natural sciences at various universities including Imperial College London. He earned his master’s degree in pure maths at the University of Paris VI. He received Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival’s Leonard Bernstein Award in 2010. Kit Armstrong won the WEMAG-Soloist Prize at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival in 2014.

When he was 13 years old he came to know Alfred Brendel who since then has guided him as his teacher and mentor and ascribes to him “an understanding of the great piano works that combines freshness and subtlety, emotion and intellect”. The unique relationship between Armstrong and Brendel was captured in the film “Set the Piano Stool on Fire” by the British director Mark Kidel."

"The Church of Sainte-Thérèse, Hirson has become a place for me to develop and give life to my own musical ideas, and to make a contribution to classical music. I want this space to be open to other artists united by a common vision, to create the opportunity for experimentation, and to share new ideas. Equally, I want it to be open to the community so that the public can come and share the fruits of this work in the events we will organise.

In 2013 I established the Music Society of Sainte-Thérèse, a non-profit foundation, with the aim of realising this project. The principal aims of the Society are:

- to invite artists to the Church of Sainte-Thérèse, where they will be able to live and work;

- to organise concerts in the Church, which allow the public to embrace the work of the artists;

- to promote cultural events in the Church, in order to broaden and enrich this artistic space. (...)"
piano  music  artdeco  church  picardie  france 
may 2015 by eric.brechemier
Circuli - Generative Ambient Sound Instrument - Earslap
"An audiovisual instrument by Batuhan Bozkurt"

"Click to create at least two circles.
Watch and hear them interact.
And share your scenes with others.
Click anywhere to start!"

"I'm Batuhan Bozkurt; a musician, sound engineer and creative coder hailing from Turkey. I write about all sorts of procedural, generative and computational arts, and some more. Follow my work if you care."
visual  online  music  tools  audio  creation 
may 2015 by eric.brechemier
Otomata - Generative Musical Sequencer - Earslap
"Popular generative music sequencer that helps you create beautiful visuals and music right in your browser."

"Click on the grid below to add cells, click on cells to change their direction, and press play to listen to your music."

"I'm Batuhan Bozkurt; a musician, sound engineer and creative coder hailing from Turkey. I write about all sorts of procedural, generative and computational arts, and some more."
visual  music  tools  online  fun  audio  creation 
may 2015 by eric.brechemier
Touch Pianist - Tap in Rhythm and Perform Your Favourite Music
"Touch Pianist was created by Batuhan Bozkurt."

"Touch Pianist helps you experience some of the thrill of performing beautiful piano music composed by the masters, using nothing more than your computer.

Use any of the keys on your computer keyboard (or tap your screen on a touch screen) to trigger the next musical event. If you can manage to get the rhythm right, you will hear the music as you want it.

This is not much like a computer game. There is no score keeping. You are free to perform the music using your device in any way you desire.

If you want to watch how a piece might be performed, go to main menu and choose "Watch" for the piece you want

Have great fun."
music  online  fun 
may 2015 by eric.brechemier
music21: a Toolkit for Computer-Aided Musicology
"Music21 is a set of tools for helping scholars and other active listeners answer questions about music quickly and simply. If you’ve ever asked yourself a question like, “I wonder how often Bach does that” or “I wish I knew which band was the first to use these chords in this order,” or “I’ll bet we’d know more about Renaissance counterpoint (or Indian ragas or post-tonal pitch structures or the form of minuets) if I could write a program to automatically write more of them,” then music21 can help you with your work."

"(...) Music21 is a rapidly-progressing project, but it is always looking for researchers interested in contributing code, questions, freely-distributable pieces, bug fixes, or documentation. Please contact Michael Scott Cuthbert (cuthbert at, Principal Investigator. (...)"
music  research  programming  data  analysis  opensource  tools  python 
april 2015 by eric.brechemier
Audiveris - Open music scanner
"Audiveris is an open-source Optical Music Recognition software which processes the image of a music sheet to automatically provide symbolic music information in MusicXML standard.
This opens the door to many tools (score editor, MIDI sequencer, ...) which can use this symbolic data for such tasks as edit, play, print, re-publish, transpose, query, etc."
music  image  digital  transformation  xml  opensource  software  tools 
april 2015 by eric.brechemier
IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library: Free Public Domain Sheet Music
"Sharing the world’s public domain music."

"IMSLP stands for International Music Score Library Project. The logo is a capital letter A, taken from the very first press-printed book of polyphonic music, the Harmonice Musices Odhecaton, published in 1501. Its printer, Ottaviano Petrucci, is this library's namesake."
pd  music  database 
april 2015 by eric.brechemier
The Mutopia Project
"he Mutopia Project offers sheet music editions of classical music for free download. These are based on editions in the public domain, and include works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Handel, Mozart, and many others. A team of volunteers are involved in typesetting the music by computer using the LilyPond software. (...)

We also host a growing number of modern editions, arrangements and new music. The respective editors, arrangers and composers have chosen to make these works freely available. (...)

All of the music on Mutopia may be freely downloaded, printed, copied, distributed, modified, performed and recorded. Music is supplied as PDF files for easy printing on either A4 or US Letter paper. The LilyPond source files are also available, which allow you to make your own editions based on ours. Computer-generated audio previews of the music are available as MIDI files, to give you a rough idea of what the music sounds like.

Most of our music is distributed under Creative Commons licenses. (...)"
music  score  cc  pd 
april 2015 by eric.brechemier
Music Treasures Consortium (Performing Arts Encyclopedia, Library of Congress)
"The Music Treasures Consortium provides online access to the world's most valued music manuscripts and print materials, held at the most renowned music archives, in order to further research and scholarship.

Researchers can search or browse materials, access metadata about each item, and view digital images of the treasure via each custodial archive's Web site. The consortial collection will grow as members add more materials."
music  score  history  research  online 
april 2015 by eric.brechemier
Sheet music sharing | MuseScore
"MuseScore makes software and online services for musicians to create, distribute and consume sheet music in a fully digital experience. The leading free and open source music notation software MuseScore is adopted by hundreds of thousands of musicians worldwide. (...)"

"(...) Our main office is located in Belgium. (...)
Other offices are located in
Toulouse, France
Clarholz, Germany"
opensource  music  score  software  community  online  sharing  xml 
april 2015 by eric.brechemier
Inside Abbey Road

Inside Abbey Road is a site built by Google in partnership with Abbey Road Studios. The aim is to enable anyone in the world to follow in the footsteps of musical legends, and step inside the famous British recording studio as it’s never been seen before. Once inside, you can explore every nook and cranny of the three recording studios, and discover stories, images, videos and music spanning the decades. You can also be guided around by producer Giles Martin, Head of Audio Products Mirek Stiles, or broadcaster Lauren Laverne, and even play with interactive versions of pioneering Abbey Road Studios equipment.

Inside Abbey Road is a collaboration between Google and Abbey Road Studios, and is not endorsed by the artists featured."
music  recording  documentary  history  uk  google  3d 
april 2015 by eric.brechemier
Pythagorean Tuning and Medieval Polyphony - Table of Contents
"One aspect of medieval music now receiving much interest is the matter of tuning. This FAQ article is intended to explain the system of tuning in perfect fifths commonly known as "Pythagorean intonation," its interaction with the stylistic traits of medieval polyphony, and its relationship to other systems of tuning."
music  history  math  tuning  theory  learning 
april 2015 by eric.brechemier
Physics of Music - Notes
"These notes initially arose after a short summer program in 1998 and are placed here for the convenience of anyone who cares to read them.
The author is B. H. Suits, Physics Department, Michigan Technological University, copyright 1998-2013."
music  physics  theory  learning 
april 2015 by eric.brechemier
MusicBrainz - The Open Music Encyclopedia
"MusicBrainz is an open music encyclopedia that collects music metadata and makes it available to the public.

MusicBrainz aims to be:

* The ultimate source of music information by allowing anyone to contribute and releasing the data under open licenses.
* The universal lingua franca for music by providing a reliable and unambiguous form of music identification, enabling both people and machines to have meaningful conversations about music. (...)"

"The majority of the data in the MusicBrainz Database is released into the Public Domain and can be downloaded and used for free."
music  data  metadata  database  cc  cc0 
march 2015 by eric.brechemier
"Enthousiasmos is a male vocal group from Romania that performs inspirational Christian music from a variety of cultures. The group has begun its activity ten years ago when some students of the SDA Theological Seminary in Bucharest met some former students of the same institution.

As their voices blended for the first time, so did their passion for spreading the Gospel to all peoples through music. The group soon started recording out of the need for providing good Christian music in an environment that badly needed it. Please check some of our albums under the Music section of our website and find out more about the new one coming up. (...)"
male  vocal  christian  music  romania 
january 2015 by eric.brechemier
Listen to Wikipedia
"Listen to the sound of Wikipedia's recent changes feed. Bells indicate additions and string plucks indicate subtractions. Pitch changes according to the size of the edit; the larger the edit, the deeper the note. Green circles show edits from unregistered contributors, and purple circles mark edits performed by automated bots. You may see announcements for new users as they join the site, punctuated by a string swell. You can welcome him or her by clicking the blue banner and adding a note on their talk page.

This project is built using D3 and HowlerJS. It is based on Listen to Bitcoin by Maximillian Laumeister. Our source is available on GitHub, and you can read more about this project.

Built by Stephen LaPorte and Mahmoud Hashemi."
wikipedia  data  music  generation  visualizatoin 
november 2014 by eric.brechemier
Midi - VideoLAN Wiki
"Standard MIDI Files (SMF) contain sounds events that indicate the notes and instruments in a musical performance, but do not include the digital waveform of the audio. They usually have the extension .mid or .midi. To play a MIDI file, software has to synthesize the music, which usually requires reading digital samples of musical instruments from a large file."

"To playback .midi files, you need a SoundFont file (with extension .sf2)."
midi  vlc  opensource  music  software 
october 2013 by eric.brechemier
The Music Notation Project — Alternative music notation systems
"Many people struggle to learn to read and play music, and many give up before they become proficient. Could a better notation system make reading, writing, and playing music more enjoyable and easier to learn? We think so."
music  theory  graphic  language  learning  history 
september 2013 by eric.brechemier
"This little program enables users of older iPod shuffle models to finally get rid of all that iTunes or other complicated playlist management stuff. Due to the simple structure of the shuffle (compared to the »big« iPods), it is possible to use the player almost like any other USB flash MP3 player: You simply copy MP3 files onto it. You only need to run the rebuild_db program after you added or removed files from the iPod. This approach hasnumerous benefits (...)"
ipod  music  database  opensource  software  tools  python 
september 2013 by eric.brechemier
[fr] Christianisme, spiritualité, religion catholique louange | mp3
"Exultet vous propose en téléchargement plein de Mp3 sur le christianisme, la spiritualité, la religion catholique: louange, musiques, enseignements, et bien d autres."
online  music  shop  france  church 
september 2013 by eric.brechemier
[fr] Chantons en Eglise - Toute la musique liturgique et religieuse en téléchargement
"Depuis l'ouverture du site, plusieurs centaines de partitions sont disponibles et ce nombre augmentera très rapidement. À terme, nous avons pour ambition de proposer l'ensemble des partitions du répertoire (pour la liturgie, mais aussi pour chanter avec des enfants, avec des jeunes, pour un rassemblement, etc.) Cet enrichissement de la base se fera progressivement. Chaque semaine, chaque mois, de nouveaux chants, de nouveaux commentaires, de nouveaux enregistrements seront mis en ligne sur le site."

"Pour chaque chant, Chantons en Eglise propose (quand elles existent) différentes versions enregistrées dont on peut écouter un extrait et que l'on peut télécharger sous forme de fichier MP3. On peut y retrouver en particulier l'essentiel des enregistrements réalisés pour les CD Signes."

"Pour découvrir un chant, vous pouvez aussi écouter des versions audio de chacune des voix existantes ainsi que de la polyphonie. Choristes ou animateurs peuvent ainsi déjà commencer à apprendre la mélodie d'un chant ou l'une des voix en venant simplement sur le site. De la même façon, des couples qui préparent leur mariage ou le baptême de leur enfant peuvent convier leurs invités à se familiariser avec les chants de la célébration pour mieux participer le jour de la fête !"
church  music  france  database  online  shop  download 
september 2013 by eric.brechemier
The Open Bundle
"We're the people behind some of the most popular web games. The web is meant to be an open landscape; being in this bundle is how we choose to honor this."

"We want to give works to the public, funded by the public.

When you buy this bundle, you get to use them under a CC-BY license, whether or not we reach our threshold. But if we do, everything can then be used under the public domain Creative Commons Zero license."
crowdfunding  game  assets  design  music  opensource  software  cc  graphic 
july 2013 by eric.brechemier
quodlibet - audio library tagger, manager, and player for GTK+
"Quod Libet is a GTK+-based audio player written in Python, using the Mutagen tagging library. It's designed around the idea that you know how to organize your music better than we do. It lets you make playlists based on regular expressions (don't worry, regular searches work too). It lets you display and edit any tags you want in the file. And it lets you do this for all the file formats it supports.

Quod Libet easily scales to libraries of thousands (or even tens of thousands) of songs. It also supports most of the features you expect from a modern media player, like Unicode support, tag editing, Replay Gain, podcasts & internet radio, and all major audio formats.

Ex Falso is a program that uses the same tag editing back-end as Quod Libet, but isn't connected to an audio player. If you're perfectly happy with your favorite player and just want something that can handle tagging, Ex Falso is for you."
opensource  music  audio  software  tools  metadata  editor 
april 2013 by eric.brechemier
Music Timeline | A chronology of music from prehistory to the present day
"This is a timeline of major musical events, works, composers and artists colour coded for ease of use (...).

Once completed it will cover a vast array of music and music makers including classical, jazz, rock, electronica, blues, folk and country. The emphasis will be on artistic importance rather than commercial success. This is a distinction that is inevitably subjective, but as I see it there are three grounds for inclusion – artistic merit, historical significance and cultural influence. Thus areas such as contemporary classical, jazz and the avant-garde are given more weight than their commercial clout would allow, but at the same time, significant mainstream pop acts are not ignored. I’m aware that the coverage of music from outside of Europe and the Americas is inadequate, something I intend to address in the future. (...)"
music  history  reference  database 
april 2013 by eric.brechemier
How To: Rip Your Music Like a Pro
2009-09-19, by John Herrman

"For most people, dropping a CD into their disc drive and clicking "Import" in iTunes is good enough. For music freaks, though, it's not—and with good reason. Here's how to digitize your tunes, the right way. (...)"
music  cd  encoding  metadata  workflow  software 
april 2013 by eric.brechemier
Listen for free to new and emerging artists at Download music and 100% of profits go to the artists.
"You know that feeling you get when you hear your new favourite song for the first time? That's what we're about."

"Because we're frustrated by the lack of new music in broadcast. Because artists should be in control of their own music and how they distribute it. Because fans should be able to buy direct from the artist and the artist should keep all the profits. Because there's more amazing new music than ever before. Because we're fed up of the major label monopoly. Because we love new music. Honestly, we could go on."
music  shop  online  radio 
april 2013 by eric.brechemier
"Hooktheory teaches the theory behind popular music for songwriters and musicians."

"Hooktheory is built by Ryan Miyakawa, David Carlton, and Chris Anderson, who met in grad school at UC Berkeley."

"Hooktheory is a system for learning how to write songs and understand music. Our goal is to teach you the rules and structure behind chord progressions, melody, and their relationship to one another, so you can understand the how and the why behind it all and hopefully apply it to your own playing or songwriting endeavors.

So far Hooktheory has three parts:

1. The smartbook for the iPad that teaches the rules and structure behind chords and melody.
2. The Music Editor that let's you compose chord progressions and melodies and hear how they sound.
3. The song analysis database that anyone can edit or add to."
music  learning  theory  online  editor 
june 2012 by eric.brechemier
I analyzed the chords of 1300 popular songs for patterns. This is what I found. | Blog – Hooktheory
2012-06-06, by Dave Carlton,

"For many people, listening to music elicits such an emotional response that the idea of dredging it for statistics and structure can seem odd or even misguided. But knowing these patterns can give one a deeper more fundamental sense for how music works; for me this makes listening to music a lot more interesting. Of course, if you play an instrument or want to write songs, being aware of these things is obviously of great practical importance.

In this article, we’ll look at the statistics gathered from 1300 choruses, verses, etc. of popular songs to discover the answer to a few basic questions. First we’ll look at the relative popularity of different chords based on the frequency that they appear in the chord progressions of popular music. Then we’ll begin to look at the relationship that different chords have with one another. For example, if a chord is found in a song, what can we say about the probability for what the next chord will be that comes after it? (...)"
music  research  theory  composition  database  stats 
june 2012 by eric.brechemier
24/192 Music Downloads are Very Silly Indeed
2012-03-01, by Monty,

"Articles last month revealed that musician Neil Young and Apple's Steve Jobs discussed offering digital music downloads of 'uncompromised studio quality'. Much of the press and user commentary was particularly enthusiastic about the prospect of uncompressed 24 bit 192kHz downloads. 24/192 featured prominently in my own conversations with Mr. Young's group several months ago.

Unfortunately, there is no point to distributing music in 24-bit/192kHz format. Its playback fidelity is slightly inferior to 16/44.1 or 16/48, and it takes up 6 times the space.

There are a few real problems with the audio quality and 'experience' of digitally distributed music today. 24/192 solves none of them. While everyone fixates on 24/192 as a magic bullet, we're not going to see any actual improvement. (...)"
audio  music  technology  encoding  reference  digital  media 
march 2012 by eric.brechemier
Pure Data — PD Community Site
"Pd (aka Pure Data) is a real-time graphical programming environment for audio, video, and graphical processing. It is the third major branch of the family of patcher programming languages known as Max (Max/FTS, ISPW Max, Max/MSP, jMax, etc.) originally developed by Miller Puckette and company at IRCAM. The core of Pd is written and maintained by Miller Puckette and includes the work of many developers, making the whole package very much a community effort.

Pd was created to explore ideas of how to further refine the Max paradigm with the core ideas of allowing data to be treated in a more open-ended way and opening it up to applications outside of audio and MIDI, such as graphics and video. (...)"
sound  audio  music  generation  software  opensource  programming 
february 2012 by eric.brechemier
BBC News - The man who hears colour
"Artist Neil Harbisson is completely colour-blind. Here, he explains how a camera attached to his head allows him to hear colour."
color  sound  visual  mind  psychology  technology  music  art 
february 2012 by eric.brechemier
Christmas music - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This wikipedia article features a list of popular traditional Christmas carols and less-often heard carols.
christmas  music  reference 
december 2011 by eric.brechemier
How a band got into Y Combinator. The Earbits story (YC W11). | The Startup Foundry
2011-05-27, by Paul Hontz,

"(...) Earbits makes its money by letting labels, bands and concert promoter buy airtime, and display their own relevant ads during the broadcast. If you’re listening to a band on Earbits, you’ll only be shown relevant ads by someone with a vested interest in that artist getting more exposure. For example, you might be shown an ad for an upcoming show that the band is playing. (...)"

"(...) We’re solving a marketplace problem. We need content so that we can get listeners, and listeners so that artists want to work with us. I’m very happy with our progress in that regard. (...)"
music  business  entrepreneur  strategy 
may 2011 by eric.brechemier
Opus Art: Jamie Reid
"Jamie Reid is infamous for his acerbic brand of visual anarchy. His signature newspaper-cutting graphics have become synonymous with the spirit of British punk rock music, having appeared on seminal Sex Pistols’ punk records of the 1970s including Never Mind the Bollocks, Anarchy in the UK, God Save the Queen and Pretty Vacant.

Political activism has always been the driving force behind Reid’s artistic output, having created his ransom note style whilst running radical political magazine Suburban Press. His association with different groups, including Druidry, the Situationist movement and more recently the anti-war movement, are all apparent in his artwork which is witty, ethically motivated and always unabashedly rebellious."
design  history  punk  music  art  politics  uk  graphic 
october 2010 by eric.brechemier
Barney Bubbles - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Colin Fulcher aka Barney Bubbles (30 July 1942 - 14 November 1983) was a radical English graphic artist, whose work primarily encompassed the disciplines of graphic design, painting and music video direction. He is most renowned for his distinctive contribution to the graphic design associated with the British independent music scene during the 1970s and early 1980s. His symbol-laden and riddle-laden record sleeves were his most visible output."
design  art  painting  music  usa  history  graphic 
october 2010 by eric.brechemier
Archival Sound Recordings
"Archival Sound Recordings is the result of a development project to increase access to the British Library Sound Archive's extensive collections. The British Library holds one of the world’s foremost sound archives with a collection of over 3.5 million audio recordings. These come from all over the world and cover the entire range of recorded sound from music, drama and literature, to oral history, wildlife and environmental sounds. You can search and browse information about all the sounds held in the British Library at our online catalogue."
sound  music  recording  library  culture  history 
october 2010 by eric.brechemier
Algorithms and Interactive Tools for Exploring Music Composition, Analysis, and Interdisciplinary Learning.

This Web site has interactive tools that provide a unique learning experience for users, regardless of their musical training. Students of music composition can explore algorithmic composition, while others can create musical representations of models for the purpose of aural interpretation and analysis. Here, the algorithmic process is used in a creative context so that users can convert sequences of numbers into sounds."
music  art  algorithm  computer  science  software  sound  theory  composition 
september 2010 by eric.brechemier
VexFlow - HTML5 Music Engraving
"VexFlow is an open-source web-based music notation rendering API. It is written completely in JavaScript, and runs right in the browser. VexFlow supports HTML5 Canvas and SVG."
music  visualization  opensource  javascript  web  api 
september 2010 by eric.brechemier
SoundManager 2: Javascript Sound For The Web
"Audio features, accessible from JavaScript."
"By wrapping and extending HTML5 and Flash Audio APIs, SoundManager 2 brings reliable cross-platform audio to JavaScript."
"SoundManager 2 wraps and extends both the Flash and HTML Audio Sound APIs, providing a single, unified sound API to Javascript; the API is the same, whether HTML or Flash is ultimately used to play sound. (The flash portion is hidden, transparent to both developers and end users.)"
"SoundManager 2 is the result of Javascript talking to a hidden Flash movie. The Flash layer is not something you have to work with directly, but it is the component which makes audio control possible behind the scenes."
javascript  sound  music  mp3  library  opensource  web  development 
august 2010 by eric.brechemier
Pandora Thinks Outside the Box
by Rick Aristotle Munarriz, 2009-07-08,
"(...) Internet radio providers that agree to the new deal will pay up to 25% of their revenue to SoundExchange [the nonprofit company that collects royalties on behalf of the recording industry] , a sweeter scenario than what Pandora was looking at last year, with payouts of 70% of to the music industry. (...) The industry wised up, I guess, considering that 25% of something is better than 70% of nothing. (...)"
music  business  internet 
july 2009 by eric.brechemier
Melody Gardot on
"Melody Gardot (born 1985) is an American jazz singer, writer and musician in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was disabled at 19 after being struck by a car while riding her bicycle and became a musician after discovering music therapy. She has been influenced by such blues and jazz artists as Janis Joplin, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington and George Gershwin as well as latin artists such as Stan Getz and Caetano Veloso. (...)"
music  blues  smooth  voice  woman  singer  usa 
may 2009 by eric.brechemier
Digital-to-analog converter - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"(...) Most modern audio signals are stored in digital form (for example MP3s and CDs) and in order to be heard through speakers they must be converted into an analog signal. DACs are therefore found in CD players, digital music players, and PC sound cards.

Specialist stand-alone DACs can also be found in high-end hi-fi systems. These normally take the digital output of a CD player (or dedicated transport) and convert the signal into a line-level output that can then be fed into a pre-amplifier stage.

Similar digital-to-analog converters can be found in digital speakers such as USB speakers, and in sound cards."
audio  music  digital  knowledge 
march 2009 by eric.brechemier
podOmatic - Create, Find, Share Podcasts!
"Create, Watch, Listen. Welcome to the world's largest selection of high-quality, commercial-free podcasts. (...) We offer free hosting, serving, design, and directory placement."
podcast  sound  music  web  rss 
february 2009 by eric.brechemier
Play Auditorium
"This demo of Auditorium features 3 Acts. Each Act has at least 5 separate levels. We are currently working on the full version of the game and have estimated around 20 acts total to be released in the near future. (...) Consider the Flow a combination of all your players. Guide them properly using the controls and your journey will continue. (...) The Flow is a stream of audio visual particles that will create sound when matched with the Audio Container of their color."
game  music  web  flash  art  creative 
december 2008 by eric.brechemier
James Vincent Mc Morrow
First part of Tracy Chapman December 2008 concert in Paris
"like to sing, sometimes so much so that it can be socially awkward. Like when i start humming at the supermarket, or in the mens bathroom. I feel very lucky indeed to be doing what i'm doing. This time last year i was merely a man with a few songs and a dream, and now i'm a man with a few more songs and dreams that have been adjusted accordingly. Soon i will have an album, i can hear it in my head, it follows me around everywhere i go. Now all i need it someone to let me record it. Until that day comes, i soothe myself by closing my eyes and imagining that sweet baby james by james taylor was in fact written about me. (...)"
music  rock  ballad  singer 
december 2008 by eric.brechemier
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