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Are Spotify's 'fake artists' any good? | Technology | The Guardian
"It appeared that musicians such as Cowley were being quietly elbowed out of that limelight in favour of ones who didn’t exist, and in favour of music for which Spotify wouldn’t have to pay royalties."
music  illusions 
july 2017 by kevan
Yaybahar by Görkem Şen on Vimeo
"Yaybahar is an electric-free, totally acoustic instrument designed by Gorkem Sen. The vibrations from the strings are transmitted via the coiled springs to the frame drums. These vibrations are turned into sound by the membranes which echo back and forth on the coiled springs."
sound  music 
november 2014 by kevan
BBC News - Beastie Boys star Adam Yauch's will bans music in ads
"Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, in no event may my image or name or any music or any artistic property created by me be used for advertising purposes."
advertising  music  death  law 
august 2012 by kevan
Drunken Bohemian Rhapsody rendition may offer fame, but no fortune - The Globe and Mail
"On the ride back to the police station, Wilkinson decided to belt out a manic but lyrically faithful rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody. [...] Content ID caught a 'melody match,' and notified EMI, the music company that owns the rights to Bohemian Rhapsody."
music  sound  technology  law  police 
may 2012 by kevan
Robot Quadrotors Perform James Bond Theme - YouTube
"These flying quadrotors are completely autonomous, meaning humans are not controlling them; rather they are controlled by a computer programed with instructions to play the instruments."
robots  music  via:waxy 
march 2012 by kevan
From the Mailbag | Regretsy
"Rather than have the violin returned to me, PayPal made the buyer destroy the violin in order to get his money back."
music  demolition  money  via:james 
january 2012 by kevan
"You are watching every track of every John Peel Festive Fifty ever."
november 2011 by kevan
Technical Fowl | Futility Closet
"When ornithologist Norman Robinson studied the call, he discovered that the bird was singing two popular songs of the 1930s - 'The Keel Row' and 'Mosquito's Dance.' [...] A human tune is spreading through the lyrebird world, as they've decided through generations to prefer just two shards of our particular music."
birds  music  via:dunx 
may 2011 by kevan
PsycNET - Tuning in to psychological change
"Linguistic analyses of the most popular songs from 1980–2007 demonstrated changes in word use that mirror psychological change. Over time, use of words related to self-focus and antisocial behavior increased, whereas words related to other-focus, social interactions, and positive emotion decreased."
music  history  psychology  language  via:bengoldacre 
april 2011 by kevan
You are listening to Los Angeles
Playing LAPD police radio over random ambient music from SoundCloud.
music  police  radio  sound  emergence  via:waxy 
march 2011 by kevan
RFID Record Player | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
"The record player is a cardboard box that I put the RFID reader in and then pasted a photo of a record player I found on Flickr."
rfid  music  via:blech 
january 2011 by kevan
Fluxus Workbook (PDF)
"The orchestra is divided into two teams, winds and strings, sitting in opposing rows. [...] Performers must hit a performer on the opposite team with a missile. A performer hit three times must leave the stage. Missiles are exchanged until all performers on one side are gone. Conductor acts as referee."
art  games  music  pervasive  via:zarba  filetype:pdf  media:document 
march 2010 by kevan
69 Love Songs, Illustrated.
"We are a loose collection of mostly London-based comic-artists, illustrators and writers [who] decided that illustrating – or writing a comic – or a short story – inspired by all 69 songs was a worthwhile and exciting pursuit!"
music  comics  art  love  via:currybet 
february 2010 by kevan
iCream - Google Maps
"Using the music played by ice cream vans to learn stuff. Maybe. What do ice cream van territories look like? How big are they? Do they overlap?"
food  maps  ice  music  transport  sound 
june 2009 by kevan
Google Maps - Half Man Half Biscuit
"Locations namechecked in the collected works of Half Man Half Biscuit."
music  maps  hmhb 
february 2009 by kevan
Flash mob mimics T Mobile advert - and closes train station - Telegraph
"We had to close the station because it was completely overcrowded. There were around 12,000 people here. [...] We had to make a couple of arrests for public order offences, but on the whole it was a peaceful and fun event." How long before a cult leader with a megaphone successfully hijacks one of these?
police  music  crowds 
february 2009 by kevan
Groundbreaking system to prevent collisions between whales and sea-craft
"In attempting to unravel the chaotic rhythms of the sperm whale clicks, he was struck by the similarity between his underwater recordings and African tribal music. A Senegalese griot (drummer) confirmed the likeness and – amazingly – was able to pick individual whales from André’s recordings through their distinctive rhythmic structures."
mammals  water  sound  music  via:collision 
september 2008 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Technology | 'Oldest' computer music unveiled
From 1951. "During the session, the temperamental [Ferranti Mark 1] managed to work its way through Baa Baa Black Sheep, God Save the King and part of In the Mood."
computers  music  sound  history 
june 2008 by kevan
One Way Pendulum (1964)
A suburban 60s family divided into their own absurd pursuits, with a gawky Jonathan Miller teaching speak-your-weight machines to sing in the attic. A brisk, no-nonsense acceptance of the absurd, although it lingers a little too long on some of its ideas.
filmlog  4stars  law  construction  society  music 
may 2008 by kevan
UbuWeb Sound - Komar and Melamid & Dave Soldier - The People's Choice Music
"It can be shown that if there is no covariance - someone who dislikes bagpipes is as likely to hate elevator music as someone who despises the organ, for example - fewer than 200 individuals of the world's total population would enjoy this piece."
music  science  mp3s 
march 2008 by kevan
Experiments: Do Coat Hangers Sound As Good As Monster Cables?
"After 5 tests, none could determine which was the Monster 1000 cable or the coat hanger wire. Further, when music was played through the coat hanger wire, [all] agreed that what was heard sounded excellent."
music  sound  metal  delusions  via:qwghlm 
march 2008 by kevan
Wi-Fi music polling device takes heat off the DJ - tech - 19 January 2008 - New Scientist Tech
"The computer takes a poll of titles to work out the most popular genre and can also copy and play tracks from each device. It can then play music from the most popular overall music genre or tracks supplied by each party-goer in turn."
music  technology 
january 2008 by kevan
The Overdub Tampering Committee
"We are a group of musicians who have downloaded newly leaked albums by popular artists, quickly recorded many subtle overdubs over the work, and then re-leaked it to the internet. We have done this for about three years now." Wonderful.
music  mutation  secrets  via:currybet 
january 2008 by kevan
"The topography simulated in the game is used to generate sound, as is the player's path through the game. A Frotzophone 'performance' looks just like playing a text adventure; but in addition to playing a game, you're also playing music."
if  music  maps  sound  via:leonard 
december 2007 by kevan
Wikipedia Album Generator
An automated version of a meme that's going around LiveJournal at the moment - keep clicking Wikipedia's 'random page' button to get a band and album title, and a track listing. "Punta Gorda Ice Plant, by Mystery of the Glowing Eye."
creations  random  music  wikis 
december 2007 by kevan
Alex McLean » Blog Archive » ASCII Rave in Haskell
"I've been playing with using words to control the articulation of a physical modelling synthesiser based on the elegant Karplus-Strong algorithm. The idea is to be able to make instrumental sounds by typing onomatopoeic words."
language  music  mutation  via:waxy 
november 2007 by kevan
MTV Multiplayer » The Story Behind That "Portal" Song
"We had a choice between [Jonathan Coulton] and Ben Folds and we feel we made the right choice." [...] "[Coulton] can see a future when songs are more important in games. He can even see a day when there are video game musicals."
games  interviews  music  via:waxy 
october 2007 by kevan
UbuWeb - The Great Stalacpipe Organ
"Leland W. Sprinkle roamed three and a half acres of stalactite formations, tapping thousands to discover a lucky thirty-seven. [...] He affixed rubber-tipped plungers to the rocks and strung electrical cables back to his organ console."
music  stone  mp3s  via:mcios 
september 2007 by kevan
YouTube - Singing Tesla Coil at Duckon 2007
Electronic music from loud, modulated bursts of Tesla coil sparks. "It's been suggested that a good name for this coil would be the 'Zeusaphone'."
music  electricity  technology  videos  via:mcios 
august 2007 by kevan Vinyl Data
"[Shakin' Stevens] also had a Spectrum game included on a vinyl release. [...] The goal of 'The Shaky Game' is to drive Shakin' Stevens' car to the center of a maze while avoiding bats, who bite you."
games  music  sound  secrets  mazes 
june 2007 by kevan
Paris match | The Observer
"If I went and stood in the indie section of the Virgin megastore, [...] maybe someone would come along and say, 'Ooh, look, it's Jarvis!' If I was really desperate one day and needed to reassure myself that people still knew who I was, I could do that."
interviews  pulp  music  paris 
june 2007 by kevan
Guitar Heronoid
"An android that plays the Guitar Hero game. A computer processes the video feed from the PlayStation2, detects where, when and how to play and moves the fingers accordingly."
music  robots  games  technology 
april 2007 by kevan
Some Like It Hot (1959)
How to use ridiculous, unmaintainable lies to avoid gangsters and attract women.
filmlog  2stars  secrets  lies  love  money  music  crime 
march 2007 by kevan
Guys And Dolls (1955)
How man's perceived free will is really just subservience to women, to small-time gangsters who talk without using contractions, and to die rolls.
filmlog  3stars  music  crime  dice  love  money  police  lies  religion 
february 2007 by kevan
frameshift .:. unweaving the rainbow .:. progrock records
A Dawkins-inspired prog rock album. "This is what this album is about. Understanding where we come from, who we are related to and how this vast, complex gene machine works does not make us less human or special."
dawkins  music  lunacy  genetics  evolution  science  education 
december 2006 by kevan
The Christmas Song Generator
"O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree, you give us so much swarm of bees."
random  music  religion 
december 2006 by kevan
The Humanist Hymnal Index
Appalling atheist filk. "O, tidings of knowledge and truth, knowledge and truth. O, tidings of knowledge and truth."
music  religion  lunacy  mutation  dawkins  via:holly 
november 2006 by kevan
Air guitarists hide a new trick up their sleeves - National -
"It was inspired by the intelligent knee sleeve [which] through a series of audio beeps, could tell wearers whether they were landing correctly. [His] response to the knee sleeve was pretty instantaneous. 'I thought, 'Let's make a guitar out of that'.'"
music  technology  air 
november 2006 by kevan
"Failing that you could always go out & collect some conkers - saw loads today in Paris just going to waste cos it has never caught on here as a sport. Quelle dommage." Jarvis Cocker's MySpace, including a new song; Running the World.
music  pulp  via:idiolect 
november 2006 by kevan
Wired News: The Sweet Sound of Lapsed Time
"DuBois fed all 857 songs that topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart between 1958 and 2000 into his algorithm. He then allotted the time-lapsed version of every tune 1 second of playing time for every week the original spent at No. 1."
music  time  via:aesthetic 
october 2006 by kevan
Industrial musical - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"An industrial musical is a musical performed for the employees of a business, intended to create a feeling of being part of a team, and/or to educate and motivate the management and salespeople to improve sales and profit."
music  business  theatre  via:holly 
september 2006 by kevan
Kevin Kelly -- Street Use
"[Pirates] utilized discarded medical X-ray film as the base material for new record discs; however, the method became so widespread in Hungary that not only amateurs, but the Hungarian Radio made sound recordings on such recycled X-ray films."
music  russia  history  technology  hacking  via:waxy 
september 2006 by kevan
Colour Player - A Music Player with Colour
Synaesthetic music organiser experiment. "It turns out that most of us are able to create, with explanation, a strong link between a piece of music we are listening to and a specific colour."
music  colour  via:infosthetics 
august 2006 by kevan
Road To Bali (1952)
"What happened - is the picture over?" Careeringly arbitrary slapstick and fourth-wall-breaking, with occasional songs, and Bob Hope fighting a giant squid.
filmlog  3stars  love  music  squid  monkeys 
august 2006 by kevan
The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band - 40th Anniversary Tour
Unexpectedly reformed and touring, with Phill Jupitus standing in for Viv.
music  events 
july 2006 by kevan
A Night at the Opera (1935)
Snappily careering stuff, although the songs get in the way a bit too much. "You've missed the entire opera." "Well, I only missed it by a few minutes."
filmlog  4stars  comedy  theatre  music 
july 2006 by kevan
Stylus Magazine - Imperfect Sound Forever
"Music isn't meant to be at a consistent volume and flat frequency; it's meant to be dynamic, to move, to fall and rise and to take you with it, physically and emotionally. Otherwise it literally is just background noise."
music  sound  technology  history  via:collision 
july 2006 by kevan
listen to angel tech
Stream of their first and long overdue album. "I hate this tune. I hate them all. It's not your fault at all. All the things I said to you were stolen from some songs I knew."
june 2006 by kevan
YouTube - David Devant & His Spirit Wife
An unexpected handful of old videos, and a new one from a Vessel solo project.
videos  music  devant 
may 2006 by kevan
New York Times - An Organ Recital for the Very, Very Patient
"Like the imperceptible movement of a glacier, a chord change was planned for Friday. Two pipes [were] removed from the rudimentary organ (which is being built as the piece goes on, with pipes added and subtracted as needed), eliminating a pair of E's."
music  time  future  art  technology  via:collision 
may 2006 by kevan
Jonathan Coulton >> Re Your Brains
"Heya Tom, it's Bob from the office down the hall / Good to see you buddy, how've you been? / Things have been OK for me except that I'm a zombie now / I really wish you'd let us in." Great chorus.
music  zombies  mp3s 
may 2006 by kevan
Exploring sound/colour synaesthesia. "First, choose a sound category. Then, after listening, choose the color to which you are most strongly drawn." Not many sounds up there yet, though, it's mostly just huge music files.
music  sound  eyes  brains 
may 2006 by kevan
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Fun recursion about padding a shallow film with random songs, and dubbing because the stupid audience won't realise.
filmlog  3stars  music  weather  films  meta  via:holly 
april 2006 by kevan
Wired News: Hell Is Other People's Music
Momus on ubiquitous music. "New trends in iPod marketing impose a sort of Parkinson's Law of music: It inevitably expands to fill all the space we make available to it. And some of that is space I can hear through my wall, buddy."
music  society  sound 
april 2006 by kevan
The Doctor Says - The Doctor Sings
The Tom Baker text-message voice applied to Pulp and The Smiths.
music  phones  mp3s  pulp  morrissey 
april 2006 by kevan - The Singing Dictionary
"This site features parodies of popular songs using karaoke-style backing music with vocals provided by audio pronunciation samples from online dictionaries."
music  mp3s  art  language  via:mcios 
march 2006 by kevan
Austin Record Convention
"The store was open from the early 1950's and closed in 1970. As the photos show the contents were frozen in time as no one had been able to buy anything from the store over the past 35 years."
history  shops  music  photos  via:waxy 
march 2006 by kevan
"When provided a searchterm, the netsong bot will search for this term in a search engine. [...] Happily gathering text from each page it visits, the netsong bot savors the unique lyricality and poignant narrative of the web and begins to sing it."
sound  web  music 
february 2006 by kevan - iPod scores big with Olympians in Turin
"The U.S. snowboarding team's pinstriped uniforms are already wired for the machines, with a nifty iPod-size pocket, speakers in the hood and a control panel on the left sleeve that allows the athletes to select songs."
music  sport  technology  clothes  via:collision 
february 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited: Culture Vulture - Going Underground
Designing a Tube map of music, now available at the LT Museum. "Each branch line represents a sub-genre: rock sprouts off into grunge and psychedelia when it reaches South-West London; hip-hop diverges, north of Camden, into old school and New York rap."
music  tube  maps 
february 2006 by kevan | Media | BBC's Jesus sings Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
"The climax of the event sees Jesus sing the Smiths classic song Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now as he is being flayed by Roman soldiers. He will then come face-to-face with his Roman prosecutor Pontius Pilate [for] a duet of the Oasis hit Wonderwall."
religion  music  morrissey  television 
january 2006 by kevan - Spectrum references in popular music
"This is a list of musicians and bands who have included Sinclair Spectrum references in their music, artwork, or lyrics. Short clips of the music are included, where possible."
computers  music  nostalgia 
january 2006 by kevan
cityofsound: New Musical Experiences
"For all the advances digital music affords, without some concomitant extensions to the way that digital music articulate music experiences, we could be in danger of hugely diminishing music experience, and music itself."
music  technology  history  society  web  design 
january 2006 by kevan
The Age: Scientists discover 'singing' iceberg
"Sound waves from the iceberg had a frequency of around 0.5 hertz, too low to be heard by humans, but by playing them at higher speed the iceberg sounded like a swarm of bees or an orchestra warming up."
ice  sound  music  bees 
november 2005 by kevan
Brad Sucks - Outside the Inbox
"Outside the Inbox is a compilation of songs inspired by and titled after the subject lines of mass-email (spam). I asked artists to choose a spam subject line and then write a song with the same title."
music  mp3s  spam 
november 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Riddle of the bands
Tendencies of modern lyrics, and poetic similarities. "There's no anchorage at all: no real 'I' or 'you'. But that emptiness resonates, I suppose. It's one-size-fits-all popular philosophy."
music  poetry 
november 2005 by kevan
Wikipedia: List of sets of unrelated songs with identical titles
"With millions of songs produced worldwide, it is inevitable that a number of songs end up having the same title, even though they are entirely unrelated."
music  coincidences 
november 2005 by kevan
Predixis MusicMagic Mixer
"Pick one song - or many songs - and the Mixer will create a playlist of related songs ready for spontaneous listening."
music  software  download 
november 2005 by kevan
Late adopting. Rig your desktop MP3 player to log all the things you listen to, and get further recommendations based on it, in the form of high-quality streaming audio. Might be bored enough to fold this into my weblog.
music  mp3s  radio  society 
october 2005 by kevan
Let them sing it for you
Hadn't played with this since getting broadband; it does word fragments, now, where I don't remember it doing them before. Very good.
music  language  random 
october 2005 by kevan
News in Science - Dolphins sing 'Batman' theme
"Scientists have taught dolphins to combine both rhythm and vocalisations to produce music, resulting in an extremely high-pitched, short version of the Batman theme song."
dolphins  music  science  via:arbroath 
october 2005 by kevan
a.Game production | a.Shooter - Sonic Invaders
"a.Shooter is the first prototype release of a.Game production: a solely acoustical ego-shooter game. The player's task is to shoot up sonic invaders conquering a virtual room as defined by panorama, pitch and volume."
games  download  sound  music  todo  via:wmmna 
september 2005 by kevan
Dispatch Online - Birds mimic cellphone ring
Here we go, from June 2001: "With one of the highest rates of mobile phones per head of population in the world, common Australian mimic birds such as the bower and lyre are increasingly hearing the ringing of mobile phones in rural areas."
birds  phones  music  memetics  australia 
july 2005 by kevan
Indo-Asian News Service -> Birds imitate mobile phone ring tones
"Many of the more common ring tones are themselves imitations of bird calls, so the birds are in some instances mimicking another species." Lyre birds were doing this years ago, I thought. Fun that they're now into a genetic arms-race with polyphonics.
birds  phones  music  memetics  via:jones 
july 2005 by kevan
Nothing To Do With Arbroath: The Way To Amarillo
Detailed directions, starting from Manchester Airport. "8. Take the 'Highway 114 west' exit toward 'Fort Worth' - follow for 29.2 miles."
music  humour 
may 2005 by kevan
Guggenheim Collection - Cornell - Fortune Telling Parrot
Saw this in Venice and wasn't allowed to touch it. "The crank on the right exterior of the construction turns a broken music box, hidden in the lower-right corner of the sculpture."
art  birds  music  future  cards 
may 2005 by kevan
Independent: Mystery of 'piano man' who plays but remains silent
"He has been playing the piano to a very high quality for up to four hours at a time and staff say it is a real pleasure to hear it. But we still have no idea who he is because he is not speaking to us."
music  mysteries 
may 2005 by kevan
Armando Iannucci - That's enough entertainment, thanks
"Less choice makes us perform better and, consequently, feel happier. The cultural equivalent is, for example, the strange feeling of depression that is said to overcome users of an iPod."
television  music  books  depression  via:lmg 
may 2005 by kevan
Armando Iannucci - That's enough entertainment, thanks
"Less choice makes us perform better and, consequently, feel happier. The cultural equivalent is, for example, the strange feeling of depression that is said to overcome users of an iPod."
television  music  books  depression  via:lmg 
may 2005 by kevan
Mind Hacks: Control context to aid memory
A tip for fixing work-memory context with music. "Pick one tune or one album that you like. [...] Listen to it while you develop the code. [...] Don't listen to it again until you need to work on the same code, then listen to it."
brains  music  sound  programming 
may 2005 by kevan
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