Short links for May 30th, 2011

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Hey You! What Song are you Listening to?

Asking random New Yorkers with headphones on what song they are listening to.

# OUTLOUD.FM

OUTLOUD.FM lets you create rooms where you can chat and listen to music with your friends with a real time collaborative playlist. Just sign in, pick a room name, and start uploading music!

# STACKED by Royal Sapien – 300+ tracks mixed into one hour of electronic music soundtrack

Stacked

# End of Train Device, New Album from Your Editor, and an Experiment in Releasing Music

Peter Kirn writes:

Yes, I create digital music, too. One of the things I’ve loved about CDM is the chance to share music making, from the construction of the tools to the production of performances and recordings. If that’s all we ever get out of music – getting to share with someone else – that’s already more than enough for me.

This week I’ve released my own End of Train Device, a full-length ambient / leftfield electronic album.

Namm Oddities 2011

# NAMM Oddities 2011

Barry Wood is back with another selection of interesting products showcased at the NAMM show.

Welcome to the 2011 edition of the NAMM Oddities …finally

This year the show went smoothly but due to a perfect storm created by of a pile of work (the paying variety), local politics, and the writing of my first now published book, the Oddities were nearly 4 months late.

There was no shortage of Oddities-worthy items at the show this year. Even though this is probably the last NAMM report to go online, I'm certain that there are a number of products that will see their press debut on these pages.

# Massive Subwoofer Chair

Still not satisfied with the bass of the average chair? If so, check out this insane 1000 Watt Subwoofer Chair from Canadian designer John Greg Ball.

# Vinyl Poised to Make Further Gains; Time To Ask, “What Does it All Mean”?

Photo by Karola Riegler Photography

At first, it seemed like it might be just a blip: amidst generally declining sales of physical music, down sharply from their 1990s boom, vinyl sales were trending up. The reversal started with a slight uptick in 2007 – already noticeable as the CD had begun its collapse. That slight uptick has turned into a small boom. From a tiny 300,000 units in US sales in 1993, the vinyl record is projected to do some 3.6 million units in sales.

# Dan303: New Sample Pack ‘Toys’

Dan has posted another free sample pack: “The sounds in this sample pack are made to replicate the sound of old broken children’s toys.”

# The Radiumphonic Workshop « Radium Audio Labs

Radium is inviting you to have a look behind the scenes at the Radiumphonic Workshop. In the video below we delve under the bonnet of Radium to have a look at what makes it all tick – the sound lab operated by the fine team at Radium. It demonstrates a rare glimpse of how we work, as well as showing off some of the machines, technology, people and creative approaches we use to manipulate sound!

# Design to Address Visual Performance in Music, Explained by a Giant Robot Face

Computing technology is an inherently disruptive thing, wonderfully so. It solves problems you didn’t know you had. It creates problems, then creates new problems in even trying to understand those problems. Simply using a computer is a kind of design statement.

You’ve seen questions about what happens with computer performance and audience interaction. But, in AMALGAM, design student Jacob Lysgaard asks those questions, and proposes solutions, in a new way: with a giant talking robot face.

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Short links for January 11th, 2011

Some interesting things I found recently:

# OP-1, NAMM 2011

Teenage Engineering: If you're at NAMM, please come by our booth, we'll be showing alot of new crazy features!

# BLEEP – The Top 100 Tracks of 2010

The Top 100 Tracks Of 2010 features 100 MP3s in 320 kbps. Over 9 hours of music, over 1.2 GB, available to purchase until February 10th 2011, priced at £30 / $50 / €35

# Open Thread: What is Virtuosity on a Drum Machine?

Peter Kirn at Create Digital Music:

Electronic music has always had a funny relationship with musicianship. It isn’t playing a traditional instrument; instead, it lies somewhere between instrumentalism and composition, between playing and conducting. Sometimes, that scale is tipped away from virtuosity of any kind.

But lately, I’ve had an increasing number of conversations with people who make the tools with which we make music about what this all means. I’ll be able to share one of those conversations in a bit, but I’m curious to hear what readers think.

Jeff Mills comes to mind. He doesn’t just DJ with three decks, he also uses a TR-909 in his live sets.

# Radium Audio Labs

Radium Audio Labs is a blog with some interesting sound design articles on things like frozen contact mics, recording guns, coil pickup and printer recordings, and more.

Explorative adventures in sound – Part of Radium Audio, a leading music and sound design company based in London. We work with agencies, cg & animation houses, digital agencies, game developers, brands and manufacturers.

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