Archive for the 'Music' Category

The Greek Fountains – An Experimented Terror

Monday, May 5th, 2008

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Listen [MP3], then read the 365 Days Project post about this strange (now somewhat semi-cult) song, by the Baton Rouge band with the odd name and memorable pants.

Maybe they just cut the tape up, threw it in the air and glued it back together again. Whatever, it’s supremely ‘out there’…

18 Songs with Yodelling

Monday, May 5th, 2008

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From WFMU’s Beware of the Blog. [mp3s] Yep. It’s a Yodel extravaganza. But iffen y’all wants more, here’s a youtube video of an 11-year-old yodelling sensation. [warning: pretty cute.]

Most Unwanted Song

Monday, May 5th, 2008

Can you endure the world’s most unwanted song? [mp3]

The most unwanted music is over 25 minutes long, veers wildly between loud and quiet sections, between fast and slow tempos, and features timbres of extremely high and low pitch, with each dichotomy presented in abrupt transition. The most unwanted orchestra was determined to be large, and features the accordion and bagpipe (which tie at 13% as the most unwanted instrument), banjo, flute, tuba, harp, organ, synthesizer (the only instrument that appears in both the most wanted and most unwanted ensembles). An operatic soprano raps and sings atonal music, advertising jingles, political slogans, and “elevator” music, and a children’s choir sings jingles and holiday songs. The most unwanted subjects for lyrics are cowboys and holidays, and the most unwanted listening circumstances are involuntary exposure to commercials and elevator music. Therefore, 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.

More info here.

Wall. Of. Sound.

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

An Insider’s Look at the Grateful Dead’s Wall of Sound [audiojunkies]

(click pic for large image)

Voyeur Heaven

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

Finding interesting video, sound and image files in unprotected directories.

Folk Songs for the Five Points

Friday, February 3rd, 2006

Folk Songs for the Five Points is a digital arts project that allows you to create your own “folk songs” by remixing and overlaying a range of sounds taken from New York’s Lower East Side. The SoundMap features a visual representation of the Lower East Side, overlaid with a series of dots. Each dot represents an audio sample recorded at that particular place. To select a sample, click and drag one of circles over the chosen dot. The sample will then automatically start playing. Underneath the map is a control panel – with controls to independently control up to 5 selected sounds.

Chutney is Hot!

Monday, May 30th, 2005

Chutney (online samples) is a musical form originating in Trinidad and Tobago that overlays lyrics in either Hindi or English on top of beats that come from soca and Hindi film songs. Typical Chutney instruments include dholak, harmonium and dhantal. This short blog entry give a concise background; long article here.

Gnoosic

Thursday, May 12th, 2005

Gnoosic – Discover new Music: Database recommendations for new music based on your likes. (Also, books and films)

Exotic Electronic Music Instruments

Thursday, April 21st, 2005

Dewanatron Electronic Music Instruments: "a family of instruments which hazard unpredictable behaviors and self playing tendencies. They make all previous and future instruments obsolete".

From Brian Dewan.

related: the Cracklebox.

Torture Tape

Thursday, April 21st, 2005

Link: The Torture Tape Experiment.

"a tape so wretched and foul that anyone who listens to it for 24 hours will never be able to think straight again". Kind of funny; MP3s are at the bottom of the page.