Doktor Future's modular synthesizer
has been set up to send a real audio stream
, 24/7. The analog modular synthesizer
will be running a quadraphonic aleatoric
patch that will change from day to day. (via Matrixsynth
The Angels of the Hours
offer us the opportunity to direct our lives from within,not being swept along by the demands of the clock.By living in the real rhythms of the day we become more real...(real audio) .
Art of the States
- American composers and their music. Real Audio streams of complete works.
BBC Radio 2 -- Sold On Song
The website for this show on BBC Radio 2 is pretty awesome; it's got a list of pages on various classic songs in their library
(also sortable by artist
), which includes song clips and (where available) clips from covers of the songs, taken from the same place -- check out the various It Must Be Love
s (originally by
Labi Siffre) -- my favorite will always be the Madness one, but the Lyn Paul version is actually pretty cool. There's also some weird
covers available for the picking. I've just been spending about an hour or two picking through random songs and noting on which ones are as good as the original
or ones that just fall so very short
. (They've also got lots of other content, like the songwriting guide
, but the real fun is in the song pages, reading about these great songs and listening to other people do their own cuts on them. [All links go to text; all sound files are in RealAudio.]
Tarab.com - Free arabic music. Use the map to navigate. Sadly just .ram-files, but tons and tons of them.
John Kerry's debate prep session
(as imagined by Harry Shearer). 90 second streaming Real Audio.
Hurricane Risk for New Orleans:
"if that Category Five Hurricane comes to New Orleans, 50,000 people could lose their lives. Now that is significantly larger than any estimates that we would have of individuals who might lose their lives from a terrorist attack. When you start to do that kind of calculus - and it's horrendous that you have to do that kind of calculus - it appears to those of us in emergency management, that the risk is much more real and much more significant, when you talk about hurricanes. I don't know that anybody, though, psychologically, has come to grip with that: that the French Quarter of New Orleans could be gone." (Nb. this excerpt from a fascinating 2002 American RadioWorks documentary does not refer specifically to Ivan.)
(real audio link). Dylan Moran's 15 minute monologue about an expedition to the Arctic with his brother-in-law is the first in a series of 4 by top UK comics.
Engines of Our Ingenuity
is a web site run by John Lienhard
of the University of Houston. The site includes almost 2000
short, three minute talks on the history of science, technology, and engineering. The talks are in the form of RealAudio files, with accompanying transcripts which often give you more links and references. The transcripts themselves are indexed by keywords
and are also fully text-searchable. A simple idea but very effective, and kind of addictive. I've been finding out about Jacquard and Babbage
, German women astronomers of the seventeenth century
, and the deisgn of the zipper
. There's also other cool stuff
: what did people say about books in 1498
has posted numerous unedited interviews recorded in the 1980's with famous authors, including Anthony Burgess
(who has some troubles recalling "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"
), Douglas Adams
, William S. Burroughs
, and many more... even Richard Nixon
As media concentration grows,
) today is the big day the FCC announces their changes in regulations. You can hear it live, via realaudio, at http://www.fcc.gov/realaudio/
, starting at 9:30AM EST, 6:30AM west coast time.
It's Always Some Poor Writer's Birthday:
So thank you, I guess, good old Uncle Garrison, for remembering them on good old Minnesota Public Radio
. A rather good bunch was born today, too: Nelson Algren [Party in Chicago on Saturday!
], Gorky, Vargas Llosa, Russell Banks and Frederic "A Fan's Notes" Exley. [Literary types will inevitably want to play the good old "What do this motley crew have in common?" game. Cheating and false analogies actively encouraged, of course.
] In fact, it's been a good week
altogether. Be sure to go back to 2001
for extra snippets. The notes, written by Keillor, are unassuming, interesting and admirably synthetic. There's also an excellent daily reading of a poem [Real Audio req.
] and a running celebration of the calendar's most significant dates. I defy those who are put off by Keillor's sock-knitting, eggnog-sipping, home-on-the-range style not to grudgingly feel, amid the grrrr, an unwelcome twinge of gratitude.
History of Applause:
What compels us to clap in appreciation? Theories
abound. The earliest clapping is found in percussive instruments of ancient Egypt (jpg
), while the Bible has us clap in joy
, as well as derision
. Emperor Nero so craved it he would pay freelancers
to applaud his atrocious singing. Applause has even influenced classical compositions
But, in the age of the pre-planned encore, do we still mean it
video (with the Muppets) here
(it's a RealMedia file).
single here in WindowsMedia
and here in RealAudio
Feel free to argue the artistic merits of these three performers as well as whether this post is worthy of a front page post in the thread (like you people wouldn't do that anyay).
NPR Commentator Jim Sleeper on recent events
Links to Real Audio file.
I spent some time today looking for a transcript but this is the best I could find. I heard this yesterday and it's the one of the most reasoned piece of commentary I've heard and places this incident in an appropriate historical context.
"We'll have to be tougher and smarter than ever before but also wiser and, if possible, more noble."
Pabst! Blue! Ribbon!
I'll drink Bottom-shelf Tequila
From a Mason Jar!
I did a brief search through the archives for Scientology because I know there have been a number of varying posts about it in the past. I didn't, however, see anything directly relating to the page I'm linking, so here goes.
In the past I've heard and read comments about how horrible the Church of Scientology is, but not having anything to judge these comments on, I never paid much attention. But after watching all of these Real Audio streams
of an indepth interview about a young woman who tells all about her experience with the church, I'm absolutely shocked and horrified that these kinds of things happen. It's completely ruining these people's lives.
Chan Marshall [Cat Power] Does Karaoke.
I realize this link has made the rounds, but I hadn't seen it mentioned on MeFi. For anyone familiar with Chan's fragile live performances, you'll love seeing this rare display of self-confidence as she covers "All Day & All of the Night" and "The Real Slim Shady" in RealAudio!
Farewell to another free lunch...
Streamed baseball radio is an interesting microcosm of the web's development. It started with a few forward-looking local stations taking the initiative and unilaterally offering a live stream; then it went under the auspices of Broadcast.com; now RealNetworks and MLB Inc. have tied up the subscription deal. A touchstone for other online content?
is a fascinating ambient sound generator for Mac G3 computers. It uses the Mac's built-in DSP to create "sounds that resemble - metaphorically - the timbres of water, fire, earth, and air." If you don't have a Mac, there are Real audio files so you can hear what you're missing.
The Silophone - turning abandoned industrial farm equipment into musical instruments. "Located in Montréal's old port, Silo #5B-1 was built in 1958 and has been cited by Le Corbusier as a masterpiece of modern architecture....These tall parallel cylinders, whose form evokes the structure of an enormous organ, have exceptional acoustic properties: a stunning reverberation time of over 20 seconds. Anything played inside the Silo is euphonized, made beautiful, by the acoustics of the structure. All those who have entered have found it an overwhelming and unforgettable experience."
"We're sorry, but the number you've dialled..."
[ 11 second RealAudio file ] Found here
, as part of a collection of recordings most of the rest of which will only be interesting to telecom geeks.
Bush vs. Gore vs. Nader
(51 minute RealAudio file) Listen to the 3 way debate.
Brilliant and funny Gore Vidal Interview
Question: "Al Gore is a distant relative of yours. Do you see a debate going on between him and Texas Gov. George W. Bush?"
Answer: "No, no, there's no debate going on right now. They are essentially the same on the basic issues. They are both candidates of corporate America. They're paid for. How did George W. Bush, a man who has officially [advocated for] education, but has carefully avoided education for himself, end up where he's at? He's about the most ignorant man who has ever run for president...but he got $70 million from corporate America, and they expect him to pay them back." (partial transcript here
"Real" has done it again.
For the third time
they've embedded surreptitious monitoring capability into one of their programs.
"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me." What do we do for the third time? (A tactical nuke seems indicated.)
Danger Will Robinson, Real knows what music you listen to!
If you've ever used Real Jukebox, check out this article. Apparently, the client uploads your listening and recording choices along with your IDENTITY
to RealNetwork's servers. Real knows every CD you've encoded and every file you've played. RealNetworks = Big Brother.