years ago today, The Rolling Stones played two concerts at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. In the darkness of the audience was a man known to history only as "Dub"
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posted by Joe Beese
on Nov 9, 2009 -
The Present Sound of London
-- "I’ve been lured to London by money at the hottest, stickiest time of year. Every time I visit, I’m struck by the noises—not necessarily their volume, but their strangeness and variety in comparison to the quiet humdrum of the provincial town where I live. So this time I’m equipped with an audio recorder."
By Giles Turnbull.
posted by nthdegx
on Jul 21, 2009 -
Last year we discussed
a recently discovered 10-second audio recording from 1860 that was thought to be the oldest known recorded human voice, a girl or woman singing the 18th century French folk song “Au Clair de la Lune”
. Turns out, it was being played too fast - slow it down and it's the voice of the inventor himself. As well, a number of other recordings have been found, pushing back the oldest recording to 1857. Hear it all on NPR
(5-min). [more inside]
posted by stbalbach
on Jun 1, 2009 -
Andy Partridge (ex-XTC
frontman) and producer John Leckie
(Stone Roses/Radiohead) discuss the making of The Dukes of the Stratosphear 25 o'clock EP, getting sacked by Mary Margaret O'Hara, Roy Harper kissing a sheep and recording Syd Barrett in Abbey Road in 1975 (parts I
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posted by johnny novak
on Apr 24, 2009 -
In a single 1931 document
, electrical engineer Alan Blumlein
patented stereo records, stereo movie sountracks and surround sound. His equipment was used to make some of the first stereo recordings
at EMI's Abbey Road studios - several decades before the technology came into popular use. Blumlein went on to pioneer 405 line TV
(the first wholly electronic format which won out over John Logie Baird's rival system) and to produce the equipment that made the first outside TV broadcast
possible. At the outbreak of World War 2 he was a key architect of the secret H2S
radar project. Unfortunately he was killed in a plane crash while testing the technology and the whole incident was kept secret. Hence he remains an obscure figure despite his achievements. A recent BBC Radio 4 program
contains a lot of the archive stereo footage and tells his story.
posted by rongorongo
on Aug 7, 2008 -
Tourists black out reflective retinas in snapshots before printing them, and millions of people refer to strangers they’ve never spoken to as friends, because they’ve connected through a social-networking platform. [...] It should come as no surprise, then, that singers sometimes choose to correct recorded flaws in pitch with modern software, like Antares’s Auto-Tune.Sasha Frere-Jones on auto-tuning, in The New Yorker
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posted by goodnewsfortheinsane
on Jun 10, 2008 -
An Artist's view from her tent
. Listen to the view. Yes, listen. Katie Paterson via mobile phone and underwater mike at a glacier lake in Iceland, captures underwater sounds of melting and cracking Jökulsárlón Glacier.
Hear it piddling away. Call to listen what the seals are talking about, if they're nearby. [more inside]
posted by alicesshoe
on Apr 2, 2008 -
The Sound Of Clothes
features the precise sound of fashion materials such as feathers, sequins, glass crystals and beads, nylon, taffeta, leather, velvet, jacquard, zips and metallic chains
, recorded in an anechoic chamber. Videos linked from the page might be NSFW.
posted by jack_mo
on Mar 12, 2008 -
The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section
was comprised of four session musicians operating out of the tiny northern Alabama town of town Muscle Shoals
. Just four unassuming crackers
who happened to have provided the funky underpinning for a huge
number of hit songs by, among others, Aretha Franklin
, Wilson Pickett
, Paul Simon
, Joe Cocker
, The Staple Singers
, Jimmy Cliff
and many, many others
. Hey, they were the house band to the greats
. Big respect to the men from 3614 Jackson Highway
! [note: see hoverovers for link descriptions] [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Feb 24, 2008 -
Any experienced studio engineer or producer knows that the presence of visitors in the studio can dramatically affect the performance of singers and musicians. Using advanced proprietary computer modelling, the Virtual Studio Visitor
plug-in convincingly emulates the effect of various studio visitors on a performance, without the need for the visitors to actually be present. Also from the visionaries at Sonic Finger
: the Dead Quietenator
provides you with the highest quality pure digital silence, including several highly sought-after vintage silences previously unattainable.1>
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Oct 1, 2007 -
The Indie Band Survival Guide:
A fantastic, free, 101 pages collection of useful information for musicians - covers topics such as recording, copyright, major label contracts, commercial radio, promoting your music, band websites, distribution, filesharing and live shows.
posted by Ira.metafilter
on Feb 25, 2007 -
When I was a kid, my dad, who grew up in London, during the Blitz, used to play this old record: a song called "The Laughing Policeman."
It always put a smile on my face. According to Wikipedia
, it was written in 1922 by Charles Jolly, who wrote "numerous other laughing songs (The Laughing Major, Curate, Steeplechaser, Typist, Lover, etc)." If you want to hear the happiest policeman ever, here's the mp3
. The song has inspired cartoonists
, mystery novelists
(great series, by the way!), filmmakers
, a more-recent recording
), and, inevitably, some scary people on youtube
. Speaking of youtube, this
is how I remember the song.
posted by grumblebee
on Feb 11, 2007 -
"In the monitor booth the sound technician listens to the rehearsal through a loudspeaker, and in cooperation with maestro Ellington, brings the music to its highest sound perfection before transmitting it through the electrical circuits to the recording machine!" Record Making With Duke Ellington (1937)
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Nov 27, 2006 -
John "Paia" Simonton
died late last week. His company, PAiA
is one of the grandfathers of the DIY synth scene. I have one of his modular synths
half-constructed in my garage. He helped create an American buzz for electronic music and DIY music gear in the 70s, and was highly influential till his passing away.
posted by blackvectrex
on Nov 29, 2005 -
Tip and Shout: 2'' Tape:
"But last Friday, [Jeff] Tweedy hit a snag as he prepared for a session in Wilco's
Chicago studio space: Nobody could find any of the professional-grade audio tape the band is accustomed to using."
posted by pfafflin
on Jan 13, 2005 -
Head Back to Mono
in 32k at the rineke.net records archive
, where a rather consistent curator has digitized a goody chunk of his record collection. It's posted in more-or-less every iteration imaginable. Observe the linked scans
(1 mb page, careful!) of the covers (also in multiple resolutions up to full-size). Note the records themselves
, in sleeve or out
, depending. Most especially, savor the clean, low-res mono mp3s that cry out to be played through the dashboard speakers of a 1967 Dodge Dart
Bonus Big Beat Bonanza:
The site's author is also behind the similarly detailed
archive of shows by ex-WFMU dj The Hound
, from 1987 through 1995, heavy on the rare regional sides
beloved of certain of my pals down New Orleans way.
Last, but not least, rineke.net hosts the adventures of a platoon of Tux clones
, sealing my geek admiration for the overseer of the site. There's more
, of course. My propeller beanie's off to you, sir, and long may you wave, or particle, as is your choice and preference.
(Permission was sought and granted to post this, as I feard for the site's bandwidth. Have at it, Mefites!
posted by mwhybark
on Aug 12, 2004 -
"The relationship of artist to the business has most often been one of contract and servitude. We believe the way forward must be a partnership in which the artist can take a much bigger role in how their creations are sold, but also have the chance to stand at the front of the queue when payments are made instead of the traditional position of being paid long after everyone else." - Peter Gabriel
posted by eustacescrubb
on Aug 11, 2004 -
The Apology Line
was an art project by Allan Bridge. For 15 years, anonymous confessions were collected by an answering machine. Covered by
This American Life
, and an early Wired Magazine
article, The Apology Line predated online confessionals like grouphug.us
by over 20 years.
The resulting messages were compiled into tapes. The long out-of-print cassette The Apology Line: Uncut Gems From Year Zero (1980-1981)
is available in mp3 form: Side A. Side B.
Fascinating, funny, and disturbing, all at once.
posted by bluno
on Mar 17, 2004 -
"Wow! I have a lot of shows to watch... Will I ever catch up?”
Reuters reports on TiVo addiction, and it's tonight's #1 story on Keith Olbermann's Countdown
, a news show with less viewers than TiVo has owners. When they put up a transcript, it'll be in here
. Still, Keith asked one very good question: "Is it just part of the inevitable pattern of technology that everything starts as a luxury, becomes a necessity and finally becomes something for which we need therapy?" (I was able to do my own transcription because... I got it on my TiVo!
posted by wendell
on Nov 12, 2003 -
Ever since I became a TiVo addict, I've found myself wanting to use its features in real life, wishing I could rewind & replay moments of random comedy & chaos, usually involving my pugs. Soon, thanks the good folks at Deja View, I will be able to, with the help of a head mounted micro video camera unit
that is always on, recording a 30 second buffer of real time, and up to four hours of manually recordable space for once you activate the record button. The scourge of ephemera will be wiped out in our lifetime.
posted by jonson
on Jun 19, 2003 -
one of the best damned songwriters I've ever heard, patron saint of many famous curmudgeons
, and a real cool SOB in his own right, turns 56 today.
Last September, he was told he had inoperable lung cancer, and so he's living out his remaining years in the studio, recording as much as he can. I for one am glad he's got at least one more album in him. Is there a moral to this tale? Enjoy every sandwich.
posted by chicobangs
on Jan 24, 2003 -