It used to be that a CD or good old fashioned 12" vinyl would simply play, and your only indication of when it was about to end would be the album tracklisting printed on the sleeve. Hearing another song start up just as you thought the album was finished and got up to change the record was always an unexpected thrill - a surprise encore in your bedroom, a sort of reward for listening right through to the end. Yes, the iPod and its many variants have transformed the way people listen to music, but as someone who grew up waiting excitedly when an album finished to see if there was an extra hidden treat at the end of an album, I'll always see the death of the secret song as the sad flipside of its success. [more inside]
In an ongoing effort to call out the PR tactic of silence which started with a focus on SimCity
, Rock Paper Shotgun points out that after the public outcry, controversy, and an apology from Deep Silver which concluded "we want to reiterate ... how deeply sorry we are, and that we are committed to making sure this will never happen again", the special edition of Dead Island: Riptide which includes a statue of a woman's severed torso silently went on sale anyway
. [more inside]
"In a 2006 interview David Foster Wallace said, “it seems significant that we don’t want things to be quiet, ever, anymore.” Stores and restaurants have their ubiquitous Muzak or satellite radio; bars have anywhere between 1 and 17 TVs blaring Fox and soccer; ... Even some libraries, ... now have music and special segregated areas designated for “quiet study,” which is what a library used to be. ... People are louder, too. They complain at length and in detail about their divorces ... a foot away from you in restaurants. ... People practice rap lyrics on the bus or the subway, barking doggerel along with their iPods .... Respecting shared public space is becoming ... quaintly archaic .... philosopher Aaron James posits that people with this personality type are so infuriating ... because they refuse to recognize the moral reality of those around them
Breaking: There Is No News
A supercut of awkward silences in news reports.
How Silence Works
: Emailed Conversations With Four Trappist Monks
Great Rock and Roll Pauses
) is a short story from Jennifer Egan's collection of linked stories A Visit from the Goon Squad
. A 76-page series of PowerPoint slides, it's told by a 12-year-old girl who documents her autistic brother's collecting of Clearmountain pauses
, the moments in rock and roll songs when the music dramatically stops and then restarts, which are named after famed music producer Bob Clearmountain
. The songs mentioned in the story include: Foxy Lady
- Jimi Hendrix; Please Play This Song on the Radio
- NOFX; Good Times, Bad Times
- Led Zeppelin; Bernadette
- The Four Tops; Young Americans
- David Bowie; Mighty Sword
- The Frames; Supervixen
- Garbage; Long Train Runnin’
- The Doobie Brothers; The Time of the Season
- The Zombies; Faith
- George Michael, Closing Time
- Semisonic; Roxanne
- The Police; Rearrange Beds
- An Horse. More examples can be found in this previous MeFi post
and a number of other excellent sites
. [more inside]
And when it's done there's one more thing
A simple little task, it's:
Put the fucking lotion in the basket!
A lego-animated number from "Silence! The Musical
by Jon and Al Kaplan.
When Resul Pookutty
won the Oscar for Sound Mixing
last weekend, it's probably the first time an Oscar acceptance speech
, or really any U.S. network television broadcast, has mentioned the "primordial syllable
, which is very important
, and Buddhists
Most Americans are aware of their Miranda rights
, the most important of which may be the right to remain silent. Apparently, many people don't take advantage of that right. Professor James Duane
makes some compelling arguments why you should
, and Officer George Bruch
agrees. Of course, if you choose to ignore their advice and have something to hide, you will be going up against pros in interrogation
. Good luck.
It's No Music Day
), and this year, Bill Drummond has convinced BBC Radio Scotland to take part
. His Guardian article
discusses changes in his view of it since last year
, as does his article on the BBC site
. More on the fast from the New York Times
John Cage's 4
" has been discussed previously
on MeFi, but you might've missed the full orchestral version
. [more inside]
Nearly 700 cyclists are killed on U.S. roads every year, and more than 540,000
are sent to the emergency room. The annual Ride of Silence
was started in 2003 to honor and raise awareness for those tragically killed
on the road, and has grown into a worldwide event, with more than 270 confirmed rides
planned to start tonight, at 7 p.m. Ride along on YouTube
or grab a black armband and join a group near you. [Previously on MeFi
No Music Day
exists because music has run its course. No Music Day exists to give you time to decide what you now want from music. No Music Day is on the 21st November, this and every year. To register, visit nomusicday.com
is an essential Windows utility to mute Flash and other sounds from the browser.
NASA researchers can hear what you're saying, even when you don't make a sound.
When we speak in our minds, we send weak electrical signals to our larynx and tounge. Tricksy new technology is able to interpret these micromovements into the words we were thinking.
Shut Up! "The EU has requested that member states come to a standstill at noon today to observe a three-minute silence for victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami. Is this just a shallow, belated gesture - or the best way to show our solidarity?"
Blake Morrison of the Guardian asks. There's also an interesting "History of Silences" at the end of the article.
An announcement from Trey:
"So Coventry will be the final Phish show...For the sake of clarity, I should say that this is not like the hiatus, which was our last attempt to revitalize ourselves. We're done. It's been an amazing and incredible journey."
Hey, shut up, I can't hear!
What else will 99¢ get you from the iTunes Music Store? Nothin', that's what.
Silence is Golden: A bizarre legal battle
over a minute's silence in a recorded song has ended with a six-figure out-of-court settlement
New Jersey teen is halfway through his pledge not to speak for a year!
He writes that he came up with the idea because his inability to follow through with his commitments was troubling him
. He's getting quite a bit of media attention, too - he's even got a publicist
. (via NPR this morning).