Making music entirely from non-musical things: McDonalds Happy Meals
, Henry Kissinger
, Salad Tosser
, Fluorescent Lamps
, the Bible
, Dot Matrix Printers
[possibly nsfw], The Postal Service
, Blank Tapes
, Eiffel Tower
, Deportation Orders
[scroll down], Cakes
[scroll down to #12], Skin
, Vinyl Run-Out Grooves
, Natural Geophysical Phenomena
, Carly Simon
and other stuff
posted by nylon
on Aug 7, 2005 -
The Sound of a Distant Rumble:
Using monitoring devices originally intended to pick up the sound of nuke launches, researchers track the underwater noise generated by the December 26 (tsunami
Eerie audio file of the slowly-building roar is included on the page. (More info here
posted by numlok
on Jul 22, 2005 -
is an automated net radio station streaming
real-time generative music. All audio is generated by algorithmic software applications and programs written by sound artists and programmers.
posted by signal
on Jun 5, 2005 -
If you've ever wondered what international sound artists see and hear when they're at home, staring out of their pokey apartment windows and watching the world go by, then this is the site for you.
posted by nylon
on May 27, 2005 -
Listening to Antarctica
is a daily web diary, including audio clips (RealMedia) of ambient sounds and conversations onboard the Aurora Australis, a research vessel currently on its way to the Australian Antarctic bases. Margot Foster's next port of call is Casey Base
posted by Jimbob
on Mar 16, 2005 -
Location location location
[mp3s] The Phonography Archives, field recordings from around the world. Also, DeadSCSI
, a global collaborative remix/collage/reremix project of tracks all generated from a single original sound file of a SCSI drive breaking down. These and other music/art projects are on Radiant Slab
posted by carter
on Mar 11, 2005 -
Happy 10th Birthday "What? is Music"
This year's the 10th time around the block for Australian festival "What? is Music
", which showcases new (and not so new), unusual, fascinating and strange directions in contemporary music and sound exploration.
Starting today such outfits as The Residents
, Dead C.
, Black Dice
, Chicks on Speed
, and members of Boredoms
and Sun City Girls
tour Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Labels like Last Visible Dog
and Corpus Hermeticum
are represented, and last year's festivities saw Whitehouse
rip up the stage.
So MeFites, what other events are there out there like this that have tickled your collective pickles? Which festivals or bands have unduly influenced your aural development and/or rearranged your head musicwise?
posted by soi-disant
on Mar 1, 2005 -
The Torture Tape Experiment Create for combat purposes a tape so wretched and foul that anyone who listens to it for 24 hours will never be able to think straight again. Warning:
dangerous MP3 files contained within.
posted by boost ventilator
on Jan 9, 2005 -
A Singular Christmas.
You know how you're so busy during the holidays that you don't have time to listen to all that Christmas music you love some much? Brian Whitman
and his Eigenradio
have taken all the hassle out of holiday music-listening for you by "play[ing] only the most important frequencies."
posted by soplerfo
on Dec 1, 2004 -
is software (Windows, Mac and Linux) that generates binaural beats - interactions between sound waves that mess with your brain
, to induce sleep, relaxation, activity, and allegedly even hallucinogenic states. SBaGen relies on text-file presets (although it comes with dozens of files to experiment with) but if you want a "quick start", there's also the Windows-based Brain Wave Generator
posted by Jimbob
on Mar 20, 2004 -
Looking to recreate the dark, smoky arcades of your misspent youth? Got the MAME cabinet
in your rec room but still missing something? Arcade ambience
supplies the soundtrack to your MAME cabinet with two super-long MP3'd mixes
of vintage arcade noises. Authentic, right down to the sound of the coin changers and background hum. Sticky floor, shouted pizza to go orders, and smell of ozone and unwashed nerds not included.
posted by 40 Watt
on Dec 12, 2003 -
Seeing with sound.
A researcher in the Netherlands has developed a system that converts pictures from a head-mounted camera into highly complex soundscapes, which are then piped to the user via headphones. After only a week of use, a woman who has been blind from birth can tell a CD from a floppy, and discern whether the lights are on or off. Not quite up to either a bat and/or Daredevil
standards, but very cool nonetheless.
posted by Irontom
on Oct 14, 2003 -
< earshot >
Live improvisation with digital audio. Play, loop and compose with multiple sound file formats, including:
wav, aif, aiff, aifc, mov, au, mid, mp3, swa, mpg, mpeg, snd...
Found while Googlifying for links to the currently tanked Johnny Spencer's 'vanity site' directed towards fans of Black popular music c1940's to 1970's
. I have not a clue as to the what or why of it but thought the teeming geeky horde might. Provided for your consumer testing.
posted by y2karl
on Jun 27, 2003 -
Mix Tape for Dead Girl. Writing a eulogy used to involve hours of revising and a good thesaurus. Joshua Allen opts for a cassette of field recordings and madrigals instead.
Found sounds find their way to lost loved ones.
posted by botono9
on Dec 11, 2002 -
Just say 'no' to Bose.
Bose speakers may be the best known brand to many people, but ask an audiophile about them, and be prepared for flames. Is this just snobbery and elitism? This guy walks you through why Bose speakers are a very poor choice for the money, Bose's deceptive marketing practices, and even gives you a list of better alternatives.
posted by Slithy_Tove
on Nov 29, 2002 -
Limbaugh gets hearing back.
Love him or hate him, it is great to know that technology has enabled someone to get some hearing back. However, to implant the device requires doctors to "destory the inner ear". But it seems to have worked.
posted by ericdano
on Jan 21, 2002 -
is your source for on-line sound effects. Their search engine has found and catalogued sounds in several formats. You can search by name, and their spectral analyzer can help you find sounds similar to your search results.
posted by ewagoner
on Oct 15, 2001 -
'Necklace' designed to aid those with profound hearing loss.
Almost totally deaf and reliant on lip reading since her 20s, Sherry Cramer couldn't believe her ears in 1994 when she first wore the microphone array necklace that electrical engineering Professor Bernard Widrow and his students had designed. Listening to a CD, she could hear every note of a Rachmaninoff piano concerto as the necklace received and transmitted sound in magnetic form to her behind-the-ear hearing aid.
posted by RylandDotNet
on Jun 13, 2001 -
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."
posted by skwm
on Mar 2, 2001 -
There's been a lot of talk of late about signal-to-noise ratios here on MeFi (er, Ashcroft who?...). Generally, we think of noise as something that always degrades the quality of a signal. Sometimes, however, the opposite can be the case. Here's a neat little demonstration
of a non-linear system in which noise can be used to amplify
a signal that would otherwise be too be faint to detect any other way. It exploits a phenomenon known as Stochastic Resonance
posted by lagado
on Jan 28, 2001 -