Friday, April 07, 2006

Hello, Allo, Hola, Konnichiwa

Just posting a quick welcome to our international visitors reading from as far away as Brazil, Italy, Greece, Canada, Scotland, Ireland, and Britain. Thanks for reading and be sure to check back every weekday.

Dark Side of the Rainbow

For those of you who always heard about Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon syncing with the Wizard of Oz but never tried it, someone's gone through all the work for you, you just have to watch it now.

Um... Ow.

What happens when a man covered in microphones walks into a room covered in speakers? Yup, feedback. I haven't decided if the man in the video is in excruciating pain or is enjoying it. Probably both. *Warning: Make sure your speakers are turned down before playing video.*

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Jazz Casual

Really cool video of the Dave Brubeck Quartet playing "Take 5" during the opening credits of a tv show called Jazz Casual in 1961. Stay tuned for the HOT drum solo near the end.

A Tough, But Necessary Discussion

On the blog On An Overgrown Path, the writer (there appears to be more than one writer for this blog, and the writer of this particular article is not identified) expresses the same concern NOTION has addressed many times before: that NOTION and the London Symphony are aiming to put musicians out of work with the NTempo feature and superior, recorded samples. While we are quite pleased with the positive feedback inherent in these criticisms, we do take them seriously and have the utmost respect for those musicians who share this fear of being replaced by a computer. It is out of respect for our fellow musicians and composers that we address this issue in response to the above blog post. The opinion expressed in our response has always been our stance and will continue to be. Please give both articles the time and thought they deserve.

At Ease, Soldier

Apple just announced public beta testing for Boot Camp, the new feature coming in Leopard (10.5) that allows you to boot another operating system within OSX.

Also expected today is the arrival of the first true Video iPod. It's supposed to feature a touch-screen with a virtual scroll wheel. Here's a rendering of what that might look like:

Read the rumors so far here.

P.S. - Yes, I am sort of mad that I bought the 60gb 5G model in December.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

The New Back-Masking

Ozzy's got nothing on this. Some of us at the office had been playing around with this, creating sounds that would show up as images in the spectral analysis of a .wav file, but Aphex Twin and the Venetian Snares seem to have beaten us to it and perfected it, seven years ago even. Creepy images, but cool nonetheless. The cats are my personal favorite.

Well, What ABOUT Bose?

A very good article on the Bose systems and how they may not be the ultimate in audio.

Monday, April 03, 2006

"When You Believe in Things You Can't Understand..."

Stevie Wonder playing "Superstition" live on Soul Train. Probably lip-synched, but cool nonetheless. And you know I dig the sea of afros.

For My Fellow Film Buffs

Empire Online has posted their list of the Fifty Greatest Indie Films. I was quite surprised to learn that some of these were independant, like The Terminator? I had no idea.