Daily Archives: July 30, 2010

The Compose Concept Tablet

The pen acts as a mic you sing into. When docked into the digital paper tablet, your vocal harmonies are automatically transcribed into a score. For the old schooler, you can write directly on the display. It also contains libraries for an entire orchestra so once your composition is finished, just sit back and enjoy.

Designer: Ouyang Xi, He Binbin, Zeng Li & Li Bo

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The Worst Album Covers on the Planet

Hahah..horrible!

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Melodyne Celemony DNA – Direct Note Access

This is some seriously sick technology!!

DNA – Direct Note Access is a technology that makes the impossible possible: for the first time in audio recording history you can identify and edit individual notes within polyphonic audio material. The unique access that Melodyne affords to pitch, timing, note lengths and other parameters of melodic notes will now also be afforded to individual notes within chords.

Examples of use:
Tune a guitar after recording

pitch-correct a piano that is out of tune or fix its timing

turn major chords to minor (and vice versa), switch tone scales

mute single notes

remix volume levels, etc.

– all after the performance is already recorded!

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The Freesound Project

The Freesound Project is a collaborative database of Creative Commons licensed sounds. Freesound focusses only on sound, not songs. This is what sets freesound apart from other splendid libraries like ccMixter. New to this site? Read the What is Freesound page to learn more!

  • browse the sounds in new ways using keywords, a “sounds-like” type of browsing and more
  • up and download sounds to and from the database, under the same creative commons license
  • interact with fellow sound-artists!

Dual Music Player That Plays MP3’s & CDs – Awesome Design

Designer: Yong-Seong Kim

The Problem With Music – Awesome Rant by Steve Albini – independent and corporate rock record producer most widely known for producing Nirvana’s “In Utero”.

Whenever I talk to a band who are about to sign with a major label, I always end up thinking of them in a particular context. I imagine a trench, about four feet wide and five feet deep, maybe sixty yards long, filled with runny, decaying shit. I imagine these people, some of them good friends, some of them barely acquaintances, at one end of this trench. I also imagine a faceless industry lackey at the other end holding a fountain pen and a contract waiting to be signed. Nobody can see what’s printed on the contract. It’s too far away, and besides, the shit stench is making everybody’s eyes water. The lackey shouts to everybody that the first one to swim the trench gets to sign the contract. Everybody dives in the trench and they struggle furiously to get to the other end. Two people arrive simultaneously and begin wrestling furiously, clawing each other and dunking each other under the shit. Eventually, one of them capitulates, and there’s only one contestant left. He reaches for the pen, but the Lackey says “Actually, I think you need a little more development. Swim again, please. Backstroke”. And he does of course.

Every major label involved in the hunt for new bands now has on staff a high-profile point man, an “A & R” rep who can present a comfortable face to any prospective band. The initials stand for “Artist and Repertoire.” because historically, the A & R staff would select artists to record music that they had also selected, out of an available pool of each. This is still the case, though not openly. These guys are universally young [about the same age as the bands being wooed], and nowadays they always have some obvious underground rock credibility flag they can wave. Continue reading

DJ Cut Chemist – The Hard Sell – DJing with 45’s

The Hard Sell Into – From the Cut Chemist & DJ Shadow Tour

Cut Chemist “Spat”

Beware Blog & Kraddy – “Android Porn” (Mochipet – “Godzillaporn” Remix)

Beware is an awesome French Music, Design and Culture blog. Def worth checking out.

Kraddy – Android Porn (Mochipet Godzillaporn Remix)

Cassette Tape Skeletons – Kinda Creepy

I’m not sure if I would want one or not..