Forgotify — Discover a previously unheard Spotify track
4 million songs on Spotify have never been played. Not even once. Let’s change that.
4 million songs on Spotify have never been played. Not even once. Let’s change that.
Steve Albini’s barnstorming keynote address at Melbourne’s Face the Music conference.
Modern pop songs retold as Shakespearian sonnets.
When Rock’n’roll and Web 2.0 collide, the result is not pretty.
Here’s the Creative Commons licensed music that was playing during the breaks at Responsive Day Out 2.
A thoughtful in-depth piece that pulls together my hobby horses of independent publishing, responsive design, and digital preservation, all seen through the lens of music:
Music, Publishing, Art and Memory in the Age of the Internet
Hey, look! The Clearleft interns are in Wired. That’s nice.
This gives me a warm fuzzy glow. The Mefites are using Radio Free Earth to find out which stars are receiving the number one hits from their birthdays.
Wikipedia edits converted into Eno-esque sound.
A really nice short film about the Willie Clancy Summer School. It makes me want to get back to Miltown Malbay this July.
This is the full text of Owen’s talk at the Responsive Day Out. It makes for a terrific read!
This is simply wonderful! Get all of your This Is My Jam songs condensed down into one mix.
Here are all my song choices from 2012 compressed into three minutes. I love it!
A really nice interactive timeline of data from ten years of scrobbling music to Last.fm.
A nifty little mashup from Music Hack Day London 2012.
A lovely new service from Adrian that allows you to sync up guitar tabs with videos. It’s a very impressive in-browser app.
Peter Saville talks about the enduring appeal of his cover for Unknown Pleasures.
I like to think of all the variations and mashups as not just tributes to Joy Division, but tributes to Jocelyn Bell Burnell too.
If you liked the music that was playing in the breaks during dConstruct, here’s the playlist of CC-Attribution tracks as chosen by Tantek.
A great article by Hannah, focusing on the Long Web—it isn’t about the quantity of data you’re publishing; it’s the quality. This builds nicely on the article I linked to recently about digital scarcity.
The new album from The Orchid—Beyond The Vast, Endless Sea—is rather excellent.
The trailer for a documentary on flutemaker Patrick Olwell. The film should be done later this year.
This is sooo nifty: Chloe’s obsessive Summer music visualisation is a lesson in responsive design and progressive enhancement. It’s also pretty fascinating.
The way that Chloe has catalogued her music over time is fascinating. It’s like the Long Now opposite of This Is My Jam.
A trifecta of nice things:
Oh, this is good! British Sea Power are doing a monthly residency at The Haunt in Brighton. I’ve got my ticket for the first show.
The charming (and often hilarious) results of Hannah and Matt’s Music Hack Day activity.
A thoughtful piece from Matt on the changes in cultural transmission that we should be embracing instead of bemoaning.
We played at the bottom of the art-deco staircase in Bexhill’s De La Warr Pavilion. Sounds pretty good, if I do say so myself.
A documentary about the weekly session in Dempsey’s pub in Manhattan.
Brighton hacker Jason Hotchkiss demos his music-generating lava lamps in this promo video for the Brighton Maker Faire taking place the day after dConstruct.
Matt is wearing his musical heart on the sleeve of the web.
Unqualified and unabashedly personal remarks on those bits of sound that make it all worthwhile.
Electronic rock songs about anger, loss, frustration, love, the surveillance state, the Iranian election, uranium enrichment, Twitter, gene therapy cures for AIDS, the financial crisis and World of Warcraft.
Two fine songwriters. Only one of them is still with us.
A truly beautiful piece of work: generative music based on Conway’s game of life. Go ahead: create something gorgeously unique.
Aw, this is quite sweet: a tweet of mine, put to music.
If I had the right biological equipment, I think I too might offer to bear Stephen Fry’s children …in a song.
Live footage from Shea Stadium in an alternate universe.
Oh, dear. It seems that some people have not been notified.
Hooky never looked so good.
The New York subway schedule converted into sound by treating each line as a string.
“And the terrorists were over-zealous, but it was sweet when they killed Ellis…”
The classic documentary is online in its entirety, including some footage from a gig I was at: Sonic Youth supported by Nirvana at Sir Henry’s in Cork. Ah, nostalgia!
An excellent little service: give it your Last.fm username and it finds music blogs you’ll probably like. I’ve found a treasure trove of Huffduffer sources through this.
David Lowery is chronicling the history of Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker, song by song …with accompanying MP3s. It seems too wonderful to be true
A cover version of a cover version: Salter Cane do This Mortal Coil doing Tim Buckley. All in one take.
A track-by-track deconstruction of Gimme Shelter. What a song!
A visual representation of each track on the new Girl Talk album.
Generative music with YouTube.
A neat little experiment in replicating classic 80s albums using CSS.
A wearable read-only music player that's a badge. Kind of awesome.
A great write-up of the latest additions to the Guardian's Open Platform API including a lukewarm assessment of Semantic Web technologies like RDF.
An Event Apart, The Musical!
Beautiful instrumental music: four tracks for a minimum donation of four dollars. Recommended.
A nice description of how to use Huffduffer to manage newly found music.
A nifty interactive video for Arcade Fire's "We Used To Wait." It claims to be built in HTML5 but actually uses XHTML 1.0 and HTML 4.01 doctypes throughout. *sigh*
Download Calexico live in Nuremburg, licensed under a Creative Commons attribution non-commercial share-alike license.
A beautiful piece of musical mathematical poetry.
One of Brighton's best music venues is under threat of closure. Sign the petition to save it.
Jim experiments with canvas and audio.
An extremely addictive bit of fun with small world network theory as applied to music.
A eulogy to Alex Chilton.
A treasure trove of music from Archive.org.
I believe it was the philosopher Conflicticus who said, "Only stupid bastards help EMI."
The challenges of the long tail.
The geography of musicians.
Best. Domain name. Ever.
Brendan Dawes pointed me to this wonderfully playful creation. It's Flash-free, believe it or not.
A fascinating account of the origins of a musical cliché.
Rev. Dan Catt's augmented reality future is here; it just isn't evenly distributed yet.
My representative in the European Parliament is full of WIN!
Indie compilations for you to download for free.
Busker Du (dial-up) is a recording service for buskers through the telephone (preferably public payphones hidden in subway stations).
One of the runners-up in the Last.fm hackday, this is a simple little service that tells you what band you should be listening to.
Matt's bit of fun from the Last.fm hackday. Hannah's had the best generated lyric juxtaposition, "love drunk home fuck good night."
Fellow Powncers: authenticate here before December 15th to partake of the musical love that has been shared.
End of the year charts based on real data: "Based entirely on your scrobbling, this is a real look at what you've been listening to (not just buying). The charts are ranked by total number of listeners."
Here's the video of my talk from this year's Reboot conference in Copenhagen. I had a lot of fun talking about (and playing) Irish music here.
Just for the record, this is a superb example of a bulletproof liquid layout: Simon Wiffen, solo acoustic singer-songwriter from Leeds.
Judging from the research information collected on Delicious, Flickr and Last.fm, this book proposalâ€”tying together informatics, music and gamesâ€”could blossom into a great read.
Because you can never have too much cowbell.
The muisc "industry" is clearly populated by asshats who actively enjoy displaying their incompetence and malice.
The first part of Joss Whedon's new web-based musical superhero comedy sing-along blog is up now. The other two episodes will be released over the next few days. Then they will all disappear.
The new Radiohead video isn't really a video at all. It's data visualisation. Here you can interact with the data points while the song is playing. I love this.
If, like me, you were going cold turkey on Mobile Scrobbler after updating your jailbroken iPhone/iPod Touch, you can stop sweating now. The official Last.fm app is really, really nice ...and it's free.
Remember when I blogged about wanting to be able to scrobble the music that someone else in the same room as me is playing? Well, Brad Dougherty has built it.
A handy little service that creates an RSS feed of upcoming music releases based on your Last.fm listening history.
Excellent explanation of DRM by Mark Pilgrim, prompted by MSN Music's gunshot to the head.
This is the very definition of an intimate gig: a song in the back of a London cab.
Ever wanted to remix a Radiohead song? Me neither. But for those who do, they now can.
This looks like it could be a fun simple little service: upload MP3s to make an online mix tape ...that's it.
Look what Taylor made: a handy schedule of everything going on at South By Southwest. Smart kid.
"As of today, you can play full-length tracks and entire albums for free on the Last.fm website."
The RIAA now says it is illegal for you to put that CD you bought onto your own computer. Asshats.
A brilliant summation by David Byrne of the possible business models available to musicians today.
I could spend ages browsing through the archives of this site dedicated to analysing album sleeve artwork. In fact, I just did.
Arcade Fire and Bruce Springsteen together at last.
Compare and contrast Last.fm's chart with the "official" UK chart. It's as if Radiohead doesn't even exist in meatspace.
Radiohead are distributing their next album themselves. You'll be able to download it for the princely sum of... whatever you feel like paying.