Listen to the sound of Wikipedia’s recent changes feed. Bells indicate additions and string plucks indicate subtractions. Pitch changes according to the size of the edit; the larger the edit, the deeper the note.
I giggled at quite of few of these mashups.
Salter Cane play a dark, melancholic folk-rock, full of doom and darkness, murder and mayhem.
If that sounds like your idea of a fun time, come along to the Latest Music Bar in Brighton next Thursday.
The thesis: any film is improved by playing Walk Of Life by Dire Straits over the ending.
The proof: this website.
(this is absorbing and brilliant)
An examination of how sites like The Session are meshing with older ideas of traditional Irish music:
There is a very interesting tension at play here – one that speaks directly to the design of new technologies. On the one hand, Irish musicians appear to be enthusiastically adopting digital media to establish a common repertoire of tunes, while on the other the actual performance of these tunes in a live session is governed by a strong etiquette that emphasizes the importance of playing by ear.
There’s an accompanying paper called Supporting Traditional Music-Making: Designing for Situated Discretion (PDF).
This geography lesson makes a nice companion piece to Johnny Cash has been everywhere, man.
This sounds genuinely good—Alvin and the Chipmunks slowed down to reveal their true ’90s post-punk goth-grunge nature.
I absolutely love the way that my archive is presented here. Matt and Hannah have set the bar in how to shut down a service in an honest, dignified way.
It’s a real shame that Hannah and Matt are shutting down This Is My Jam—it’s such a lovely little service—but their reliance on ever-changing third-party APIs sounds like no fun, and the way they’re handling the shutdown is exemplary: the site is going into read-only mode, and of course all of your data is exportable.
Yahoo, Google, and other destroyers could learn a thing or two from this—things like “dignity” and “respect”.
If you were at Responsive Day Out on Friday and you liked the music that was playing during the breaks, here’s the track listing. Creative Commons licensed.
Here’s a really nifty use of the
:checked behaviour pattern that Charlotte has been writing about—an interface for choosing a note from a piano keyboard. Under the hood, it’s a series of radio buttons and labels.
The 17th century blind Irish harpist has been immortalised as a crater on Mercury.
I don’t want to get over you.
On 05 May 2013 The National played the song ‘Sorrow’ for 6 hours…
Profits from the soon-to-be-released recording go to Partners In Health:
A non-profit that brings the benefit of modern medical science to those most in need.
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.