These are the things I've written that are tagged "music"

City Pop Radio

23 January 2018

Van Paugam has been putting out these awesome mixtapes of 1980s Japanese City Pop, and now there’s a 24/7 streaming channel. It’s hard to argue with that pitch: Travel back in time through the haze of memories that aren’t your own, and melodies frozen in a particular place in history.

TransProse

10 July 2017

Creating music from text: Using natural language processing, TransProse reads in text and determines densities of eight different emotions (joy, sadness, anger, disgust, anticipation, surprise, trust, and fear) and two different states (positive or negative) throughout the novel. The musical piece chronologically follows the novel. It uses the emotion density data to determine the tempo, […]

A beginner’s guide to Dungeon Synth

23 June 2017

Dirge magazine: What I Like About Dungeon Synth is, primarily, the music and the wide range of emotions it encompasses; the bombast and the subtlety, the melancholy and the fury, the epic and the transient. It blends genres that are dear to my heart, from medieval airs to black metal malevolence, into something that is […]

Traces I

14 June 2017

Traces I is the sound of synthesizers wrapped in cheesecloth being broadcast from the last radio tower of a dying world… in the shape of a 5-track pay-what-you-can album on Bandcamp. I’m enjoying it a lot. You can contribute to the artist’s patreon, too.

Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech

06 June 2017

Kottke: Bob Dylan finally delivered his Nobel Prize lecture in the form of a video (you can also listen to it on Soundcloud). Over the course of just 27 minutes, he talks about his influences, both musical and literary, and muses on the differences and similarities between music and literature. Listening to the speech, instead […]

Google strong-arms indie musicians into accepting brutal, crowdfunding-killing deal for streaming service

28 January 2015

A strong but honest headline about Googe’s new bullshit: Participation in the new service requires that your entire catalog be available for streaming, at high resolution. Participation requires that you not release your music elsewhere earlier, e.g., no early releases for fans or backers. You no longer get a choice of whether to do nothing, […]

The Open Bundle

11 July 2013

CC-licensed art and music for videos games from independent creators. If they reach their funding goal they’re making all of the assets public domain. I absolutely love this idea. Get paid for your work and then move on to something else, leaving it for anyone who wants it.

“Perfect” iTunes EQ Setting Revised

11 March 2013

A revised version of of the Merlin Mann / Mac OS X Hints classic: I’ve changed the layout so that the highest setting sits on 0, instead of boosting frequencies. This leads to a more even sound and less distortion of the high end. Everyone’s ears a little different, so your mileage may vary. Experimentation […]

Today’s Experiment: A-Ha Time

01 August 2011

I have taken the classic A-Ha 80s jam “Take On Me” and slowed it down 50%. It starts out as an awesome dirge worthy of the Dawn Of The Dead soundtrack, and turns into a monster screaming about love in the most amusing possible manner. It is what I’m calling a Zombie Love Dirge. I’m […]

Ambient Cigarette Tin

18 June 2011

My old friend Shawn Russell took his own life a few weeks ago. Back in 2004 we recorded a demo in my bedroom using the newly-released Garageband. This badass 80s-flavored jam is what came out of it. Shawn provided the guitar tracks and I laid down the percussion using the built-in tools. I named the […]

They Might Be Giants: Join Us

05 April 2011

Pitchfork has the first track from the forthcoming new They Might Be Giants album, Join Us, up for streaming. With turns of phrase like “all of the dicks in this dick town can’t keep johnny down,” in the first track I’m pretty confident the album is going to be great.

Amazon Isn’t Paying License Fees for “Cloud Drive”

30 March 2011

paidContent: Amazon has launched its new online music locker and streamer without any licenses from the labels whose material it will store and distribute, the labels’ umbrella group IFPI tells paidContent. Not a problem, replies Amazon—licenses aren’t necessary for its new Cloud Drive. The music industry is (and has been) suing MP3Tunes because they’ve offered […]

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