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

The Open Bundle

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

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 […]

WEEP: Alate PRE-ORDER

The new album from WEEP, my favorite new band of the last several years. Can’t wait. Did I mention WEEP is fronted by Doc Hammer, co-creator of The Venture Bros? IT IS.

Today’s Experiment: A-Ha Time

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

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

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”

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 […]

“Stacking” Soundtrack List

A list of all the music found in Double Fine’s wonderful XBLA/PSN game Stacking. I am pleased to learn about the making of this particular sausage. The list / notes were compiled by the music director of the game, Brian Min.

My 2010 In Music, According To Last.fm

It was a pretty predictable year. Most Played Artists They Might Be Giants Yasunori Mitsuda The Smashing Pumpkins R.E.M. Weep Most Played Songs Weep – Right Here, Right Now Misfits – I Turned Into a Martian Weep – Let Me Weep – Snow Scenery AND Weep & Weep – Calm Down (tie) Weep – When […]

Creating A Personal Radio Station With iTunes Smart Playlists

This is a recipe for using iTunes Smart Playlists to create a personal radio station from your music library, which will play old favorites, new jams, and obscure stuff in ratios which you can tune yourself. The purpose of this isn’t to tell you how to handle your music, but rather to help you get […]

Tony Wilson’s Headstone

A fitting tribute: Factory Records founder Anthony H Wilson died in August 2007. Just over three years later, a memorial headstone designed collaboratively by Wilson’s long-term associates Peter Saville and Ben Kelly with Paul Barnes and Matt Robertson, was unveiled in The Southern Cemetery in Chorlton-Cum-Hardy, Manchester.

“Retro-futurist techno hyperstasis”

This is a fairly assessable post by Bruce Sterling on (a)temporality, genres, and kaleidoscope novelty, which culminates in this incredible little salvo: It’s an ideological and philosophical problem. When do we fully realize that that our “progressives” are conservatives, and that our “conservatives” are panicked radicals? When do we get it that networking is not […]

Tim Quirk: “My Hilarious Warner Bros. Royalty Statement”

This is super interesting for a music industry outsider like myself, but the central question he asks applies to everyone who likes music: Are the labels just dumb, or are they actually hiding (potentially lots of) money from artists by using old, busted, opaque, accounting practices? Or both?

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