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21
Oct
09

Casey O’Callaghan – research on philosophical questions about perception

Casey O’Callaghan: “My research focuses on philosophical questions about perception. In particular, I have written about auditory perception and the nature of its objects. This work stems from a more general interest in how perceptual experience relates to its objects and how it shapes our understanding of the natures of those objects…” Valuable ideas for those who work with events that occur over time.  Links to articles and books.

19
Oct
09

Lower the Boom

Lower the Boom is an acoustic ecology organization focused on identifying issues with extremely loud stereo systems in vehicles, and finding ways to address them in the community. While part of me likes the cars that go boom, part of me also sees how disruptive they can be.

09
Feb
09

Online class – Musical Applications of CNMAT Technologies

UC Berkeley is generous enough with their time and resources to put course materials and lectures to its class, Musical Applications of CNMAT Technologies, online here.

29
Dec
08

That Throbbing Gristle sound – the Gristleizer

Throbbing Gristle’s Chris Carter spills the beans on the device that TG used for processing – now with schematic.

28
Nov
08

Feel the noise: the art and science of making sound alarming

Continue reading ‘Feel the noise: the art and science of making sound alarming’

28
Nov
08

Finding meaningful patterns in meaningless noise

Interesting article in Scientific American on how our cognitive apparatus tries to create sense from noise, even if there is no sense to be had.

06
Nov
08

Violin Subharmonics

Mari Kimura is a New York composer and virtuoso violinist whose music includes haunting low notes on the violin called  “subharmonics.”  …Problem is, these sounds aren’t supposed to be possible.
The tones she playes are in the register of a cello, and usually cannot be made from a violin.  Even she is stumped about how it works.  “I don’t really know what it is I do,” she said, because she learned it by “trial and error.”

I don’t know about impossible, but violin subharmonics are certainly gorgeous.

06
Nov
08

Tone Generation

Tone Generation is a radio/podcast series on the history of electronic music. Looks a bit more geared to the academic composers, but great stuff overall.

12
Oct
08

1930: Columbia Gramophone ‘Recording Expedition Instructions’

Amazing early guide to recording in the field – which basically consisted of cutting the recordings onto wax media.

18
Jun
08

Recording: the oldest computer music?

BBC news claims to have a recording of the oldest computer music, from a Ferranti Mark I. Can that be true?

Ferranti Mark I