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Manual | Semantic Audio Labs
Trying to capture semantic information about plugin sounds. Interesting.
music  semantics  audio  dsp  effects 
50 minutes ago by ssam
The troubling age of algorithmic entertainment
I think it's easy to become a bit too precious about the sanctity of the experience of art. For centuries, people have read books in random ways, watched film while half focused on something else, or listened to music while scrubbing the floor. Because we treat one piece of art or entertainment as fluff, it doesn't mean we do that to everything, and you can still find meaning and beauty in a snippet of something; sometimes the part is more important than the whole. And sometimes, the ability to mess around with art leads to new things: clever remixes, or unexpected, fruitful meetings with other ideas.

But the sheer ubiquity of the streaming platforms for how we get content now suggests that the dominance of algorithms and their place in the attention economy aren't entirely neutral or value-free. Disney, for example, is quietly placing classic Fox films into its so-called "vault," where it hides movies from distribution for a while to drum up hype when they are re-released. One imagines this is so they can put them back on their forthcoming streaming service, to much delight.

The point is that streaming is affecting content and we don't quite know how that will play out over time. Still, if there's one thing we know about algorithms, it's that they tend toward an odd mix of the flashy, the outrageous, and the comforting. And art that perhaps doesn't fit, or won't appeal to the way the algorithm works, may get pushed to the side. That isn't new exactly — that has almost always been the case with media that pushes against the status quo — but it's hardly the democratic utopia that digital's most prominent supporters promised us, either. Instead it represents a dumbing down, a dull sameness — and unlike a setting on a TV, the size and influence of the tech giants means it won't be something you can simply switch off.
algorithm  media  music  entertainment  naveetalang 
2 hours ago by jarrettfuller
The Creation and the Myth of Kanye West
As he considered this, the rapper-producer-evangelist–fashion designer was also at work on a round-robin of projects for which he had assembled teams of engineers, architects, designers and artists at his minimalist stone-and-glass Axel Vervoordt–designed home in Hidden Hills, California, and a nearby workshop. Many of the projects aspire to solve the world’s ills. He was erecting—without obtaining building permits—prototype low-income dome-shaped housing on the grassy hills of nearby property that he owns. He was exploring a concept for carless cities. A mood board in the office for his city-development projects was labeled GOD and MAN.

West, who mentioned in passing that he was preparing to record a new album in Mexico this spring, has 21 Grammys, including four for best rap album. He has been called an “American Mozart” by Atlantic writer David Samuels.

But West aims to be a great designer of all kinds of things. For more than a decade he has pursued plans to have the phenomenal impact in fashion that he’s had in music. West admires Steve Jobs. And McDonald’s. And the Gap, where he worked as a teen, when it was cool in the 1990s. “I believe that Yeezy is the McDonald’s and the Apple of apparel,” West says. “In order to make the Apple of apparel the next Gap, it has to be a new invention. To invent something that’s so good that you don’t even get credit for it because it’s the norm.”
fashion  kanyewest  music  expandedpractice 
2 hours ago by jarrettfuller
50 Years On, I Can't Stop Listening to This Seminal Miles Davis Album
Not many artists in any medium get to recalibrate their field. Fewer still do so more than once.
MilesDavis  BitchesBrew  music  jazz  review  TheWire  2020 
2 hours ago by inspiral
“Punk posters sold the reality, not some idealised dream”: Too Fast To Live Too Young To Die charts the graphics of punk
The elements of this poster are quite perfect – an iconic image of Johnny Ramone on stage, rendered in saturated, neon green and orange colours. The colour combination creates a visually pulsating effect, straddling psychedelia. Johnny brandishes his Mosrite guitar as a Sonic Weapon. For me, this poster evokes newsreel footage imagery seen in the classic 70s ITV series World At War, of a Wehrmacht soldier marching across the Ukrainian Steppes circa 1942, complete with assault rifle slung across his shoulder!
design  music  posters 
3 hours ago by terry
Dies Irae - Quartz
If you watch movies, there’s a very good chance you’ve heard Dies Irae at some point. This four-note melody, the first four notes of this chant, is often used in tense, sad, or scary scenes, either to accentuate the occurring drama or to foreshadow darkness ahead. But this is no recent trend—it’s a musical tradition that dates all the way back to the 13th century, and perhaps most notably appears in Mozart’s Requiem in D Minor.
classical  music  movies 
4 hours ago by terry
IMSLP: Free Sheet Music PDF Download
The International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP), also known as the Petrucci Music Library after publisher Ottaviano Petrucci, is a subscription-based project for the creation of a virtual library of public-domain music scores.
music  sheet-music 
5 hours ago by spl
How Alcest’s “Écailles de Lune” Set Off the Blackgaze Craze
The term “blackgaze” (a portmanteau of two previously unrelated genres, black metal and shoegaze) first started bouncing around in the early 2010s as a shorthand descriptor for bands that combined the traditionally harsher elements of the former with the dreamier qualities of the latter.
blackgaze  alcest  music  metal  history 
6 hours ago by mirthe

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