Category: "Music"

Review: Griffin RocketFM

11/29/06 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Music, Reviews
Summary: USB powered low-range FM transmitter As probably noticed in other posts, I'm not much of a fan of Calgary radio. This poses a bit of a problem as I like waking up to music and if my first reaction is that I'd like to strangle the DJ, well, it… more »
 

Sources of music recommendations

11/28/06 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Music
Wired News has two articles today on internet music sources. The first by Leander Kahney is about Rhapsody, a retailer in the vein of iTunes, eMusic and Napster. His conclusion: some good ideas, but not ready for prime time. The second is by Scott… more »
 

Soundtrack, "Run Lola Run"

11/27/06 | by Adam | Categories: Music, Reviews
I frequently buy soundtracks to films I've never seen, nor have any particular wish to see. A few years ago, a friend from Germany sent me a track called "Wish (Komm Zu Mir)" but no other information. I thought it was great, in a rather German… more »
 

Michael Brook, "Cobalt Blue"

11/26/06 | by Adam | Categories: Music, Reviews
I first came across Michael Brook while listening to the soundtrack to "Heat" which included "Ultramarine", an echoey heavily processed guitar track. A bit later I encountered "Diffusing" which was a very similar piece. more »
 

Aurora, "Aurora"

11/25/06 | by Adam | Categories: Music, Reviews
This 2002 eponymous album from UK band, Aurora, doesn't fit terribly comfortably into the electronica/dance-floor genre that it was released into. It's rather better than most due to a combination of cover tunes and guest vocalists. You get Shakespeares… more »
 

Concrete Blonde, "Recollection"

11/22/06 | by Adam | Categories: Music, Reviews
Concrete Blonde were an alt-rock band who appeared in the early '80s, hit their high point in the early '90s, and for all intents and purposes vanished a little afterwards. It's too bad. When good, they were very good. more »
 

Amazonian Shenanigans

11/14/06 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Music
Over the years I've migrated from buying the majority of my CDs from stores to buying online. The move is mostly due to availability of obscurities; I've bought pretty much all of the easy to find stuff and these days I'm after back catalogue, deleted… more »
 

Gracenote on CDDB

11/13/06 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Music, Copyright
A week or so ago, I made an offhand comment critical of Gracenote, the developer of CD recognition tool CDDB, about them taking a publically generated database commercial. I objected to this based on the fact that at the time no one knew they would be… more »
 

A Case Study In DRM Music

11/03/06 | by Adam | Categories: Music, Copyright
The summary of the story is that Microsoft is discontinuing their old MSN Music store, and the DRM'd files it sold are not compatible with anything else. While the story quotes Microsoft saying that tracks could be burned to CD in this case, I've seen… more »
 

Automated music recognition

11/01/06 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Music
A little while ago, I posted a question about how one identifies unknown music. Apparently there is some software that -- in theory -- can do this Too bad it only seems to be deployed to restrict music listening, rather than to help identify it.… more »
 

It's not "new age", but what is it?

10/23/06 | by Adam | Categories: Music
Over the last number of years, a new stylistic movement of music has come of age. It's rock influenced, but not rock. It tends towards being instrumental, but not exclusively. It has aspects of worldbeat, but it's not part of that either. It's sometimes… more »
 

The web is forever... (kinda)

10/19/06 | by Adam | Categories: Music, Copyright
A few years ago -- 2003 to be precise -- I wrote up an article on ripping DRM'd CDs to MP3 and stuck it on my website. I updated it a bit last year and then forgot about it. Today, the feedback mechanism on the site produced this: Just wanted to say… more »
 

Album cover wars

10/13/06 | by Adam | Categories: Music, Silly
This decidedly untame animation pits record album covers against each other. Sounds wierd? Well, yes, but it's quite funny. Enjoy a new internet fad in the making! more »
 

A descant of a different sort

09/28/06 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Music
I'd not heard of "presbycusis" before the BBC article linked above, but I am aware of the issue of the range of hearing deteriorating as one ages. In addition to giving me another word I can use while losing at Scrabble, the article describes a gimmicky… more »
 

How do you identify music without a title?

09/28/06 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Music
This is more of a general musing. Recently a song came on my MP3 player. The song, recorded on tape from the UK's BBC Radio 1 sometime in the late '80s, is not by any artist I know of. There are no phrases that show up in any of the lyric searches. I've… more »
 

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