Ableton Interviews Archie Pelago

Ableton interviews NYC musical trio Archie Pelago about their use of Ableton Live and the Ableton Push controller.

About time. If anybody needs to be speaking to the masses about how well Ableton Live works with live instrumentation it’s these guys, not someone getting paid too much to click play over and over on other people’s songs they spent an afternoon drawing grids for. Gerhard Behles and Robert Henke would be proud.

Archie Pelago: Creative Collective [via Ableton]

This used to be more rigid than it is today: we would first identify the most important parts of tracks – the beats, bass and drums…  Since we’ve integrated Push into our setup, our [live interpretations] are neither as complex nor as static as they used to be. We now go much deeper into the arrangement and export smaller particles that Hirshi can trigger in real time with Push. We’re much freer on stage now than we used to be because we can change the flow and the structure of any song at any time.

 

Relationship Status vs. Facebook Use

Previously we have looked at the effect of Facebook on breakups, in that same vein here are three charts showing how relationship status affects posting mood, and frequency.

Previously we have looked at the effect of Facebook on breakups, in that same vein here are three charts from Chartporn showing how relationship status affects posting mood, and frequency.

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Snake Cyberweapon Unleashed in Ukraine

Ukraine has already been in the news this week with an escalation of traditional military forces however reports of cyber-weaponry being used are starting to surface.

We recently added Krebs On Security to the sidebar, and now that it’s starting to pick up pace expect more cybercrime stories to appear here. Ukraine has already been in the news this week with an escalation of traditional military forces however reports of cyber-weaponry being used are starting to surface.

Cyber Snake plagues Ukraine networks [via FinancialTimes]

{A]ccording to clues left in the code, parts of which also contain fragments of Russian text. It is believed to be an upgrade of the Agent.BTZ attack that penetrated US military systems in 2008.

BAE has identified 56 apparent infections by Snake globally since 2010, almost all in the past 14 months. Ukraine is the primary target, with 32 recorded instances, 22 of which have occurred since January 2013.

Rand (The Corporation, Not Ayn or Paul)

A lengthy write-up today in Neatorama about the RAND Corporation, a think-tank most are familiar with on some level without really knowing it’s place in history.

Think, of a huge R&D house, that inspired Doctor Strangelove, but also researched the effectiveness of government healthcare under the Nixon administration.

While I think their headline is a bit too suggestive and I don’t buy into the whole “controls America” appeal, this was a worthwhile read.

The Rand Corporation: The Think Tank That Controls America

Health care was just the beginning of RAND’s expansion into the social sciences. Although 50 percent of RAND’s current $223 million budget still comes from federal funding, much of that goes toward non-defense work. The think tank currently employs close to 1,000 researchers, who spend their time analyzing everything from renewable energy and obesity to hurricanes and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Mini Metro Game

Play a simple, fun, and addictive subway design mini-game in your browser or download to your computer

Sending this one out to all my friends who say how much they hate MARTA and they can do a better job, etc. is the simple and addictive Mini Metro

UPDATE: A up-to-date walkthrough and strategy guide for Mini Metro can be found here [via University Blogspot]

This is how I’ve been wasting a bunch of my time lately, the in-browser or downloadable game Mini Metro, which challenges you to build a functional and efficient subway system.

Simple, addictive, and coming to iOS soon.

Play Mini Metro

Help get Mini Metro added to Steam

"Undesirable Nudity"

British GCHQ and American NSA have been watching and collecting private text and video conversations on Yahoo Messenger

undesirable nudityThe NSA and the British GCHQ have been intercepting Yahoo Messenger video content shared on ostensibly private webcam conversations. If that’s not embarrassing enough, they’ve deemed the majority of users “undesirable.

UPDATE: The NSA and GCHQ continue to collaborate working on automating malware installations on private citizen’s computers.

GCHQ does not have the technical means to make sure no images of UK or US citizens are collected and stored by the system, and there are no restrictions under UK law to prevent Americans’ images being accessed by British analysts without an individual warrant.

Read the entire article on The Guardian

WWE Network Launches

The wait is over and it is finally time for me, and most of you too I imagine, to relive our childhood and adolescence by streaming from the newly launched WWE Network, letting you enjoy the best of the history of the WWF/WWE for $9.99/mo

The wait is over and it is finally time for me, and most of you too I imagine, to relive our childhood and adolescence by streaming from the newly launched WWE Network, letting you enjoy the best of the history of the WWF/WWE for $9.99/mo

I am looking forward to spending a majority of my upcoming evening watching the Undertaker v. Mankind Hell In A Cell Match. undoubtedly the greatest match ever, on something better than YouTube for the first time since it aired.

Here’s to hoping a majority of the Attitude Era is available for streaming. And respect to the crew at MLB Advanced Media for the technology and infrastructure to bring this to fruition

Browse / Sign Up For One Week of WWE Network Free

Benn Jordan on Spotify

Benn Jordan (aka The Flashbulb) takes a smart and objective examination at the internet and musician’s obsession with ‘Spotify Hatred’

Benn Jordan (aka The Flashbulb) blogged an informative, accurate, and interesting piece approaching everybody’s hatred of Spotify with a bit of common-sense. Read the entirety of I Can’t Believe It’s Getting Better on Benn’s blog,

If you are looking for more interesting things to read on this topic, now is a good time to revisit Frank Zappa‘s writings from 1983 where he basically predicts the future of digital music purchasing and streaming, “A Proposal For A System To Replace Ordinary Record Merchandising.” in addition to our previous posting on Why Music Shouldn’t Be Free

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Archie Pelago Interactive

Archie Pelago presents their new single ‘Saturn V’ as an immersive experience viewable as a standalone application on both PC and Mac, as well as a browser-based version.

Similar to their unique marriage of acoustic and electronic music, the guys over at Archie Pelago are taking promos and previews to their latest release “Lakeside Obelisk.”

The crew has brought the single Saturn V into the realm of interactivity with an immersive experience viewable as a standalone application on both PC and Mac, as well as a browser-based version.

Read the complete Saturn V write-up here on Archie Pelago’s blog.

Consider for a moment, the idea that there is a perfect place for everything.  An idealized, meticulously detailed and personally crafted hideaway, the galactic tree-house of your memory’s past, present and future.  Beyond the classic limits and boundaries of time and space, there can be a fully realized place born in the minds of their dreamers.

Enter Saturn V, a digital vestibule filled sound, sight and our favorite earthly pleasures.  Please, join us.

The Birth of XBox Live

Seeing as I spend a lot of time on XBOX Live lately, this seemed like a timely post. Thanks to Longreads for the heads-up on this in-depth look at J Allard‘s experiment at Microsoft.

In 2001, Microsoft employed tens of thousands of people. Ask most of those where they worked, and they’d tell you “Microsoft.” But if you asked the 30 or so people who formed the core of the Xbox team, they’d say “I work for Xbox.”

“We had a culture that was unique,” says Henson, “but at the same time we weren’t so unique that we went and said, ‘Yeah, we’ll just go reinvent everything.’ That would have just been completely crazy. And it wouldn’t have allowed us to scale the way we did.”

The Birth of Xbox Live (via Polygon)

Post Script:

If for some reason you want to add me on Xbox Live, feel free I am there as icntmx

Beach Boys Vocals Visualized

Visualization of The Beach Boys’ ‘You Still Believe In Me,’ using the acoustic voicing principles of bells for a view of the songs’ acoustic properties

I have said it before, and will likely say it again but for me, Brian Wilson represents the pinnacle of composing and recording vocal harmonies. Enter this awesome visualization by Alexander Chen, employing the physics behind bells to show a visual representation of the vocal harmonies in The Beach Boys recording of ‘You Still Believe In Me

How GM Makes Sure Cars Sound Like Cars

GM describes how sound design is an integral part of the design and manufacturing process of automobiles

Sound design of a different sort in this article from Medium, which gives some insight into the world of how sound is an integral part of the automobile design and manufacturing processes.

In general, to improve fuel economy in a car, you want to reduce the engine’s RPM. Over the past few decades, the auto industry has been doing that. In the 90s, says Gordon, a 4c engine might be cruising at 3,400 RPM. Today, it’s below 2,000.

But as you reduce the speed that the drive shaft is rotating, you lower the frequency of the sound it’s making. There comes a lower limit where the engine is making what Gordon calls “groan-y and moan-y” noises which people find unpleasant. The car sounds broken. So cars had to keep the engine’s RPM above a certain level, hurting their fuel efficiency, or risk alienating customers.

How GM makes a car sound like what a car is supposed to sound like [via Medium]

The Physics Behind Traffic Jams

Learn how traffic jams form, how to deal with them, and how to prevent them in this study by William Beaty in Smart Motorist

Here is a rather detailed, but insightful and constructive look at what causes traffic jams and more importantly some tips on preventing them. Read the entire piece by William Beaty, for a whole bunch of sciencey stuff about driving and traffic and some tips backed up by his own experiments in Seattle.

It’s always a good idea to drive without changing speed and without competing with other drivers for bits of headway. But I’d always assumed that the reasons were philosophical rather than practical. A single solitary driver, if they stop “competing” and instead adopt some unusual driving habits, can actually wipe away some of the frustrating traffic

(TL;DR, don’t be rude to other drivers, use common sense, and have patience)

The Physics Behind Traffic Jams [via SmartMotorist]

 

CB: The Worst Mobile App I've Ever Used

A majority of the people on this app sound like real life incarnations of King of the Hill character Boomhauer, and I would not be too surprised if that assessment was mostly accurate. There are paid features for this app, totaling an absurd $10, you can identify people who were absent minded enough to make this mistake through their green pins identifying them on the map.

You know that feeling when you pass by something on television like Jerry Springer, and its portrayal of humanity is so obtuse you can’t help but immerse yourself? Combine that emotion with one of the most poorly designed iOS interfaces and internet app concepts and you have CB.

cb_screenshot

I have spent a few days on this app, mostly lurking and the most shocking aspect of it has to be that it is apparently inhabited by the same 4 or 5 people continuously, which the occasional preteen troll showing up to flaunt their new-found discovery of vulgar language.

A majority of the people on this app sound like real life incarnations of King of the Hill character Boomhauer, and I would not be too surprised if that assessment was mostly accurate. There are paid features for this app, totaling an absurd $10, you can identify people who were absent minded enough to make this mistake through their green pins identifying them on the map.

Download CB for iOS [and lose faith in humanity completely]