The Reflexion Filter looks like an interesting tool for home-based studios. And though $299 sounds like a lot of money it's a deal compared to the costs of tuning a room after spectral analysis for getting it just right. I've been doing quite a bit of recording at home these days and promise to upload a new version of Steve's Pizza over the next week. (props Jeff)
My friend River Brandon has just launched a new Web 2.0 community-based sports fan site: FanNation | The Republic of Sport: In true Web 2.0 fashion it's beta (though slick). I've yet to really spend time in it but thought y'all should know. Ch-ch-ch-check it.
Fanks to Chris comes this lil' gem. If his guitar playing were any hotter he would literally be on fire. Like, flaming and stuff. With fire. Hot. :-|
At last year's GEL conference in NYC I had the opportunity to attend Charlie Todd's MP3 experiment at the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theatre in Manhattan. It was rad for many reasons. I was a fan of Charlie's work after having read (and blogged) about his U2 prank (complete with Asian Edge). The latest prank has 200 people walking in slow motion in a downtown Home Depot. Surreal in just the right amount, this is harmless culture jamming. I dig it.
Written while groovin' to Love (featuring Pharoahe Monch) from the album “The Shining” by J Dilla
Only a company that is as dedicated to music as Apple is could pull off something like getting Bob Dylan to agree to doing an iPod + iTunes Ad. (props for the ref Drew)
Written while groovin' to Here I Come from the album “Game Theory (Bonus Track Version)” by The Roots
“Thanks” to DK for this one.
Album Covers From Hell makes me wonder why people think naked pictures of themselves on the covers of their albums would make anyone want to buy the album. (WARNING: language).
Just so you know, the excitement inside the company about what might be on the horizon for Apple is just as intense as outside. As big events (Macworld, WWDC, Paris Expo) approach there's a palpable increase in the level of buzz in the air. Nobody knows what (or if anything) is coming but the energy changes and it's something I suspect is unique to Apple.
One of my dear friends is an executive at SanDisk who today announced a[nother] shot across the bow of Apple. Now this is a really good friend so I think I can say to him that I don't think the iPod's time is up just yet. I'm gonna make a prediction here that it's gonna be another monster year for the iPod (and this is not based on any inside knowledge, iPromise). The integration between device and OS and computer is more valuable than folks who haven't used it realize. <shmaltz>Hey, I'm not to sell y'all here...I'm not only an shareholder, I'm a believer.</shmaltz>
Written while groovin' to I`m A Cuckoo from the album “Dear Catastrophe Waitress” by Belle & Sebastian
It continues to impress me how lame the traditional businesses surrounding the music industry are. Latest case in point, huge fans of music create tablature of the songs and put them online for other lovers of said songs to learn on their guitars and enjoy. The Music Publishers' Association sees this as theft. Dude. Really. Come on.
“To hear music publishers tell it, though, the tablature sites are getting away with mass theft. Mr. Keiser, of the Music Publishers’ Association, said that before these sites started operating in the early ‘90s, the most popular printed tablatures typically sold 25,000 copies in a year. Now the most popular sell 5,000 copies at most.”
This is really, really misleading data and I'd at least expect these guys to be professional about this thing. Heard of the Long Tail guys? That is there are fewer hits in general and the market is now spread across much more choice. In other words, the sales of your best-selling Barry Manilow tab were going to go down anyway. The tab sites create a market for your warez. I don't have an MBA but I do know that suing your most passionate and involved customers is a long-run bad idea.
Written while groovin' to O Death from the album “Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart” by Camper Van Beethoven
DailyCandy gives us the following lunk to Branch: Sustainable Design for Living. This one's a special link for all the greenies in the house that might be building modern green homes and who have a design sense. You know who you are.
Written while groovin' to Out of Line from the album “The Bravery” by The Bravery
Current TV is another thing Al Gore was right about...For those of you that know Ryan Haidarian this video will be especially sweet. For those that don't it will be just be really sweet. Enjoy: Current TV // Watch & Vote // Aref by haidarian
*track50* helps you keep track of your favorite bands in specific cities independent of ticket sellers or venues. Word up. I got see some live music while in London last week as part of the Coke + iTunes deal that was just struck. It was at the 100 Club where The Who and The Rolling Stones used to play; 350 person capacity and louder than bombs to see milburn. and The Automatic. I like. Eez nice.
Written while groovin' to Rainy Night In Georgia from the album “No Word From Tom” by Hem
This is a great mashup of Flickr and Google Maps. loc.alize.us
Scoreboard! I get grief for saying things like Apple customers are happier with their computers and what not. I'm glad to have primary sources to point to to let the skeptics realize that rather than being a puppet of the company I work for, I am a believer first and an employee second. Imagine a kid getting to work at Disneyland and you start to get a sense of how much people enjoy working here. Really. It's great.
Written while groovin' to What Does Your Soul Look Like (Peshay Remix) from the album “Endtroducing... (Deluxe Edition)” by DJ Shadow
Mark my words, this computer software animation thing is going to take off like gangbusters. Check out the realism on this bad boy...made on a Mac...obviously.
Don't bother buying any books about recording at home. From what I can tell The Project Studio Handbook has links to everything you might need.
Oh, and yeah, we're back. It was great. Except for the part where we spent seven hours in Heathrow trying to get onto an eleven hour flight back home. With a 5 year old. And with a 2-year old. :-|