Posts Tagged: ‘music’

Humans have pretty low emotional pain tolerances, and research has shown that people instinctively seek out distractions away from sources of whatever unpleasantness ails, hence the indefatigable sales of alcohol and ice cream. When trouble arises in interpersonal relationships, the heartbroken also often spend time wallowing in the negativity, perhaps playing Bon Iver’s “For Emma” on repeat as though intentionally keeping the waterworks faucet turned up to full blast (not that I’ve ever done anything like that ever…).

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I typed in the title for this blog post and immediately thought, “That sounds like a roleplaying game for a particular niche audience.” And now I want to play it. But the reason I wrote that title is because Amazon.com has announced in a press release that it is extending its AutoRip service to purchases of eligible vinyl records. Audiophiles rejoice!

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What holiday coffee should I order? What gifts should I buy? What holiday treats should I bake? All those little choices add up, depleting your ego and leaving you incapable of tackling bigger problems in your life. It’s called Decision fatigue and it sucks you dry.

So just as I advised you on Halloween mixes to combat decision fatigue, I thought I’d dish out some Christmas choices as well.

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If you’re throwing a Halloween shindig this year, you know the anguish that comes with putting together a spectacular playlist. Is “Monster Mash” too lame? Is “Werewolf Bar Mitzvah” kosher with my converging friend groups? Decisions, decisions, decisions.

And of course all those decisions lead to decision fatigue. Think too long and hard over playlists and pizza topping early in the day and you’ll be hard pressed to make a call on the big stuff later on. Julie and I did a podcast episode on the topic and there’s a great New York Times article on the topic.

Save yourself some mental anguish and leave the Halloween tunes to a professional DJ.

Now let’ get funky.

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Yesterday’s episode of TechStuff was all about hackers who had either altered musical instruments or built new instruments from other electronics. Some of these hackers have displayed not only engineering ingenuity but also some real musical chops. We thought it would be a good idea to put several clips of the music together for you guys to explore. Maybe it will inspire you to create your own hacked instrument!

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We’re sorry we got all these songs stuck in your head over the course of this episode. We really, really are.

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Underwater operas? Submerged speaker systems? Mysterious deep sea noises and the monsters who make them? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and explore the rich world of underwater sound.

First up, here’s the article on pool speakers I wrote: How Underwater Sound Systems Work.

Next, if you want to sample those bloopy, unidentified underwater sounds a bit more, you can listen to all of them in their Krakeny wonder right here at the NOAA website. And yes, be sure to read How Cthulhu Works as well.

And now onto the music…

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I’ve never actually taken a road trip to see a band. But I road-tripped it to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It was definitely worth it.

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Several listeners have asked for music podcasts, and here’s our first one! We took a giant risk with this episode by doing a thing we’ve never done before: putting in clips of things.

Here’s what we talked about, including links to where you can find the artists behind all the clips we played.

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So HowStuffWorks has a new article titled “How Dubstep Works,” which summoned a number of likes on the HowStuffWorks Facebook page, but also some much-expected dubstep hatred in the comments section.

That’s sort of how it goes with dubstep, an electronic dance music subgenre celebrated and maligned with equal fervor. For my own part, I can see both sides.

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