Posts Tagged: ‘music’
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!
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.
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.
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!
We’re sorry we got all these songs stuck in your head over the course of this episode. We really, really are.
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…
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.
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.
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.
by Robert Lamb | November 22, 2011
So once more residents of the United States find themselves on a collision course with the Thanksgiving holiday. Some of us make a point of celebrating it, some are obligated and others disregard it as much as possible. Between the traditional turkey gluttony and America’s historical mistreatment of Native Americans, there are certainly some good excuses to abstain. Growing up. I didn’t really care about the whole gratitude thing to be honest. Today, however, it feels appropriate to think a bit about what’s good in life and how little I’ve done to diverse any of it — and it looks like science backs me up on that.
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