the-inbetween posts categorized as Music

Rock Band Ripped

It seems as though some enterprising individuals have managed to rip the music tracks from Rock Band. This might seem unremarkable at first until you remember that most of the in-game songs were based on the masters and were stored as multitracked audio, with isolated guitars, drums, vocals, etc. The files, which are saved as multitrack ogg files, can be easily opened in Audacity and easily manipulated. This is prime mash-up material. This, on its own, isn’t that big of…

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Work and Street Fighter IV

The last two weeks of February had an unusual number of high quality game releases. It was the kind of games barrage that you only see during the holiday months, so to be flooded during what is normally a dry period was odd. Very welcome, but still odd. Unfortunately for me, various work commitments, including a return to the nine to five routine and the one hour commutes have left me with little time for any of it. Well, apart…

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Dubmood Live at Kafe44 Stockholm

Here’s something for your ears. Get yourself a blender and throw in: French electro dancefloor sensibilities; a dash of The Prodigy, The Knife, Daft Punk; a barrage of GameBoys. Mix together for 93 minutes. Serve with a free download (direct link to 110MB zip file.) Dubmood’s stellar chiptune-infused dance mix can be found on Data Airlines’ site (just search for a post from October 25th 2008. I’d link to the individual entry but, well, you see.) It’s high-energy music perfectly…

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Writing About Games is Easy; Writing About Music is Hard

The topics that I write about tend to be, more often than not, game centric. There was no overt decision to focus on this topic on this here weblog[1], it is simply what I know best. Hell, when I started this by creating an account on Blogger I wasn’t even that much of a gamer. Back then, fresh out of high school and in my first (and only complete) year of university, I was a mere dabbler. I had no…

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CD Shopping in Paris

I walked the Avenue des Champs-Elysees a couple of times, up towards the Arc de Triomphe and back down to Place de Concorde and Tuileries, covering both sides of the perpetually busy road. The Avenue was what I expected it to be: lined end to end with designer shops, restaurants, tourists and image-obsessed locals. A couple of Starbucks rounds out the picture. In all my time there I stopped in two shops, the FNAC (French Best Buy, basically) and the…

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Duo505 – Just An Illusion

B.Fleischmann is an Austrian musician that makes, for lack of a better word, electro-accoustic soundscapes. I have two of his CDs and, to give you a perspective, one contains two tracks (one is 52 minutes long) and the other is a double CD in which each CD contains one 50 minute (I believe, live) track. Some of his other albums are more conventional but these two are my first impressions of his work. You can get a sampling of his…

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Genre Busting

Nostrich’s brief post about mp3 genre tags is something that I’ve been thinking about since I purchased an iPod Touch (and more so since I upgraded to iTunes 8.) Apple places too much focus on the genre tag, which has always been of dubious value. For years, the genre has been an unsorted mess in my music library. Any ID3 information I enter manually, I do so ignoring the genre tag (I never know how to classify music); and any…

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Audiosurf: What Have You Done to Whitenoise, Baby?

I miss some aspects of my desktop PC back home in Canada. The MacBook switch has been wonderful and I love it, but there are things that my PC had and could do that I have no access to anymore. I miss the other two thirds of my music library and the good speakers and headphones. I sorta miss being able to tinker around in Flash since the Mac version won’t let me use my PC serial (stupid. Lightroom 2…

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64Revolt

Malmo, Sweden’s[1] 64Revolt is going to garner the inevitable comparison to Toronto’s Crystal Castles, which would be ill deserved. Though both bands share similar chiptune-fueled hardcore aesthetics, they developed that style independently of each other. Hell, 64Revolt’s self-titled release predates Crystal Castles’ debut Alice Practice by a few months. It’s not quite a Calculus-defining level of synchronicity but the timing does reveal a certain cultural post-gamer outcropping happening now (though it’s interesting that 64Revolt’s follow-up EP has a song called…

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Musique Francais

Well, I made it. After an ordeal getting through the Chunnel I arrived in Paris on Monday evening. I’ve been here three whole days and it’s been completely gorgeous. In those three days I’ve had more sunshine than in any given three week period in London. It certainly makes for a more colourful first impression. My studio is very small but it has a good location (two doors from the Metro, and a block away from another Metro line) and…

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Sweet About Me

It is known that I have certain musical tastes that, so to speak, diverge from the mainstream. Despite my affinity for hyper-minimal glitchy stuff and 8-bit computer square waves and outright noise and glitch, I do like the occasional softer fare. Blondie’s “Parallel Lines”, for example, is one of my favourite albums. When “Hanging on the Telephone” was released for Rock Band, it was an instant purchase. So it was a bit of a surprise to see it reviewed in,…

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Harmonic 313’s Word Problems

Harmonic 313‘s EP1 is an interesting, if brief, excursion into bleepy, old school “Detroit techno.” The record makes heavy use of retro Speak N Spell samples, which is probably one of the most sampled toys ever. That little reference to the toy game isn’t restricted to the music though, it’s there through the packaging and website. All the track names are obscured behind a simple color coded substitution cipher. The website plays with this and makes a simple little interactive…

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Playing mp3s In Browser

or, “The V in FLV Means ‘Video'” The good thing about Flash becoming such a ubiquitous audio player online is that it has, essentially, killed off proprietary formats like ASX and Realmedia. Nearly every browser has Flash installed so it makes it easy for site operators to allow mp3 playback without having to worry about what players the user has installed or what the default download options are or whatever. You put up a simple Flash audio player and it…

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