Category Archives: podcast

Oregon Trail

I just spent over an hour play and beating it (barely!). There are also hundreds of other games on that site too. Use the alphabetical listing at the top of the page. Enjoy:

I’ve always heard people take about Oregon Trail, but I’d never actually played it. It was a pretty interesting experience to be able to got back and simulate my childhood that wasn’t. Professor Fitzpatrick and my Art History professor have both talked about how a general feature of technology and the software developed for it is that we generally reach a point where old programs don’t work any more (as we began to see with Afternoon).

As this site demonstrates, I don’t think this notion is entirely true. Yes, I may not be able to run older software on my computer, but that isn’t to say that the software is no longer accessible. As long as the original data exists in some form, then I see no reason why an emulator like the one in this site or other tools that help provide access can’t be developed. The software certainly becomes less accessible, but I would hesitate about saying we necessarily lose complete access to it.

PodCAST – Than and Dorian

Here’s our podcast.

We’ve used four songs in it: “My First Song” by Danger Mouse, “Set It Off” by Girl Talk, “Requiem” by Mozart, and “Intro Song” by Dorian Lee/Grineye.

Thank you.


Myself and sparklingbears (aka Rachel and Aaron) have produced a podcast for you! Innit special? We, too, focused on the modern art of the mash-up. Bonus coverage: the history of sampling, the legal controversies surrounding it, and the future of music culture in the digital age!


Here is the Podcast that Isso and I did on the subject of Pandora Online Radio. In our podcast, we deal with various issues surrounding online radio, and then demonstrate a sample station created with Pandora’s recommender system, the Music Genome Project.


Our information was drawn from Pandora’s Blog and FAQ and the Wikipedia pages on the subject. The songs that we play to demonstrate the generation of new radio stations on Pandora are:

1. Outrageous - Britney Spears
2. Sexy Back - Justin Timberlake
3. Umbrella - Rihanna
4. Womanizer - Britney Spears

PodCAST music Canon in D

Similarities in music:



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Jimmy and I also did a podcast on music, namely the “art” of remixing and mashing-up audio. Here’s our script:

CLIP #1: “Set it Off” – Girl Talk

“In his fourth album Feed the Animals, Girl Talk (a.k.a. Gregg Gillis) used 322 samples to create an eclectic and creative work. In the track you just heard, ‘Set it Off,’ 24 different songs were used — Gillis meshes popular hits such as Rihanna’s ‘Umbrella,’ with tracks from Vanilla Ice, Aerosmith, The Spinners, and Radiohead among others. Girl Talk joins a group of re-mixing pioneers including DJ Shadow and DJ Dangermouse. Dangermouse is regarded as one of the first to successfully create a ‘mash-up’, famously (and illegally) remixing the Beatles’ White Album and Jay-Z’s Black Album. Here’s a clip…”

CLIP #2 : “Change Clothes” – DJ Danger Mouse

“Dangermouse, along with other mash-up artists have revolutionized the way we think about music and the way we think about audio. Remixing is a relatively new mode of thinking about audio, and mash-ups are but an infant genre. All of the possibilities have not yet been explored. While a lot of electronically synthesized music can sound the same, the variations alone that exist in Girl Talk and Dangermouse’s music hint at the boundless opportunities that digital music provides.   Re-mixing and re-editing, not even for the purpose of mashing up 2 or more totally different pieces of music, has also become a way to creatively enhance music. Take, for example, AmpLive’s rendition of Radiohead’s ‘Reckonerz.'”

CLIP # 3: “Reckonerz (ft. Charli2na)” – AmpLive  

“Audio softwares such as Garage Band make it easy to re-mix music; in fact, Girl Talk was known to have composed Feed the Animals in his basement, on his MacBook, using nothing but Garage Band. Anyone with a Macbook has the built-in capacity to use Garage Band — and anyone with a music library can drag-and-drop tunes directly into Garage Band and mix to their heart’s content. Technology’s progression has made it possible to remix and DJ with ease — and several years ago, this was not necessarily the case. Technology has also made it easy to circumvent copyright laws. Dangermouse and Girl Talk have both encountered issues involving copyright and property laws. There are some who criticize an artists’ ability to mash-up and remix without paying loyalties; while others claim that some songs are so outdated, or in Girl Talk’s case, used so minimally and unrecognizably, that there is no need to make a fuss. There is also the issue of distributing remixes and mash-ups for free on the internet. Websites devoted to the downloading of remixes have featured the mash-up ‘Brush Your Bittersweet Shoulders Off,’ a meshing of The Verve’s ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ and Jay-Z’s ‘Dirt Off Your Shoulder.’ Here it is…”

CLIP # 4: “Brush Your Bittersweet Shoulders Off” – The Verve vs. Jay-Z

“Audio has the capacity to reinvent what has already been created. Artists such as Girl Talk and Dangermouse mix, mash, and collage to produce something new. In much the same way Adobe Photoshop has the ability to alter a picture, Garage Band has the ability to alter a song. What is unique to audio, however, is music itself. Yes, music can be written in a score form, or in lyrical form, but there is no literal sound to the written word.   You can convey with audio something that is entirely unique to sound — images and writing cannot always affect a person in the way that music does.”


Podcast: Audio Advertising Today

Bianca & I decided to make our podcast about audio advertising today, comparing it to ads in the past. We looked at patterns and decided to focus on three differences.  Ads today, we said, incorporate more urgent tones, sexualized themes, and attempt to incorporate people of color, but they do it by falling into the stereotypes of the different races depicted.  

Writing the script for our podcast was easy enough, but actually making the podcast wasn’t quite a breeze. Twice, we recorded the clips from commercials on our accounts through Pomona’s server and the next time we logged on, the clips weren’t there. However, we did become fairly well versed in the basics of Audacity, having to re-record several times… It was fun to combine our script with clips of actual ads, so as to demonstrate exactly what we were talking about. It was also interesting to hear our voices play back to us. The first time we heard ourselves, it sounded weird. We worked to make our voices sound discernible  and enthusiastic, something I didn’t realize we would have to focus on so much. All of our clips are from YouTube.

Bianca and Lauri’s Podcast