Tag Archives: Music

Response to The Longtail

This article took me back to weekends in New York City with my friends. We would spend countless hours pawing through the used record bins of the type of music stores that seem to only exist in dingy, downtown basements. It was long and tedious, and we loved it. You never knew what you were going to find in those bins. Would it be a 99 cent copy of Yellow Submarine? Quality Control by Jurassic 5? Ants In My Pants Parts 1-16 by James Brown (I kid you not)? Every shop was a treasure hunt, and we never knew what we would find. I miss that. Don’t get me wrong; I love the convenience of itunes. I love how it can recommend bands, and make me awesome playlists, but it’s just not the same. I miss the juxtaposition, the element of surprise, the ability to actually take a record in my hands and looks at the artwork. I understand it’s impractical, inefficient, and maybe even nonsensical, but that’s just how I feel. What I want is a real virtual record store, where you can look though bins of poorly organized music, never knowing what you’ll find next. Who knows, you might just fall in love with something that an algorithm never could have predicted you would like. Yet, this hasn’t stopped me from fully embracing sites like Netflix and Amazon. At home I’m a total Netflix Nazi. Everything must be rated, and selections must be approved, as to not throw off future recommendations. I guess I’m torn between my love of convenience and desire to stay rooted to elements of the past. I’m not sure it matters though, it looks like things are moving toward the digital and I’ll just have to learn to accept that.

Are you a Healthy Student?

I was rummaging through KSPC’s library, early one Saturday morning, and I came across a…let’s call them an interesting band. I immediately fell in love, but when I played it for my friends, they had decidedly different opinions. Seeing as Healthy Student plays a combination 8-bit, electo-pop and what seems to be Microsoft Narrator, I understand that they’re not for everyone. Their one album, Robots R People 2, however really interests me. It’s self-described as an album made completely by robots and, while I’m fairly sure that this isn’t the truth, it’s an interesting concept. So much music today is made without anyone playing actual instruments how far do you think we are from computers being able to make music? Computers can already write research papers (http://pdos.csail.mit.edu/scigen/) is writing music really that much harder?

Regardless of what you think, if you want to hear what the music of the future might just sound like, check out Healthy Student’s website at


You can also see them perform here (I don’t really like the song, but the performance is really intriguing)


Youtube Annotation Editor

When I originally found this video a few days ago, I wanted to post it immediately, but it seemed like all the entries had suddenly become serious after our initial posts. So I debated, then waited. After our conversation in class about Hypertext I was thinking a lot about the presentation and the flow of information on the internet (in terms of things like Wikipedia, Stumbleupon, Flikr, Facebook etc….) and my mind drifted to Youtube. While it’s not exactly prominent as of yet, Youtube’s Annotation Editor allows a video’s creator to link one video to another. While I’ve never seen this used for an academic purpose, it seems like it would have a lot of real potential. This video itself creates collages of Youtube video screen shots and then links to those videos. While it’s a tad clumsy, and severely limited by the capacities of Youtube’s Annotation Editor, I think it’s also pretty damn innovative.


The song is pretty good too.