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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Armistice Bassline & The Death of the Album

I added this video to the heading of my blog, but decided to give it its own post here more clearly since I have gotten many requests for a breakdown of this bassline.

Second, THE DEATH OF THE ALBUM. It's sad to say that this might be where things are going because I think so many of us are missing out on the beauty of the art of the album (that is, an intended collection of songs which compliment each other) and unplanned, wonderful experiences in browsing thanks to either our rather poignant internet search skills or our computer-fed, narrowly genre-based diets. One very important aspect of "browser" has been unfortunately lost in "internet browser." Check out what this article has to say about it, and decide if you are still up for the ride . . . No One Listens to Albums Anymore. What's Next? By Brian Till -- The death of the album and the rise of the single perhaps mirrors the broader societal shift. The Internet makes the infinite accessible, yet, in the hours we spend tethered to the sprawling enigma, we tend to pursue what we already know, rather than search for the foreign. 

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

iGeneration & Google

I want to share two good articles that relate to my life (and hopefully to some of yours.) The first one makes me think of my son: perhaps part of the iGeneration (although I really hate that term). Many things around him are related to technology, even though I try to spend a lot of time with him doing non-tech stuff, as you'll see in the video I just uploaded, but regardless, I'm fascinated by the way he'll view the world via all this "constant connectivity," such as with me uploading his video and him watching it in ten years. There is no doubt that with the blessings of this brave new world there comes many curses. I hope that this generation will learn to cope with it all.

Today's 'iGeneration' Has No Off Switch
By Sharon Jayson -- Today's kids don't remember a time without technology and the constant connectivity to the world that these technologies bring. One expert has dubbed this generation the "iGeneration," and it includes today's teens and middle-schoolers. Distinct iGeneration traits include early introduction to technology and a desire for immediacy.

Second, here's more on the constant impact of copyright law in our lives. Why is Google so concerned? It's a bit scary the power that this and other tech companies are gaining in the world.

Google Shuts Down Music Blogs Without Warning
By Sean Michaels -- In what critics are calling "musicblogocide 2010", Google has deleted at least six popular music blogs that it claims violated copyright law. These sites, hosted by Google's Blogger and Blogspot services, received notices only after their sites - and years of archives - were wiped from the internet. 

Vintage cab used on MM debut (two 15" Jensen speakers).