Friday, June 01, 2007

msb-0159 Platinum Blue

msb-0159 Platinum Blue


----"We Could Be Currys" by: "Crush"

Feedback comes first, so...

I just [Saturday June, 02, 2007] caught "Minority Report" on "ABC".

It was so chopped up with ads as to be almost unwatchable.

It was such a derisive edition that it was pathetic.

At the most climactic moments I was subjected to pizza ads; "pizza!"

Followed by "BINGO!"

And television wouldn't exist without the car companies.

How in the ever loving name of the "fuck" are you supposed to maintain continuity with complete and utter "crap" like that?

I promise you I will "NEVER" do that to my audience.

The ads all go at the end, all together with their own chapters, images and web links.

I am an aggregator, a reluctant DJ. I'm not a butcher.

I scour the podsafe music network to find songs that I hope will relieve the tedium of life in a world where some people would think so little of you as to broadcast stuff at you that is chopped up and interrupted by such utter and absolute "CRAP."

I also promise to my advertisers that I will never treat their their information with such cavalier disregard of their content.

Oh, and do you know what I remember of the ads on that show?

Only that they were "annoying".

---- "Tomorrow" by: "Tipping - Marucci - Dube"

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Share with other MSers whatever "you" want to share.

MDMHvonPA's shares his "Roundup of the blog-o-sphere" with us.

MDMHvonPA's Roundup 2007-06-05

It's been quite some time since I've had any time to make a pass at a roundup. The forces of the universe tend to act against me in ways that are completely undefinable. Whao ... serious déjà vu! But I swear, this type of thing NEVER gets in the way of my hobbies. Heh, I should go back and see how many weekends I complain about how it was too hot or too rainy to mow the lawn. A nice ven diagram of my topics and the bleed between posts would probably be rather pedantic. Weather, gardening, lawn-mowing. I suppose substituting leaf-raking or snow-blowing for lawn-mowing as weather dictates would be ok. The incipient kvetching will continue until further notice.

Speaking of snow, I understand that Linda is having a bit of a heat-wave over at Brain-Cheese. [ ] She does mention that her previous life in the warmer climes had given her the steel temper to match that of the demons from the lowest planes of hades, but her new Blue State environs do not usually let the local thermostat vary much between the 45-75 zone. The fact that we here in the swamplands of the Haupertonian Heatsink had 45 in the morning and 85 in the afternoon would have driven much of her fellow Emerald City Edenites swoon. Go over and offer her a glass of mint julip.

Zoom down south a thousand miles or so and you'll notice a slight warming trend. Not that Miss Hot-Hot-Hot Stuff Chris [ ] would notice. What? 120 degrees in the shade? The sun wearing Bermuda shorts and whisking sweat from it's brow? Burr, get me a jacket! And just because it's not quite toasty enough for her, she takes a vacation to temperate Las Vegas!? Now granted, most of that town is covered with a gigantic Tupperware lid and air conditioned to preserve the clients in a semi-cryogenic state (just mobile enough to pull those levers and play keno), but JEEZE!? I hear if you stand still on the streets of Vegas, if you wait long enough you will sink into the asphalt and become one with the town. Nova Scotia anyone?

A bit closer to EST, YodaMomma [ ] is also in a cooler world, but must contend with the insectoid invasion that comes along with a more temperate clime. I too encountered a tick this past weekend with was quickly pointed out by one of the Tyrants and disposed of in a rather brutal and final manner. Lyme disease; no thank you - I've already got a heaping plate of hurtin'. And I certainly hope that her 'tater bugs stay put up there in the hinterlands. My own taters are doing just fine and have not been exposed to those fiends. Sure, the weather is nice up there, but man, the resident fauna is not to be envied!

Scan a bit more to the East and you find yourself in the back-yard of the FOB (Forward Operation Base: Ithaca, NY). Pat at the MS Companion [ ] is struggling under the icy glare of the Glassy corporate eye. Not so much the chill of a bitter NE spring morning, but the even greater freezing effect of a stone-cold corporate entity squeezing a few more drops of blood out of a dessicated turnip. Funny about the printing.paper-media industry, they are all for the little-man so long as the little guy is not working for them. Pat, I'm sorry for your situation there ... some times living on the cusp of a change in the social dynamic just is not fair. Bop on over and give her a morale boost, we all could use one every so often.


So, how is the weather in your neck of the woods?

---- "Mysterious World" by: "IF"

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---- "Gone" by: "Black Lab"

Main Topic: "Platinum Blue"

I was catching up on my podcasts of "Science Friday"with "Ira Flatow", and they were having a show on musical analysis algorithms.

The company "Platinum Blue" [ ] has a music analysis tool, Music Xray [ ], that can take a song and tell the music producer if they have a "hit" on their hands.

It analyzes the music to detect some sixty characteristics. (The actual mixture of factors and the actual factors are proprietary and closely held.)

Its based on a wide range of music from classical to country to rap and has an analysis of all sixty factors from thousands of individual "hits."

It says nothing about the actual creativity in the piece.

Okay, this might be a disaster for the "bland"-izing of music, "or" it could be a tool for musicians out there to know how to tweak the arrangement of their music to figure out the actual parameters of their music to make it better for them and better for us all of us listeners.

They could turn merely good songs into what we call "hits."

---- "Bajoran Sunrize" by: "King Midas"

Main Topic, part deux:

I have always believed that there were some things about music, some mathematical properties, that are linked to our ears and how we process sound in our ears, how we transform that sound into neural impulses and how we interpret it.

(You just "know" I'm linking this to our neurons and their MS induced cross-talk and harmonic distortion and noise. [Lord knows its fucked my career as a guitarist {while improving it in some ways.}] :-)

I believe in the computational power of the human brain and the influence of music, hell our near obsession with music, on our intellect.

If you're interested in the subject, try reading "Music and Memory" by Bob Snyder, ISBN-13:
978-0-262-69237-3 [ ]

They have a whole lot [ ] of books on the subject.

You might also want to check out the Computer Music Journal [ ] from MIT press.

Some last words...

The music they call "hits" now was almost universally reviled when it was first heard.

They had riots in Paris over the first performances of Ravel's Bolero.

Likewise over the performances of Beethoven's works.

And Chuck's Bery's and Jerry Lee Lewis's performances were definitely "not" appreciated nor well received by the parent's of the fans.

Does the computational analysis tool tell you anything about that?

---- "Variation On Bolero" by: "theStark"


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