i would drive 199,997 miles

My car is about to hit that oh-so-magical 200,000 mile mark. Oh the times we've had!!
*CUE MONTAGE FOOTAGE *


Welcome to the '07

Happy new year! '07 will be a good one I can feel it. The number is divisible by three as Doruk has pointed out. I'm here in NYC with Doruk, Aaron, Asif, Dave, Ben, Maya, Marjorie, and friends. We had a fun time celebrating new years although a few of us snoozed before the new year struck. So far since I've been here I've gotten lost in the lower east side, eaten amazing pizza, and had some vicious Wii and Blokus battles. It's really nice to see everyone and it's also really nice to take a break from the 24/7 eyestrain that a computer job gives you. Today aaron made his cheez-it chicken and dave, maya, and i saw Pan's Labrynth, which is one of the freakiest and darkest fairy tale movies you'll ever see. The sound in the movie was amazing though!! Who knew squeaky leather and squeaky boots could sound so good? I mean it's the type of thing where the slightest brush of hair sounds like it's being amplified 1000x times. Hyper-real, or some other such nonsensical word.

Anyhow, I have some audio/music things that people have sent my way that you might like:
New York Times article about your brain on music

Make music from noise...(but is it good?)

Lasse Gjertsen: Stop Motion Piano and Drums

Happy Holidays with a Salute to the Godfather of Soul

Hey all, happy holidays! Sadly though, today James Brown has passed away today at the age of 73. I don't think I have to explain the significance of J.B....his impact and influence on pop culture and music are unparalleled. Definitely one of the most important musical figures in the 20th century. Knowing him, he is probably throwing a party up in heaven and rockin' out. Thanks James, for everything.

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Ever wonder what a glacier sounds like?

Here is a fascinating website that analyzes the sounds that a glacier makes. Some other interesting audio stuff on there too.

http://www.secretsounds.dk/ministry/

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An Algorithm for Music

http://tones.wolfram.com/generate/

Click that link above. I dare you. Then tell me robots aren't taking over the universe. Click it! Who needs musicians anymore? Interesting little app which makes a new song out of random elements each time you click it. I think Wolfram (of fractal fame) is looking to make some $ with ring tone downloads. Not a bad idea. Don't think I'd buy a CD of this stuff just yet. But it makes you think what else they got planned...

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Frequencies NYC

Festival happening in Brooklyn Feb 2nd - March 3rd. Experimental/noise/fringe music. Jaska's brother will be performing in it.

http://www.myspace.com/frequenciesnyc
http://www.frequenciesnyc.com

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Kid Beyond

Drew sent me this clip of Kid Beyond. Speaks for itself, I think... (literally)

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Crates and crates and crates of records...



Dan and I at a crazy record shop in north beach in SF. Tons of records, junky musical gear and a cat that watched over the merchandise.

Hoverboards

Did anyone else try to build one of these after seeing "Back to the Future" as a kid? I remember being 10 years old and trying to strap fans upside down to my skateboard. And then of course there is always, "If the earth was a giant metal ball, then we could strap magnets to the bottom!" Which, actually, the latter is true, if you were somehow able to get your hands on some superconducting elements (and able to cool them sufficiently so they began to exhibit superconductive properties).