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).

In the redwoods

Thought I'd drop a line while I'm up here in northern california. We are supposedly in the land of the redwoods but I haven't seen one yet in person...hope to see one tomorrow. On the way up here we had a little fender bender with the rental car (no one was hurt). We really weren't going very fast (zack's laptop even stayed on his lap) but check out the damage caused to the brand new chrysler 300 series below. The other car was barely dented. We had to pay for a $200 taxi cab drive back to oakland where we promptly picked up a new rental car and drove 6 hours north back into the cold, dark, stormy mountains...that was not a fun drive.

Post Modern Urban Bird Calls

Birds living in cities are performing a type of "avian rap" while their rural counterparts are sticking to more traditional sounds, a study shows.

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Moose Mix

Spinnerty posted this mix by his friend Moose. Some pretty sick stuff. I think this mix would fall under the category of "broken beat" but that's something Spindiddly would be able to answer better than I could.

Moose - Release and Flexx mix
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Hoo hoo! Like a search owl

Have you ever heard a song and been reminded of other songs? Some folks have created a new type of search engine which allows you to upload your favorite song and then analyzes the frequencies and characteristics of the song in order to provide similar matches. I tried it on a few tracks and sometimes it is pretty close. It's a fun way to search for similar sounding music or audio samples, and makes you wonder what it is (sonically) that makes songs unique.

Try it out on the OWL search site. It references mostly creative commons licensed works.

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making comments into posts

It's great when you guys post stuff as comments that I can just turn into a new post :)

Check out this page with a list of some songs (you can download) that have been sampled by various house/hiphop tracks.


OH! and if you didn't KNOW...........yo ass betta call somebody!! (about the following link)

http://the-breaks.com (crucial sample database)

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Konono N°1

"KONONO N°1 was founded over 25 years ago by Mingiedi, a virtuoso of the likembé (a traditional instrument sometimes called "sanza" or "thumb piano", consisting of metal rods attached to a resonator). The band's line-up includes three electric likembés (bass, medium and treble), equipped with hand-made microphones built from magnets salvaged from old car parts, and plugged into amplifiers. There's also a rhythm section which uses traditional as well as makeshift percussion (pans, pots and car parts), three singers, three dancers and a sound system featuring these famous megaphones."


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More Coltrane


This is an interesting Giant Steps visualization. It's reminiscent of the moving shapes and colors that I might visualize when listening to it (albeit much more blocky and more varied colors).

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Rap Impersonator

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Balls of Steel

I wish we had a show called "Balls of Steel" in America...