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An avant nerd remixing smooth disco in a dancehall stylee.

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Options March 28, 2012: Put me on hold

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Artist Comments Approx. start time
Collage from corporations putting me on hold and late '90s r&b jams    0:00:00 ()
Trying to convince customer service representatives to keep me on hold  Downsampled hold music cheese with bad reception. Gives me a serious art boner.  0:28:28 ()
Music behind DJ:

A little intuitive discussion of "foldover" in downsampling from Max Matthew's book "The Technology of Computer Music". 

0:37:06 ()
Downsampled Ella Fitzgerald played on a Commodore 64    0:43:42 ()
June Valli  "You saw me crying in the chapel" downsampled 20 times.  0:46:24 ()
Cory Arcangel  He downsampled Iron Maiden's Number of the Beast 666 times. One of the greatest (and succinctly stated) creative uses of foldover exploitation.  0:49:48 ()
Max Matthews  Some of the first algorithmic composition, from 1962. You can download this file here. Max Matthews (who is the namesake of "Max" in Max/MSP, btw) was one of the first folks to teach computers to compose and synthesize their own music.  0:56:51 ()
Lots of Trumpet Screams  A lot of this content tonight is courtesy the boys from Grasshopper. Here are a few supercuts of "trumpet screams" on youtube, people playing the highest note possible.  1:10:21 ()
Customer Service Survey + Kenny Loggins  How satisfied are you, from 1-5?  1:17:12 ()
Terry Riley  A tape composition by Terry Riley! From 1967, for moog and tape loops. Samples the soul song "You're No Good" and throws it through the Time Lag Accumulator. Wonderful.


1:40:25 ()
Xhol Caravan  Xhol/NWW collab called "Radio", a cut-up of Xhol Caravan recordings with radio static interspersed.  1:51:22 ()
  ...and back to the Terry Riley.  2:03:47 ()
Default Ringtones Remixathon  That part of getting a new phone where you scroll through all the ringtones. Except I remix them.

Here's a moving diagram that shows the development of Western Dance music in 20 seconds. 

2:02:50 ()
Golan Levin and Collaborators  Dialtones (A Telesymphony)...More info here. It's a "Large-scale concert performance whose sounds are wholly produced through the carefully choreographed ringing of the audience’s own mobile phones."  2:13:37 ()
Tiffany's Collections  Low key audio smoosh of piano music, jazz, etc...you can download here.  2:22:13 ()
Aki Onda  Contemporary analog cassette manipulation god. From the CD Ancient & Modern.  2:26:35 ()
Jandek  Nobody on WFMU has played my favorite Jandek song since we started doing playlists. It's "Quinn Boys II" off "You Walk Alone". He just recorded for Brian Turner's show, to be aired in early April.  2:31:46 ()
Pulse Emitter  New LP called Aeonis, out on Aguirre. Love Pulse Emitter to death.  2:43:13 ()

Listener comments!

  Wed. 3/28/12 3:13am fred:

Good morning Nat
Marty played a nice cut up yesterday: The Mae Shi's Old Skool Beats Vol 2
  Wed. 3/28/12 3:15am Deepak:

hey Nat, Fred. I was about to mention marty's thing yesterday, it was pretty nice.
  Wed. 3/28/12 3:15am Nat:

I will check that out! That also reminds me to find this Nurse With Wound cut-up that I heard Fabio play not long ago.
  Wed. 3/28/12 3:35am Deepak:

oh man, its Blondie haha.
  Wed. 3/28/12 3:35am neil:

crunch yea fun ear candy kundalini meow indede dada mucho bueno!
  Wed. 3/28/12 3:37am Bas, NL:

Wow.. you actually got me listening to 'phone hold' music.. it's awesome!
Avatar Wed. 3/28/12 3:37am Nat:

Yeah, such jammers. Waiting music almost never disappoints.
  Wed. 3/28/12 3:38am pierre:

Bonjour Nat
Bonjour Fred
Bonjour Deepak
Bonjour Neil
Bonjour Bas
  Wed. 3/28/12 3:39am Deepak:

'Waiting music almost never disappoints.'
True dat.
  Wed. 3/28/12 3:40am Bas, NL:

Hi Nat! Hi Pierre! Hi All!
  Wed. 3/28/12 3:41am pierre:

yesterday i had Angelo Badalamenti (twin peaks theme) for waiting tune… i guess it's pretty common, althought i love this tune, i'm not sure it's the best music to listen to when you're waiting for someone.
  Wed. 3/28/12 3:42am Scuttle:

Loooove this
  Wed. 3/28/12 3:48am Bas, NL:

The effect you describe here is called 'aliasing'...
Avatar Wed. 3/28/12 3:49am Nat:

Indeed. Aliasing and foldover are the same.
  Wed. 3/28/12 3:50am Bas, NL:

@Nat: *nod*
Avatar Wed. 3/28/12 3:52am Nat:

Whew...glad you weren't pointing out that I was wrong. Haha!
  Wed. 3/28/12 3:56am Deepak:

btw Iron Maiden introduced me to metal
  Wed. 3/28/12 3:56am fred:

DSP lessons on the station... I might have a case that I'm actually working right now...
Avatar Wed. 3/28/12 3:57am Nat:

Haha, well it's basic stuff, of course, but it's so powerful for creative exploitation!
  Wed. 3/28/12 3:58am neil:

brion gysins dream machine subconcious filling in the missing pieces. as on a visuial level. the process is often used in advertising.i think hitler used some principle of distortion in his early radio broadcasts. the words come out ov the air.
  Wed. 3/28/12 3:58am fred:

Though if we're going there, mp3 compression involves more than just downsampling.
  Wed. 3/28/12 4:01am fred:

And there's Alvin Lucier's analog experiment "I am sitting in a room"
  Wed. 3/28/12 4:04am fred:

re mp3 and cymbals: a sound engineer told me last week that mp3 encoding is so bad at transients that to get a good encoding of percussion you need such a high bit rate that the mp3 ends up bigger than the original
Avatar Wed. 3/28/12 4:05am Nat:

Ah yes, well what's wonderful about Cory Arcangel's piece is that it is recursive (ie, takes many go-throughs of the same sound) in creation, but it happens at once with processing, whereas Lucier's piece takes quite a while for the recursion to take effect. Digital recursion is instantaneous, while analog is slooooowwww!!!!
  Wed. 3/28/12 4:09am fred:

If digital was that fast, I'd be out of a job
  Wed. 3/28/12 4:10am fax machine:

\m/ ( ^o^ ) \m/
Avatar Wed. 3/28/12 4:12am Nat:

It's funny, in this book, Max Matthews is talking about "expertly used modern computers" that can handle 30,000 samples a second. The average meh quality mp3 today is 441,000 samples/sec.
  Wed. 3/28/12 4:14am fred:

CD quality is 44100 samples/sec.
Avatar Wed. 3/28/12 4:17am Nat:

Ah...of course you're right.
  Wed. 3/28/12 4:23am fred von helsing:

did you know that in france they call it a royale ?
  Wed. 3/28/12 4:27am Marmalade kitty:

good morning Nat! listeners! my wednesday morning alarm always more interesting
  Wed. 3/28/12 4:31am Nat:

Morning. Is everybody listening in Europe? Is there anybody not listening in Europe?
  Wed. 3/28/12 4:33am Deepak:

  Wed. 3/28/12 4:34am curt:

Listening out here in Portland OR! I like the everyday sounds.
  Wed. 3/28/12 4:36am fred von helsing:

There is nobody not listening in Europe. You are controlling transmission. If you wish to make it louder, you will bring up the volume. If you wish to make it softer, you will tune it to a whisper. You will control the horizontal. You will control the vertical. You can roll the turntable, make it flutter. You can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity. For the next hour, we will sit quietly and you will control all that we hear. You repeat: there is nothing wrong with our radios. We are about to participate in a great adventure. We are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to — The Roe Zone.
  Wed. 3/28/12 4:37am Jay/ London:

Good Morning Nat marmalade Kitty Fred And Fred von Helsing and all
  Wed. 3/28/12 4:37am Rob W:

  Wed. 3/28/12 4:39am bugs bunny:

Hoboken?! OOHH I'm dyin' again !
Avatar Wed. 3/28/12 4:39am Nat:

Haha! Very nice, Fred. I'm surprised to see an east coast listener! Isn't it past your bedtime?
  Wed. 3/28/12 4:40am fred:

Good morning FVH, MK, Jay, Rob and Curt!
@Marmalade Kitty: Pierre told me last week that you'll be coming to Paris soon. I think BSI arrives today for a few days. Will you be there too?
  Wed. 3/28/12 4:44am fred von helsing:

No this is Helsinki calling, at the top of the dial
  Wed. 3/28/12 4:47am fred:

I love this Terry Riley track. Has it been reissued?
Avatar Wed. 3/28/12 4:51am Nat:

Well, this CD is from 2001, not sure if it's been reissued after that.
  Wed. 3/28/12 4:57am Marmalade kitty:

Hi fred! yes, but no arrangement as of yet. sounds like fun!
  Wed. 3/28/12 5:07am Marmalade kitty:

awesome track! Bryce had a Terry Riley fest last friday
  Wed. 3/28/12 5:13am Marmalade kitty:

"Frank fest" 31st march.. many bands playing in tribute to raise money for Frank Sidebottom statue in manchester uk

  Wed. 3/28/12 5:20am neil:

R2 D2 where are you?
  Wed. 3/28/12 5:22am 56k modem:


beeebooo beeeboooo


welcome! you have mail...
  Wed. 3/28/12 5:48am groucho:

manchester, England signing in
  Wed. 3/28/12 5:50am groucho:

I saw Frank Sidebottom supporting John Cooper Clarke in Stockport a couple of years ago, he was amazing as always
  Wed. 3/28/12 5:52am Marmalade kitty:

there is a frank sidebottom show on wfmu archive, somewhere..
Avatar Wed. 3/28/12 5:55am Nat:

Jersey City, Signing out. Thanks for listening and commenting!
Avatar Wed. 3/28/12 5:56am Nat:

I am so tired.
  Wed. 3/28/12 5:57am Marmalade kitty:


  Wed. 3/28/12 5:57am fred:

Nat, in keeping with the DSP lesson, I'm going to a Miller Puckette talk today
  Wed. 3/28/12 5:58am Marmalade kitty:

take it easy, nat!
  Wed. 10/15/14 12:38pm Einstein_Concubine2:

Hey Nat, they made up ADD to make money on healthy children. There's no proof it exists other than corporate money and its doctors saying it does.
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