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Options October 30, 2017: Andy Rehfeldt changes songs to very different genres. Tech + musical genius!

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1. Support Techtonic by clicking "Pledge Now!" above for our October fundraiser. WFMU is funded by listeners and we really do need your support. Thank you!

2. After pledging, immerse yourself in Andy Rehfeldt's YouTube channel - it's brilliant. See also Andy Rehfeldt on Patreon.

3. Subscribe to the Techtonic podcast to catch up on past episodes.

Artist Track Images Approx. start time
  Andy Rehfeldt, composer and musician, turns popular songs into different genres while preserving the vocal tracks. Also, a Halloween-inflected AI brain remixes ideas for new Halloween costumes. Mark is assigned one of them.
Tomaš Dvořák  Game Boy Tune   Options    
  Mark's intro  
0:00:36 (Pop‑up)
The Cars  Just What I Needed (Andy Rehfeldt re-composition)   Options   0:20:12 (Pop‑up)
  Interview with Andy Rehfeldt  
0:29:02 (Pop‑up)
Nirvana  Smells Like Teen Spirit (Andy Rehfeldt re-composition)   Options   0:32:57 (Pop‑up)
Mary Poppins  Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (Andy Rehfeldt Death Metal version)   Options   0:45:06 (Pop‑up)
AC/DC  Back in Black (Andy Rehfeldt re-composition)   Options   0:44:35 (Pop‑up)
The Animals  House of the Rising Sun (Andy Rehfeldt re-composition)   Options   0:55:02 (Pop‑up)
Michael Jackson  Man In The Mirror (Andy Rehfeldt re-composition)   Options   1:00:54 (Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:02pm Mark Hurst:

At left, an X-ray image of Hamburger Helper.
  6:05pm Bea:

Skeptech was AWWWESOME! Can't wait for the third one!
  6:05pm melinda:

Hi folks
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:05pm Mark Hurst:

Thank you, Bea! Hi, Melinda!
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:08pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Hi, Mark. The video of Skeptech 2 will be available at some point, right? Maybe in the WFMU archive or on the Vimeo web site? I wasn't able to watch the stream live last Thursday.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:09pm Mark Hurst:

Hi Ken, yes - we will have most of the show available via video archive - just have to do some editing to get it ready. Should be ready sometime soon.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:11pm queems:

do they offer an opt-out of the face scanning? i opted out of the fingerprint scan, and i sure as hell don't want anyone scanning my face
Avatar 6:14pm Fox:

What is going to happen with regards to the MTA Cards being phased out so people can just use their phones? It's a terrrrrrrrrible idea, and the "what happens if you lose your phone?" problem is totally going to pave the way for people to get implants.
  6:14pm tinkle bear:

that squid metaphor, running a veal-factory, was awesome.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:17pm Ken From Hyde Park:

@Fox - I envision a dystopic scene where there are signs that point the non-phone people off to the side and they trudge off into some hallway/tunnel and are never seen again.
Avatar 6:18pm Jeff:

I have to assume that the whole face-scan thing will be added to the set of possible authentications to unlock the phone (along with the good old PIN and presumably still fingerprint) which you can choose from.
Avatar 6:18pm glenn:

same thing in toronto. i don't have a smart phone, nor do i want one, and if they phase out cash payments or tickets / tokens, i'll just drive everywhere. i won't be the only one.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:19pm northguineahills:

@Fox: Yep, my wife constantly leaves her phone at work or any other place. Although, she'd realize she left it before getting too far unless she ubers home.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:21pm queems:

oooh i want a copy of this
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:22pm northguineahills:

or bikes home
  6:22pm Bea:

Me too - this is Just What I Needed!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:22pm northguineahills:

This is good creative fun. A good frontal lobe filter at the end of the workday.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:23pm herb.nyc:

Lovely version- I'd imagine Ric Ocasek would be not amused.
  6:24pm Dean:

Re: phones, I think we need some sort of device to anchor them to a single location, say, a cord. That way we'll always know exactly where the phone is. An additional benefit would be that we'd only be distracted by the phone during those times of day when we're in that same space.
  6:25pm Dean:

Those shred videos are brilliant.
Avatar 6:26pm Alexander Graham Bell:

Oh, Dean. Dean, Dean, Dean.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:26pm chris:

if anyone wants to read a basic, very understandable, overview of machine learning, deep learning, ai... medium.freecodecamp.org...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:26pm Mark Hurst:

Thanks, Northguineahills & herb & Bea & queems!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:29pm northguineahills:

We're WFMU'ers, we're well versed in all genres....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:29pm northguineahills:

This is hilarious, even better then Weird Al!
  6:37pm melinda:

I like this Teen Spirit
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:37pm northguineahills:

Remind of the concept of Atom's Senior Coconut, but using more then one genre for the output.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:39pm chris:

that was great.
  6:40pm melinda:

That made me lol
  6:43pm Bea:

OMG - congrats on the pledge! I think there was a Panda Clam costume option?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:44pm Folsom:

Can we get a recap of the costumes or at least put them on the comment board?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:44pm northguineahills:

What Folsom said, and please post the costume next week!
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:46pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Back to the subject of Apple face recognition, I just encountered an article: www.fortune.com... "Why Apple Made a Bad Bet on Face ID"
Avatar 6:46pm Fox:

I can hear you silently laughing, Gio!!!
  6:47pm herb.nyc:

Samurai Angel reminds me of sat night live's Samurai Baker. And of course, he is a master baker!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:49pm Mark Hurst:

Here is the link to the costumes
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:50pm ultradamno:

Sexy Purbie Lampire!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:50pm Folsom:

How about cupcake pants!
Avatar 6:51pm Number Six:

@herb: I thought Clay was FMUs master baker. :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:51pm northguineahills:

I'd say panda clam or starfleet shark.

My brain is telling me I should leave work. Thanks Mark!
  6:52pm melinda:

I like Panda Clam, but Potato Man would allow for some flexibility of interpretation.
Avatar 6:54pm Number Six:

Would you have to wear a muffin top with the cupcake pants?
  6:54pm Yami:

Potato Man! Although I prefer punk tree...
  6:54pm Dean:

The costume names remind me of Kenneth Koch's marvelous book-length poem, "When the Sun Tries to Go On."
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:55pm Folsom:

Panda clam - panda costume with clam ears!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:56pm chris:

best interpretation yet!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:56pm chris:

fwiw, i like star trek shark
  6:57pm kimzilla:

Potato man!!!
  6:58pm Dean:

... O
Real! The magistrate, say "group," bower, undies
Disk, poop, _Timon of Athens_...

--and later--

A horse is waiting for the submarine's
Feathery balcony....

--Marvelous juxtapositions.--
  6:58pm Jeff:

Potatoman foreve!!!!!
  6:59pm Jeff:

Pledge forthcoming
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:01pm chris:

great stuff! thanks, Mark!
  7:02pm Yami:

I'm picturing him as a papa rellena btw love the monkey chant its the best way to end a show !
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 11:04pm Webhamster Henry:

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