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New Album from Girl Talk – NSFW
By: Richard Harrington on Apr 20, 2011 at 8:44:54 pm

Do you need a great mixtape to push through your next creative deadline? The eclectic Girl Talk has released another album called All Day (and its free under a Creative Commons license). The album is comprised of hundreds of samples yet achieves its own unique sound. Free Music... gotta love it. BTW... Girl Talk is rarely safe for work (but the graphics department at RHED Pixel listens to it anyway)....


I should have seen this coming...
By: Tim Wilson on Sep 6, 2009 at 5:40:56 pm

...although really, how could anyone have seen it coming? And yet, how could we not ? What follows is exactly what it appears to be, Cheap Trick performing "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" live, in its entirety, even madder and more perfect than I possibly imagined, featuring a blend of hubris and humility that only Cheap Trick could muster. ...


Are we sure this is a good idea?
By: Tim Wilson on Sep 4, 2009 at 11:39:02 am

I LOVE Yellow Submarine . Loooooooove Yellow Submarine. I'm old enough to remember The Beatles upending New York, which remains a pivotal cultural memory of mine. I dove in all the way, too, including my golden, gleaming Yellow Submarine lunchbox, 1968's de rigeur fashion accessory. (That one's not mine. I wish. I've watched ebay, Beatlebay, Christie's, and others, and have never seen one for sale in even GOOD condition. Most are pretty well banged up and rusted, and still run in the $700 range...if you can find one at all.) So maybe I'm too close to it to be objective, but...


Breakthrough Technology from...the Muppets?
By: Tim Wilson on Aug 30, 2009 at 10:33:28 am

To be precise, we're talking about breakthrough technology from the Henson Digital Puppetry Studio, which is part of the Jim Henson Company's Creature Shop. Some of the company's early technology received an Academy Award for Technical Achievement, but the work that led to their recent Engineering Emmy is even more impressive: motion capture with real-time rendering and 3D compositing, in full quality, full resolution. Read that last sentence slowly. Real time. 3D Models. 3D compositing. Ready for broadcast and streaming output. No rendering. The technologies are simple enough by themselves: "mechanical hand controls, a control computer, and a digital puppet workstation...


Elements of Good Media
By: Ken Harper on May 5, 2009 at 8:31:13 am

There are three elements to a good media project. 1. A Good Story 2. Good Images 3. The Right Music A good story should tell itself. Don't allow yourself to force parts together that don't fit if the dialog isn't there. Use narration to bridge caps and make connections between thoughts, but only if needed. Good images are well lit and composed. They tell a story all their own. The right music is probably the most important of the 3. You can set moods and generate emotions with the right music. You can set the pace of the story with...


The Art and Science of Joseph Kosinski
By: Tim Wilson on Apr 26, 2009 at 2:54:24 pm

I noted in my entry on the Tron sequel that a speedy look at Joseph Kosinski’s IMDb profile reveals virtually nothing -- not even his birthday. I’m amazed that nobody has gotten around to it yet, but he doesn’t even have an entry at Wikipedia. (I wonder if it's related to the absence of an entry on the Tron sequel. Probably. The only power in the universe I can think of that's more powerful than the masses converging on Wikipedia is Disney.) And so we ask, who is this man, and why is he directing the sequel to Tron? I first discovered...

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Digital music sales surpass CDs for the first time
By: Tim Wilson on Nov 27, 2008 at 9:20:08 am

Can you tell me what the following 5 artists have in common? Bayje Justice Young Steff The Zac Brown Band Estelle Besides the obvious, which is that I ve never heard of them, and doubt you have either. They re all featured on the front page of , in that order. It matters because Atlantic has the largest market share of any label, and is also the first to report that more than half of their sales are coming from digital sources. (The link above is to one of those NYT stories you have to register for. VERY much...


Fellow Film Music Composers
By: Alan Brown on Nov 22, 2008 at 10:05:10 am

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How to Label DVD-Rs 2008 Edition
By: Noah Kadner on Jun 9, 2008 at 9:18:42 am

This question comes up a lot- how does one label a DVD-R? I would never use a print on inkjet disc- because they smear with just a droplet of moisture nor stick on labels because they peel and jam. Instead- I'd go for one of three technologies- depending on budget and how professional the labels need to look: 1. Sharpie. This is cheap as dirt and works like a charm for sending to replication houses and for internal backups. But not so much given to clients- looks decidely ghetto for that... 2. LightScribe - this is a type of DVD...

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Fun with Sony BMG music
By: Tim Wilson on Apr 2, 2008 at 3:47:46 am

Starting with All You Can Eat music. Sony BMG are  working on  an online music store. This would of course encompass the dozens of labels under their umbrella, making for a huge, eclectic selection. It ll be a subscription model, which I ve always been surprised has never taken off for music the way they do for movies and TV shows. DVD and iPods notwithstanding, the way that 99%+ of even the most plugged-in people watch their TV and movie content is via live or DVR ed content, using a subscription model. Call it all you can eat. Instead of buying...


Russian Red Army Choir, part 1: Sweet Home Alabama!!
By: Tim Wilson on Apr 2, 2008 at 3:16:41 am

This is technically a project of the Finnish band, Leningrad Cowboys. The word hijinks comes to mind. It turns out that the Russian Red Army Choir is still around, and The Cowboys invited them to perform a few songs together. One of the two that s off the hook is Sweet Home Alabama, sung in English. Words fail me.


Pirates? What pirates? I don't see any pirates. Part 1: The Radiohead Experiment
By: Tim Wilson on Mar 16, 2008 at 4:53:48 am

I initally agreed with Trent Reznor s argument that Radiohead s experiment with the internet release of In Rainbows for any price someone wanted to pay -- including zero-- didn t go far enough , but I was wrong . The more I ve thought about it, the more I think the hypists were right for once, In Rainbows was the opening shot in a revolution that  the hypists said it was. The best article on this (found on a blog of course) is  Anti-Marketing In the Music Business . Amazing stuff, and well worth a read for anyone interested in music, distribution,...


Raising the stakes for DRM-free music
By: Tim Wilson on Mar 14, 2008 at 3:32:26 am

I ve written before about my enormous respect for Trent Reznor and his impact on popular music. Now, he s raising the stakes for everyone distributing any kind of music on the web. There was a lot of talk recently about how the release of Radiohead s latest album, In Rainbows, on the web before it was released in stores as a traditional disk, and how this was going to shake the music industry to its very foundations. Here s the exact headline of one such story, one of a gajillion you can find on the topic: Radiohead s Album Threatens...


By: Tim Wilson on Mar 1, 2008 at 6:23:47 am

The move Once was one of my favorites from 2007, and against all odds, a song from this lo-budget indie WON the best song award. It led to the most magical moment I ve seen in over 35 years of avid Oscar watching. Too bad you re never going to see it. It only aired ONCE, and Oscar is trying to make sure that you never see it again. Once is the story of two musicians who accidentally develop an intimacy that ultimately, very gently, pushes them back to their previous loves. It s sweet and beautiful, and has GREAT...


Clockwork: Bass Ackwards Workflow?
By: Sterling Glass on Jan 16, 2008 at 10:41:55 am

This portion of my three-part catch-up blogs focuses on the audio portion of my music video project. I have read many tutorials and seen just about every podcast on how to lip-sync animation to audio in After Effects. Alas, after much trial and error, none of those methods worked. It wasn t until I got a response on Adobe s Audition forums , that I was given a somewhat workable solution. What I wanted to do is have the main beat to the song be the rhythm to the video. And to be over-literal, have a clock ticking to the...

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Reflections on the Genesis "Bleed 'em Until They Drop" reunion tour
By: Ronald Lindeboom on Jan 14, 2008 at 6:37:33 am

I have been meaning to get over to the blogs and add my reflections on the recent Genesis reunion tour. I ve been a longtime fan of Genesis since the days when Peter Gabriel fronted the band. And I am one of those people who actually thought that Genesis was better (at least on A Trick of the Tail and Wind Wuthering ) without Peter Gabriel, and that Peter was better without Genesis -- well, some of the time, anyway. So, when I learned that Genesis was hitting the road again, I immediately set out to get tickets and secured...


What is speech anyway?
By: Aharon Rabinowitz on Oct 10, 2007 at 4:35:02 pm

So for the first time in a long time, I find myself completely at a loss. I ve lost my voice. Gone. I woke up yesterday and couldn t speak - at all. The doctor tells me it will be at least until Saturday before I can talk again. It s frustrating because I can t create podcasts. Obviously I can t record them, but I also read out loud as I write them, to make sure they sound right. So much of what I do is wrapped up in speech. Not that it s even close to the same...

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Yet another reason to love Wikipedia
By: Tim Wilson on Sep 13, 2007 at 1:55:04 am

So Nora and I were listening to Rubber Soul the other day, and during the piano solo in the middle of In My Life, she wondered who played it. She guessed George Martin. I have Wikipedia as one of the search engines in the upper right of my browser, so I typed in In My Life, and voila, it went right to an entire entry on that song! I figured it would take me, at best to the Rubber Soul best. My assumption was that I d have to refine my search a bit. As Samuel Jackson said in...

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"It Instantly Became His Song After That"
By: Tim Wilson on Jun 11, 2007 at 9:51:27 am

I got that sentence as the title of a story in my Yahoo headlines. That was it. The whole headline. No idea whose song it was, whose song it became, or what the song was. How could I NOT follow that link? ...


All Things Apple - Audio Production Links
By: walter biscardi on Jun 5, 2007 at 5:46:50 am

Hi all! Here are some links referenced by our All Things Apple - Audio Production episode. Jayne Olderman - Patrick Belden - Apple Logic - DigiDesign ProTools - langid=100 itemid=22700 For collecting royalties: registering copyrights: And here s a couple of shots of Jayne, Patrick and I at Jayne s Studio during the podcast recording....


The definitive Steve Jobs and EMI DRM compendium
By: Tim Wilson on Apr 27, 2007 at 12:39:46 pm

A few weeks back, I wrote extensively about the EMI/Steve Jobs press conference, as well as the DRM establishment s response. Check it out if you haven t. It s really good stuff, and not just because I wrote it. Well, here s the rest of the story, or at least as much of it as I accidentally found this morning. Here again is the transcript of the press conference with EMI Group chief executive Eric Nicoli and Jobs. You ll find that Steve does much of the talking (surprised?), but both guys come off as smart, funny and self-deprecating....


Clockwork: Procrastination (ironically) pays off ...
By: Sterling Glass on Apr 18, 2007 at 5:11:20 pm

... at least for this project. While tweaking the markers I had set up in Audition of the demo version of the song, Audition crashed. Like a first-time user, I just glanced at the screen and thought that my changes before the crash were still there and saved the file instead of Save As... . I was using the Spectral Display in Audition to see where the kick drum hit in the audio since I want to make my animation sync with the music. When I looked at the Spectral Display of the audio, nothing was there. So, I reinstalled...

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USB: the universal power adapter?
By: Tim Wilson on Apr 11, 2007 at 5:15:59 am

George Ou over at Real World IT talks about his quest for a universal power adapter. Wouldn t it be loverly? Then he observes that USB is becoming the new standard for charging devices including iPods and other portable music players, portable GPS, and an increasing number of phones. All true. He leaves out PDAs and portable gaming devices like PSP  and Game Boy. Then he says, Now all I need is a single cigarette to USB adapter and a single 110 V to USB adapter where ever I travel and I don t need to worry about forgetting a...


Now Playing!
By: Eric T. Bliss on Mar 14, 2007 at 11:58:51 am

I, Bessie, love the music of the cowbell as I graze. I also love the sounds of The Grassroots, The Animals, The Crickets, and The Beatles. I know that many of you COWs love music while you graze as well. That s why we started the Now Playing podcast : to talk about music with producers, performers, and more. You ll see that the first episode has already been posted, with more on the way. That s also why I wanted to start the Now Playing forum at The Creative COW. It s still new, but you ll see some...

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Good, Funny Music that's both free and for Pay?!
By: Aharon Rabinowitz on Mar 6, 2007 at 10:25:35 am

So my radio alarm clock woke me up yesterday to the sound of the news. That's not surprising since whenever I set it to do that, it usually does. But the news story was about a musician named Jonathan Coulter (actually, that isn't his name - they got it wrong). ...


It's okay. The music industry doesn't like me either.
By: Tim Wilson on Mar 1, 2007 at 6:26:09 am

At the risk of offending any COWs on the business side of the music industry, I’m not a fan of the business side of the music industry. Of course, I don’t think they like me either. ...


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