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The Internet and music – some histories

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John Robert Ferguson

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Timber (Coldcut and Hextatic)
In the track “Timber” (1997) (a politically-charged collaboration between Coldcut and Hexstatic) recontextualised sounds associated with industrial logging are used mimetically to evoke images of deforestation. The design of the rhythmic material is particularly interesting, as the samples are sequenced and manipulated in order to simulate actions of cutting, chopping and sawing.

...the source material consisted of video footage provided by Greenpeace, while the track itself was inspired by the “video sampling” of artists such as Steinski: “all sound sources are linked to their video sources.

"Timber" won Best Editing Video Musique Awards, France 1998.
Why play Timber in the context of Web Audio ....?
Danger Mouse
RIP! A Remix Manifesto
The Internet and music – histories and ideas
Ratcliffe, R. (2014) ‘A Proposed Typology of Sampled Material Within Electronic Dance Music’. Available here: https://dj.dancecult.net/index.php/dancecult/article/view/369
The telegraph is often named the Victorian Internet

1) The Internet and music – histories/ideas

2) Copyright, remix, and the open-ended work
3) Networked performance
4) Open source software/hardware/creativity
transmit (a programme or some information) by radio or television.
"the announcement was broadcast live"
synonyms: transmit, relay, air, beam, send/put out, put on the air/airwaves, show, screen, televise, telecast, videocast, podcast, live-stream
"the show will be broadcast on TV worldwide"
scatter (seeds) by hand or machine rather than placing in drills or rows.
"the second method is to broadcast the seeds together with not more than 1 kg to the acre of rapeseed"
synonyms: scatter, sow, disperse, sprinkle, spread, distribute, disseminate, strew, throw, toss, fling; literarybestrew
"the most common mistake is to broadcast too much seed, resulting in a very heavy crop"
Gregg Michael Gillis (AKA Girl Talk), is an American disc jockey specializing in mashups and digital sampling. Gillis has released five LPs on the record label Illegal Art and EPs on 333 and 12 Apostles.
The Grey Album is a mashup album by Danger Mouse, released in 2004.The album gained notoriety due to the response by EMI in attempting to halt its distribution, despite the fact that both Jay-Z and Sir Paul McCartney said they felt fine with the project.
Eric Whitacre:
A virtual choir 2,000 voices
Ironically, just after EMI exerted so much effort trying to wipe Danger Mouse’s music off the internet, his next project was producing Gorillaz’s sophomore LP Demon Days… for EMI. To this day “Feel Good Inc.” remains Gorillaz’s biggest hit and arguably the second most recognizable song in Damon Albarn’s oeuvre behind Blur’s “Song 2,” among Americans at least. It’s also one of the best four or five songs Danger Mouse has ever been involved with, a slinky and propulsive cartoon disco track with an irrepressible beat that makes Albarn’s sing-rapping sound almost as good as his richly evocative crooning. You can see why Burton won a Producer Of The Year Grammy for this record.
“No matter how permanent we anticipate our incursions being, there’s no such thing as forever,” English says. He cites the singing wire as an example; part of the 3,200 kilometre Australian Overland Telegraph Line that once connected the north with the south. “There’s a meaninglessness to it now which summarises this idea of temporality. I find it really powerful that the environment reclaims us. You can try to make things invulnerable but between the termites and sun, everything is reduced to dust. It’s a really beautiful reminder that we need to be humble.”
Endtroducing..... is the debut studio album of American music producer DJ Shadow, released on November 19, 1996 on the record label Mo' Wax. The album is renowned for being composed almost entirely of sampled content, most of which originated from various vinyl records obtained by DJ Shadow during trips to record shops. Endtroducing..... was produced by Shadow in the span of two years using minimal equipment, most notably the Akai MPC60 sampler.
DJ Shadow
Listen to live streams of open microphones in a variety of worldwide locations ....

Conversnitch automatically tweets overheard conversations, bridging the gap between (presumed) private physical space and public space online.

A small 'lightbulb' plugs into any standard fixture, and via a microphone and wifi connection audio is streamed to Amazon's Mechanical Turk, where it is transcribed by anonymous workers and posted to Twitter.

With Conversnitch, information moves between spaces that might be physical or virtual, free or proprietary, illegal or playful, human or machine, spoken or transcribed.
Since the year 2005 the Soundjack software has been the result of Alexander Carot's musical experience and research activities in distributed music on the Internet. Once you are familiar with a few basic pinciples related to audio streaming on the Internet it will provide you the best possible quality- and delay conditions in order to play live music as shown in the videos below. However, you need to realize that the final latency depends on the physical distance, network capacities, the actual network conditions and the actual routing between the involved peers. In most cases real musical interaction is limited to physical distances below 1.000 km. It is important to understand that latency acceptance thresholds vary from player to player and furthermore decrease with an increased performance tempo.
Gibber is a creative coding environment that Charlie Roberts originally designed for live coding performances, it’s created entirely in JavaScript. http://gibber.mat.ucsb.edu
...and I want to make clear: as true as the statement: 'the web changed everything' might be, there is still a history worth exploring that helps us unpick the tendencies that inform the present and future situation...
***For next week***
Autobiographic audio challenge:

Using audio samples of one second or less and sourcing your audio materials entirely from your own CD/digital music collection, use ohmstudio software (www.ohmstudio.com) to create a composition of exactly one minute and be ready to share/discuss it in class during week 2.
You may only use one sample from each song or
composition and you may only use each sample once.
Apart Study
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