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If you use samples, then wish Pierre Schaeffer a happy birthday

It’s French composer Pierre Schaeffer’s birthday, and if you’re using any form of sampling, it’s worth pausing to remember him. At 105 years of age, he’s more relevant than ever. Listen, to his Cinq √©tudes de bruits : √Čtude aux chemins de fer. Amazingly, this 1948 piece (made when my Mom was born) sounds like it’d still be a good listen on SoundCloud today (thanks, Yuri Spitsyn):

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Do Not Adjust Your Radio: Surreal Sound Collage Interventions on BBC Radio 4

Before any explanation, perhaps you should listen. This is what some British listeners will hear as they tune into what they think will just be everyday national radio programming. Suffice to say, something will sound a bit off: Artist Christian Marclay is the person responsible for the work, the first of five such commissions in sound art for the widely-heard UK broadcaster BBC Radio 4. (He joins Ruth Ewan, Mark Wallinger, Susan Hiller, and Peter Strickland. More information on Radio 4’s blog.) This is the sort of commission that invites bold experimentation: working with London-based art platform Artangel, a GBP …

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Rauschenberg-Like Collage in a New iPad App: Composite

The iPad as artistic tool is not without its flaws. Finger painting, effectively, on its screen is nowhere near as precise as using a dedicated digital stylus like a Wacom, and lacks tangible feedback (as actual finger painting would give you, delightfully). And as a digital tablet, conventional painting metaphors can feel stretched. That hasn’t stopped people from making extraordinary work, as has been widely publicized, but the tablet computer has yet to come into its own as a unique, new medium. That’s to be expected: it’s early days. But that’s also why it’s so compelling to see the work …

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Tracking Explosion: Found Image Collage Masks for "Okyo – Monster" by RainbowMonkey

All kinds of fun. Prolific German/New Zealandish artist The Rainbowmonkey unleashes Google Image Search on to Okyo, to spectacular effect. “Monster” by okyo from The Rainbowmonkey on Vimeo. This was basically my first attempt at motion-tracking. Heaps of masks made out of random google images. Some inaccurate tracking and rough motion do show the piece up as a reasonably fast exercise, but I think the lack of motion smoothing fits well with the cut and paste aesthetic. Rough edges aside, the style is spot on for the music, and there are some lovely compositing and effects touches which compliment the …

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Tracking Explosion: Found Image Collage Masks for “Okyo – Monster” by RainbowMonkey

All kinds of fun. Prolific German/New Zealandish artist The Rainbowmonkey unleashes Google Image Search on to Okyo, to spectacular effect. “Monster” by okyo from The Rainbowmonkey on Vimeo. This was basically my first attempt at motion-tracking. Heaps of masks made out of random google images. Some inaccurate tracking and rough motion do show the piece up as a reasonably fast exercise, but I think the lack of motion smoothing fits well with the cut and paste aesthetic. Rough edges aside, the style is spot on for the music, and there are some lovely compositing and effects touches which compliment the …

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