Preview: Splice Music 2.0 Could be First Web 2.0 Music App

Splice’s new interface looks suspiciously like a desktop music application — and even allows real-time effects. Screen grab by our friend Marco Raaphorst; if you can read Dutch, he sounds very, very excited about this website. Okay, calling anything “Web 2.0” is about as cool as casually slipping in the word “synergy.” Generally meaningless; definitely faux pas. But splicemusic.com was already tending that direction, with a website that allowed users to remix each other’s music live on the Web, and share and network with other community members in that process. Now, Splice itself has reached its own 2.0 release, and …

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The Beatbox-Input Sampler/Remixer: sCrAmBlEd?HaCkZ! (Could You Build It?)

Blog haze: it’s the dimmed state of consciousness that comes from reading too many blog entries about such and such a remix creative commons resampled installation art piece about intellectual prop . . . there, see I’ve already fallen asleep. But wait, this is really, truly, incredibly cool. If you don’t believe me, just watch the video.

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Copyright Criminals Remix Contest; Sample Chuck D and George Clinton

Usually, if you sample George Clinton, you wind up in court. A circuit court decision in fall 2004 ruled that an unlicensed George Clinton sample was illegal regardless of context, length, or recognizability in a decision so sweeping even the record industry opposes it. (See my article below; the details are quite complex.) For once, though, you can sample legally. Creative Commons’ ccMixter project is encouraging composers and remixers to employ interview samples from George Clinton — and Chuck D (Public Enemy), De La Soul, DJ Qbert, Matmos, Coldcut, and Negativland — in music submissions to a contest. The interviews …

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Create Broken Hard Drive Digital Music, Win EQ Watch @ Gizmodo

Sometimes, I have good ideas. Sometimes, other people have ideas I wish I’d thought of. Case in point: Gizmodo.com is running a contest to create music, in 3 minutes or less, based on audio from defective Hitachi hard drives. Win, and they’ll give you an insanely cool equalizer watch that could only have been designed in Japan. Now, come on. This has to be a CDM reader who wins this contest, right? That or else we have to come up with our own, better idea. Or, for that matter, better recordings than these Hitachi sounds — surely some of you …

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Chicken Little Toy, Remixed into a DJ

The crew at Remix Magazine got a chance to (literally) remix a Disney Chicken Little toy; they’ve posted the process and results. So what gear does DJ Chicken Little use? Pioneer CDJ-1000 Allen & Heath Xone mixer Virus Indigo keyboard PowerBook G4 running Ableton Live Hmm, absurdly cute, gets all the “young hens,” and has a dream rig — I have to say I’m a bit jealous. This is about the most fun toy I’ve seen since the Moog action figure. So, Keyboard Magazine, do we have a response toy?

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Jemgirl: The 1980s, Remixed

You think you know 80s flashbacks? Not unless you’ve met Jemgirl. This Australian-based DJ/digital musician is hardcore enough to be recreating tunes from the rock cartoon Jem. (Still not ringing any bells? You know, truly, truly outrageous? Yeah — that Jem, my fellow late-20-somethings.) Jemgirl isn’t alone, either: she’ll be spinning Jem tunes, 80s music, Commodore 64 remixes, and em411 member creations at a conference devoted to Jem: Jemcon (no, really — coming up in Minneapolis) Jemgirl’s original release on em411, “in the key of The Misfits” (there’s a phrase you don’t hear often) Jemgirl remakes music from the cartoon: …

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Physical Remixes with Pencils: Interactive CD Packaging

Using conductive inks and ordinary pencils, the CD Sequencer lets you remix CDs right from the packaging. The circuitry is drawn onto printed postcards; the circuitry measures change in resistance created by a pencil. Plug it into the computer via USB, and you’re ready to remix. Cool, but what I’m not clear on is how this actually remixes things — via the enhanced CD? (More on this if I can find something out; see our friend Chris’ live report from the RCA show.) Matthew Falla has a number of other brilliant projects, from birdfeeders to internships at the BBC. Along …

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Remix and Mash Nine Inch Nails: Now on Multiple Windows/Mac Apps

Artists letting you rethink or destroy their work? You bet — Trent is at it again. When Nine Inch Nails released their single The Hand That Feeds in GarageBand 2.0 format, it was a huge hit. Hundreds of fans posted remixes in the first week after the release. But Windows users — and even GarageBand 1.x Mac users — were left in the dark. Now, Trent Reznor is back with another NIN single, ready to remix / mash-up with raw tracks, but this time he’s got the multi-format thing down. The new single, Only, is available for users of several …

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3 Reasons Live 5 Could Revolutionize Remixes and Mash-ups

Here’s the idea: a remix/mash-up artist collects a bunch of MP3s. (Hopefully Creative Commons for legal reasons, but I digress.) An app instantly locates all those files. She types the first few letters to find a file, drops the file into a program, and it instantly beat-matches the song. Only one app really fits that description: Ableton Live 5. (see my quick take on features, or go direct to the source) Three reasons this matters for mash-ups: 1. MP3 support: Mash-up artists want to be able to easily pull compressed audio from their hard drive, which was one of the …

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Jaws Soundtrack: Remixed, Underwater

Artist Abinadi Meza has created a remixed composition of the “lighthearted” sounds of the movie Jaws (think drunken sailor sounds and off-key clarinet blasts), into a piece that wlll only be played underwater. To hear the output of the submerged speakers, you have to strip to your skivvies and float in the ocean. Title: Soft Jaws. Details of the project plus an MP3 for landlubbers are available from PS122 Gallery’s Artwurl zine. Speaking of this, have any of you experimented with underwater speaker placement? (or simulating it digitally?)

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