Beginning to test the Livefyre commenting system on this blog. Spam has become unbearable and more importantly Livefyre will take conversations about posts here on Facebook and Twitter and copy them here. It may take a few days to get the glitches smoothed out. Older comments are being imported slowly. Thank you for your patience.
“For the first time ever, bring the conversation happening on Facebook and Twitter directly to your content, where it belongs. Make your site the hub of community activity.” – livefyre.com
For more info: livefyre.com
If you would have told me once I landed in Europe for this trip I wouldn’t have one single minute to myself to post to you I wouldn’t have believed it. These past 10 days were so full, unexpected and fun I had to leave my readers to other things on the internet. I’ve never screamed, sweated or traveled so much in my life. Posts will resume Tuesday and I have a lot of photos, music and stories to share. See you then!
The Dream Machine by X-Ray Pop will soon be re-released by Dark Entries Records.
“La Machine á Rêver is the B-side to the L’Eurasienne 7″ single by X Ray Pop released in May 1984. It will be re-issued on Dark Entries Records in July 2012 on a compilation of early material by this influential French band. This video first appeared on a collection of scopitones by X Ray Pop recorded at Elysee Sound March 1984. X Ray Pop are Doc Pilot: Casio PT20, MR10, Vocals + Zouka Dzaza: Lead vocals.” – darkentriesrecords.com
For more info: darkentriesrecords.com
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One of the items my father gave to me when the music department closed down at Fairleigh Dickinson University was a Wurlitzer Swingin’ Rhythm. It’s an analog preset drum machine from 1968. I used it on a song called Blood in the Sand (1999). Looking back now the song is a bit of a premonition. I foolishly didn’t think the box was worth that much so I left it behind during one of my many moves. A few weeks ago I was able to get one really cheap on eBay. Welcome home Wurlitzer. Today would have been my father’s 80th birthday.
“The Rudolph Wurlitzer Company, usually referred to simply as Wurlitzer, was an American company that produced stringed instruments, woodwinds, brass instruments, theatre organs, band organs, orchestrions, electronic organs, electric pianos and jukeboxes. Over time Wurlitzer changed to producing only organs and jukeboxes, but it no longer produces either. Deutsche Wurlitzer, owner of the Wurlitzer Jukebox and Vending Electronics trademark, was acquired by the Gibson Guitar Corporation.” – Wikipedia
For more info: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wurlitzer
Here’s something for the obsessive record collector to do with his free time: catalog your vinyl on Discogs. I would really like to do it too but as time accelerates I don’t want any of the past to steal from the future. Maybe I can get someone to do it for me? I never knew you could export your collection as a .XLS file… good stuff.
“Learn how to quickly catalog, appraise, and sell your records online using a free site called Discogs.” – Cnet
For more info: discogs.com
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Spend two hours in the UK. The year is 1984 and your friends are wear black.
“this film has been rescued from an old mildewed-and-damaged VHS cassette tape so the quality in the first few minutes is pretty poor, but it settles down fine just in time for the action inside the club itself. The original video was commissioned by the couple who ran the club (Annie and Pete Swallow) and was distributed amongst family, friends and people who frequented it. I can’t remember if there was a charge for it at the time [thanks to the commenter who told us it was £2], probably was. This is the complete full length video as originally presented.” – Patrick Torsney
For more info: wikipedia.org/wiki/Goth_subculture
Here’s an interesting concept I found over on the Synthtopia blog. You know time lapse photography? Well what about time lapse audio recordings? phonoLapse is Mac or PC software that let’s create such recordings. What do you think?
“phonoLapse is a free desktop app for Mac and Windows that lets you create audio time-lapses. For the 2010 Enterferenze New Art Festival I put together a little Time Lapse Phonography piece that followed me over the course of 24 hours. I have been receiving emails from people wanting to create their own, and decided to work on a standalone version so you too can create some time-lapse phonography” – soundplusdesign.com
For more info: soundplusdesign.com
There is a new Llamasoft aka Jeff Minter game out! Five a Day, like all the other Minter games I mention on this blog is a psychedelic arcade gameplay winner. Jeff is on a massive success streak with iOS (and iCade). Just get the game. It’s a perfect way to rest your ears in between long studio sessions. If you want a long extended review of the game check out this one over at Kill Screen: click here. Jeff if you ever read this you can use any of my music in your games!
“Minter has developed a style of high kitsch, in which the most stupid things are changed into the extraordinary.” – Kill Switch
For more info: minotaurproject.co.uk
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Here’s something great: A speech synthesizer that sounds as you type. After your done spelling out your line hit enter to hear the sentence read. Hearing is believing so try the demo: js1k.com/2012-love/demo/1274
“Showing up the other sound generating entries, Mathieu Henri created this JS1K Speech Synthesizer for the contest. It’s a super simple speech synthesizer that “says” what you’re typing as you type, and then the whole line once you hit enter.” – creativejs.com
For more info: s1k.com
With popularity comes pain. Well ok that was a bit dramatic. What I’m trying to say is as Wire to the Ear continually gains readership as my Google Analytics tells me it does so does comment spam. In fact comment spam here has become insanely high. Most days the site is under a constant attack and Akismet gets bogged down and holds thousands of these spam comments in a cue. This means if you left a message I probably won’t see it for 24 hours. Another “problem” is about 80% of the comments and discussion on these blog posts are happening on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. I’m considering switching to a third party commenting system such as Facebook Connect, Disqus or Livefyre. I have some issues with switching. First, I don’t want to use a system that keeps the Wire to the Ear comments and doesn’t allow them to flow back into the Wire to the Ear database. Years down the road the commenting system may go away so it would be nice if the comments could revert back. I like the idea of Facebook Comments but correct me if I am wrong… that would mean someone would have to have a Facebook account right? I know a few people who do not (like my brother). Livefyre seems nice because it grabs comments from other places and brings them back here. Finally, I dislike the design of most of these systems. Wire to the Ear is super clean and I like it. So what do you the readers think? Should I try a commenting system or just leave things the way they are? After all it’s your comments that make this site fun.
“For the first time ever, bring the conversation happening on Facebook and Twitter directly to your content, where it belongs. Make your site the hub of community activity.” – livefyre