Self Destruct

Alvin Lucier, I Am Sitting in a Room. I Am Sitting in a Room different than the one you are in now. I Am Sitting in a Room different than the one you are in now. I Am Sitting in a Room different than the one you are in now.

“In 1969, composer Alvin Lucier created a work that’s half science demo, half wonderfully creepy art: he recorded and then re-recorded, his own voice, over and over, until it turned into nothing but noise. It’s the coolest thing you’ll hear today. Lucier’s recording—”I Am Sitting in a Room”—banks on the fact that for any given room (the one you’re in now, your bedroom, the mayor’s office), there are certain frequencies of sound that’ll resonate above all others. Every time a recording is made inside this room, these frequencies slowly creep in over everything else—namely, Lucier’s voice. With each successive version, Lucier sounds more like a robot trapped in a tin box, until he sounds like nothing at all.” – Gizmodo

For more info: gizmodo.com/5971714

1878 Edison Foil Recording

Scientists have released what they say is the oldest playable recording of an American voice and the first recorded music performance. Talk about retro!

“The recording is just 78 seconds long, featuring a cornet solo and a man reciting nursery rhymes. Dated back to 1878, experts say it may be the oldest playable recording of an American voice. Ray Suarez talks to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Carl Haber who helped uncover the significance of this tiny piece of tin foil.” – PBS Newshour

For more info: theatlantic.com/physicists-recover-the-sounds…

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SoundCloud iPhone Record

SoundCloud for iPhone from SoundCloud on Vimeo.

SoundCloud has updated it’s iPhone app to include one very important feature: recording. After you hit the new orange button your track is pushed to the SoundCloud site and you get options to share the track on Facebook and Twitter. Will this replace the very sleek FiRe app for you? If the Berliners are reading this I’m ready for an iPad SoundCloud app too please.

“Record: capture your sounds on-the-go and share them directly to Facebook, Twitter and MySpace. Browse and search user profiles. Share any public track to Facebook & Twitter Background playback (on iOS4)” – soundcloud.com

By the way, I have been featured on the SoundCloud sign up tour pages: click here

Motu MicroBook

I’ve always found Motu interfaces to have super solid drivers. In fact I still use a Motu 828 from 1996! They have a new interface called the MicroBook that could be a great box for new musicians and for those of us who want a small interface next to their home laptop. It’s defintely shooting a bit at the Apogee One and Duet and the Mac Market. I like that they include the XLR mic adapter and have micro stereo inputs and outputs for iPhones/iPads and computer speakers. I also like that it’s tiny. It will be less than $270 when it hits the street next month.

“With professional analog stereo outputs, digital output, and stereo-mini output jacks for both headphones and desktop speakers, you can monitor your live audio and recorded tracks any way you like.” – motu.com/products/microbook.html

For more info: motu.com/products/microbook.html