Link: Recreating Thom Yorke’s “The Eraser” on a Monome

Via Create Digital Music:

…here’s a video that really demonstrates how the Monome turns a set of buttons into a way of arranging and performing music. Adam, aka makingthenoise, covers Tom Yorke’s “The Eraser” using a Monome 40h, Ableton Live, and the SevenUp Live software setup.

Reconstructing The Eraser with the monome from makingthenoise on Vimeo.

Link: Metallica’s New Album Sounds Better in Guitar Hero than CD

I haven’t heard it yet, but Death Magnetic has apparently been squashed flat – no dynamics at all, unless you’re listening to the Guitar Hero version:

Via 1up:

Metallica’s latest album, Death Magnetic, was finally released to the world on September 10 — including to Guitar Hero III players, as the album was also released in-full as downloadable content. But according to keen-eared fans who’ve heard both versions, it turns out the sound quality in the Guitar Hero DLC is actually better than the quality of the retail CD. And according to Ian Shepherd, a mastering engineer and DVD author at SRT, they aren’t just hearing things.

Check out the difference in the waveforms between the Guitar Hero version (top) and the CD (bottom) that SRT Mastering Engineer Ian Shepherd notes:


August 2008 Posts Roundup

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Happy Labor Day folks.

Here’s a selection of entries from Barbarism Begins at Home from August 2008:

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Garfield Minus Garfield Not Getting Sued Into Oblivion

Great news about Garfield Minus Garfield.

The full-color book format will give readers the experience of having both the original and doctored Garfield strips together on the same page for comparison. Dublin, Ireland-based Garfield Minus Garfield creator Dan Walsh will provide the foreword to the book.

Seems like most publishers would have sued this guy, but Jim Davis, Garfield’s creator, apparently loves the comic.

“I think it’s an inspired thing to do,” Davis said. “I want to thank Dan for enabling me to see another side of Garfield. Some of the strips he chose were slappers: ‘Oh, I could have left that out.’ It would have been funnier.”

Soundtrack Pro Getting a Facelift?

I hope so – Soundtrack Pro looks pretty dated compared to the newest releases of the Pro-Apps.

Take a look at the listing on CocoaDev:

Apple is seeking a senior software engineer to join Apple’s Soundtrack Pro team. Strong experience building end-user applications using Cocoa and Objective-C. Experience developing media applications for professional users.

Apple Selling Off Pro-Apps To Make Room For Adobe? Nah!

Robert Cringely speculates about the future of Apple Pro Apps:

…why, then, was Apple quietly shopping around its entire professional application business to prospective buyers at the recently completed National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas? These include Aperture, Final Cut Pro, Logic, and Shake — applications that are hardly also-rans in their segments and none of which are antiquated in the least. Final Cut, of course, absolutely dominates the video editing business. Why would Apple want to give that up?

The claim is that Apple is trying to avoid antitrust problems for it’s inevitable buyout of Adobe. Adobe has software that does the same tasks as Final Cut Pro, Soundtrack Pro, After Effects –

There is no Adobe equivalent of Logic though…

Plus, Apple just hit one million Final Cut Studio licenses – they want to dump that? Really?

April Fooling Around With The New Logic

Steve Horelick, Logic trainer and Emmy nominated musician for his work on Reading Rainbow, demos the latest ways to use regions in an unreleased Logic Pro, on this day, April 1, 2008.

I mean, it is truly unbelievable. The Logic designers have come up with new ways of manipulating regions that if I hadn’t seen it for myself, I would have thought it to be impossible. And, in fact, even after making this tutorial and demonstrating these fantastical functions, I still can’t believe that what I am witnessing is actually happening. You’ll just have to see it for yourself!

Mojo — IM-like iTunes Sharing

Lifehacker writes about Mojo – a freeware app that lets you browse your friends’ iTunes libraries, listen to them, and download songs.

Essentially, Mojo makes sharing music with your friends through iTunes wildly simple, from its simple interface to its brilliant implementation. If you’ve ever used apps like previously mentioned ourTunes to download music from shared libraries, you have an idea of what Mojo does, bu you should still prepare to be amazed.

It looks awesome, but the account creation makes me feel uneasy. I give it until the end of the month for its first cease and desist.

Delicious Library 2 On The Way

Apple Insider has an exclusive preview of Delicious Library 2.0.

It was beginning to look like it would never show up – first they said they were waiting for Leopard to come out so they could launch alongside it, then they said they had to put some finishing touches on it, Leopard got delayed, and here it is about to come out about 5 months after Leopard.

Link: AppleInsider | Exclusive preview: Delicious Monster’s Delicious Library 2.0 [Page 1]