…60+ recordings of “Gymnopédie 1” played simultaneously. It’s a wonderful, beautiful intervention on the beloved piano piece, composed by Erik Satie in 1888. It’s been written that the Gymnopédies were a precursor to the ambient music tradition, and this is a perfect redux and commentary on that notion. … Continue Reading
Before I found this project, I’d never have even considered the question of playing music for my cat: it’s just common knowledge that cats don’t care about music—right?
The first time you hear ice sheets cracking, it’s probably not what you would expect. You can hear the effect more clearly in sound artist Andreas Bick’s recordings. But what’s going on? Why would ice cracking sound so much like striking a long metal wire, and what does that have to do with Star Wars?… Continue Reading
If you’ve ever wondered what indie rock/noise/shoegaze might sound like combined with the electromechanical bleats and whirrs of the Large Hadron Collider, look no further than the above.
In honor of the world’s most powerful particle collider’s ramp-up to historic energy levels, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) invited experimentalists Deerhoof to do pretty much whatever they wanted inside their magnet test facility, background noise and all.… Continue Reading
I only just heard about this: the 5th Annual Brooklyn Stompbox Exhibit, a collection of dozens of guitar pedal designers and what looks like possibly hundreds of pedals. Is there anything more Cooking With Sound than patching together a bunch of strange and unusual guitar pedals and hearing what you get? … Continue Reading
Check it out—an in-browser oscilloscope visualizing a few different songs using WebGL. The scope uses XY-mode, where the sample values of each stereo channel are mapped to each of the axes, instead of the X-axis representing time.
In 1977, Voyager I & II were launched from planet Earth, destined for the outer solar system and beyond. It’s estimated that in 40,000 years, they will each pass relatively close to the stars Gliese 445 and Ross 248 respectively.
As such, it’s only natural to wonder what some alien lifeform might make of such an object if they discovered it, and so it was proposed to include an audio-visual record of humanity’s existence.… Continue Reading
If you’ve got 7 minutes, you’ve got time to learn how mere oscillations of air molecules gives rise to the incredibly varied world of sound that we perceive every day, thanks to this terrific video. Brandon Pletsch gives us a guided tour of human hearing, all the way from the outer ear to the cochlea, the latter being my personal favorite aspect: more on that in a future post 😉… Continue Reading