7.4.17

Iconic BRIONVEGA turntable system



This famous stereo equipment set originates from between the 1960s-70s. It is an Italian design classic and was produced by the famous manufacturer BRIONVEGA. Designed by Pier Giamcomo & Achille Castiglioni. Playfully arranged dials and knobs, which form a face. The speakers can be easily hung on the sides of the body or the generous wiring allowed them to be placed elsewhere on the floor to best suit the listener. The speakers can be folded up when not in use, that makes the design more compact. The body is made from high quality plastic with a laminated wood finish. There are built in DUAL 1210 half automatic turntable / record player and a radio device. The whole unit is on a aluminium base with wheels.


23.3.17

C64 is back :-)

Wonderful 80s people on the box


Ciao Biscottone :-)

Power on, 37 years later...


Pride of Albion


A good old SID siren, in genuine BASIC:





17.3.17

LLNL Atmospheric Nuclear Tests (1945-1963)

Rope trick is the term given by physicist John Malik to the curious lines and spikes which emanate from the fireball of certain nuclear explosions just after detonation. (Wikipedia)
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is rescuing and declassifying many atmospheric nuclear tests (1945-1963) captured with multiple high-speed cameras running at roughly 2,400 frames per second. Although aesthetically beautiful, might be the most terrifying images that you have ever seen, especially today with the US and North Korea playing a fucking Risiko with our ass.











Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (YouTube)
Ars Technica Feature by J. M. Gitlin

28.2.17

Daddy's Car: a song composed by Artificial Intelligence - in the style of the Beatles



Scientists at SONY CSL Research Lab have created the first-ever entire songs composed by Artificial Intelligence: "Daddy's Car" and "Mister Shadow". 
The researchers have developed FlowMachines, a system that learns music styles from a huge database of songs. Exploiting unique combinations of style transfer, optimization and interaction techniques, FlowMachines composes novel songs in many styles.
"Daddy's Car" is composed in the style of The Beatles. French composer Benoît Carré arranged and produced the songs, and wrote the lyrics. 
The two songs are excerpts of albums composed by Artificial Intelligence to be released in 2017. 
The research behind Daddy's Car is financed by the ERC grant "Flow Machines", Flow Machines is a project leaded by François Pachet and hosted by the Parisian University Pierre and Marie Curie. 

"I guess you guys aren't ready for that yet. But your kids are gonna love it." (Marty McFly Jr.)

12.2.17

Boccioni


Umberto Boccioni
Fusione di una testa con una finestra
(1912 - 1913)
perduta, foto d'epoca.



11.1.17

Exploring Modular Synths Episode 0 - Beginner's Mind - Introduction and First Patch



This video is for beginners interested in exploring modular synthesis. It explains what a modular synth is, different types of modules, and how to create a first patch. I try to go step by step and use Pressure Points and Brains as a sequencer to run the Dixie ii+ oscillator, Peaks for envelopes, and the Echophon delay.



9.1.17

Xeno-Canto : Sharing bird sounds from around the world


Xeno-Canto is a website dedicated to sharing bird sounds from all over the world. It's a collection of recordings but also a collaborative project. Research scientists, birders, or simply people curious about sounds can listen, download, and explore the bird sound recordings in the collection. Very useful as inspiration for natural melodies and for understanding this work.


1.1.17

The Music of the Future by Sir Roger Scruton



Music exists in the ear of the listener, not on the page of the score, nor in the world of pure sound effectsI identify four developments that have led to the place where we now are. Thanks to these developments a new kind of music has emerged which is less music than a reflection upon music, or perhaps even a reflection on the lack of music, or on the impossibility of music in the age in which we live.
  1. The radical attack on tonality by Theodor Adorno
  2. The invention of serialism
  3. The move towards total serialization
  4. The replacement of tones by sounds, and musical by acoustical hearing
If avant-garde music is ever to step down from the world of concepts into the world of tones, then it will be because the audience exists in whose ears this transition can occur. Take away the audience and you take away the concrete reality of music as an art. You turn music into an arcane exercise in the acoustical laboratory, in which groups of patient instrumentalists pump out sounds according to formulae which mean nothing, since meaning lies in the ears that have fled from the scene.

Taken from The Music of the Future, a lecture delivered in October 2016 at the prestigious Donaueschingen Festival.

Roger Scruton is the author of The Aesthetics of Music, the first comprehensive account of the nature and significance of music from the perspective of modern philosophy, and the only treatment of the subject which is properly illustrated with music examples.