I’d heard talk on the radio, a while ago, that there had been a short TV ad spot consisting of a short bit of music and the Daft Punk signature, and looking at the music press section of magazines on the shelf at a train station retailer this week those robot faces were on many of the covers: so it seems Daft Punk have a new album out. Good for them, I thought, and later — having been primed so well for it — I was curious enough to click on a link to this interview on BBC Radio 6 music. (content only available for a short time)
Interview highlights (by Sam Freeman, from memory having listed to it once, while cooking, a few days ago):
concept of working on the production of a album with a cast and crew involved; analogy to big movie production (Daft Punk having taken a break from making their new album to work on the Tron Legacy soundtrack).
why they see computers in music making as a bad thing: lack of individual identity in the sound because the setup is too shared; brief description of their early setup using samplers etc as comparison; (from about 12min in, I think)
why Iron Man didn’t pass Daft Punk auditions, and who did…
A maintenanceupdate in which a bunch of user reported bugs are fixed so things work “as expected”, plus improvements are made to the MixConsole, Chord Track, MIDI functions, Audio system, and the GUI… the version history pdf details them all.
Spotify has announced today that they are dropping the 5-play limit for free users, so now you can listen to the same song over and over and over again. You have still the 25 hour play limit and of course the adverts.
The Calrec blog linked to these two stories over the last few weeks,
Firstly the announced demise of MiniDisc Sony will no longer ship Mini Disc after March this year, very sad but I am glad that got message!!
And as one format dies its important to remember that formats don’t always die when they are went to, Vinyl continues to sell, DAT still sees portable use and back in 2011 cassette was making a come back maybe!