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2nd-hand guitar sold at auction

After being played at an infamous gig in Rhode Island, the guitar in question…

had been in the possession of a New Jersey family for nearly 50 years after the singer left it on a private plane

… and, on Friday, according to the Independent:

the Fender Stratocaster that [Bob] Dylan plugged in at the festival sold for $965,000 (£590,000) — the highest price ever paid for a guitar at auction.

 

Radiophonic Workshop

Recreating the sounds of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop using the Web Audio API…

The BBC’s research and development blog posted about this on Nov 29:

We’ve created a site which, while we wait for the Web Audio API to gain wider adoption, works best in Google Chrome. You can play with the four machine simulations, learn more about how they were used at the Workshop and then study the code to find out how they were built.

When we talked about ‘The New Radiophonic Workshop’ on show 61 we were excited by the prospect of a conceptual return, but underwhelmed by the blurb at the time.  I’m(sf) excited again now at the way these recreations are presented…

 

 

Charles Watkins interview on NAMM.org

NAMM have an oral-history library which includes this interview with Charles Watkins (video recorded in 2008) inventor of the first commercially available ‘echo unit’ the Watkins Copicat.

I found that interview via Watkins Guitar World which also tells this story:

Charlie tells the story of how he was reunited with Copicat No.1 on his website. He had offered a reward of £1000 to anyone with the machine. Someone from Liverpool returned it anonymously and said “keep the money”. Charlie said it restored his faith in human nature. What a wonderful gesture!

 

Happy 40th Birthday Atari


Founded in 1972 Atari is now 40 years old. Who could ever forget the classics, games, logo, movie appearances and related band names.

Of course from a Audio point of view the Atari ST came with rock solid MIDI ports and some classic sequencing (Creator, Notator and Notator-SL).

The Atari music community is still very much alive as born out by www.atarimusic.net.

Also I feel compelled to point out the Atari Stacy as well.

Compressed-Air Amplification

Another museum page in the plunder this week: last week we mentioned the Museum of Endangered Sounds, and this week (via MAKE) we have as plunder The Short but Loud Story of Compressed-Air Amplification.

The image used in the item that MAKE posted on G+, had me thinking of Steampunk, and so it was with a raised eyebrow that I read in The Short but Loud Story of Compressed-Air Amplification:

Horace Short and Sir Charles A Parsons (yes, the steam turbine man) introduced the compressed air amplifiers known as Auxetophones. Horace Short began the development of the idea and was granted a patent in 1898, and again in 1901. The patent rights were sold to Parsons in 1903.

17 Producers

The Audio Podcast 2011

  

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Samuel Freeman

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Jim Spencer and David Tolan of http://musicmasters.co.uk/

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14 News and NIME

The Audio Podcast 2011

  

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Samuel Freeman

Scott Hewitt

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NIME 2011 is on now in Olso → this Exhibition on Sonic Interaction Design runs along side it. Thepreface to the exhibition starts:

Sound is not Music. Hearing is not Listening. The sonic manifestations of objects affect our lives, even though they remain under the threshold of conscious attention most of the time.

and draws attention to how “playful interactions and explorations” with sounding objects can alter our perception of audio, perhaps in general.

This reminded me (Sam) of the Propellerheads MMM event with Matt Piper: Found Instruments at Home

Back to NIME, and an attempt to gain news from the event via twitter search → here’s one from @armitage__ :

‘Sound advice’ from Sergi Jordà… ‘It’s probably easier to make good music with a good stone, than with a bad NIME’ #NIME2011

Sergi Jordà being the one of the inventors of the Reactable and key note speaker at NIME2011

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