The Rolling Stone 500
According to Rolling Stone magazine, here they are: the 500 greatest albums of all time, and the 500 greatest songs of all time.
The synthesiser foretold
Electronic machines will play a Beethoven symphony or sing with the voice of a Caruso are being developed in Britain.
They may do for the arts what the electronic brain, or computator, has done for mathematics.
In the near future they may replace human musicians for mass entertainment.
Paul Adorian, an electronic scientist, said yester day:
"Completely new musical effects and even new instruments will be created by electronics as revolutionary to music as the instruments invented in the 14th and 15th centuries."
Mr. Adorian explained that there would probably be one musician at a keyboard who would have at his command up to 120 instruments.
The Argus (Melbourne), Sat 24 July, 1954
Warning siren fails the test
Here is a classic case of stupidity: the new $500,000 tsunami warning system at New Brighton was trialled last Sunday. The test failed as many people in the area could not hear the sirens, even when quite close. A city council spokesperson said that the maximum level was 85dB as this was the maximum safe level before damaging peoples hearing. Clearly this person has no idea. The 85dB level is related to sustained (ie 40 years) exposure for a period of 8 hours per day. And keep in mind that part of the huge cost is to provide a gradual increase in level when the sirens go off, to avoid blasting anyone right next to them.
In any case, who is going to sticking around? Tsunami warnings mean one thing - get out of here.
Jon Lord dies
Rock pioneer and Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord died today, July 16th in London. He is survived by a wife and two daughters.
Here is a video of the bands NZ visit in 1975, including an interview with Jon Lord.
no fixin' it in the mix...
Most studio control rooms are now recording into DAWs. Some have converted from analogue to DAW, while newer ones began with a DAW. In either case a decision has to be made about where to place the computer monitor(s). Here are some solutions that actual studio have implemented. All these control rooms operate as tracking rooms!
Here are two more ways of doing it. They both look like reasonable solutions until the acoustics are considered.