Forgotten Audio Formats: MP3

The year was 1994.

Music was as popular as ever, with rock bands like Nirvana and The Smashing Pumpkins, pop artists like Ace of Base and Mariah Carey, and soul artists like Boyz II Men and Janet Jackson selling millions …

Curse Breakers

When something’s wrong in #TheLand, who you gonna call?

Curse Busters!

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Just a little update on the details of the Cleveland Curse. I hate how it’s sold as nothing but losing teams for 50 years.

The Curse is that Cleveland …

Team Eye vs. Team Ear Part 1 – TV Sets Through History

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Recording allows us to store and replay something. It is the first time-shifting. It’s been around for ~ 200 years but it wasn’t until the last 100 that they really started making tangible progress for commercial applications.

Images were first. …

The Art Of Foolery

Cool article about various ways the US military attempted to confuse the enemy during WWII using rubber tanks and other fun.


 

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Reminds me of driving the roads in Poland and coming across a metal sign shaped and painted …

Language Splits; Music Unifies

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Interesting article here about how humans use music psychologically, and how we have evolved with the help of music.

Language divides us into groups and parses all types of information into specific, tribal code.

Music on the other hand, …

Another Good Funk Doc

This one is from the BBC, circa 2014.  It’s hard to summarize something as huge and outstanding as funk in 1 hour, but they give it a shot. Lots of good footage and interviews here:

 

Sly & The Family Stone @ Woodstock Music Festival

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Remember WFNK Funk Supersite!

There were several branding attempts on WFNK.com over the years, including the “funk e-griot”, “funk supersite”, “no fake afros”, and the not-so-modest “center of the online funk universe”, whatever that means.

The point was to use this new technology to …

Loudness Wars Research

I’ve really been exploring my music collection lately* and along with the playback quality of the PonoPlayer, I’ve learned some things about the hated concept of “loudness wars”:

 

  1. I can really hear it start up in the early 90’s

Recording Quality Rule Of Thumb

Allow me to speak some truth about the recording arts — the overall quality of music production has been going down since before I started. I’ve done nothing to reverse the trend ;-).

This is due to multiple factors not …

Like The Feathers of a Dinosaur

You know they were just big birds, ight?

If they made Jurassic Park nowadays, we might be watching this:

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or wait, maybe this?

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40 Years of Recorded Music Distribution

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Vintage jams

Quick history lesson —

Digital audio made it’s public debut with the CD standard known as “RedBook”, started in 1978. A collaboration between Phillips & Sony, the CD standard was originally going to be 14bit/40k with error correction …

The First LP… ever

The year was 1948. The funk was about to go mobile.

Colombia debuted the 33 1/3 RPM long playing vinyl disc.

Some serious fiddle by this guy playing this. The breakdown run at 0:34 is amazing.

The audio linked …

Library sticks 1 million pics on Flickr and asks for help making them useful

Fun times if you are looking to kill a few hundred hours….

British Library sticks 1 million pics on Flickr, asks for help making them useful | Ars Technica.

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R.I.P. The Father Of The PC

Missed this one over the holiday, but on July 3rd, Douglas Engelbart died at the digital sounding age of 88. He was not a household name, but amongst PC history geeks he’s about as important as they come. By 1968 …

The True Story of the Iraq War

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US Vice President Dick Cheney makes a phone call to Prime Minister Spidla of the Czech Republic to inform and to thank for support of Iraq policy, 3/19/2003.

Here’s a behind the scenes account of how, why, and who the …

Happy 30th Internet!

Happy belated 30th birthday to the modern internet!

In 1982, Vint Cerf and his team at ARPANET had a problem. They had roughly 1,000 servers spread around america trying to network with each other. The addressing and networking protocols they …

World?s Oldest Digital Computer Resurrected

“The Witch” is back.?‘The Witch?: World?s Oldest Digital Computer Resurrected.

I think this video story misses some key historical points. In the late 1930’s you probably know there was some serious war action popping off. Germany and Japan …

Everyone Has A Home

Shifting gears, I found this awesome postcard slideshow and I had to share. Everything in this video (from the time of my grandparents) is still standing and in many cases still in use, and it’s just a small piece of …

The iPad of 1997

It was called a Newton, it had a kindle-like screen, handwriting recognition, great software, and was still smaller than a modern netbook. Check out this in-depth look at using the final model of the Apple Newton, circa 1997.

The guy …

Replacement Theory

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I’ve never been clear on the difference in “replace” and “displace”, I just know that tablets are the future and people who degrade them as faddish or toys are in denial. I type this before hitting the dictionary to see….…

Tech Titans

Market speak for computer companies during my geek-life:

My first glance:

IBM = titans, Microsoft = nerds, Apple = hippies, Atari = artists

My High school years:

IBM = clumsy old titans, Microsoft = business nerds, Apple = misguided hippies …

October 1972: Birth of the Packet Man

Packets, packets, got your packets here!


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Going way back into the ‘what is the internet?’ file, here’s a great article about the actual first pitch and live demo of the internet (then called by it’s acronym ARPANET).

Yes, it did …

Creator of the WWW Credits Steve

Us internet old timers know the story, but with Steve’s passing I thought it important to point out that the guy who developed/invented the world wide web, HTML, and the http protocol back around 1990 claims he couldn’t have done

“I am inventing electricity… and you look like an asshole”

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Unsung Ohio Players

Through the magic of video production, a great overview of my favorite funk band of all time:

 

 

 

 

134 Years and Counting…

Scientists Play World’s Oldest Commercial Record

Winter Warm Up

It’s friggin freezin out so if you are stuck in looking for ways to get warm…

this might help out:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL115AEDAD73A8627B
This funk playlist has been greatly expanded to better do your chit up right this winter.
With love, Ezraz