Archive for the ‘music’ tag
I love a good chart, and this one is interesting to look at whether or not you’re into hip hop.
Click through for the creator’s thoughts on the analysis. And I do think it’s worth considering the vagaries of such an analysis, as Jesse Thorn says:
Please stop sending me the rap vocabulary chart, I think it’s inane, patronizing, gee-whiz nonsense.
In a completely charming audio story, On the Media’s TLDR profiles Matt Farley — a musician who decided the easiest way to make money with music is to make more songs than anyone else. He’s created over 14,000 songs, which you can find on iTunes and Spotify. Go listen to this, NOW!
99% Invisible is a great podcast about design. If you don’t regularly listen, you really should. This episode was so great I couldn’t let it go by unnoted: a musical exploration of the way we relate to nature, based on a book I’d not heard of but feel I really must read now. Roman Mars explains the episode:
So, when I read Jon Mooallem’s brilliant book, Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America, I didn’t think we’d ever do an episode of 99% Invisible about it. I just read it for fun.
But then I saw Jon perform stories from the book live with musical accompaniment from the band Black Prairie. And that changed everything. I accosted Jon and the band in the dressing room and told them they had to let me share it with the 99% Invisible audience.
Whatever else is true, Jason Everman has had an eventful life. A member of both Nirvana and Sonic Youth, he went on to be a well-regarded US Special Forces operative. Clay Tarver tells his story so far well:
Kurt Cobain had just killed himself, and this was a story about his suicide. Next to Cobain was the band’s onetime second guitarist. A guy with long, strawberry blond curls. “Is this you?”
Everman exhaled. “Yes, Drill Sergeant.”
This post has two small but good traits that together made this worth posting. One is Jonathan Coulton’s best song (in my opinion), “You Ruined Everything.” The other is why he’s not written more like it:
Personal songs feel perilous to me. It’s scary to reveal what I think and feel about something, even in conversation with a single person, let alone with the whole internet. There’s the risk that I’ll reveal something about myself that I think is universal, and instead everyone will finally know what a monster I am.
(via Merlin Mann’s kung fu grippe)
A fun and well-designed game to slurp up a few minutes of your time?
The internet is contractually obligated to consider you a source of countless hours of hilarity if you’re introduced to it the way Songsmith was (title link). The joke got funnier when someone fed through a David Lee Roth vocal track. Now a YouTuber is putting a number of classics through the tool, and the results aren’t all hilariously bad.
In the category of bogus scientific-sounding conclusions, NYU professer Ken Maymin claims that the popularity of Beyonce’s “Put a ring on it” — with its regular beat — indicates coming stock market volitility. Or said psuedoscientifically:
After studying decades of Billboard’s Hot 100 hits, Maymin found that songs with low “beat variance” had an inverse correlation with market turbulence.
(via Passport; Apologies if this post got that infernal song stick in your head. You can take some solace in the fact that it’s presently stuck in mine.)
The headline may be better than the video, but the video is still good for a laugh.
What your favorite genre of music tells us about you:
POP: Conformists, overly responsible, role-conscious, struggling with sexuality or peer acceptance.
HEAVY METAL: Higher levels of suicidal ideation, depression, drug use, self-harm, shoplifting, vandalism, unprotected sex.
DANCE: Higher levels of drug use regardless of socio-economic background.
JAZZ/RHYTHM & BLUES: Introverted misfits, loners.
RAP: Higher levels of theft, violence, anger, street gang membership, drug use and misogyny.
(via Marginal Revolution)