Something to listen to as you read Ctein's column later this morning.
On the eve of my 30th birthday, I began rendering "automatic" "enhancements" of only the most salient points of the pop music of my youth; a line, bar, or fragment of a particular song (after being heard out in "the wild" in the present; akin to running into an old friend on the street) was chosen based on how much my nostalgic recollection of it differed from its contemporary reality. Each was played back at exactly half-speed, then run through a series of time- and gain-based processes that slowly and meticulously chewed through the audio, revealing hidden layers of content, context, and temporal/spectral production details…shining a flashlight into the dark corners of each selection, revealing the ghosts lurking within.
Interesting, although I confess I am unlikely to listen to the whole nearly 12 hours of it.
At least the hooks don't get stuck in your head.
(via Bob Burnett)
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Ahem: "There is a rather amazing 'Symphonies of the Planets' 5-CD package, done by NASA. Truly unique sounds recorded and generated from various space-y sources, resulting in truly beautiful and haunting ambient soundscapes. Not sure if it's still available, though."