Category ArchiveMuzak

Apple &Muzak 05 Apr 2006 02:31 pm

Audio Editing

I have been using an audio application called Peak LE for some time now, and it really does a great job for wave form editing and cleanup of mp3s, wavs, and other assorted files.

Mostly I like it for the digital signal processing tools. GarageBand does a lot of nice stuff in general for creating multi-track recordings, but it is elementary in this respect.

Another handy tool from the same people is SoundSoap. It is great for removing clicks and other random noises from recordings.

FOLLOWUP: Bias just announced that they will have Universal binaries for Peak in the second quarter and that upgrades will be free.

Apple &Muzak 03 Apr 2006 07:57 pm

Time Shift Music Streams

I like to listen to online radio broadcasts of local programming, like Philosophy Talk on KALW, and some remote programming, like KCRW in LA.

Unfortunately, I can’t always be online when the audiocast happens, so Audio Hijaak is the answer. It allows me to time shift recordings so that I can listen to them later.

It takes advantage of the Hardware audio abstraction layer in the mac to be able to launch pretty much any audio application and capture it’s stream.

Muzak 08 May 2005 01:00 pm

Listening to the Radio

Garrison Keillor has a really enjoyable essay in the Nation. You can find it online here. It’s an essay about looking for different worlds on the radio.

I remember getting my first transistor radio when I was 6. I was so amazed by it, and its ability to pick up far away stations. I would stay up past my bedtime, huddle under the covers with a flashlight, put in the single ear piece, and slowly move the dial on the side of the radio trying to find a far away station. Once I found one, I would turn off the flashlight and act like I was asleep as I listened. If I wanted to change stations I knew where I was centered, and could measure the turn of the dial up or down away from my anchor station.

Usually I tuned for WLS 890 am in Chicago. I could never pick it up on the radio during the day, so it was a special find. As a kid in Lexington, KY, I only knew that Chicago was really far away. It seemed to be the farthest away station I could pick up.

It was like bringing another planet into my room. They played a rock and roll format at that time, and some of it was music my parents listened to, but some of it was completely new. Also, it was always interesting to compare the weather reports to those of the thermometer at our house. It was usually colder in Chicago.

Today, I suppose the internet brings that other world into our rooms the same way. TV seems mostly too dull to bring the same excitement. There is very little discovery on TV. Yet, the Internet still has a million voices available as close as a Google search. I relish in that everyday. I hope the internet maintains that character.

Muzak 20 Aug 2004 02:21 am

Oops, I did it again

Richard Thompson was on NPR, and recorded a wonderful cover of Britney Spears’ Oops I Did It Again. Hear the interview and it here.

Muzak 03 May 2004 03:31 am

Nellie McKay

Nellie McKay rocks!

This is a refreshingly amusing album. Of course, I love a complete smart ass.
She fits the bill, and adds accompaniment that bears repeated listening as well. Check it out.

Muzak 19 Dec 2003 01:54 am

Plastic Pop Tour

CD Baby: MENOMENA: I AM THE FUN BLAME MONSTER! Interesting. One of many from this thread on Plastic.

Also, the San Francisco band, Oranger, sounds good on a first listen.

Muzak 15 Feb 2002 04:57 am

Langston Hughes Weary Blues

Weary Blues is a great album! Langston hughes speaking his poetry over music by Charles Mingus and Leonard Feather. Wow. I never would have guessed that his voice sounded the way it does. It has a sing-song quality.

Muzak 17 Jan 2002 10:30 pm

Charlie Hunter

Cool. Music from the new album and an interview with Charlie Hunter.
On kcrw. KCRW rocks

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