Monday, December 14, 2009

Artificial car noise

From the New York Times' 2009 Year in Ideas: "Evidence that hybrids might be hard to hear coming has been accumulating... Having spent years trying to make cars quieter, manufacturers of hybrids and electric cars now find themselves in the curious position of figuring out the best means of warning people that 3,000 pounds of metal is rolling their way." Read article

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Recent / recommended listening / viewing

l i s t e n i n g

--Amon Tobin: Foley Room (A terrific album, detailed and thoughtful in a way sample-based music ought to be more often.)
--Kraftwerk: Autobahn, Kraftwerk 2
--The Heliocentrics: Out There
--PJ Harvey and John Parish: A Woman A Man Walked By
--Joe Meek demos (Not necessarily recommended unless you're already a Meek fan, but fascinating if you are)
--Hair: original cast recording
--Miley Cyrus: "Party in the USA" (I can't get enough of this song! I love the portamento synth.)

v i e w i n g

--Paranormal Activity (The finest in the "found footage" genre so far, in my opinion, and just a fine horror film at that. There seems to have been something of a backlash, and I'd like to be part of the backlash against the backlash.)
--The Girlfriend Experience
--The Happiness of the Katakuris
--Synecdoche, NY
--Mildred Pierce

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Alan Splet tribute

Nice tribute to samurai sound designer Alan Splet (David Lynch, et al)-- kind of busy right now so I'm not sure of its origin, but it's interesting-- I'll post more info when/ if I get it. Enjoy!