Last.fm introduces gender plots

Last.fm introduced a beta feature that can compare artists, genres and tags on a gender – age plot. Interesting.

http://blog.last.fm/2010/09/22/now-in-the-playground-gender-plots

Here’s one that’s particularly interesting:

Software, engineer, DJ, producer, and musician all skew male, while boyfriend, girl, email, outgoing, person, friends and love all skewed female.

Thoughts?

UPDATE: Here’s my plot compared among my friends.

Tartini: Realtime Music Analysis Software

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Here is a cool program I found to help with vocal practice, Tartini.

Tartini is a program designed as a practical music analysis tool for singers and instrumentalists.
Just plug in a microphone and instantly your computer will give real-time feedback including:-

* Accurate pitch contours for visualising intonation, vibrato shape, tuning or just which note is being played
* Loudness graphs, to help analyse dynamics
* Harmonic structure of a note describing timbre

The program is named after the violinist and composer Giuseppe Tartini. In 1714, he discovered that if two related notes were played simultaneously on a violin, a third sound could be heard. The frequency of the third sound is the difference in frequencies of the two original notes. Tartini taught his students that unless they could hear the third sound, they were playing out of tune. Thus we see him as an early example of someone trying to apply scientific principles to understanding and improving musical technique.

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“Groovy Dancing Girl” throws down sick moves to IDM & electro

OK, she’s got it going on! To IDM, nonetheless! (Plaid, on Warp Records)

And now for some Squarepusher! Specifically “My Red Hot Car.”

Yeah! Love it. This is among the best dance moves I’ve seen to IDM, and I love how she feels the glitchy / funky aspects of some very abstract electronic music.

So it turns out our Youtube star actually caught the eye of French fashion retailer Etam and they brough her in for a fashion shoot and video as part of their brand’s new direction. CHeck it:

Speaking in Code: A documentary on the passion-fueled lives of contemporary techno creators

Watching this documentary on the contemporary techno movement gave me goosebumps. And I recognized every single track in this trailer (yay for those technerd points).

Speaking in Code is an intimate account of people who are completely lost in music. A heartbreaking and lighthearted documentary, it’s a vérité glimpse into the world of techno.Captivating and entertaining, the film takes you around the world, following the people who make electronic music … their lives.

Starring: Modeselektor, Wighnomy Brothers, Monolake, Philip Sherburne, David Day & Amy Grill

Also featuring: Ellen Allien, Tobias Thomas, Marc LeClair AKA Akufen, Wolfgang Voigt, Michael Mayer, Reinhard Voigt, Sascha Ring AKA Apparat, Sascha Funke, Mario Willms AKA Douglas Greed, Miss Kittin, Dan Paluska AKA Six Million Dollar Dan, Mike Uzzi AKA Smartypants

Featuring music by: Modeselektor, Wighnomy Brothers, Robag Wruhme, Ellen Allien & Apparat, The Field, Monolake, Michael Mayer, Gas, Jonas Bering, SCSI-9, Gui Boratto, Superpitcher, Steadycam, Dettinger, The Rice Twins, Reinhard Voigt, Oxia

Although the artists featured are mostly based in Germany, the internet has spread this particular sound throughout the world through niche-oriented internet media. Germans aren’t the only ones generating the energy of the new movement, but their scene is very visible. We do need educational vehicles like one this to explain to the world why we’re so passionate about something so abstract, yet moving and emotional. Can’t wait to see the final product.

ALSO: Here my more-academic rant on Gaper’s Block: “Speaking in Code: A Documentary on the Passion-fueled Lives of Contemporary Techno Creators”

Techno enthusiasts, I would propose, operate on a generally more abstract level than just “having a beat you can dance to” along with a sung allegory of lost love or pursued-yet-unrequited love. Much along the lines of Western Classical enthusiasts, they giddily freak out about an unexpected bass-modulated, gated atonality, and derive blissful pleasure from well-placed syncopation and juxtaposing the minimal alongside the maximal.

The Granular Synthesis of Curtis Roads

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Watch Motherboard – The Granular Synthesis of Curtis Roads

This is a pretty amazing video. Granular Synthesis I can wrap my head around (imagine a more complex version of additive synthesis, but on a micro-scale), but what really amazes me is Curtis Roads was doing it in 1975 on a mainframe with punchcards. You heard me. How much more nerdcred does this guy need? Ok, lemme back up for a minute. I am, actually, old enough to know what punchcards are (but, keep in mind I was like 5 years old and hanging out at my mom’s company to learn about them). Back in the day (and my intro to computer science teacher in college was amazing because he explained this to us and made us basically write out our algorythms before we came to class to program them), a programmer would have to write out a program in its entirety and then wait for days sometimes, to get the program to execute. This is totally the opposite of people can work today, where they can see the results of a coding change realtime, or, on the web, with a simple page refresh. Pretty leet, I gotta say.

Check out this video–even an Autechre song makes a cameo (but, I would add to the video’s description that what made Autechre and similar IDM artists’ work so mindblowing wasn’t simply due to complex rhythms, it was that plus the unheard-of-before combination of electronically-generated revolutionary sounds while still maintaining a “more accessible” composition in terms of melody and so forth. At some point Roads says he considers his music “point, line, cloud” because a grain, or sound particle is a point, a series of points on either or both the x or y axis, and a cloud,–IMHO–is actually “a left-to-right series of chords”) BECAUSE CURTIS ROADS OPENED FOR THEM in the early 00s. Uh-huh.

He also recommends a book for sound-design inspiration. It’s called Education of a Gardener. Really. Just go watch this thing, ok?
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