As Boing Boing says, this is iTunes for worldmusic. Yes, I'll pay for these cuts! Smart.
Yes, that's the title of a fascinating post following the course of a New Guinea field recording as it was ripped and adapted into Western "World Music" and commercials.
There are great players and nightlife in San Cristobal, so this makes sense. Hot music in the oldest colonial city in the hemisphere. That's right - founded in 1528.
As a recovering drummer I may have to get this.
Latest Apple update to GarageBand apparently has an undocumented feature - you can use instruments in the Soundfonts format. Instructions and links to free sounds on the web can be found here:
Modernist prefab dwellings. Just jumpstarted my brain. I needed that. Not sure I need another house. Thanks to Boing Boing.
Also from Boing Boing:
That's right, Escher in Lego. Via Electrolite
A remarkable collection of online audio and video recordings. I found it while searching for Gary Snyder reading his poems.
Happy Birthday: Thelonious Sphere Monk, 1917-1982.
Thanks to Patrick Nielsen Hayden
It's great that the collection finally has a home, but I'll have to ask Chip for more of the story. I think there are factual and copy editing mistakes in this article. The weaving cooperative mentioned (which Chip helped organize) is called Sna Jolobil, house of the weaver, not San Jolobil. And the headline refers to pre-Columbian Mayan textiles. While some designs are that old, to my knowledge there are no surviving textiles from that period, although paintings, carvings and clay impressions do exist. Is that right, Chip?
UPDATE 9/23 Chip has added a comment:
There are surviving pre-columbian maya textiles but none in the Pellizzi Collection. The Museum project is stalled and the collection is now being housed in Funerales del Centro.
I was a nut about this stuff a few years ago (just ask my oldest son, now a microbiologist) but it seems to be moving out of the gee-whiz stage into practical applications. Not yet the world-changing and possibly dangerous force that it may become, nanotechnology gets a lucid and still astonishing treatment by Paul Preuss in the Berkeley Lab Research Review Fall 2001.
What am I doing that I have so much time to write in this weblog? I'm laying over audio tracks to tape, last stage thank god in making the "deliverables" for my latest editing job. If I wasn't here 10 hours a day I might have time to play with this free ProTools audio editing software. Before TV, I was a rock and roller. Mid-TV I scored some shows in a home studio. Now there are millions of guys with studios in their closets. Great fun, but how do you make a living in the music business now?
For starters, here's the millionth link to Janis Ian's ideas on the subject.
Chip Morris has analyzed the carving on the throne, found at Temple XIX in Palenque, with an eye to the weaving in the garments. Here is his graphic explanation. Click on the thumbnail to see a full-size image.
Chip will be posting more information about his analysis.