13 posts • joined Thursday 17th September 2009 04:46 GMT
As a person who has owned, nay, endured a Sony Ericsson Walkman phone for the past 18 months...
* for which the external speaker went kaput after 6 months (no ring tone/alarm);
* for which it regularly wouldn't charge (even though it indicated that it was charging);
* for which upon the slightest touch on the headphone connector (remember this is a "Walkman" phone) would convince the phone that the headphones had been disconnected, stopping the music and displaying the question "Would you like to continue playback through the external speaker" (which of course didn't work)...
...ALL of this list seems laughably petty.
I almost feel like a starving pauper orphan witnessing an argument between two fatty-fat-fats over which is better - caviar or foie gras?
No, "Electronica" (note the A on the end) is generally used to refer to contemporary electronic dance music. The works of Stockhausen and that of other proponents of musique concrète and elektronische Musik, would probably be best described as Electroacoustic music.
The term "electronic" music however (without the A suffix) would encompass them all.
The only people who refer to it as a "Loudness War" are beardy weirdy real ale drinking music puritans who would rather audio signal compression didn't exist AT ALL!... and for whom I couldn't give a toss about.
It's not that I disagree with their sentiments though, but I think there is a wider issue which isn't being addressed... and that is the emergence and domination of electronic based music forms over the past 2 decades, and the relative stagnation of more traditional "band" music (i.e. Rock, metal, punk, emo, whatever...)
Rock (n' Roll) enjoyed being the coolest sound around for near on 40 years, but now has to compete against RnB/Hip Hop, Electronica (encompassing DnB, dubstep, techno, etc.)... so what can it, as a genre, and it's proponents do?
Well, it's stuffed in terms of any kind of real innovation - bands are still typically 1 singer, 1 guitarist, 1 bassist and 1x drummer, with the techniques for playing the same as they always were. The amps and effect pedals have also changed very little over the years and so the sounds bands can make are similarly limited to the "same old, same old" sounds.
Heavy compression, in essence, is one of the few areas of the music production process that Rock can "do" to compete.... and if you want to know why electronic music is heavily compressed, see Clubs/DJs/the-necessity-to-have-some-kind-of-standardised-dynamic-level-for-the-benefit-of-mixing
I liked this so much I [Censored] my [Censored] until it was red raw!
... And then my secretary walked in! She was surprised and shocked at first until I suggested that she [Censored] [Censored] [Censored] her [Censored] [Censored] in the broom cupboard while I [Censored] my [Censored] [Censored] all over her [Censored] [Censored] and [Censored] [Censored] [Censored].
It was at that point that she showed me a side that I thought never existed! She said that she wanted me to [Censored] [Censored] [Censored] [Censored] [Censored] her [Censored] [Censored] [Censored] [Censored] [Censored] [Censored] [Censored] into a [Censored] [Censored] while she [Censored] [Censored] [Censored] and also while the office temp, Steve, [Censored] [Censored] [Censored] at [Censored] [Censored] and inserted seven [Censored] [Censored] [Censored], plus a hamster!
In short... Best. Friday. Ever!
I made one of these years ago... and so did my wife.
Didn't work for me... until
Tried in both Firefox 3 and Safari 4... Didn't work.
But, It does work now!
I think it's because my homepage is still set to ye olde "Google suggest" page.
So I tried it on google.com (as opposed to google.com/webhp?complete=1&hl=en), reloaded the page (still nothing), closed the tab, opened another tab (which automatically opens up my google homepage) - it works.
Having said that though, as it is, it seems pretty pointless... sure it looks nice'n'minimalist - until you touch the mouse. It'd be better if it only revealed the hidden stuff when you moused over them and disappeared when you mouse off them.
I used to think...
That the El Reg journos were 'cool dudes from tha neighberhooood'; hip, swingin' and down wit' da kids!
Not any more though, no-sir-ree.
Not after your repeated reporting of what is obviously a bunch of drama students trying their hardest to not get a job!
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