Digitized Vinyl: Daft Punk – Around The World 12″

May 15, 2015

As a reflection on the transitions between physical and digital media, I decided to convert a physical vinyl copy of Daft Punk’s ‘Around the World’ into a digital audio format on both Youtube and Soundcloud.

Basically what’s happening here is the record (consisting of one long, spiral groove towards the center) spins on the platter, and the needle at the end of the tonearm is tracking the groove. This needle oscillates side to side at the same frequency as the sound which was recorded to it (if you look at a vinyl groove under a microscope it pretty much looks like the soundwave itself is embedded in the vinyl). The needle contains a magnet which is moving in relation to a coil in the cartridge (I can’t explain this part in much more detail because I pretty much failed Physics) which converts the side-to-side movement of the needle into an electrical signal. This signal is then transferred to a pre-amp, which is really just an equalizer to lower the high frequencies and boost the bass frequencies, as it’s hard to fit low bass frequencies in the small grooves of a record. The signal from the pre-amp then heads to the amplifier (all speakers that require power have an amplifier built in), which dramatically boosts the signal of all frequencies (as the signal from the turntables cartridge and consecutively the pre-amp are very, very quiet). Finally, this electrical signal is applied to the speaker cones, causing them to vibrate in tune with the recording and create the soundwaves which go to your face holes. I’m sorry if this example is confusing, I tried :p

This video itself is an interesting example of media transformation, as this song was in a digital form to start with, due to the nature of its production. So the digital track was converted to an analog sound to be recorded to the vinyl, which was then transformed back into a digital format by the turntable’s ADC (analog to digital converter) to be sent to the computer via USB. Media transformation at its finest!

This is the 12″ single of Around the World from 1997, played on a Pro-Ject Debut Carbon turntable with the Ortofon OM 10 cartridge and captured in Audacity via the turntable’s USB output.

This video is super interesting to watch if you want to learn more about how vinyl records are made.

This is my second original YouTube video post.

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‘Civilian journalism’ in concerts

May 11, 2015

This is my pet peeve at concerts. You pay somewhere in the region of $100 to see your favourite artist, only to have your view obstructed by these guys filming the entire set; after which they realize that their phone’s microphone made the whole thing sound like Chewbacca with a throat infection…

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Moral panic: Porn, art, or both?

April 20, 2015

There’s plenty of debate on where the line is between art and pornography, or whether there really is a line at all. But before we start comparing the two, it’s a good idea to first define both terms. Art: “the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what…

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Jason Derulo – Wiggle (ft. The Wiggles)

April 18, 2015

To compliment this week’s lecture, I created a short video mashup to demonstrate how virtually anyone
has the ability to take existing content and edit it to create an entirely new message.

This is my YouTube video post.

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Crowdfunding: Empowering ambitious entrepreneurs without the capital to bring their ideas to life.

April 16, 2015

New entrepreneurs are always coming up with fresh ideas for new products and services to revolutionize the way we do things. The problem for many aspiring entrepreneurs, however, is that they lack the upfront money required to develop and produce their idea into a finished product. Previously, the only solutions to this were…

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Open vs. Closed Platforms: Which is More Viable For Long-Term Success?

March 27, 2015

I decided that a Prezi mindmap would be a decent way to compare various different types of OS platforms and users’ ability to create and distribute content for these platforms, and compare this to how each platform’s market share has changed over time. Are open platforms the new big thing? Let me know…

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28 Tracks Using The Same “Woo” Sample

March 26, 2015

What you’re hearing at the start of the podcast is one of the most frequently sampled tracks in electronic music – the acapella from Loreatta Holloway’s Crash Goes Love, released in 1984. It’s now been sampled in 129 tracks from artists such as deadmau5, Calvin Harris, Don Diablo and David Guetta.

In light of this, I decided to make a compilation of 28 tracks that use the Crash Goes Love sample to demonstrate just how often it is used in dance music. The name/artist of each song is annotated on the Soundcloud track in real time 🙂

Should the artists of sampled tracks make a commission for their content being used in new media? Let me know what you think in the comments.

This is my Soundcloud podcast post.

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Be careful what you do both on and off Facebook.
Re-thinking the Role of the Media: What is Facebook Doing With Your Info?

March 23, 2015

Facebook users have always been anxious about the effects Facebook is having on their lives, and rightfully so. As you’ll find out in the post below, Facebook’s data collection and the way they present this data to their advertising partners consists of far more than what meets the eye. Since…

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Not sure if new medium, or mutation of an older one
The Medium is the Message

March 22, 2015

In relation to the BCM112 content for Week 2, The Medium is the Message, I took a photo to depict how old mediums can mutate over time into new ones; as is the case with the vinyl turntable which lives on today in the form of the CDJ. The medium of…

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