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Monthly Archives: August 2010

Justin Bieber, PaulStretch, and the Slow Motion Music Quiz

This morning’s meme seems to be Slow Motion Justin Beiber, the entertaining result of taking Bieber’s U Smile and stretching it like taffy with a nice piece of open source audio processing called Paul’s Extreme Audio Stretch (but its friends call it “PaulStretch”). The result is a weirdly ethereal ambient piece that lasts for over […]

Every single song about Steven Slater

Since flight attendant Steven Slater’s unorthodox deplaning on Monday, August 9th, from a jetBlue plane on which he had been working, there have been no less than twenty-one different songs on the subject written and recorded and posted to the internet. This is all of them. If you know of any not featured here, or […]

Folk music, viral weirdness, and the Ballad of Steven Slater

[Psst! If you like this song, you might check out the album I recorded earlier this year, Inchoatery!] This is probably the only time I’ll ever end up being the soundtrack to Wolf Blitzer’s “The Situation Room”. So: I recorded a song yesterday morning, using the lyrics of fellow Metafilter user Max ‘Astro Zombie’ Sparber. […]

Monotoning with Echo Nest Remix

A question occurred to me a while back while exploring the Echo Nest Remix toolset (see previous NIN tomfoolery): Could I easily and algorithmically make recordings more monotone? The answer turns out to be “sorta”. I’ve written a simple python script that uses the Remix library to do some fine-grained pitch-shifting to the songs I […]