Saturday, November 28, 2020

Found Art (Adblocker)

 Today's offering:

Friday, November 27, 2020

Jimi Hendrix's 78th Birthday

A note about this week's podcast.
Track #4, the 2020 Birthday Jam, was created this week from the same two bootlegs that Alan Douglas used when he compiled "Captain Coconut" for the 1975 album, Crash Landing: "MLK" and "New Rising Sun".  We both chopped up the originals, but recombined them differently.  My version kept Buddy Miles and Billy Cox. 
(Hendrix improvised an original "MLK" at a memorial concert.  This isn't it.  It's been described as one of the most beautiful, heartfelt tunes he ever played.  No known recording.  Oh well.)


Monday, November 23, 2020

Found Art (Adblocker)

 I used Adblocker on the ads in the margin, and it did this:

 We may be looking at some kind of art-generator, here...

Friday, November 20, 2020

WTFBrahh: Paula White's Re-Election Prayer for Donald Trump


I hear the sound an abundance of rain, 
I hear the sound of Victory!

Friday, November 13, 2020

Found Art (Yahoo News)

 Our continuing series, featuring images randomly combined by Internet banner ads.

"Ya know, I've always wanted to be a doctor.  Now, bend over!"

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Vic Berger & VICE News: A Portrait of Donald J Trump

Mr Berger has been featured on this website before.  He specializes in edited news footage: chopped, slowed, grainy closeups, draaggged out speech, repetition, overdubs, etc.  The result is surreal commentaries that get right up inside their subjects, in a way that's both dreamlike, and disturbing.  This is the first documentary of his that I've seen.  

I remember when a new wave of radio documentaries came out in the early 1970's.  They completely disposed of a narrator, and used the voices and sounds of their subjects to tell the story.  The result was, essentially, an extended cut and paste sound stream.  

Mr Berger is doing the same thing with video, but flavoring it in his own inimitable fashion.

Link to YouTube

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Open AI: Classic Pop in the style of Frank Sinatra

Or not.  It sounds more like John Oswald's Plunderphonics than Frank.  Maybe that time his '59 tour Down Under got a little kooky.  It's Hot Tub Time-- Ring-a-ding-ding!


This is from an article on the Guardian's website, entitled "'It's the screams of the damned!' The eerie AI world of deepfake music".  (No link.  They want your email, before you can read stories on their site.) 

But the author identifies this as a "Deep Fake", "seemingly performed by Frank Sinatra".  I'll just put that out there, for you cutup fans.  Either any kind of mashup is acceptable as a "deep fake" these days, or the author decided to go for the sizzle without realizing he was looking at a salad.  

Recordings of wacky synchronicity and twisted sampling have been around much longer than Deep Fakes.  I never thought of the latter as falling into that category.  Maybe I should.
PS: I really dig that they used Frank's "swinger" period for this.  Nelson Riddle and the boys sound absolutely flipped.

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Explain to me again why they have AI news editors

 Is Dracula the photo editor at Google News? Her face is up there, Google.

Saturday, November 7, 2020


 All over except the shouting, as they say.

Update. Nov 19: Well, the "melting image" thing hit Giuliani, so we got it close.  


Friday, November 6, 2020

Weekly Podcast: Saved Songs


Greetings, all.  Nockley here.  Larynx, the proprietor of this blog, took to his room sometime after the election returns began, and every time I ask him, through the door, what he wants to do about this week's podcast, he says, "Look in the Radio Box."  

This is what I found.  Apparently, some small-scale musical salvage has been going on, and we have collected a few unique songs that won't be heard in this precise form anywhere else.  Click on the album cover to your right, to hear the whole thing.

None of them were released in the form you are about to hear; for one reason or another, they've been patched up, made whole.  I will attempt to elucidate from his notes.  

1) Johnny Green: Easy Come, Easy Go, from the soundtrack to the film, "They Shoot Horses, Don't They".  Assembled from clips played over the opening credits.  "Hole patched".  (?)  (I think he means, the sound was missing and he replaced it somehow.)

2) Fats Waller: Hallelujah.  This was from a medley; it went into another tune immediately after, but our copy was missing that tune, and ended abruptly, in a way that didn't make sense musically.  Changed ending chord.

3) The Bonzo Dog Band: Dr Jazz.  From the version released on "The Bonzo Dog Band Cornology".  There was a volume drop-out on the original album track (bass clarinet solo); when it was included on the anthology, they simply cut out the drop.  I mean, they cut that beat out of the song.  For one measure it was in 3/4 time, then it went back to 4/4.  The editor for the anthology, apparently, was weak on the concept of a 4-beat measure.  

4) The Tonight Show Band: Sax Alley.  Recorded from a 1986 television broadcast posted to YouTube.  The two saxophones trading the lead are Pete Christlieb (alto) & Ernie Watts (tenor).  CB Radio interference removed, hole patched.  

5) John Lennon: India.  Hole patched. 

6) The Beatles: The One After 909 (live).  Tempo increased 6%, bass boosted.  Hm.  Not much editing on that one.

7) Jimi Hendrix: Hound Dog.  Assembled from two sound checks on a Royal Albert Hall concert bootleg.

8) Jimi Hendrix: Ezy Ryder, Band of Gypsys rehearsal.  Two holes patched, equalized.

So that's what we have this week.  I was in Intertime when the light came on, I came in here and saw he'd checked out for a while.  That's all right.  Might even try one of these podcasts myself.