Tuesday, October 7, 2008

music in media and technology

Media and technology
Further information: Computer music
The music that composers make can be heard through several media; the most traditional way is to hear it live, in the presence, or as one of the musicians. Live music can also be broadcast over the radio, television or the Internet. Some musical styles focus on producing a sound for a performance, while others focus on producing a recording which mixes together sounds which were never played "live". Recording, even of styles which are essentially live, often uses the ability to edit and splice to produce recordings which are considered better than the actual performance.

As talking pictures emerged in the early 20th century, with their prerecorded musical tracks, an increasing number of moviehouse orchestra musicians found themselves out of work.[9] During the 1920s live musical performances by orchestras, pianists, and theater organists were common at first-run theaters.[10] With the coming of the talking motion pictures, those featured performances were largely eliminated. The American Federation of Musicians (AFM) took out newspaper advertisements protesting the replacement of live musicians with mechanical playing devices. One 1929 ad that appeared in the Pittsburgh Press features an image of a can labeled "Canned Music / Big Noise Brand / Guaranteed to Produce No Intellectual or Emotional Reaction Whatever"[11]

Since legislation introduced to help protect performers, composers, publishers and producers, including the Audio Home Recording Act of 1992 in the United States, and the 1979 revised Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works in the United Kingdom, recordings and live performances have also become more accessible through computers, devices and Internet in a form that is commonly known as Music-On-Demand.

In many cultures, there is less distinction between performing and listening to music, since virtually everyone is involved in some sort of musical activity, often communal. In industrialized countries, listening to music through a recorded form, such as sound recording or watching a music video, became more common than experiencing live performance, roughly in the middle of the 20th century.

Sometimes, live performances incorporate prerecorded sounds. For example, a disc jockey uses disc records for scratching, and some 20th century works have a solo for an instrument or voice that is performed along with music that is prerecorded onto a tape. Computers and many keyboards can be programmed to produce and play Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) music. Audiences can also become performers by participating in karaoke, an activity of Japanese origin which centres around a device that plays voice-eliminated versions of well-known songs. Most karaoke machines also have video screens that show lyrics to songs being performed; performers can follow the lyrics as they sing over the instrumental tracks.

The advent of the Internet has transformed the experience of music, partly through the increased ease of access to music and the increased choice. Chris Anderson, in his book The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More, suggests that while the economic model of supply and demand describes scarcity, the Internet retail model is based on abundance. Digital storage costs are low, so a company can afford to make its whole inventory available online, giving customers as much choice as possible. It has thus become economically viable to offer products that very few people are interested in. Consumers' growing awareness of their increased choice results in a closer association between listening tastes and social identity, and the creation of thousands of niche markets.[12]

Another effect of the Internet arises with online communities like YouTube and MySpace. MySpace has made social networking with other musicians easier, and greatly facilitates the distribution of one's music. YouTube also has a large community of both amateur and professional musicians who post videos and comments.[citation needed] Professional musicians also use YouTube as a free publisher of promotional material.

YouTube users, for example, no longer only download and listen to MP3s, but also actively create their own. According to Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams, in their book Wikinomics, there has been a shift from a traditional consumer role to what they call a "prosumer" role, a consumer who both creates and consumes. Manifestations of this in music include the production of mashes, remixes, and music videos by fans.[13]

When Steve Jobs demonstrated Apple's new phone at Macworld recently, the feature that elicited the most "oohs" and "aahs" from the audience was the touch-screen interface: it allowed more than one touch at a time. This "multi-touch" technology adds functions such as allowing a person to easily zoom in and out of pictures and Web pages by pinching the screen with two fingers.

But the full power of multi-touch technology might be unleashed in screens far larger than those on phones. Over the past few years, Jeff Han, consulting research scientist at New York University, has developed an inexpensive way to make large multi-touch screens accommodating 10, 20, or even more fingers. He envisions applications ranging from interactive whiteboards to touch-screen tables and digital walls--any of which could be manipulated by more than just one person. And this month, Han has unveiled Perceptive Pixel, his new company based on the technology.

"The new iPhone is too small to be a very interesting multi-touch device," says Han, who demonstrates his technology on this YouTube video. That's because multi-touch technology implies multiple users. More than one person gathered around a large touch screen "becomes interesting," he says, "because multiple users can then become collaborators." Such collaboration could take many forms, from brainstorming sessions using networked, interactive whiteboards to animation collaborations at which six hands can mould the face of a monster. Perceptive Pixel is set to ship its first wall-size touch screen this month, to an undisclosed U.S. military customer.

Various approaches to multi-touch technology have been demonstrated at engineering conferences since the 1980s. Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs developed the DiamondTouch table, which allows a group of people to sit around and collaborate on projects. Multi-touch screens "never completely went away, but they're coming back in different ways, and for certain things they're going to be really important," says Bill Buxton, principal researcher at Microsoft Research.

There are many ways to make a multi-touch screen, Han explains. Some of the early designs measured the change in electrical resistance or capacitance on a surface when fingers touched it. But these devices have limited resolution, are relatively complex, and don't easily and inexpensively scale up to large dimensions. Apple has not disclosed what multi-touch technology it's using on the iPhone.

Monday, October 6, 2008

band from my great state

Harmacy,a band from ipoh started their own step in local indie scene early years of 2000.The line-up that time consists MUNEY as the band leader and guitar/vocal,LEY the lead guitar,BOY as the bassist and AYIQ the drummer..All of them have same interest in making music.They started play cover songs from DINOSAUR JR,SONIC YOUTH,ERIC'S TRIP,THE PIXIES,SEBADOH and MOTORPSYCHO which there were their major influence.Mostly,they play more to US indie-rock and added some noise in their music..

In 2003,2 years later,their recorded a song called "its all over now" and put it in the KOPI SECHEWEN vol 3 compilation.That compilation was produced by BODYSURF MUSIC..A few months later,after the compilation has been release,they played the launch party and it was a great show and they started get known by the people..

A year later,in 2004,they recorded their 1st EP called "HERE TO HERE" and launched at the INDIE ALL OUT 2 gig.The songs recorded at TRINITY STUDIO,IPOH which consist 7 track.This EP attracted media to give positive feedback which from R.O.T.TW,MALAY MAIL,BERITA HARIAN and also from JOE KIDD..

On 2004,BOY quit from the band and the position subtituted by ALAK.In this year,they put their song in the RADIO MALAYA COMPILATION.The song called "MAKES ME FEEL".Other than that,Umbrella Records like to produce a compilation called COME TOGETHER COMPILATION and Harmacy put "Only One" song in this compilation.

On 2006,they recorded the new single.The single named MILLION REASONS which consists 4 tracks,recorded at Standing Wave,KL.However,they never stop here.It will be more song and upcoming album released soon.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

time try fitt sluar.. hahhaaa

my favoruite band

thanks yanniz!
BUNKFACE! First and foremost, we would like to give a shout out to all the fans that has been supporting us since day one. Thank you for dropping by. We are BUNKFACE, and here is our story. For your information, all the members in our band are from Klang, Selangor. The first one being Sam(Vocalist and 2nd guitar), then there's Youk( bassist and vocals), Paan( Lead guitar and vocals), and Biak( drums). We formed this band in 2005. We all decided to form a band. From there, we made our first move by entering a show on TV called BLAST OFF!. We didn't win but we gained much experience from it. After that, Bunkface decided to take things to the next level and so, that's where we started to try to make our own songs, and so we did. We had our ups and downs, some songs didn't really came out right as we all expected them to be. With determination and motivation from all the member of Bunkface, we didn't give up but kept on trying. Finally, in December 2007, we released our first EP called ''LESSON OF THE SEASON''. It includes 6 tracks (english) with a taste of pop punk/ alternative/ rock. This first success of ours was a huge relieve.Little by little, we got some offers to do shows and gigs. You can get our EP by coming to our shows. We're selling them for RM1O each. You can see our upcoming shows on our page. So, come and join us and we'll give you a hell of a time. That's BUNKFACE for now. Lastly, let's all support Malaysia's Music Industry.