Most of us remember mix tapes as those carefully curated cassettes that collected our favorite music together into one 90-minute playlist. Ask a DJ about mix tapes, however, and you'll hear about a whole other side to the art, involving matched beats, seamless crossfades, and other nuances of literally mixing music together. If you're looking for an alternative to mix tape sites such as Muxtape and Mixwit, ThisIsMyJam offers people a way to create mix tapes that emphasize the science of blending songs together.
There's no fighting it. Conference 2.0, as some have called it, is here to stay.
The term refers to tech confabs where audiences communicate about what they're witnessing via a vibrant backchannel on Twitter, blogs, IM, and other forms of live media.
But while this new form of conference interactivity--where audiences are using the online tools to demand to be heard--may best be known for ugly scenes at South by Southwest this year or at Gnomedex last year, there's no reason participants can't turn the emergence of this backchannel into something positive for everyone.
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The recording industry has tried a lot of tricks to shore up their revenues as CD sales have fallen: installing CD anti-coyping software that is almost impossible to remove, suing customers for allegedly downloading songs without paying, and floating the idea of adding a few bucks to monthly ISP bills to compensate rights holders for illegal downloads.
Now, several labels are dreaming up a scheme to charge music fans any time they get a song stuck in their head. The technology is a few years away, but according to several well-placed sources in Hollywood, the labels are funding an organization … Read more
Scientists in Germany believe they have discovered how humans are able to filter out unimportant noise in order to zoom in on that single voice they want to hear.
Neuroscientist Holger Schulze and his colleagues think the brain's auditory system probably sorts different sources of sound based on their unique pitch and suppresses less important ones.
The scientists conducted experiments on gerbils, which have a similar hearing mechanism to humans, reports Live Science.
Read the story at Live Science: "Party trick: How we hear one voice amid many"
Scientists at Harvard University and MIT, undaunted by the vast scope of the project, have undertaken to map the circuitry of the human brain. They're working in a field called connectomics, whose new knowledge will help researchers understand the neural mechanisms behind mental illness, cognitive development, among other medical questions.
Find out how a microneuroanatomist uses an "automatic tape-collecting lathe ultramicrotome" on Wired: Mapping the most complex structure in the universe: Your brain
Great music, not just dance music, is supposed to get you to feel something. Which is, I think, the point. Daniel J. Levitin had a great Op-Ed piece, "Dancing in the Seats," in the October 26th New York Times examining the question of how profoundly we're affected by the sound of music. Levitin, a neuroscientist, runs the Laboratory for Musical Perception, Cognition, and Expertise at McGill University in Montreal. Levitin observed that "Our species uses music and dance to express various feelings: love, joy, comfort, ceremony, knowledge, and friendship." Oh, and when everything's clicking … Read more
OK, so this is not strictly tech-related, but it is a cool way to count down the remaining minutes to the weekend. Look at the dancer and decide which way she's spinning.
If you think she's going clockwise, you're apparently right-brain dominant (imaginative, philosophical, touchy-feely, impetuous); if you see her going counter-clockwise, you're left-brain dominant (logical, practical, detail-oriented, safe).
If, like us, you are able to alternate views to see her going in both directions, then you're just a plain old genius.
Source: Australia Herald Sun
We already knew it was heading to Canada, but Nintendo has now confirmed that the new, red-and-black DS Lite will be available in the States as well. The two-tone Lite will cost $149 when it streets on August 21, but the extra $20 over the standard price gets you Brain Age 2 and a carrying case bundled in the box. It joins the white, black, and pink versions of the mega-selling portable.
My question: When are we going to see the Nintendo Wii appear in something other that that annoying shade of iPod white?
Ducati isn't the only company fond of color schemes in red and black. Nintendo is apparently planning a limited-edition "Crimson/Black" DS Lite to mark the coming release of its Brain Age 2 title, accompanied by the game and a matching traveling case in a special package deal.
Electronista says Canadian retail chain Future Shop disclosed the plans inadvertently, and the page that listed it has apparently been taken down. It reportedly put the price at $153, about $10 more than the cost of a standard DS Lite alone.
Nintendo fanboys are now officially in love with Nicole Kidman. Starting last night, she began appearing in TV ads for the sequel to Nintendo's incredibly popular DS game, Brain Age.
Kidman on the Brain Age series:"I love the concept that Nintendo is reaching out to new audiences with its self-improvement products like Brain Training. Most importantly, I've quickly found that training my brain is a great way to keep my mind feeling young."
Interestingly enough, this campaign is being launched only in Europe with no announced plans to bring it across the pond. One would … Read more