Weekend Question: Where Do You Get Your Electronic Music Radio Fix Online?

Photo (CC) Ian Hayhurst. It’s oft-repeated conventional wisdom: the Internet democratizes access to music, opening up the possibility of hearing anything by anyone from anywhere. But just added more choices doesn’t necessarily help you connect with music that’s meaningful. In my inbox today, here’s this deceptively-simple question from Mike Mogensen: “Do you know any good Internet radio stations that stream electronic music? I’d like to expand my sonic horizon a bit and get some inspiration.” I expect there could be quite a lot of answers there, especially since “electronic” music could mean any range of work from experimental to techno. …

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Help EFF Save Web Content: Prove Podcasting and Media Patent is Wrong

Act now, or this puppy is in grave danger. Podcasting pug photograph (CC) zoomar. Patenting the use of all episodic media on the Web might sound absurd, but the US Patent and Trademark Office has granted just such a patent, to a company called VoloMedia. It’s a significant issue, one that could threaten the freedom of all media distribution online. Wherever you are in the world, you can help. Intellectual property law was created in order to protect genuine inventions and innovation from exploitation. But predatory patents, based on bogus claims and attempting to stake out broad rights, threaten to …

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Happy Halloween: Exclusive Free Liz Revision Mix, Party in Chicago with Bitshifter

The veil between the living and dead is growing thin, and I… uh, have some free music for you. Sorry, it turns out I don’t have a clever lead for this story, and my segue makes no sense. So let’s get to it! Friend of the Site Liz McLean Knight aka Liz Revision aka Quantazelle of subVariant has put together a special, exclusive mix for CDM of 117-119 bpm musical goodness, excavated from the “_blippy” folder of sketches on her USB drive. Matt Moldover, who has been working on his CD-as-electronic-instrument album, lent his laptop. (Watch him assembling CDs in …

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DAW Day: Propellerhead Record is Here, with Lots of Free Training

Record is now shipping, and the beta closed – and now is a perfect time to talk about learning. Okay, let me explain something. Propellerhead doesn’t want Record to be called a “DAW,” for Digital Audio Workstation. I personally overcame my own distaste for the strange acronym today because, well, there’s not another good name for a related set of tools. But I do think Record is different. Workstations are usually defined by being all-in-one environments, for hosting other third-party instruments and effects, and adding in additional features like notation and video scoring. Record is none of those things. You …

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Backspace Episode 2: "Stimulating" Video Podcast from One Man After Effects Band

Has it really been 2 months since episode 1 of Steven Watkins‘ Backspace podcast was released? Episode 2 came out on Friday. It doesn’t quite recapture the ethereal feel and technical polish of that first episode, but it’s still very impressive work for a one-man band (showreel here). Previously: Interview with Stephen Watkins. Backspace Episode 1.

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Backspace Episode 2: “Stimulating” Video Podcast from One Man After Effects Band

Has it really been 2 months since episode 1 of Steven Watkins‘ Backspace podcast was released? Episode 2 came out on Friday. It doesn’t quite recapture the ethereal feel and technical polish of that first episode, but it’s still very impressive work for a one-man band (showreel here). Previously: Interview with Stephen Watkins. Backspace Episode 1.

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Backspace Episode 2: "Stimulating" Video Podcast from One Man After Effects Band

Has it really been 2 months since episode 1 of Steven Watkins‘ Backspace podcast was released? Episode 2 came out on Friday. It doesn’t quite recapture the ethereal feel and technical polish of that first episode, but it’s still very impressive work for a one-man band (showreel here). Previously: Interview with Stephen Watkins. Backspace Episode 1.

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After Effects Tutorial Podcasts: "Nano" Light Streaks and Force Motion Blur

Video production ubersite Creative Cow has two great new After Effects video tutorials. First up: Andrew Kramer’s “iPod Nano Light Streaks”. Using Trapcode Particular and a custom particle shape with healthy doses of hue adjustment and glow to produce an effect similar to the newest iPod ads. Adding some subtle animation to the custom particle would give this a more organic feel closer to the original. Next Up: Aharon Rabinowitz explains Cycore’s Force Motion Blur. Cycore Effects comes bundled with AE 5.6 and 7.0, so if you don’t see it in your effects menu: crack out that install CD. Aharon …

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After Effects Tutorial Podcasts: “Nano” Light Streaks and Force Motion Blur

Video production ubersite Creative Cow has two great new After Effects video tutorials. First up: Andrew Kramer’s “iPod Nano Light Streaks”. Using Trapcode Particular and a custom particle shape with healthy doses of hue adjustment and glow to produce an effect similar to the newest iPod ads. Adding some subtle animation to the custom particle would give this a more organic feel closer to the original. Next Up: Aharon Rabinowitz explains Cycore’s Force Motion Blur. Cycore Effects comes bundled with AE 5.6 and 7.0, so if you don’t see it in your effects menu: crack out that install CD. Aharon …

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