"Special guest James May explores how music is inextricably linked to our emotions, materials scientist Mark Miodownik takes apart an electric guitar and neuroscientist Tali Sharot reports on the ground breaking research which treats Parkinson's Disease with rhythm. Plus, science journalist Alok Jha asks whether computers are ruining music."
(BBC Two, UK)
Fig.1 this animation is from Episode 6 of 6 of Dara Ó Briain's Science Club, Tuesday 30 Dec 2012 at 9pm on BBC Two, voiced by Dara Ó Briain, animated by 12Foot6, Published on YouTube on 19 Dec 2012 by BBC.
"The zenith of Don McGlashan and Harry Sinclair's legendary Front Lawn collaborations, this iconic Kiwi short follows two men and one woman on a rainy night at a deserted bar. Pivoting on amnesia and woven together by music, two timeframes are seamlessly combined and a darkly humorous plot unfolds. The film had a wide international release (Ireland to Norway, Germany to the USA) and was a finalist in the inaugural American Film Festival."
(NZ On Screen)
Fig.1 The Lounge Bar (1988), Don McGlashan, Harry Sinclair, Aotearoa New Zealand, 35mm 12 minutes.
"Martijn Koch makes a nod to the '70s while looking into the new millennium. With over 100 classic games (and emulators!) to choose from, one or two player will be the least of your problems. There's 2GHz Intel Core2Duo computer, 2Gb RAM, 120Gb HD, WiFi, Bluetooth, Gigabit Ethernet, DVI BT keyword for cordless typing and trackball for OS operation. The HD media jukebox is a nice touch - way to poop all over the old graphics. You can also get creative and tweak Retro Space to use as a video phone, as a terminal to control your house appliances, let it monitor and talk to unwanted visitors, or even use it as web or media server. Nolan Bushnell would be proud...you've come a long way, baby."
(via Brennan Woods, The Pursuit Aesthetic)
"Spotify has come to the attention of those forward-thinking folks the work in record publishing, and has now been forced to restrict some of their playlists, and indeed remove many tracks altogether.
Basically, Spotify is a revolutionary web-based streaming service with an awesome collection of tunes and an excellent interface to create and share playlists.
Of course, it's just the sort of thing that makes record companies sweat. Despite the fact that there's no way to download or own any tracks on Spotify, this seems a concept too far – streaming and sharing music for discovery and enjoyment.
In a statement released last week, the Luxembourg company that owns Spotify said that it is removing songs and adding restrictions acording to country. This is because licensing varies from country to country, so something that we can play in the UK for example, may not be legal to broadcast on a playlist you share with someone from Sweden."
(Linsey Fryatt, 02 February 2009)