Ok so I was on the computer at uni today trying to fill in a couple of hours between lectures when I stumbled upon and awesome site for electronic music. The site is analogik.com and it covers everything from industry news to, new hardware to upcoming album releases and must watch up and coming artists. It is truly amazing and I'll definitely be visiting the site plenty more times in the future.
I bring this to your attention for one key reason. A particular article I read on the site had information pertaining to new technology regarding the file size of music. Currently the average 7 minute dance track will take from 4mb to 10mb. Apparently some science types have been working in the problem of running out of space on your mp3 by working on ways to decrease the size of audio files while keeping the same levels of quality. The really amazing thing is that they got a clarinet solo down to the size of 1kb! That's bloody mind blowing. Soon enough the statement in this posts title will not be such an outlandish claim. I'm psyched. Are you?
quoteSourceResearchers at the University of Rochester have digitally reproduced music in a file nearly 1,000 times smaller than a regular MP3 file. The music, a 20-second clarinet solo, is encoded in less than a single kilobyte, and is made possible by two innovations: recreating in a computer both the real-world physics of a clarinet and the physics of a clarinet player.
The achievement, announced today at the International Conference on Acoustics Speech and Signal Processing held in Las Vegas, is not yet a flawless reproduction of an original performance, but the researchers say it's getting close.
"This is essentially a human-scale system of reproducing music," says Mark Bocko, professor of electrical and computer engineering and co-creator of the technology. "Humans can manipulate their tongue, breath, and fingers only so fast, so in theory we shouldn't really have to measure the music many thousands of times a second like we do on a CD. As a result, I think we may have found the absolute least amount of data needed to reproduce a piece of music."
In replaying the music, a computer literally reproduces the original performance based on everything it knows about clarinets and clarinet playing. Two of Bocko's doctoral students, Xiaoxiao Dong and Mark Sterling, worked with Bocko to measure every aspect of a clarinet that affects its soundfrom the backpressure in the mouthpiece for every different fingering, to the way sound radiates from the instrument. They then built a computer model of the clarinet, and the result is a virtual instrument built entirely from the real-world acoustical measurements.
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Well mine might not be a touch but still iPod videos aren't exactly cheap. Plus my phone got busted up, that is right over four hundred bucks worth of gear gone in a stupid spear tackle from my best mate. Well naturally I was angry as I would have to go through a load of shit from my parents and buy new stuff. Plus I lost my phone which I was pretty fond, incase you didn't notice I am pretty pissed off. If you read my first blog you would notice that I was ranting about Rudd's happy handout. Well I rock up at school today and everyone is talking about it (Nerdy school that I go to.) Anywho I dived right in smashing the shit out of it, to get shutdown by these idiots. They just think, sick free money and stuff, we should get way more. That left my day with a lot to make up for.
Apart from the whole iPod thing seeing my mates was good. You see I was recently moved to an Academic selective school by my parents. I hate it there and never get to see my mates from my old school. In Australia this is our first week back at school so I am just getting used to not seeing them everyday again. So school is shit at the moment and will probably remain that way. Plus I have work all this weekend so I won't see them this week completely, so this makes a shit day feel even shittier. Thats my mini-rant for tonight about how shit things just ad up to make a crap day. Hopefully next blog I will be happy.
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That's right, I'm saying you the reader do not appreciate technology as much as you should. I had this revelation today and felt I need to share it with you.
What am I using right now... well for those of you not peeking through my bedroom window at night, it's a laptop. It's only been around a couple of decades, but that's long enough for most of us to have spent a lifetime with one. Now what came before that, ah yes, it was the computer. It's a fact that the large majority of people have or have access to a computer. Now think about it for a second how we use the computer and the laptop without giving a second thought to it.
Last year when I took my trip down to the state of Victoria, I was without computer access for a week. It was interesting, showed me that life I always wondered about how some people just don't use them. But then I thought about it and how the computer hasn't exactly been around that long. I thought about how it used to take up an entire room and how the functions were extremely basic, just like a typewriter with a screen.
How much do we really appreciate this great advancement? Do you contemplate it when you press a button and receive the world at your fingertips? Do you take into account that by the use of some buttons, you can have a conversation with anyone online in the world?
What about the mobile phone? Now this is one I've reverted on, personally I never have my mobile phone on and see little to no use to it. But this is not true for everyone of course. You have that teenage girl who lays on the bed for five hours chatting about boys and pointless things while giggling so much you'd think she's on drugs, or the business man who rudely answers his phone during a lunch or while doing something with the family. These people live off the phone and they don't give a second thought to it. They cannot contemplate running home to see who's called and how many notes their partner or children had to write down for them. They don't need to hire people to sit in the office with a phone at hand, they have one in their own hand. Do these people know of the time when telephones weren't using buttons but a ring which was run around to the wanted number? The telegraph system? The messenger boy? Could you imagine the world now if we all had our own messenger boy!?
There is then of course our video games. We've found a way to substitute life into technology to meet our adapting needs, isn't that great? Of course it is! We love it, it's what we've always known. We can turn the power on and go to a world entirely different to our own. Again a recent development, there is no historical evidence to suggest a Caveman played Wii Sports in his spare time.
So what is this mad man rambling on about? What I'm trying to convey to you, like I pondered myself, is that we should take the time to sit back and enjoy technology rather than live it. Appreciate what we have, rather than complaining we don't have the next model up. Think about the rapidly evolving world of technology, how can you sit there and think nothing more of it than being one more tool when it is in fact a marvel of modern human development?
The iPod deserves a special mention though. My father came into my room tonight and pressed the play button, surprised to see it turn on. He then fiddled with it, me watching on intently afraid he'd break it, when he was trying his hardest to figure out how to use it properly. I said "Dad, you use that round pad there with your finger". He gave me a funny look but tried it, shouting "Wow cool!". To me it was simple and ordinary, a daily practice. To him it was something wondrous, not experienced before and something interesting.
So tonight when you're praying, watching pron on the net or reading a book... I want you to take a moment and say thank you for technology, it's a wonderful thing.
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