How NYC's Newest Neighborhood Will Float Above an Active Train Yard

In Manhattan this spring, crews are ramping up work on Hudson Yards, the largest private development in US history. But what’s fascinating about this new mega-development aren’t just its buildings. It’s the fact that they will float above an existing train depot on a massive artificial foundation. We got an early look at how it’s being built.

via How NYC’s Newest Neighborhood Will Float Above an Active Train Yard.

Fascinating. The construction simulations are fantastic.

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Dance Band Experiments With ‘Three-Way Stereo’

Now NightBus, a dance-pop band with members split between Los Angeles and London, has what it says is a novel take on stereo. Its single, “When the Night Time Comes,” to be released on Tuesday by S-Curve Records, is produced in what it calls “three-way stereo,” an audio innovation for the earbud age.

via Dance Band Experiments With ‘Three-Way Stereo’ – NYTimes.com.

Actually it is 4 different tracks – left, right, stereo, and mono. If you put the recording in to mono you get a separate (and different) mix than either left or right alone.

The problem isn’t piracy – it’s competition.

The problem isn’t piracy — it’s competition.

There is too much music and too many musicians, and the amateurs are often good enough for the public. This is healthy for culture, not so much for aesthetics, and shit for musicians. Musicians in the early ’90s were already feeling the pressure of competition from CD reissues of old stuff; here in the future, you can get almost anything that has ever been digitised for free and listener time is the precious commodity.

via Rocknerd » Blog Archive » Culture is not about aesthetics. Punk rock is now enforced by law..

CEA Announces Expanded Support of High-Resolution Audio

HRA music files provide greater clarity and detail than MP3s and other compressed digital audio formats, resulting in a listening experience that more closely represents the original recording.

via CEA Announces Expanded Support of High-Resolution Audio – CEA.

Gee, AIFF files provide greater clarity and detail than MP3s and other compressed digital audio formats. What about lossless compression?

Remarkable marketing and an utter waste of time and energy. Just use 44k/16bit. The 4 people out there who have a sound reproduction system that can usefully reproduce the dynamic range available (not necessarily used) on the CD probably get a visit from the police with a cease-and-desist order for sonic abuse of the neighborhood.

Hey Amazon, Apple! How about FLAC/ALAC files instead of your compressed stuff? Make that tune worth $1.29.

Why Hans Zimmer Got The Job You Wanted And You Didnt

Audiophiles – addicted to epic trailer music, adore Soundtracks for movies, shows and video games. Looking for talented yet undiscovered composers.

via Why Hans Zimmer Got The Job You Wanted And You Didnt.

I have to admit, I am kind of addicted to epic trailer music. That’s one of the reasons I go to see *big* films in *big* sound in *big* theaters. Hans Zimmer soundtrack? It’s probably on my list of go see, see again, get some soundtracks.

There’s a great video at the bottom of this article that shows a recording session with 12 players/percussionists. Kind of reminds me of how Berlioz scored for loud, louder, loudest.

A 31 band spectrum analyzer makes a great visualizer 😉 Let’s you see the subsonics wanting to happen (.lt. 40Hz)

Martha K. Levin, the executive vice president and publisher of Free Press, the imprint of Simon & Schuster that published “The Iliad,” said the presentation sent “the message that even if you’re buying 90 percent of your books on your e-reader, this is the one that you want to have on your bookshelf.”

via Publishers Gild Books With ‘Special Effects’ to Compete With E-Books – NYTimes.com.

That’s what I keep on my shelves – books that are significant in all of their art – words and presentation.