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Musical Synesthesia - Paintings by Melissa McCracken

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I once learned of a condition called synesthesia (by indulging in a large dose of psychedelics, admittedly).  That term is a psychology label for the experience of "a crossing of the senses."  It happens differently in different people, but the main idea is that you can taste what you see, hear what you feel, see what you hear, etc.  It's like your brain totally gets […]

Sakura - Traditional Japanese Song on Koto

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The day I finally discovered what "that song" was, I celebrated.  It had haunted me for literal decades.  More people have heard the song Sakura Sakura than anyone realizes.  Take a quick listen as you continue reading.  You'll be like "oh yeah, I've heard this before."  I'll show you where you probably know it from as well... Sakura the song is a celebration of the […]

Archangel Metatron told Santana to Collab with Pop Stars?!?

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I don't even know what's going on any more... Carlos Santana, writer of a ton of awesome songs and channeler of spirit entities? wat We all know that Carlos Santana was into some stuff back in the day.  He used to eat copious amount of psychedelics and meditate a lot.  Heck, I do both of those still to this day.  Who doesn't?  Big whoop. But […]

Bob Marley Shared His Royalties With a Soup Kitchen

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"I remember when we used to sit in a government yard in Trenchtown." Thus spake the memorable line by Bob Marley in his smash single No Woman, No Cry, arguably his most successful hit ever, though I much prefer Wait in Vain.  Who can really even choose a favorite from so many perfect songs over such a long career?  If you don't know the song […]

Syd Barrett - First Known Case of HPPD

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Syd Barrett is one of my favorites.  I know I'm getting old because people these days are like "What's a Sid Burrutt?" Who Was Syd Barrett? I'll forgive you this time for even asking that question.  He was one of the founding members, and the first principal songwriter for none other than "mudda fuddin" Pink Floyd.  Yes, before all of the songs you know and […]

Led Zeppelin's Acoustic Environment on When the Levee Breaks

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When recording, the wisdom of the ages always says to record in the most dry and controlled acoustic environment possible.  Then let the rest be done in post-processing where you can try different options and use the undo button. But the masters of mixing aren't afraid to commit to tape right then and there, and that's exactly what Led Zeppelin did on When the Levee […]

Eric Clapton's Ridiculous Encounter With a Cunning Witch

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So... I just finished reading Eric Clapton's autobiography... I don't know what to say.  I'll go ahead and make the disclaimer that I love his music, which is why I read his book.  There's always that risk of learning too much about the lives, escapades, and personalities of our heroes.  It can create disillusionment like it just did for me and Clapton.  Because this guy […]

Warning: The Most Dangerously Relaxing Song Ever

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Throw your melatonin in the trash. The band Marconi Union collaborated with sound therapists to create the world's most relaxing song. In fact, it's so effective at calming your nerves that the stress specialists who performed the experiments have issued a warning to not listen to it while driving.  Seriously.  Don't do it. Press play on the video below to listen as you finish reading below. […]

Top 10 Richest Rappers in the World

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This article originally appeared on RapGlobal.com Once upon a time, success was measured by your ability to hunt and start a fire. No hunting? No fire? No food, no warmth. No food, no life within which to attain success. Nowadays, success is more commonly measure by the size of your rims and the girth of your golden chain. Often it's not even about how much […]

Top 10 Rap & Rock Crossovers

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This article originally appeared on RapGlobal.com Over the years, there have been plenty of rap artists who have crossed over and worked with rock musicians. Sometimes.. Okay,  most of the time.. these crossovers are pretty bad, and often they’re downright cringeworthy. There are, however, some gems out there that everyone should check out from classics that opened up the doors, to some killer new tracks. Here’s […]

BFA Officials & Members - Historical Record

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This article originally appeared on British-Audio.org.uk Music of all kinds will continue to flourish in the United Kingdom, so we remain confident that despite occasionally difficult trading conditions, the audio industry has the resilience and skill to deliver music in the comfort and convenience of the home. I know that in my own case, listening to music is a wonderful way to release oneself from […]

RSSCloud Walkthrough

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This article originally appeared on RSSCloud.org For the sake of prosperity, we have kept the Walkthrough page alive and have stored it here for future reference: Implementor’s guide to rssCloud This document shows how RSS 2.0′s <cloud> element can be used to connect a loosely-coupled Twitter-like network of people and 140-character status messages. We walk through an implementation. By design, each of the elements can and hopefully […]

CD's That Don't Play

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This article originally appeared on British-Audio.org.uk The BFA and its members have received calls about newly purchased CDs that will not play, lock up computers or, in some cases, just don't seem to sound as good as they should.  We are saddened that sections of the record industry should treat their customers with so little respect.  We asked the best known industry technology and patent […]

British Federation of Audio Promotes New Audio Connector

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This article originally appeared on British-Audio.org.uk A newly developed loudspeaker connector for hi-fi products, the BFA Connector, designed primarily for use on quality hi-fi separates and loudspeakers is to be promoted by the BFA, whose members represent over three quarters of the British hi-fi loudspeaker industry and produce a large proportion of British-built hi-fi equipment. BFA Connector Sets New Safety Standards Recent amendments to the […]