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From the mind of Pete Townshend: The Lifehouse Method.
We all have our own music. In 1971, I wrote a film treatment called ‘Lifehouse’. About the coming of the internet. We would make and share music, calling each other together to celebrate.

We now have an internet. I commissioned a software engine to produce music for people who want something unique - an authentic musical reflection to call our own. I call this the ‘Lifehouse Method’.

The Method software, developed by software engineer Dave Snowdon amd composer Lawrence Ball creates music, allowing you to sit for a ‘musical portrait’ just as if you were being painted.

The Method software has been designed without the intention to flatter or tease taste but to engage and intrigue. Whether you like your portrait or not, it is likely to be an authentic musical reflection of you when you sat for it.

A sitting will only take a few minutes of your time. Enjoy - be challenged!

                  - Pete Townshend
You can sit for up to 3 "portraits" and access to the site is free until July 31. The first of the portraits I "sat" for is here (5.82 MB mp3). It's... interesting.
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My baby sister [ profile] playingpossum (who just got a temp job with Google New York, so congratulations are due there as well) wishes me to advertise the fact that the electronic music duo she's in right now has a Myspace page at

Go check it out.
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[x-posted to Vox]

Watching: The Wire, Season 3. Can't say enough good things about this series, and I'm just sorry I didn't get into it sooner. By moving to HBO, David Simon has managed to do things with this show that he never got to do with Homicide: Life On The Street, and as good as that latter show was, in some ways this is even better. It's not a typical cop show, and while good and evil certainly play their way around in the streets, it's more about the system that traps everyone who's in it. "Play or be played," says one of the characters in the first season, and no matter which side of the fence you're on, the Street or the Law, the Docks or City Hall, ultimately it's about how one is inevitably compromised by the organization you're in, from pawn to King. Middle management's pain is that you're low enough to have to listen to what people are saying, but not high enough that you can do whatever the fuck you want. By Season 3, things have settled into a familiar rhythm between the cops and the drug dealers, but the new focus is on the politics of the city, and it's turning out to be just as fierce as the street, even if it's words that are being thrown around rather than bullets. Going straight, or going legit, doesn't mean that one leaves the game — it's just trading one set of rules for another. Superb and compelling all the way, this is a show that is made to be watched on DVD.

Reading: The First World War by Hew Strachan. Trying to educate myself a bit more on this slice of history. I know much about World War II and how everyone says that World War I set the stage for it, and I know a bit about the US involvement in World War I and vaguely the standard world history line about how it started, with shifting alliances and treaty obligations pushing the nations of Europe into a collision course. Time to get to know the details.

Listening: Rhythms Del Mundo - Cuba. A Buena Vista Social Club-esque mix created for Artist Project Earth and its Natural Disaster Relief and Climate Change Awareness programmes, i.e. the 2004 tsunami and global warming. Truth be told, I just picked it up because I've been in a Latin-y kind of mood lately, and the stuff they have here isn't bad, ranging from Coldplay to a Cuban version of "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" and of course the obvious inclusion of "Fragilidad" by Sting; you can't really escape the man if you pick up a charity album.
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Not that I'm that much of a updater these days, but I thought I should tell people why they haven't even seen me much on IRC. Charity, whom some will remember as my 12" Powerbook G4, has been in the shop. There was something wrong with the DC port and the battery wasn't charging: in the end, what was supposed to be a 3 to 5 day fix turned into 2 weeks and a motherboard replacement because the Applecenter's parts were also faulty. Luckily I shelled out for the extended warranty.

Anyway, Charity's back, and a call from my sister today turned me on to the Music Genome Project at

As usual, I'm probably late to the party, but for those who are even less hip than I am (a bad assumption, but I'm making it), you can probably figure out what it does from the name. Basically, it breaks down songs and artists by keyword categorisation. The final implementation, though, is the cool part - a Flash app embedded in a web page where you can type in an artist name or a song name and it then generates a customised streaming radio station for you. And you can continue to refine its selections, add more stations, more artists to a particular station, etc.

Downside so far is that if you want to register with them (and keep your stations across computers and connections), you need to supply a US zip code. But I'm sure you would never do anything so underhanded as to enter a random US zip code if you're not actually in the United States. Of course you wouldn't. There's also ads, but a good ad blocker will take care of that.

It's a nice little idea, and I'm really liking it so far. There are also standalone apps available for Pandora which are essentially shrinking the web page down to the player (and a Mac OS X Dashboard widget that doesn't work really well, so I don't recommend it) so you don't have to keep your browser on all the time, but I'll leave you to Google for it.
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They Might Be Giants now has a podcast.

Music recs

Oct. 14th, 2005 06:35 am
khaosworks: (octoPod)
If you haven't before, hie ye hither to or the iTunes Music Store and check these girls out. They even have a podcast. Absolutely gorgeous and fun music... I wonder if they'd like filk?

I sometimes wish I knew how to play jazz... piano, or guitar, whatever.

iTunes mix

Oct. 3rd, 2005 10:17 pm
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Haven't done up a CD-fitted playlist for a while. The last time I did one was about 3 years ago. Here's one a bit specialised towards what can charitably be called sensual music. Well, okay, it's music to make out to. Or at least, in my judgment. I could be wrong.

Other Dancers

Other dancers may be on the floor
Yet but my eyes will see only you
Only you have that magic technique
When we sway I go weak...
          -- Sway, Pussycat Dolls
1. Sway - Pussycat Dolls
2. Caramel - Suzanne Vega
3. The Darkest Night of All - Lisa Germano
4. What Would Happen - Meredith Brooks
5. More Than This - Roxy Music
6. A Stroke of Luck - Garbage
7. When You Say Nothing at All - Alison Krauss & Union Station
8. That's How I Knew This Story Would Break My Heart - Aimee Mann
9. Dream On - Fisher
10. Tonight Is What It Means To Be Young - Fire Inc.
11. Southland In The Springtime - Indigo Girls
12. Heaven Can Wait - Meat Loaf
13. Falling For You - Jem
14. So In Love - K.D. Lang
15. I've Got You Under My Skin - Diana Krall
khaosworks: (octoPod)
I don't often recommend an artiste, but man, this guy from New York is good. Seriously rocking music. He's been getting a lot of airtime on podcasts, and it's easy to hear why.

Go check out Brother Love at the Podsafe Music Network - my favorite is "There She Goes", although every song of his has gotten me moving in rhythm. His album, "ALBUM OF THE YEAR", can be gotten off the iTunes Music Store or at CD Baby.
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Anybody out there got MP3s or can get MP3s of the original Broadway cast recording of "Comedy Tonight" from "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum" and "Old-Fashioned Love Song" by Three Dog Night?

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