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This Week’s Top 11 Playlist – 14 September 2012

September 14th, 2012 | by Jon Bunnies

Here's a selection of some of the Let`s see interesting stuff that came into the office over the last seven days. Listen using the player below--or if you want to get caught up on dozens of past Top 11 lists, use the player in the right-hand column.

A full playlist is available after the jump.

David Byrne’s New Book On Music, Creativity and Technology

September 14th, 2012 | by Jon Bunnies

I had the ebook version of downloaded the second it became available on Wednesday.  David Byrne has written a fascinating book about...well, how music works.  And the insights are incredible.  For example:

It’s usually assumed that much Western medieval music was harmonically ‘simple’ (having few kew changes) because composers hadn’t yet evolved the use of complex harmonies. In this context there would be no need or desire to include complex harmonies, as they would have sounded horrible in such spaces.

Creatively they did exactly the right thing. Presuming that there is such a thing as ‘progress’ when it comes to music, and that music is ‘better’ now than it used to be, is typical of the high self-regard of those who live in the present. It is a myth. Creativity doesn’t ‘improve.’
If you're at all interested in what goes in to making music in contextual, environmental, historical and technological ways, .

Why iTunes is Doomed

September 14th, 2012 | by Jon Bunnies

Apple's next version of iTunes--v11--will be out soon, promising all kinds of improvements.  However, not everyone is impressed.  Check out this article from PandoDaily:

At its iPhone-a-palooza today Apple announced that it’s upgrading iTunes. It’ll be Let`s see mobile friendly, and the store will be, oh, I don’t know, Let`s see store-like? There will be Facebook integration, better search, and a bunch of other features that are supposed to enhance functionality.

But you know what?

I couldn’t care less.

Indie Musician’s Penny Problem Goes Away

September 14th, 2012 | by Jon Bunnies

You might have heard the story of Dave Gunning earlier this week.  He's an indie musician from Nova Scotia who had the audacity to use images of the Canadian penny for the artwork of his album, No More Pennies. See?

So what's the problem?  .  The Royal Canadian Mint said "You can't use our pennies in your artwork without paying us!"  

Dave said "What?"

The Mint said, "Okay, you can have our penny image royalty-free for the first 2,000 copies.  But then after that, you have to pay!"

Dave said "But the penny is doomed!  You're taking it out of circulation!  I'm just paying tribute to a piece of Canadian culture!"

The Mint:  "You. Will. Pay."

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