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In what will probably feel like a bit of a blow to every independent record store in the world, Urban Outfitters has announced that they are now the worlds biggest seller of vinyl records.
Although that may sound pretty shocking at first, Urban Outfitters is one of the only corporations which sell vinyl worldwide, the majority of vinyl sales still come from an army of independent record stores, but when you look at the number of sales on a worldwide scale, Urban Outfitters come out on top.

(via Urban Outfitters Has Become The Biggest Seller Of Vinyl Records In The World | HUH.)
UPDATE: There is some skepticism about this claim: 

The problem is that there is no factual support for this statement. There is only this quote from Urban Outfitters’ chief administrative officer Calvin Hollinger: “Music is very, very important to the Urban customer… in fact, we are the world’s number one vinyl seller.” BuzzFeed presented this quote as fact instead of just something that was said.

    In what will probably feel like a bit of a blow to every independent record store in the world, Urban Outfitters has announced that they are now the worlds biggest seller of vinyl records.

    Although that may sound pretty shocking at first, Urban Outfitters is one of the only corporations which sell vinyl worldwide, the majority of vinyl sales still come from an army of independent record stores, but when you look at the number of sales on a worldwide scale, Urban Outfitters come out on top.

    (via Urban Outfitters Has Become The Biggest Seller Of Vinyl Records In The World | HUH.)

    UPDATE: There is some skepticism about this claim:

    The problem is that there is no factual support for this statement. There is only this quote from Urban Outfitters’ chief administrative officer Calvin Hollinger: “Music is very, very important to the Urban customer… in fact, we are the world’s number one vinyl seller.” BuzzFeed presented this quote as fact instead of just something that was said.

    — 2 weeks ago with 1 note
    #Vinyl  #urban outfitters 
    I Went Down to St. James Infirmary: MP3 - The Kenneth Terry Jazz Band updates SJI →
    Michael Ward-Bergeman, friend of this blog, sent me a copy of a local - that is, New Orleans - rendition of “St. James Infirmary.” Now, this is a real treat, because the performer, Kenneth Terry, has given permission to post the performance on this site. A great talent, his recorded output as a feature artist is woefully inadequate. As soon as you tune in to the music below, I have no doubt you will agree. Talent and renown are not necessarily related.

    At about nine minutes, Terry’s rendition flows through a history of jazz, flawlessly connecting the past to the present, and includes an unabashed nod to Louis Armstrong’s 1928 recording. And there is not a wasted second.


    You can buy the CD from Kenneth if you happen upon a performance of his in New Orleans.

    I feel honoured to offer this to you. At over nine minutes, here is: “Kenneth Terry Jazz Band - St. James Infirmary.”
    Read more here.

    — 3 weeks ago
    #SJI 
    BPS Research Digest: When you set sad lyrics against happy music, the music wins →

    What about the students’ feelings? Here’s where things get more intriguing. The students reported feeling just as happy after hearing the music plus the sad lyrics, as they did when they heard the music alone. In contrast, they felt sad when exposed to the lyrics in isolation. In other words, when combined with a happy melody, the effect of the sad lyrics was transformed.

    — 3 weeks ago
    #Lyrics 
    WHEN THE HUMMING GETS MINIMAL | More Intelligent Life →

    There’s still too much scoring, on the whole. The great sound editor Walter Murch likes to say that it took the coming of sound for movies to discover the value of silence.

    There’s a great example of this in “The Godfather”, just after Michael (Al Pacino) shoots Sollozzo and the police chief: for a second he just stands there, gun still in his hand, before finally throwing it to the ground. Cue the descending chords of Nino Rota’s “God­father” theme.

    If the music had come in any earlier, Murch argues, the audience wouldn’t be nervously replaying Sonny’s advice to Michael (“drop the gun”) in their heads.

    As it is, the music underscores the violence, rather than accompanying it, with the finality of a full stop, or caesura. There’s no going back for Michael now.

    — 3 weeks ago with 2 notes
    #Film Scores  #Silence 

    Morrissey [has]  launched his new official online merchandise store, allowing him another platform to voice his strong opinions to the world with his very own line of “Be Kind to Animals or I’ll Kill You” t-shirts. …

    The newly launched shop also has a Morrissey pillowcase, a “Shoplifters of the world unite” tote bag and some Morrissey mini boxing gloves*. … Take a look at everything in the ‘Mporium’ here.

    (via Morrissey Is Selling “Be Kind to Animals or I’ll Kill You” Shirts | HUH.)

    *The boxing gloves appear to be gone.

    — 3 weeks ago with 2 notes
    #Merch 
    Signs of Death: iPod Classic →

    sound:

    As reported at 9to5mac.com and macrumors.com, the iPod Classic has not survived the recent upgrade to the Apple online store, which suggests it has been discontinued.

    Given the centrality of the iPod to the logarithmic growth in Apple’s consumer product line, it’s hard to imagine it…

    — 1 month ago with 5 notes
    #iPod 

    prostheticknowledge:

    Diggin’ In The Carts

    Web documentary series from Red Bull Academy Japan explores the history of Japanese video game music, from Space Invaders, how Namco pioneered the inclusion of music into games and more:

    Diggin’ In The Carts is a new series from Red Bull Music Academy about the untold story behind the most influential music to come out of Japan.

    Episode one is available to watch at the Red Bull Academy website here

    — 1 month ago with 933 notes
    #Gaming 
    
This month, an ensemble of five extraordinary musicians takes to the road to perform graphic scores (see ‘Sound code image’ in Eye 26).
In that article, John L. Walters wrote: ‘A score … is a diagram, a recipe, a route-map and an exhortation to perform. … Each score is a chest of treasures that can be unlocked by performers and interpreters not yet born, a code or puzzle to be solved in time.’

(via Eye Magazine | Blog | Sonic treasure chest)

    This month, an ensemble of five extraordinary musicians takes to the road to perform graphic scores (see ‘Sound code image’ in Eye 26).

    In that article, John L. Walters wrote: ‘A score … is a diagram, a recipe, a route-map and an exhortation to perform. … Each score is a chest of treasures that can be unlocked by performers and interpreters not yet born, a code or puzzle to be solved in time.’

    (via Eye Magazine | Blog | Sonic treasure chest)

    — 1 month ago with 1 note
    #music visualization 

    prostheticknowledge:

    Division by Zero

    Latest sound art installation by vtol is a levitating speaker that plays generated glitch noises - video embedded below:

    autonomous, zero gravity sound object
    - magnetic levitation coil/magnet system
    - bluetooth sound receiver
    - 2 channel micro sound system
    - pure data for glitch sounds

    Link

    — 1 month ago with 1652 notes
    #Glitch  #Noise 
    (via Cities & Memory | Mapping the real and imagined sounds of the world)

Cities and Memory is a sound programme that records both the present reality of a place, but also its imagined, alternative counterpart – remixing the world, one sound at at time.
Every faithful field recording document here is accompanied by a reworking, a processing or an interpretation that imagines that place and time as somewhere else, somewhere new. The listener can choose to explore locations through their actual sounds, or explore interpretations of what those places could be – or to flip between the two different sound worlds at leisure.
There are currently more than 200 sounds featured on the sound map, spread over 17 countries.The sounds cover parts of the world as diverse as the hubbub of San Francisco’s main station, traditional fishing women’s songs in Lake Turkana, the sound of computer data centres in Birmingham, spiritual temple chanting in New Taipei City or the hum of the vaporetto engines in Venice.

    (via Cities & Memory | Mapping the real and imagined sounds of the world)

    Cities and Memory is a sound programme that records both the present reality of a place, but also its imagined, alternative counterpart – remixing the world, one sound at at time.

    Every faithful field recording document here is accompanied by a reworking, a processing or an interpretation that imagines that place and time as somewhere else, somewhere new. The listener can choose to explore locations through their actual sounds, or explore interpretations of what those places could be – or to flip between the two different sound worlds at leisure.

    There are currently more than 200 sounds featured on the sound map, spread over 17 countries.The sounds cover parts of the world as diverse as the hubbub of San Francisco’s main station, traditional fishing women’s songs in Lake Turkana, the sound of computer data centres in Birmingham, spiritual temple chanting in New Taipei City or the hum of the vaporetto engines in Venice.

    — 1 month ago
    #Soundscape  #Citiies 

    Friend and fellow SJI enthusiast, Rob Walker, recently sent me a link to the “tease” for the finale of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. The theme music is, of course (otherwise why would I be writing this?) “St. James Infirmary.”

    I Went Down to St. James Infirmary: SJI on HBO

    Thanks to Marc W. for the tip on this.

    — 1 month ago with 1 note
    #SJI