[microsound] RPM Challenge
billjarboe at earthlink.net
Tue Feb 3 11:12:59 EST 2009
It took me a long time to fully heavily realize the implications
of the concept.
At first the link didn't open in any browser , after some hand
typing , was rewarded with the cheery message from firefox that I was
linking to an application it didn't know how to deal with.
Previous to At first I had rather firmly decided that the
challenge must exist inherently in having a number of revolutions in
a single minute, perhaps resulting in a dissociative or catatonic
state (of being , that is ; not a governed state). I imagined then ,
or at least attempted to imagine that the resulting audio masterwork
should then be expanded or stretched thin enough to cover the better
portion of 28 days in february.
After some careful research (wikipedia) , found that audio cd
players read their discs at a constant 150 kB/s and thus must vary
the disc's rotational speed from around 500 r/min (actually 8 Hz),
when reading at the innermost edge, to 200 r/min (actually 3.5 Hz) at
the outer edge.
(Modern ultrasonic dental drills can rotate at up to 800,000 r/min
I couldn't figure out what National Public Radio had to do with
anything , then decided the name could be changed to Machinal Public
Radio ( machine public radio ?) the initials which are , of course:
RPM spelled backwards , making perfect sense since the listener is
retrospecting a psychological moment in a much larger sense for an
entire month. An improvement; in my opinion , or at least honest
(from a non-existent techno-industrial viewpoint). Michael's Palace
might also be a lovely name for a radio program.
Another idea which wasn't mine; from the http://www.tapeop.com/
message board, was from a guy who planned on recording twenty eight
albums during february . He stated that he taught special ed during
the day and for that reason his setup , mic positions were going to
be quite straightforward. I was thinking he could get his students
(special educators) to help with the recordings. What do I know? It's
his project , not mine. 'tapeopera' is also a nice magazine title.
-hope that I'm not being bothersome
On Feb 2, 2009, at 11:03 AM, Michael Palace wrote:
> I also want to mention this project my small town started a few
> years ago.
> basically it is a challenge for people to record an album in the
> month of
> FEB. 10 songs or 35 minutes of music. i did it the first two
> years, got
> some airplay on our National Public Radio Station. I actually did 4
> projects each year (2006, 2007). I skipped 2008.
> This year I will likely only do one with a guy I know here in
> town. It is
> open to the world. First year was local and there were 200 bands.
> other years it was open to the world and 800 people completed it.
> you all might want to give it a go.
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