Yes thats my blackberry hooked up with speakers and mini coffins setup. Hold on let me ask my DJ to turn it down a notch. Some reason i couldn’t think about that without smirking.
Ok I’m back and i had so much more to add to this topic i figured i would make a sequel. Lets hope this blog doesn’t suffer from the sophomore jinx of most sequels as i dive into talking about how mp3s effect other aspects of music. Last post I think i covered how it helped us with certain things and hurt us. I think i got the consumer part and the artist’s point of view. This time I’m gonna try and cover the DJ aspect and the behind the scene production aspect. Ah the DJ the backbone to any real party. The man in charge of keeping the crowd into it and making the hotties grind and shake and all that good stuff men love to see while half conscience and wobbling around. When I think of DJ’s tho i think of 2 turntables and a mic or just 2 turntables. I think of the New York street mix tape legends DJ CLue, Kay slay, Ron G, Green Lantern, Doo wop, Tony “Toca” Touch. There specialty wasn’t scratching up records and making new mixes and sounds out of popular ones already out. They provided the unreleased songs of the up and coming or at the moment hot artist. In comes the mp3 like a hurricane about to hit Florida for the gazillionth time and changes that in my eyes. What once was a seek for and buy if you can find it. Mixtapes are now easily found on the Internet or leaked in other words. What was once a easy 10 bucks to buy is now a free click away through a peer 2 peer program. Thus for our enjoyment and their work the trade off is we get the exclusives for free and they lose out on 10 bucks. Not very fair is it? Another point of view is alot of bands, artist’s and DJ’s mainly techno i believe, release their stuff for free or pay what you want deal. Thus either giving you a free download or making a few bucks if the person feels they are deserving of it. Your probably wondering “Aren’t they losing either way?”. Not if you consider the trade of giving you material for exposure. The more people download my stuff and spreads the word the more eyes on me the better. A good following can lead to great things. Now back to the DJ’s. Whens the last time you went to a party not had a friend or some ones friend DJ your party? Thats what i thought. In the place where a DJ would stand waving his hands trying to get you amp or into the party stands a 5 inch 30 gig piece of white plastic with a miniature LCD with options. That now provides not only your music but serves as a data base in memory of a lost art “The DJ”. Thats another story or post all on its own.
AH, yes the production side of the mp3. Audacity, Fruit Loops, Sound Click etc, the format is a staple mark in music period. Whether editing your ring tones through audacity, making your 8-bit nintendo Brazilian bass song, or converting your studio made instrumentals to share or sell over sound click its all about the mp3. Originally and some people today still use or prefer the wav format and it still exists in alot of gizmos and gadgets. My Blackberry curve is my phone, my computer away from home and my portable mp3 player. Think about the other aspect to provided by the computer. Lets face it how many homes in the world today. Add in how many of those have computers and how many of those run windows media player? ALOT. How bout Winamp? How bout the Xbox 360 with its streaming capabilitys through its Zune player on the PC? How bout just the Zune? No matter how you put it mp3’s have changed our way of living and enjoying multimedia. I’m gonna leave you with an image of a concept mp3 player i read over on the gizmodo page. The link is below enjoy. This part of the post was more ranting and personal views of what I have seen or experienced with the technology and I hope you enjoyed the read.
Ah yes I’m back. I managed to survive a day of being kicked and yelled at and bowing to a complete stranger walking barefoot and barking orders. The the sustained kicks to my scrotum for kids who can’t seem to aim their punches and kicks above the waist I managed to snatch an idea on something to write about. Mp3s. How did i come to that idea well….while taking a shot to the temple they where playing an iPod the kids could train to. Stuff on where it came from and how it has improved and also hurt music.
In 1987 a German company called Fraunchofer-Gesellshaft developed the mp3 technology and now lisences the patent rights to the audio compression technology. The inventors named on the MP3 patent are Bernhard Grill, Karl-Heinz Brandenburg, Thomas Sporer, Bernd Kurten, and Ernst Eberlein. The two main names mentioned in the creation of the mp3 is Dieter Seitzer a professor at the University of Erlangen and Karlheinz Brandenburg. He was a professor of mathematics and electronics and had been working on methods to compress music since the 70’s. In 1991 the mp3 project almost died cause they just couldn’t get the compiler to work till finally they discovered the error in the programing. Imagine that no mp3 in our life today. The above source and following stats I got are from
- 1987 – The Fraunhofer Institut in Germany began research code-named EUREKA project EU147, Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB).
- January 1988 – Moving Picture Experts Group or MPEG was established as a subcommittee of the International Standards Organization/International Electrotechnical Commission or ISO/IEC.
- April 1989 – Fraunhofer received a German patent for MP3.
- 1992 – Fraunhofer’s and Dieter Seitzer’s audio coding algorithm was integrated into MPEG-1.
- 1993 – MPEG-1 standard published.
- 1994 – MPEG-2 developed and published a year later.
- November 26, 1996 – United States patent issued for MP3.
- September 1998 – Fraunhofer started to enforce their patent rights. All developers of MP3 encoders or rippers and decoders/players now have to pay a licensing fee to Fraunhofer.
- February 1999 – A record company called SubPop is the first to distribute music tracks in the MP3 format.
- 1999 – Portable MP3 players appear.