Aug 182009
 

A couple of months ago a friend sent me a link to a youtube clip called “auto tune the news” After watching it I needed to have more. Now at semi-regular increments they are doing new ones. The general premise of the videos is that they take clips for relevant news stories, CSPAN, CBS News with Katie Couric, and other sources and run them through and audio processor called “AutoTune.” Auto Tune is traditionally used for after effects smoothing for pop, R&B, and other genres to cover mistakes and to add a level of computer sounds to music. Artists such as Sher, Janet Jackson, and T-Pain made it famous. Recently it has been used as a method to make amateur songs as it can be setup to convert regular speech into something which has a melody. You can read more about Auto tune on wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auto-Tune

A group called “The Gregory Brothers” http://thegregorybrothers.com/ is responsible for them and I hope they keep them up because they are a good laugh every time. At this point there are 7 of them (#5 is my fav). You can view them below and make sure to subscribe to them on youtube to find the new ones. On a side note I wonder if Katie Couric knows about them.

Edit: as it seems the mastermind behind these videos is a guy named Michael Gregory, If you check him out on google you will see he has done a bunch of other parody, autotune, and performances, including an aired audition to American Idol. I may be going out on a limb but he could become the next Weird AL.

Jun 212009
 

As most people who were exposed to my twitter posts last weekend know that I was at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The festival itself was a blast and in addition to taking in some great music and taking some photos of the event I got the chance to bring my gigapan out to play. The gigapan is a tool which take many photos using a robotic camera base, then uses software to create super high resolution images  by joining all the photos together.  I took 5 gigapans over the weekend and while I am still stitching them together and doing correction, this is a good example.  This one was taken on the WHAT stage from the comfort of my vip seating hill when Galactic is on stage.  It has some washout which I am working on but it still is good to get a feel for the show.

you can click here  to see the full gigapan in a larger view