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December 20th, 2009

Making Prodigy's "Smack My Bitch Up" in Ableton by Jim Pavloff [Dec. 20th, 2009|01:35 am]
It's not the original, but it comes very very close to the real thing.

I've always wanted to see Liam at work, and I think this will be the closest I'll get to it.
The end result isn't bad - the samples sound right, but some are cropped and sequenced a little badly.

The video goes through a few of the original music tracks that were taken as the source of the samples used in the song - about 6 of them. It shows the process of editing the samples, cutting them up, and post-processing them. It then shows the creation of some synths and drum loops, and real-time envelope effects, then onto mixing the tracks, and finally the finished sequence.

It's incredible watching the eclectic songs mixed on screen gradually into a coherent re-mix that is so recognisable as a song in its own right.

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Prague from the TV Tower - 18 Gigapixel Panoramic Photo [Dec. 20th, 2009|03:49 am]
This image is the largest spherical panorama in the world as of Dec. 2009

It's not bad, but I'll get really excited when a 50 peta-pixel image gets made. =D


Ok, not THE largest one, but it look nicer than it : http://www.dresden-26-gigapixels.com/dresden26GP
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Dance eJay revival. [Dec. 20th, 2009|02:57 pm]
Does anyone know know how to position audio block between bars?
In earlier versions you could hold Ctrl down and drag it in 1/16'th steps between the bars.

It's very irritating. =(
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The tests I would do if I can't find a digicam review site for a camera: [Dec. 20th, 2009|05:10 pm]
Before you buy a digicam check out the following problems that can plague your pictures.
It'd probably take a little too much time in-shop - you'd more likely need a friend with the camera so you can do these tests.

Moire test...

Picket fences receding into the distance, a net, or anything with rows/columns getting narrower...

See where the resolving stops, and also check for herringbone patterns, and coloured moire patterns. Finding either is bad.

Example - colours on the fence when there aren't any...

And on shirt:

Pincushion / Barrelling test...

Take a picture of a brick wall front on. Now open an image editing program, and draw straight lines from one side of picture to the other, and from top to bottom, along the cement lines. Is the cement lines curved? How much? Less is good!

The effects you're looking for:

Purple/blue fringe test...

Stand under some trees on a hazy day (white sky). Take pictures through the foliage and branches. Magnify the images you took, and look for purple fringing... less is better.

Digital noise:

Take some pictures with the high ISO setting the camera has. Magnify the images and check for speckles of blue/green/red squares, less is better.

The colored speckles on this window don't exist:

Amp noise.

Take a long exposure with the lens cap on (30 seconds +) Open in image editor and turn brightness and contrast up... is it even, or are there purple glows near some edges? That's electronic components interfering with the image taking. Less is better.

More splotches are bad...

Image taking speed FPS :

How many pictures per second can you crank out in nice bright conditions? More is better!

Blown highlight warnings :

Take a picture of a bright sky or some swans close up - check the cameras preview window. Can you turn on an option that shows "Blown highlights"? It's a feature in-camera that flashes over the image a warning color to show you were the light was so bright, no information was stored... it's ALL full white. This is a great feature - if you've ever take pictures of swans and had them come out as white featureless blobs - you need this feature!

This one isn't in camera - but it looks the same (apart from the controls on the right!)

Vignetting :

This is where the edges of the image get darker. It's the fault of a bad lens. Less is better!

My tests mostly test the lens - although there's some for the camera. Like ISO settings.

If you're happy with the above effects being minimal enough for you, then it's a good camera.

Are there any more rough-and ready (non-studio) tests I can add to these?
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Woooooooohoooooo! [Dec. 20th, 2009|06:48 pm]
Rage against the machine WINS!

No X-Factor number one this Christmas!

RATM also give £60,000 to Shelter. Yay!
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The Chorus of "Womanizer" Is In Trochaic Octameter - Just Like Poe's "The Raven"... [Dec. 20th, 2009|08:12 pm]

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Anti-jokes... [Dec. 20th, 2009|09:54 pm]
Why did the chicken cross the road?

Answer.Collapse )
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