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Archive for December, 2010

Martin’s Music: A Christmas Remix

Posted by Martin Poulter on 12 December 2010

The audio file you can listen to below is my attempt to undermine the traditional associations of Christmas music; both spiritual and corporate. My instructions from the Bristol Feral Choir were to “destroy” a Christmas song. In the first verse, I’m just dicking about, but after that I try to use the sonic effects to make a musical piece that’s radically different from the source material.

I use three sources: the Christmas carol “Once in Royal David’s City”, a Coca-Cola advert and an Osmonds Christmas special. All the sounds in the track come from processing and mutating this audio.

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Do your friends make you fat? Do your friends make you smile? (Ignite-a-day)

Posted by Martin Poulter on 11 December 2010

This talk reports some investigations of how obesity, happiness and generosity spread through social networks. James Fowler concludes that you likely have more personal influence over friends and strangers than you think you have.

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How people searched in 2010

Posted by Martin Poulter on 10 December 2010

Essentially a video advert for Google, this is also a delightful breakneck-speed summary of what has happened in the world over the past year.

Don’t forget to check out the Kewl Doodz’n’Chyx Review of the Year 2010 as well.

 

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Get your kit on and run (Ignite-a-day)

Posted by Martin Poulter on 10 December 2010

From the third Ignite Bristol event, which took place on 31 October, my favourite talks addressed Octopush (something I’d never heard of before), Science Experiments for the Elderly and why it’s a good thing for us all to get running:

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How The Oatmeal got 5 million readers (Ignite-a-day)

Posted by Martin Poulter on 9 December 2010

Continuing the daily series of personal favourite Ignite talks…
How long could you survive while chained to a bunk bed with a velociraptor? Matthew Inmar, creator of The Oatmeal, dares to ask this sort of question, and maybe that’s why his sites get so much attention. Here he gives a quick tour of what he’s done online.

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Commutapult (Ignite-a-day)

Posted by Martin Poulter on 8 December 2010

This whimsical Ignite talk gives us the solution to urban congestion which has eluded planners for so long.

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Lymphomartini (Ignite-a-day)

Posted by Martin Poulter on 7 December 2010

Continuing the series of posts of Ignite talks, this one is a frank account of how the speaker faced up to a serious illness: Lymphoma.

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Should you quit your tech job to join a rock band? (Ignite-a-day)

Posted by Martin Poulter on 6 December 2010

In this Ignite talk, Zoë Keating (who has made some amazing music, live and recorded, using just a cello and some looping/recording electronics) asks whether someone with a job in IT should really be jealous of a musician touring with a rock band. She has been both.

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Searching for the Meaning of Life (Ignite-a-day)

Posted by Martin Poulter on 5 December 2010

The Ignite talks strike me as a well-kept secret on the net. Yes, they vary in quality, but there are gems among them on all sorts of topics, which deserve a much wider audience. To give the series a little boost, I’ll be blogging an Ignite talk each day for the coming week.

I start with this recent example, which starts with a funny story about searching on the web but makes a point that online searching is something many of us are getting drawn into for its own sake.

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Whisperlude (remix of ‘A Little Princess’ by Pogo)

Posted by Martin Poulter on 5 December 2010

I’m not a fan of the film “A Little Princess”: not my sort of thing, but it clearly has nostalgia value for a lot of people. One of those is Pogo (previously featured), whose remix of the film includes some of his best music so far, and 3D animation effects to illustrate his dizzying fragmented melodies.

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