Friday, June 29, 2007

First Musical Recording, June 29, 1888

On this day, June 29, 1888, the earliest known musical recording is made. The piece, Georg Friedrich Handel's Handel's Israel In Egypt, is recorded on a paraffin cylinder.

Israel in Egypt, assigned the catalog number HWV 54, is an oratorio, a form in which Handel excelled. Like his more famous Messiah, Israel in Egypt is composed using biblical passages, mainly from Exodus and the Psalms.

Unlike the Messiah, however, it didn't enjoy much of a reception when it premiered in 1739. As a result, Handel shortened the work and inserted a few Italian arias to lighten the mood a bit.

Nevertheless, it was selected by Col. George Gourand, Thomas Edison's foreign sales agent, for the first musical recording. Gourand made his recording in London's Crystal Palace, using Edison's yellow paraffin cylinder -- candle wax, essentially.

Click Hear: Handel's Israel In Egypt.

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(Source: Stanford University, National Park Service)

Thursday, June 28, 2007

HMK Mystery Stream Episode 24: Farm Fresh

Howdy, we got a traktor full of some super fresh audio for you. And nope, it ain't country stuff neither. And as he opening track says - Get Happy Baby! Click Hear: iF: Farm Fresh.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

HMK Mystery Stream Episode 23: The Vintage Indie Pop Incident

Well, not much of a mystery with a name like: HMK Mystery Stream Episode 23: The Vintage Indie Pop Incident, huh?

I guess the real mystery is... which indie songs and what the hell does vintage mean in this context?

There's one way to find out: CLICK HEAR!

Just in time for the weekend...

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Monday, June 18, 2007

A Message for Mark Cuban

A message for Mark Cuban from a 69 year old Super Spurs Fan: Hey Cuban!.

I grabbed this piece of audio off of the TV from yesterday's KSAT coverage of the Spurs celebration.

I'm not sure which makes me laugh harder - the way she calls out and refers to him a just Cuban or maybe it's the Wicked Witch of the West cackle at the end - either way, it's wicked funny!



Sunday, June 17, 2007

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Songs That Did Not Destroy Me: Part One

Well, here's the finished podcast and cover for this weeks Official HMK Mystery Stream: Episode 022: Songs That Did Not Destroy Me..

They say that music has an influence on the human psyche and I think we can all testify to that.

I've been rediscovering my vinyl collection focusing primarily on the top 100 songs of my official high school soundtrack.

What makes it interesting, to me anyway, is how just the simple beginning of a song can stir so many vivid emotions and feelings within me. Take for instance Ringo Starr's "It Don't Come Easy' (which peaked on the singles chart at #4 in both the US and the UK in 1971).

It opens with this dreamy and awesome summertime sounding guitar courtesy of Mr. George Harrison, who also wrote and produced the song with a little help from his friend Ringo.

That opening guitar sound immediately transports me to every jukebox at every pool at every KOA camp during the summer of 1971. The crazy thing is that it happens every single time! And not only that, it's to the point where I'm actually able to use it at my will as a tool to alter my mood when ever I need to escape for exactly 3:00 minutes where it's summer, somewhere in California, I'm 10 years old again hanging out at the pool and wondering whether I should get Milk Duds and a Coke with my 35 cents or pocket the dime and just get the soda...

"What seems clear is that the ability to experience and react to music is deeply embedded in the biology of the nervous system. While music tends to be processed mostly in the right hemisphere of the brain, no single set of cells is devoted to the task. Different networks of neurons are activated, depending on whether a person is listening to music or playing an instrument, and whether or not the music involves lyrics.

Specific brain disorders can affect the perception of music in very specific ways. Experiments done on epileptics decades ago showed that stimulating certain areas of the temporal lobe on both sides of the brain awakened "musical memories"--vivid re-creations of melodies that the patients had heard years earlier. Lesions in the temporal lobe can result in so-called musicogenic epilepsy, an extremely rare form of the disorder in which seizures are triggered by the sound of music. Autism offers an even greater puzzle. People with this condition are mentally deficient, yet most are proficient musicians; some are "musical savants" possessed of extraordinary talent."

Read the rest: Over Here!

Anyway, here's a bunch of songs that never fail to transport me to someplace, somewhere back in time...

HMK Mystery Stream: Episode 022: Songs That Did Not Destroy Me..

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This is the original intro to Episode 022 that will now be used for an upcoming episode called The Devil Made Me Do It:

The rock band Judas Priest was blamed for the suicide of two males, 18 and 20 years of age. The court found that while the music did have a “toxic influence” or a negative effect on adolescents, it could not solely be blamed for the actions of the youths (Litman & Farberow, 1994).

Produced in conjunction with iF: Irregular Frequency, Totally Bitchin' Recording and ©SharkThang. A Podcast of sorts

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

HMK Mystery Stream Week 021: IF: Weirdo Wiggle

Psssst. Wanna try a fun little experiment?

It's Easy.

Stream or download this week's HMK Mystery Stream Week 021: IF: Weirdo Wiggle, and see how long it takes for anyone else within ear-shot to either A: look at you like you're completely insane or B: Scream in agony (and truly mean it) C: Throw something at you, or D: Say something funny that you can post in the comment section below!

And keep in mind: this experiment will only work if you keep it playing until someone (including yourself!) reacts, responds or does something humorous we can document, got it?

Ok - let the adventure begin!

Click Hear!

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