Aphex Twin, Kansas Life Stories, San Francisco Opera, More: Thursday Evening ResearchBuzz, September 29, 2022

Queue’s getting a little too big so enjoy this extra issue.


Pitchfork: Aphex Twin Launches “Sample Mashing” App. “Aphex Twin summarized the app in a statement through Warp: ‘What if you could reconstruct source audio from a selection of other mp3’s/audio on your computer? What if you could build a 303 riff from only acapellas or bubbling mud sounds? What if you could sing a silly tune and rebuild it from classical music files? You can do this with Samplebrain.'”

WIBW: New website helps preserve Kansans life stories. “The Kay McFarland Japanese Garden played host to the launch of ‘Lasting Legacy Online.’ It is a website allowing users to log their own life stories to share with their loved ones.”

Gramophone: San Francisco Opera marks centenary with free access to online archive. “San Francisco Opera has launched a free online hub of historic recordings and rare archival interviews, as part of its centenary celebrations. Called Streaming the First Century, it will provide free entry to selected recordings from San Francisco Opera’s past, thematically inspired by upcoming performances this autumn.”


USC Shoah Foundation: Towards recommendations for working with Holocaust testimony in the digital age. “In this lecture, Dr Walden will present the initial outcome of the two workshops on the theme ‘digitally recording, recirculating and remixing testimony’ which brought together scholars, archivists, Holocaust educators, artists and filmmakers from the UK, USA, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany, and Israel, including colleagues who have been involved in the USC Shoah Foundation’s Dimensions in Testimony project.” The event appears to be free but registration is required. It’s via Zoom.


Bloomberg: NFT Trading Volumes Collapse 97% From January Peak. “Trading volumes in nonfungible tokens — digital art and collectibles recorded on blockchains — have tumbled 97% from a record high in January this year. They slid to just $466 million in September from $17 billion at the start of 2022, according to data from Dune Analytics.”

Engadget: Adobe vows to continue offering Figma’s free plan if its buyout is approved. “In an interview with Bloomberg, Adobe Chief Product Officer Scott Belsky has reassured worried Figma users that the online collaborative design platform’s acquisition will not change its pricing model and ease of use. If you’ll recall, Adobe announced in mid-September that it’s purchasing Figma for roughly $20 billion in cash and shares. Users understandably raised concerns about the merger, seeing as Adobe’s programs are quite expensive.”


Rest of World: TikTok creators are condensing Hollywood movies into minutes and getting millions of views. “Chinese creators use translation apps, dubbing software, and VPNs — TikTok is blocked in China — to help viewers speed-watch movies and TV dramas in English, Spanish, and Bahasa Indonesia. Despite the translation errors and robotic narrations, each clip garners anywhere between a few thousand to millions of views, generating decent income for the creators.”


The Hill: Authors slam publishers’ lawsuit against ‘Open Library,’ push for new e-book policies. “Hundreds of authors signed a letter slamming major publishing companies’ lawsuit against a free digital library, and urged publishers to update their policies to allow libraries to purchase copies of e-books.”

TechCrunch: Vietnam to restrict which social media accounts can post news. “With the rising tide of fake news on social media platforms, the debate over how much control a government should have on online information is a perennial one. In Vietnam, the government is intensifying its control over the internet regime. The country is formulating new rules to control which types of social media accounts are allowed to disseminate news in the country, Reuters reported, citing sources.”


Washington College: New social media guidelines are hindering student voices. “Students should have the right to post the school as they see fit. While some comments may reflect negatively on WC, they should be used as a basis for change. The voice of student life should be uplifted and heard instead of silenced in shame. The new social media guidelines are intended to stop harassment in its tracks and maintain a good image for the College, but students should be allowed to have fun with each other and make comments about their school.” Good evening, Internet…

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