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Why new music doesn’t sound as good as it used to

Posted by g3tech on July 10, 2007

Never mind that today’s factory-produced starlets and mini-clones just don’t have the practiced chops of the supergroups of yesteryear, pop in a new CD and you might notice that the quality of the music itself—maybe something as simple as a snare drum hit—just doesn’t sound as crisp and as clear as you’re used to. Why is that?It’s part of the music industry’s quest to make music louder and louder, and it’s been going on for decades, at least since the birth of the compact disc. Click the link for a nice little video, a mere 2 minutes long, which explains it in detail, with audio cues that you’ll be able to hear in crisp detail.

The key to the problem is that, in making the soft parts of a track louder (in the process making the entire track loud), you lose detail in the song: The difference between what’s supposed to be loud and what’s supposed to be soft becomes less and less. The result is that, sure, the soft parts of a song are nice and loud, but big noises like drum beats become muffled and fuzzy. But consumers often subconsciously equate loudness with quality, and thus, record producers pump up the volume. Anything to make a buck.

The bigger problem is that this is all unnecessary. Stereo equipment is more powerful today than ever, and last time I checked, every piece of music hardware had a volume knob.

Don’t take my word for it: Pop in the first CD you bought and play it at the same volume level as the most recent one you bought. You might be shocked by what you hear. 

Anyone still wondering why the music business is suffering? 

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What is “Live Earth”?

Posted by g3tech on July 8, 2007

A 24-hour music marathon spanning seven continents Saturday reached the Western Hemisphere with rappers, rockers and country stars taking the stage at Live Earth concerts to fight climate change.

The New York show, which is actually in Giants Stadium in New Jersey, opened with the artist Kenna asking the crowd of 52,000: “You guys realize we’re a part of history now?”

With other shows in London, Sydney, Tokyo, Kyoto, Shanghai, Hamburg, Johannesburg, Rio de Janeiro and even a performance by a five-piece band of scientists beamed from a research station in Antarctica organizers promised the biggest musical event ever staged, dwarfing the Live Aid and Live 8 concerts.

Other Live Earth venues featured aboriginal elders, virtual-reality performers, a holographic Al Gore and more than 100 of the biggest names in music including Madonna, the Police and Kanye West who sought to raise awareness about climate change. The concerts are backed by Gore, whose campaign to force global warming onto the international political stage inspired the event.

Country stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood opened the concert in Washington with a rendition of “We Shall Be Free.”

The Material Girl was flaunting her eco-friendly side as Madonna headlined an eclectic show at London’s newly rebuilt Wembley Stadium that included the Beastie Boys, the Pussycat Dolls and the Black Eyed Peas.

The drummers from Queen, the Foo Fighters and the Red Hot Chili Peppers began the London concert, leading a battery of percussion set to flashing images of endangered animals, landfill heaps, wind farms and the Earth seen from space. They performed against a map of the world made from the painted tops of oil barrels.

The crowd immediately rose to its feet as the reunited Genesis used its hit “Land of Confusion” to send an environmental message with Phil Collins urging fans to make the world “a place worth living in.”

Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas was among a handful of stars to write a song specifically about the climate crisis for Live Earth.

“The world is dying,” he rapped. “If people say it’s all right, they’re lying.”

Gore made a live video appearance from Washington to open the first show on the other side of the world in Sydney. He took the technology a step further a few hours later, appearing on stage in Tokyo as a hologram.

“Global warming is the greatest challenge facing our planet, and the gravest we’ve ever faced,” said Gore, who in his holographic appearance wore the only suit in sight.

“But it’s one problem we can solve if we come together as one and take action and drive our neighbors, businesses and governments to act as well. That’s what Live Earth is all about.”

Organizers promised the huge shows were made green by using recycled goods and buying carbon credits to offset the inevitable high power bills.

Critics say Live Earth lacks achievable goals, and that jet-setting rock stars whose amplifier stacks chew through power may send mixed messages about energy conservation. On her tour last year, Madonna produced an estimated 485 tons of carbon dioxide in four months, Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported.

In Sydney, an estimated 50,000 people grooved through a set by former professional surfer-cum singer-guitarist Jack Johnson, banged their heads to afro-haired 1970s retro rockers Wolfmother, and gave a re-formed Crowded House a rapturous homecoming.

Neil Finn, the singer-guitarist who penned the band’s 1987 breakthrough “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” said Saturday’s event drew a line in the sand for rock concerts: from now on, offsetting the carbon emissions caused by powering big shows must be factored in to the cost of putting them on.

In Tokyo, Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington said in halting Japanese that the U.S. rap-metal act had joined the show “because we can make a difference if we only try.”

The Tokyo concert kicked off with a high-tech, laser- and light-drenched performance by virtual-reality act Genki Rockets. Later, popular Japanese singer Ayaka urged fans to take up the concerts’ theme of changing their daily habits as a first step to reducing global greenhouse gas emissions.

In Shanghai, a lineup of largely local acts was joined by British singer Sarah Brightman. The show was less a concert than a made for television event, with an audience of just 3,000, seated on bleachers arranged before the riverside Oriental Pearl television tower.

Aboriginal tribal leaders with white-painted bodies and shaking eucalyptus fronds were the first to take the stage in Sydney, singing and dancing a traditional welcome to the sounds of a didgeridoo, a wind pipe made from a hollow tree branch.

The shows appeared to come off without major hitches despite some 11th-hour planning. The concert in Washington was added Friday, and a Brazilian judge rejected a last-minute bid to shut down South America’s Live Earth concert after a prosecutor had argued safety could not be guaranteed for an audience of 700,000 on Rio’s Copacabana beach.

Bob Geldof, who organized the Live Aid and Live 8 anti-poverty concerts, thought Gore’s energies were misplaced.

“I hope they’re a success,” Geldof said. “But why is he (Gore) actually organizing them? To make us aware of the greenhouse effect? Everybody’s known about that problem for years. We are all … conscious of global warming.”

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WATCH LIVE EARTH NOW!!!!

Posted by g3tech on July 6, 2007

To watch Live Earth at any of the venues, click here

OFFICIAL CONCERTS
Live Earth New York
Live Earth London
Live Earth Sydney
Live Earth Rio de Janeiro
Live Earth Tokyo
Live Earth Shanghai
Live Earth Johannesburg
Live Earth Hamburg
LOCAL START
2:30 p.m. 7/7
1:30 p.m. 7/7
11:10 a.m. 7/7
4:00 p.m. 7/7
12:00 p.m. 7/7
7:00 p.m. 7/7
6:00 p.m. 7/7
2:00 p.m. 7/7
USA START (EDT)
2:30 p.m. 7/7
8:30 a.m. 7/7
9:10 p.m. 7/6
3:00 p.m. 7/7
11:00 p.m. 7/6
7:00 a.m. 7/7
12:00 p.m. 7/7
8:00 a.m. 7/7
SPECIAL BROADCAST EVENTS
To-ji Temple in Kyoto, Japan
Rothera Research Station, Antarctica
Washington, D.C.(All times subject to change)

LOCAL START
11:00 p.m. 7/7
TBA
10:30 a.m.
 
USA START (EDT)
10:00 a.m. 7/7
TBA
10:30 a.m.

For the full performance lineup, click here

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“Live Earth” – Full Performance List

Posted by g3tech on July 6, 2007

OFFICIAL CONCERTS
Live Earth New York
Live Earth London
Live Earth Sydney
Live Earth Rio de Janeiro
Live Earth Tokyo
Live Earth Shanghai
Live Earth Johannesburg
Live Earth Hamburg
LOCAL START
2:30 p.m. 7/7
1:30 p.m. 7/7
11:10 a.m. 7/7
4:00 p.m. 7/7
12:00 p.m. 7/7
7:00 p.m. 7/7
6:00 p.m. 7/7
2:00 p.m. 7/7
USA START (EDT)
2:30 p.m. 7/7
8:30 a.m. 7/7
9:10 p.m. 7/6
3:00 p.m. 7/7
11:00 p.m. 7/6
7:00 a.m. 7/7
12:00 p.m. 7/7
8:00 a.m. 7/7
SPECIAL BROADCAST EVENTS
To-ji Temple in Kyoto, Japan
Rothera Research Station, Antarctica
Washington, D.C.

(All times subject to change)

LOCAL START
11:00 p.m. 7/7
TBA
10:30 a.m. 
USA START (EDT)
10:00 a.m. 7/7
TBA
10:30 a.m.

CONCERT LINEUP
Scheduled order of appearance (subject to change)

LIVE EARTH NEW YORK at Giants Stadium
2:30 p.m. EDT 7/7

KENNA
KT TUNSTALL
TAKING BACK SUNDAY
KEITH URBAN
LUDACRIS
AFI
FALL OUT BOY
AKON
JOHN MAYER
MELISSA ETHERIDGE
ALICIA KEYS
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND
KELLY CLARKSON
KANYE WEST
BON JOVI
SMASHING PUMPKINS
ROGER WATERS
THE POLICE

LIVE EARTH LONDON at Wembley Stadium
1:30 p.m. Local Start 7/7
8:30 a.m. EDT 7/7

GENESIS
RAZORLIGHT
SNOW PATROL
DAMIEN RICE AND DAVID GRAY
KASABIAN
PAOLO NUTINI
BLACK EYED PEAS
JOHN LEGEND
DURAN DURAN
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS
BLOC PARTY
CORINNE BAILEY RAE
TERRA NAOMI
KEANE
METALLICA
SPINAL TAP
JAMES BLUNT
BEASTIE BOYS
PUSSYCAT DOLLS
FOO FIGHTERS
MADONNA

LIVE EARTH SYDNEY at Aussie Stadium
11:10 a.m. Local Start 7/7
9:10 p.m. EDT 7/6

BLUE KING BROWN
TONI COLLETTE & THE FINISH
SNEAKY SOUND SYSTEM
GHOSTWRITERS
PAUL KELLY
ESKIMO JOE
MISSY HIGGINS
JOHN BUTLER TRIO
WOLFMOTHER
JACK JOHNSON
CROWDED HOUSE

LIVE EARTH HAMBURG at HSH Nordbank Arena
2:00 p.m. Local Start 7/7
8:00 a.m. EDT 7/7

SHAKIRA
SNOOP DOGG
ROGER CICERO
MIA.
SASHA
STEFAN GWILDIS
MARQUESS
MARIA MENA
SILBERMOND
MICHAEL MITTERMEIER
REAMONN
SAMY DELUXE
ENRIQUE IGLESIAS
JAN DELAY
KATIE MELUA
LOTTO KING KARL
REVOLVERHELD
MANDO DIAO
JULI
CHRIS CORNELL
YUSUF

LIVE EARTH TOKYO at Makuhari Messe
12:00 p.m. Local Start
11:00 p.m. EDT 7/6

GENKI ROCKETS
RIZE
AYAKA
AI OTSUKA
AI
XZIBIT
ABINGDON BOYS SCHOOL
COCCO
LINKIN PARK
KUMI KODA
RIHANNA

LIVE EARTH JOHANNESBURG at the Coca-Cola Dome
6:00 p.m. Local Start 7/7
12:00 p.m. EDT 7/7

THE SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR
DANNY K
BAABA MAAL
ZOLA
THE PARLOTONES
VUSI MAHLASELA
ANGELIQUE KIDJO
JOSS STONE
UB40

LIVE EARTH SHANGHAI at the Oriental Pearl Tower
7:00 p.m. Local Start 7/7
7:00 a.m. EDT 7/7

EVONNE HSU
ANTHONY WONG
SOLER
HUANG XIAO MING
WANG CHUAN JUN AND WANG RUI
12 GIRLS BAND
JOEY YUNG
WINNIE HSIN
PU BA JIA
SARAH BRIGHTMAN
WANG XIA OKUN
EASON CHAN

LIVE EARTH RIO DE JANEIRO at Copacabana Beach
4:00 p.m. Local Start 7/7
3:00 p.m. EDT 7/7

XUXA
JOTA QUEST
MV BILL 
MARCELO D2
PHARRELL WILLIAMS
O RAPPA
MACY GRAY
JORGE BEN JOR
LENNY KRAVITZ

LIVE EARTH WASHINGTON, D.C. (Special Broadcast Event)
10:30 a.m. EDT 7/7

(not representative of running order; TBA)

GARTH BROOKS
TRISHA YEARWOOD
BLUES NATION
Get the full schedule of events for D.C.

LIVE EARTH KYOTO (Special Broadcast Event)
11:00 p.m. Local Start 7/7
10:00 a.m. EDT 7/7

(not representative of running order; TBA)

BONNIE PINK
MICHAEL NYMAN
RIP SLYME
UA
YELLOW MAGIC ORCHESTRA

LIVE EARTH ANTARCTICA (Special Broadcast Event) TBD

NUNATAK

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“Live Earth” to rock the world on July 7th (7/7/07)

Posted by g3tech on July 4, 2007

From New York to the Antarctic, from Shanghai to Rio de Janeiro, the world is getting ready to rock Saturday as organizers of the Live Earth events seek to raise awareness of global warming.

Some 7,000 events in 129 countries including eight giant concerts are being promoted by former US vice president Al Gore as part of his passionate bid to focus attention on the dangers of climate change.

The 24-hour event on July 7 includes music, theater and other shows and will be broadcast live worldwide to get the message across to two billion people about the need for drastic measures to protect the environment, say promoters.

A wave of music is set to ripple round the globe starting in Sydney then fanning out to Tokyo, Shanghai, Johannesburg, Hamburg, London, New York, and Rio.

Some 150 stars including Police, Genesis, Madonna, Bon Jovi, Ai Otsuka, Eason Chan, Mana, Joey Yung, Shakira, Linkin Park, Rip Slyme and Red Hot Chili Peppers will be taking part.

Smaller concerts will take place in other cities, most notably Kyoto, where countries came together to establish the Kyoto Protocol aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate warming.

Another show will be held at a British base in the Antarctic, where some of the effects of global warming are the most visible.

“This monster line-up will ensure Live Earth meets our goal of bringing together people from around the world to combat the climate crisis,” says Live Earth founder Kevin Wall.

“Live Earth will be a monumental event both in terms of entertainment and in turning the tide against global warming.”

Gore, whose film “An Inconvenient Truth” about climate change won this year’s Oscar for best documentary, says one of the key aims is to urge a massive reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2050.

“If we are going to solve the crisis, we have to commit, and we have to do it now,” he said.

“Live Earth will ask people across the world to commit to changes in their lives and to move other people, communities, companies and governments to reduce our carbon output by 90 percent by 2050 and ensure there is a new, global treaty on climate change by 2009.”

The number of participating countries, has however, fallen short of what organizers had hoped for. No Muslim country is taking part; and Turkey has vetoed a concert in Istanbul for security reasons and a lack of interest.

Plans for a concert on the mall in front of the US Congress in Washington were also turned down by Republican lawmakers.

Wall compared it to organizing 10 soccer World Cups at the same time. The concerts will be carried on television stations and on the Internet, at liveearth.msn.com

Spectators will be invited to sign a statement on Live Earth’s Internet site or by text message.

The event’s organizers are also calling on people to support energy conservation and alternative energy sources, to plant millions of trees and protect the world’s forests, and to support groups dedicated to protecting the environment.

Gore said he will attend the concert in New York and will also appear at another surprise venue.

Each venue will feature top global performers: in London Madonna, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Black Eyed Peas will headline; in New York, Police and Smashing Pumpkins.

Tokyo will get Rihanna, Linkin Park and a bevy of Japanese stars like Ai Otsuka, while in Kyoto: Ryuichi Sakamoto and Rip Slyme will top the bill.

In Rio: Lenny Kravitz, Pharrell Williams and Macy Gray will share the stage with Brazilian stars, while in South Africa: UB40, Angelique Kidjo and Joss Stone will take the stage. Shakira and Enrique Iglesias perform in Hamburg.

Gore said he had asked the artists to compose songs for the occasion, and praised Black Eyed Peas for promising one and coming up with it in seven days.

He also cheered Madonna’s offering: “Madonna’s song is fantastic,” he said.

Ticket sales for the events will benefit The Alliance for Climate Protection led by Gore.

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Check out some great “Live Earth” resources: here, here and here.

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Fergie’s “Glamorous” Performance on SYTYCD

Posted by g3tech on June 29, 2007

Here’s Fergie performing “Glamorous” on So You Think You Can Dance (Ft. Ludacris)

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Spice Girls To Reunite!?!

Posted by g3tech on June 28, 2007

The Spice Girls just announced a reunion tour. Here’s the details:

After a huge publicity build-up, the massively popular girl group of the ’90s have announced Thursday that they have agreed to reunite for six concerts around the world, their first since breaking up in 2001.

Rumours of a reunion have been going on for weeks.

Victoria (“Adams”) Beckham (“Posh Spice”), Melanie Chisholm (“Sporty Spice”), Geri Halliwell (“Ginger Spice”), Emma Bunton (“Baby Spice”) and Melanie Brown (“Scary Spice”) formed the Spice Girls in 1994, and they became a global hit.

The Spice Girls’ 2000 album, “Forever,” had weak sales, and they began concentrating on their solo careers.

And, since we’re strolling down memory lane, here’s a song of theirs, that you, without a doubt, remember:

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