[Ace-students] Re: Thoughts -> Re: classiccmp server (fwd)

From: John Foust <jfoust_at_threedee.com>
Date: Sat Oct 9 11:50:04 2004

At 07:37 PM 10/8/2004, Tom Jennings wrote:
>So I forwarded John's interesting idea to the ACE students
>(Arts Computation Engineering) here and got this reference:
>This is one of Crista Lopes' research areas: audio modems. Check out

Ah, another fine example of the most humbling aspect of my life
in the last decade or so: that there's nothing new under the sun,
that all those fresh-faced ideas I have before breakfast are already
being explored by talented and well-funded researchers, or implemented
by hard-working Czechs who want to give it away, or worse yet,
productized in the USA in foolish ways (ala CueCat.)

I think that the average person's ear is already tuning-out
such beeps and boops. Some of her examples on her web page
sound like the bumpers on radio and television shows.

It must be fun to do what she's doing: there could be so many
perceptual and aesthetic issues to explore, like making audio
modem sounds that sound pleasant because they obey culturally
popular music conventions (encode 400 bits in jazz, 400 bits
in pop, 400 bits in Muzak, inversion, cycles, etc.)

- John
Received on Sat Oct 09 2004 - 11:50:04 BST

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