Recording Nature

We are gearing up to record several new nature sounds for WaveSong, in addition to eventually allowing the program to import user sounds. As nature recording neophytes, we found this article of interest on the BBC web site. Further nature recording technical advice from readers of this blog will be welcome.

Ancient EULAs

Check out this restrictive early license agreement for a 78 record, circa 1909. (kudos boingboing) A phonograph cylinder Edison EULA, 1907-ish, is also mighty fine. [related posts: License to Nil]

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Just for kicks, we wanted to see what one of our previous posts would look like if translated in “simple hax0r”, using a translator found on Th3 0th3r day 50m30n3 call3d w1th an 1nt3r35t1ng pr0bl3m. H3 want3d t0 r3c0rd ht3 phar 51d3 uv a t3l3ph0n3 c0nv3r5at10n u51ng h1z lapt0p 50und d3v1c3, and h3 d1d … Read more

Theremoid FilmFest

Enjoy this collection of theremin-like experimental electronic circuits, found on YouTube. Light Opto Theremin Optical Theremin Oscillator Bent HEM – Home electronic modular Other Potaremin Jaremin – pitch only Theremin in a jar guitar theremin…(experiment n° 3)

Record from Headset Connector

The other day someone called with an interesting problem. He wanted to record the far side of a telephone conversation using his laptop sound device, and he did not have access to a regular telephone line to use one of the telephone recording interfaces described here. He was using a VOIP phone device that plugs … Read more

Radio How?

The respected Secret Life of Machines TV series explains the inner workings of radio: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 [youtube=]

Sound Excuses

Here is a product to generate fake background noise for cell phones, as an excuse for terminating the call. A lower-tech device addresses the same need, and works with any phone. This web site features several sound clips for ending calls, grouped by category.

One-Note Wind Chime

A favorite television series around this office is the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica. One music theme keeps playing in my head, “Cylons Were Created”, available for download from, characterized by a single repeated syncopated piano note with short sustain, B above middle-C, 493.88Hz. Although we don’t claim perfect pitch, we do seem to hear that … Read more