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  1. Put it in your drum kit for the most obscure cymbal ever. "What is that, Zildjian?" "No, no, it's Hewlett Packard!"
  2. He isn't very heavy on technical detail but maybe it's the frequency response in the actual speaker in combination with the resonance in the hard drive. If that were the case then it isn't a huge deal to filter some unwanted frequency on a laptop speaker that's kind of crap anyway... (I'm just speculating now). And maybe Janet just happened to hit this frequency so squarely and for so long in this particular song that it produced the effect. I'm also guessing that they didn't test all that many other songs, but the potential of there being thousands of them out there is a scary thought. I'm also guessing that doing a sine sweep would produce the crash as well.. probably how they actually found the offending frequency. And as Taupe Beats mentioned, it's cheaper and quicker to do a software update than to contact the hard drive manufacturer to fix it, wait months for them to actually do it, then recall possibly thousands of laptops after replacing the faulty drives. And of course Raymond Chen is not an audio engineer and is just relaying the story as he remembers. One thing that stick out a little for me that might be an embellishment after passing the story around too often: If this is true, then any speaker playing that frequency loud enough would also crash the drive. You can't put a filter on the world! If it was laptop speaker buzzing internally, then it's much easier to understand. But then it wouldn't crash other computers, right? Right?
  3. Yeah I can hear that I think. Haha! I'm on it!
  4. Excellent! John Carpenter indeed, maybe a faint echo of Doctor Who, all mixed in with some great breakbeat chops. Maybe the atmospheric delay synth should take break somewhere around 2:16 and let the drums and bass just do their thing. Then it would be fresh to bring it back in later. Just a thought.
  5. That's me 🙂 Most of it is produced on an MPC1000 and recorded on my Zoom r24 recorder so at least the samples have gone through and collected a little dust on the way. Track 1 and 3 are actually using a sampled drum beats that I've chopped up. Is This For Real? uses drums from a recording of my own band from a few years ago and Disco Schnitzel is using a sample from Franki Valli's Grease (but don't tell anyone!).
  6. Thanks! I have a soft spot for the Talking Heads and the Human League, so I sort of had that in mind when making it.
  7. I recently put out this album featuring some of the more funky stuff I've been working on. It's got some big beat vibes, some psychedelic trumpet, and I'm actually singing on one of those things, against all better judgement. https://open.spotify.com/album/5svJHE88SjtPz6oLZe0k5m?si=797evZVgT-yzxITskqXfQA Is This For Real? by Artificial Disco
  8. Pretty nicely done. Good production, chill feeling. I wouldn't have minded some lead instrument playing a melody on top, but this is nice enough already.
  9. It's really midi sounding, and I don't know exactly how I'd go about that... maybe adding reverb and saturation and all that mixing goodness. I'm also not a fan of trumpet-y synth at 1:17. Maybe go with something moogier? That being said it's a pretty adventurous composition, with loads of different sections which is great! I truly appreciate someone going this valiantly at such a complex song structure and kind of pulling it off. Melodies are nice too and I'm also a big fan of the glitchy chaos that build up in the later half. Actually if you're thinking of something to do instead of vocals, you can try adding the melody again with different instrument. Or another melody that leads into the main melody (at 1:17, e.g.).
  10. I'd happily call this IDM. It's techno only in name, i.e. it ticks the boxes technically speaking, but it's much more mangled and weird, which makes it ten times more fun to listen to than a regular old techno track.
  11. An album I made. It was my entry into the RPM challenge this year. https://artificialdisco.bandcamp.com/album/look-at-that
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