The open-source world has learned to deal with a flood of new, oftentimes divergent, ideas using hosting services like GitHub — so why can’t governments? In this rousing talk Clay Shirky shows how democracies can take a lesson from the Internet, to be not just transparent but also to draw on the knowledge of all their citizens.
Clay Shirky argues that the history of the modern world could be rendered as the history of ways of arguing, where changes in media change what sort of arguments are possible — with deep social and political implications. Full bio »
1st choice – Use MixMeister BPM Analyzer to determine the BPM of songs in your MP3 collection. BPM Analyzer is a free, stripped-down version of the MixMeister digital DJing software. Drag and drop MP3s into the program’s window; BPM Analyzer automatically calculates their BPM, then allows you to sort them from fastest to slowest or vice versa. The software can embed BPM information into the MP3s’ ID3 tags, allowing you to see their BPM in other digital DJing or media player programs.
2 – Calculate the BPM of an MP3 using SoftJock’s BPM Proscan. Use the program’s integrated file browser to navigate to an MP3, then click “Scan” to find its BPM. Click “Save” to add the BPM to the MP3′s ID3 tag, or click “Export” to save a list of MP3s and their respective BPM as a comma-separated value (CSV) file which you can open and sort in a database program. BPM Proscan is free to download and use.
3 – Determine the BPM of your MP3 collection using Abyssmedia’s BPM Counter program. BPM Counter uses the familiar Windows Explorer interface to navigate your hard drive; it can analyze an entire folder of MP3s at once, saving you the time needed to manually load the songs into the program. The program supports integration with other Abyssmedia programs, including the developer’s sound recording, audio conversion and audio transposition software.
RiP!: A Remix Manifesto is a 2008 open source documentary film about “the changing concept of copyright” directed by Brett Gaylor.
Created over a period of six years, the documentary film features the collaborative remix work of hundreds of people who have contributed to the Open Source Cinema website, helping to create the “world’s first open source documentary” as Gaylor put it. The project’s working title was Basement Tapes,(referring to the album of the same name) but it was renamed RiP!: A Remix Manifesto prior to theatrical release. Gaylor encourages more people to create their own remixes from this movie, using media available from the Open Source Cinema website, or other websites like YouTube, Flickr, Hulu, or MySpace.
“1 Culture always builds on the past
2. The past always tries to control the future
3. our future is becoming less free
4. To build free societies you must limit the control of the past
– Rip! – A Remixers Manifesto”
Every so often, the tectonic plates of mainstream musical taste shift. In the 1960s, there was the British Invasion, followed by disco in the 1970s and the rise of glam metal in the 1980s. The 1990s saw the advent of grunge and the resurgence of boy bands, followed by hip-hop’s hegemony in the 2000s. Now, the tables are turning again.
Electronic dance music, better known as EDM, has finally surged from its underground roots and into mainstream consciousness. One need only look at the recent activities of the genre’s most prominent practitioners: last year, Skrillex was one of the main attractions at Coachella; last month, Deadmau5 ended up on the cover of Rolling Stone; last week, Kaskade became the first electronic act to sell out the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
“I think mainly people were just ready to hear something new,” says Kaskade. “My parents listened to rock and roll; that’s their music. And then hip-hop came along. This is the next generation of music.”
Just as international recognition enriched the likes of The Beatles, The Bee Gees, Aerosmith, Nirvana and Jay-Z, EDM’s practitioners have been cleaning up of late, prompting FORBES to release its first-ever Electronic Cash Kings list. Over the past 12 months, the world’s ten highest-paid DJs pulled in $125 million—more than the payroll of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Dutch born DJ Tiesto tops the list with earnings of $22 million, buoyed by an average nightly gross of $250,000 according to concert data provider Pollstar. Grammy-winning California native Skrillex ranks second with $15 million, followed by Scandinavian trio Swedish House Mafia, which recently disbanded despite pulling in an estimated $14 million. Keep reading
After flying to an altitude of 39,045 meters (128,100 feet) in a helium-filled balloon, Felix Baumgartner completed a record breaking jump for the ages from the edge of space, exactly 65 years after Chuck Yeager first broke the sound barrier flying in an experimental rocket-powered airplane. Felix reached a maximum of speed of 1,342.8 km/h (833mph) through the near vacuum of the stratosphere before being slowed by the atmosphere later during his 4:20 minute long freefall. The 43-year-old Austrian skydiving expert also broke two other world records (highest freefall, highest manned balloon flight), leaving the one for the longest freefall to project mentor Col. Joe Kittinger.