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British soldiers a decade ago. You are fully up`to`date with the front


pages of the morning papers. More on the website. We will have a full


bulletin at two o'clock. Now on BBC News, it's time for Click.


This week 's Click will be music to your ears, hopefully, as we play the


technology that can make a fortune out of energy falls `` anything. We


will meet the hackers creating music for everyone's tastes. And we will


meet the man who made it his mission to digitise a real classic. All of


that, plus the latest technology news, and something fresh.


Welcome to Click, I am Spencer Kelly. This week 's programme has a


musical motive, so I came to the home of the Proms, the Royal Albert


Hall. Since the hall opened in 1871, a white writing of different


acts has graced the stage, from classical orchestras to electron at


her `` electronic. Excuse the rehearsals, I have a show to put on


tonight. The Albert Hall does not only play host to musicians and


performers, but a digital classroom will open for the public which aims


to explore and teach more about the links between music technology and


science. In an attempt to make this venue relevant, the halls education


team has created special applications which demonstrate the


importance of maths to music. Within the tablets themselves, the kids can


use applications we have created where we can get them to tap into,


using their pens, music notes. Then they can create fractions, and then


they can create beats. Then, we can record those beats with the sound,


and they will have a brilliant piece of music to take home. The


satisfaction of doing that and creating music digitally, they


should be impressed! Tablets, one way to inspire the new generation of


maestros that could one day take to the stage. In fact, technology is


being used to help them collaborate on all sorts of bizarre


compositions. Hacker`thon. The concept is simple, when we went to


Boston recently, we visited a special one. One dedicated to music


technology. And, they did not do too badly. This is MJ, a pan piping


beatbox. He has popped him to see how things are going at the music


Tech Fest Hackerthon. It is a convention that rings together the


most creative and eccentric music technologists on the planet, and is


famous for its 24 hour session which I am going to enter. Last year 's


winner made this. Adam John Williams had a guitar make a whole new noise


by adding an accessory. My mission is to hack something musically


awesome and make it through 24 hours of hard`core coding. Along with the


obligatory pizza. Some people have come here with ideas in mind, like


Sean, he is a gifted musician, biomedical researcher, Coda, and


fire dancer. That is a dragon staff. I want to put rotational sensors on


it. To make that work, this designer will help him to 3`D print a micro`


sensor. It sounds like fun but I do not have ideas yet. Ten hours in, we


move to a TV studio up the road for the overnight segment. It is a cool


venue with a stage, musicians, and a roomful of kit to stream content to


live on the web. Tonight, it is rammed with Brit controllers,


computers, and hackers, wherever we can fit. In the back room, James is


making a guitar controller with nifty coding, and he is making a


guitar controller with nifty coding, and Houston to plate. He is using a


programme which is used a lot in media applications. `` and is using


a paper plate. It is passed our bedtime, so to keep up our energy,


we take to the stage for loud brainstorming. (FUNKY MUSIC) back to


work, one of my stage cohorts was this man, a hacker specialising in


machine generated music and the user could therapy. He is working on a 16


legged music controller, made from a painting. `` musical therapy. I want


this to be my instrument. It is 4am. I compose music for it, it has


16 legs, and a head. It is fun collaborating! If you come to the


festival, and collaborate with another wonderful mind, who has been


researching something different, some in magical can happen. The 3`D


printer is printing the Microsoft is a holder, and CJ has been covering


everything in sight with paint and crocodile clips. He is using a


controller to conduct the paint segments and connect them to a


computer. I am working out whether standing up all night is putting up


barriers to creativity or making us crazy. It could be both! Finally,


inspiration struck over breakfast, when I said a doughnut tasted like D


Major. For the first time in my life, people heard it, and thought"


dataset" . They asked me more questions and I ate donors! `` eight


more doughnuts. My senses are mixed together a bit, I hear music when I


eat things. Yes, really! The developers liked this idea, and


together, we made an application which pairs food and music. We are


going to build it. Alex is using a programme which is like a sketch pad


for working out what an apt mallet to look like, and helps us imagine


the layout and what we would like to do `` an application. I am working


on which data is requested and how the application and user will


interact. I am finally hacking at Hackerthon! It feels so good. We are


nearing the 24`hour mark. And... We have an application! We finished the


first draft in time. We went back to Microsoft research to present our


idea. SoundBites. Three, two, one, eat! (PIANO MUSIC PLAYS) now you


have that spiciness. After 24 hours of being awake, I am not tired but


excited to see whatever one else has come up with. Sean's dragon staff


works a treat, and the faster he spins it, the faster the music


plays. CJ's controller is a triumph. My team won one of the top prizes


for our application. We are continuing to work on it together,


making me a fully fledged music hacker. Watch this space!


I wonder what the BBC canteen food sounds like to her! Talking of


which, we know what a trumpet sounds like, right? And the guitar? But,


what about, the Royal Albert Hall handrails? Or the glass doors? Or


the railings? It is called Moji. The dongle can be attached to anything.


As long as it is not too solid and can fire braked a bit, the Moji can


detect vibrations and the application will turn them into


sound so the whole world can become your orchestra. `` can vibrate. The


designer has added a mode for those who are less musically minded, which


will play a predefined tune, as you tap out the rhythm. Because I am not


the best drummer in the world, or in this shot, we thought we would let


Bruneau play us all the way to the next technology news. ``Bruno.


Levenson has lost the next fight against the FBI. He was appealing a


ruling that said he had refused to hand over Impey `` construction keys


over to the site. He said by handing over the keys, it would grant the


government access to 400,000 strong users. Once the biggest bitch queen


exchange has been placed into administration by a Japanese court.


It was announced in February that hundreds of thousands of coins were


stolen, worth ?100 million `` ``Bitcoins. As of yet, no timeframe


has been set for the process. Prepare to make those annoying TV


spoilers a thing of the past. At least if you are using this browser.


A new extension, called silencer, allows users to add phrases which


will be blanked out Facebook and Twitter updates. There is a wedding


in game of thrones, you can be of spoiler free surfing until you catch


up. The heartbeat bug is causing problems on the Internet. And


website for parents in the UK announced this week that they had


data stolen by hackers exploiting the bug. They have obtained


passwords before the website picked up on it. If you are concerned about


your security, we have handy advice about it right now. A quick word on


how to protect yourself from this Heartbleed bug that we have been


mentioning. Not all websites have been affected,


but for each of the affected services you use, the current advice


is to change your password, but only after that service has fixed the


problem at its end. How will you know when this is? Here are some of


the larger services that said they were not affected at all so no


action is required. These are some of the services that have already


patched the bug and recommend changing your password. You will


find a link on the website to a moored detailed list of affected


services. `` a more detailed. There are more services and sites which


have yet to fix the problem. Our advice is to check in with the home


page of each of those services and contact them, and change your


password when it is safe to do so. Back to the Royal Albert Hall.


Plenty of musicians these days use tablets in their setup, I thought I


would show you this. A neat little application. You draw your picture


and record your voice at the same time, like this. " la la la la la la


la la la la close quotes. Brilliant, I know. I'm sure we can all see the


point of that. Now, we are getting to grips with some other technology


that uses the human voice. If you always wanted to master the


violin, but could never get your head around learning to play, there


could be hoped for you. This application allows you to shoot like


a trumpet or low like a base by using your voice. This is to allow


for people to get ideas out of their head, without needing the dexterity


to play an instrument. It sounds great, but to put it to the test, we


invited singers from a range of genres to take part in an improvised


live performance in the BBC's Live Lounge. From Kelly, hard`core scream


and, Joe, folk artist Elle, and death metal rocker Alex. I decided


to join in as my operatic alter ego, Madame Eleanora Genara. Without


microphones connected to a laptop and the application fired up, let


the vocal harmony commence. OK, if you are not wearing headphones, it


is hardly a modern`day masterpiece, at hearing the complete composition


through the software sounds infinitely more impressive. The


magic of the application is that it works by using a microphone as


immediate input, and an algorithm identifies the pitch at superspeed


and assigns a note to your voice. This note can be played out as any


digital instrument with no latency, meaning you can get almost immediate


feedback while you perform. I see it as something that could be a tool


for learning and raw creativity. There are still a few things to iron


out in this version, namely, how to tweak the settings to deal with


screaming death metal musicians and percussion sounds. They are harder


for machines to pitch. But it is easy to get carried away. Times up!


Out! Even the rehearsals are pretty mind


blowing, let me tell you. For years, technology has really struggled to


reproduce those. Real instruments. One of the most challenging has


always been the piano. With more powerful machines these days, it has


become possible to fall out human ears. That is, it has become


possible to fall out human ears. That has come at a cost, human


effort. From Boston, Joe explains his musical journey.


This is the main page of Ivory, and we have a range of features where


you can select the kind of piano you want. You can hear the pedal noise,


so we can turn pedal noise off or on. The sound quality is another


level beyond conventional digital keyboards, because we take advantage


of the faster processor speed, and the larger memory. And larger sample


sizes, and those sorts of things. I had worked for a hardware


synthesising manufacturer for almost 20 years, so I made digital


keyboards and digital pianos, as did my partner in crime. We were


constrained by the limitations that the instruments have. We didn't have


a lot of memory, and one instrument I did for them, which was very


successful, had a 1 megabyte piano. Our latest piano is 49 GB. It


basically goes like this. Play a note... And let it became to


silence. And there is no talking like I'm doing now. There is no


moving, there is no breathing. It is about as tedious and boring as it


looks, because you have to do this multiple times for every key, at


every conceivable velocity level. The softest, the loudest. Other


musicians think I must be crazy, it must be torture. And they are right,


it is taught. Some people think it might be interesting, I would like


to go to wait sampling session sometime, sometimes they say.


Usually, an hour later they want to leave. I am willing to say, never


weaken quite literally replicate the experience of sitting behind a


physical instrument, but this physical instrument will never be


able to quite do what Ivory can do, which is to put several instruments


at our fingertips. A man on a musical mission. Time for Webscape.


Did you know that Google handles and around 12.5 billion search request


every month? It is not the only service to offer to uncover those


hidden online gems, as Kate Russell has been finding out.


Web search queries tend to work best if they are very little. But if you


take the genre and give it a metaphorical twist, you can uncover


some very interesting things. Yossarian Lives is an experimental


search tool, allowing you to search for things metaphorically. That


means you can find the conceptual distance that the results should be


from your query term. You can save your result and add your


interpretation of the metaphor. There is no disputing Google's are


to dominance in the search sector. It handled over 2 trillion search


queries last year, and over a billion people use it to search


every month. You will get a lot of results if you query Google. But,


perhaps not the most interesting results. Another alternative search


tool is Blippex, which instead of ranking results with an algorithm no


one understands, many because it is a closely guarded secret at Google,


it is powered by data collected about real people's browsing


behaviour. One of the browsers that lingers on a page, the more interest


that is deemed to be. That makes perfect sense to me. You can


contribute by installing the extension, which anonymously tracks


your page reviews. To a different kind of gaming experience, and one


that takes me back to the good old days when gameplay was king over


special effects and graphical acrobatics. The demo levels of


Thomas was Alone, can be downloaded. As the water began to rise, Clare


have vowed to save this little rectangle in as many restarts as it


took. The mysterious thing about this game is how attached even get


to a bunch of geometric shapes. No faces, Linz, or fashion


accessories, just blocks of colour. But they all have their own


personalities. In a world where graphical bells and whistles has


become such an big part of gaming, it makes a refreshing change. The


action is brilliantly narrated by Danny Wallace, ringing the whole


package together with a slick and professional finish, despite the


minimalist styling. Chocoholics will be looking forward to Easter. This


has plenty of at home activities to burn off some of the access cal and


entertain the kids. In the UK, it will guide you to one of 250


National Trust organised event days. `` . Those links are available at


our website. That is a with a link to our sister programme on BBC World


Service radio. Just as these musical number draws to a close, I thought I


would show you a website for anyone who has a song they love so much,


they never want it to end. Choose a track from the list, or upload your


own, and the infinite jukebox will analyse it, looking for points where


the song could be looped or jumped on to other parts of itself. By


tapping the resulting circular representation in the track, you can


jump around and remix it to your heart's content. And maybe best of


all, as it approaches the end, it jumps seamlessly to a much earlier


part, so that the song goes on forever. Music to my years, well,


someone's years. That is it. If we have inspired you to take up a


musical instrument, please do. If you just fancy tweaking, we live at


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