19/04/2014 Click


19/04/2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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team has created special applications which demonstrate the

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

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

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

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

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

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satisfaction of doing that and creating music digitally, they

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

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

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being used to help them collaborate on all sorts of bizarre

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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controller to conduct the paint segments and connect them to a

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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detect vibrations and the application will turn them into

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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exchange has been placed into administration by a Japanese court.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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data stolen by hackers exploiting the bug. They have obtained

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

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

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

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mentioning. Not all websites have been affected,

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

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

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

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

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

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patched the bug and recommend changing your password. You will

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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through the software sounds infinitely more impressive. The

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

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immediate input, and an algorithm identifies the pitch at superspeed

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

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

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

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

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

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screaming death metal musicians and percussion sounds. They are harder

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

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Out! Even the rehearsals are pretty mind

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

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

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

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

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

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effort. From Boston, Joe explains his musical journey.

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

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

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

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level beyond conventional digital keyboards, because we take advantage

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

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

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synthesising manufacturer for almost 20 years, so I made digital

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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weaken quite literally replicate the experience of sitting behind a

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physical instrument, but this physical instrument will never be

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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some very interesting things. Yossarian Lives is an experimental

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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perhaps not the most interesting results. Another alternative search

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

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

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

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

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

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contribute by installing the extension, which anonymously tracks

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

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

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special effects and graphical acrobatics. The demo levels of

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

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

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

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

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

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personalities. In a world where graphical bells and whistles has

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

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action is brilliantly narrated by Danny Wallace, ringing the whole

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package together with a slick and professional finish, despite the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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tapping the resulting circular representation in the track, you can

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

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

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

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

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

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BBC click.

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Click plays the tech that can tease a tune out of anything. And the music hackers trying to create music suited to everyone's taste. All that, plus the latest tech news and web reviews.


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