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The Chipmunks:  “America the Beautiful”

Is there any other country that will feature such a version of one of its sacred national songs? I thought not. Case for the USA being the greatest nation: closed!

Posted By: Paul - Tue May 01, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals, Music, 1960s, North America, Cacophony, Dissonance, White Noise and Other Sonic Assaults

Magma’s Invented Language




Vander invented a constructed language, Kobaïan, in which most lyrics are sung. In a 1977 interview with Vander and long-time Magma vocalist Klaus Blasquiz, Blasquiz said that Kobaïan is a "phonetic language made by elements of the Slavonic and Germanic languages to be able to express some things musically. The language has of course a content, but not word by word."[1] Vander himself has said that, "When I wrote, the sounds [of Kobaïan] came naturally with it—I didn’t intellectualise the process by saying 'Ok, now I’m going to write some words in a particular language', it was really sounds that were coming at the same time as the music."[2] Later albums tell different stories set in more ancient times; however, the Kobaïan language remains an integral part of the music.


Their Wikipedia page.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Feb 27, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Languages, Music, 1970s, Europe, Cacophony, Dissonance, White Noise and Other Sonic Assaults

MONTEZUMA:  the Opera



Ambitious failure, or noble travesty? Decide for yourself!

"The opera contains human sacrifice, burning at the stake, stabbing, stoning, rule by terror, cannibalism, a love story, war, homesickness, intrigue, a ritual dance, and the supernatural...[T]he opera's greatest defect is its libretto, a 'farrago of poetasty', which is 'a ghastly example of self-parody that even a Robert Benchley could not have topped.'"

Source of quote.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Feb 09, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Music, 1960s, North America, Cacophony, Dissonance, White Noise and Other Sonic Assaults

Static Copyrighted

From a recent New Yorker article:

Sebastian Tomczak, an electronic musician from Australia, uploaded a ten-hour white-noise video to YouTube, and was promptly walloped with five infringement claims...

White noise is generally defined by hazy and inharmonious hissing—it’s noise-eating noise, anti-noise, a way of drowning out other sounds. Per a BBC report, the claimants accusing Tomczak of infringement included companies who peddle white-noise recordings as sleep therapy. It turns out that his nondescript hissing mirrored their nondescript hissing.


The white noise in question:

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jan 12, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Cacophony, Dissonance, White Noise and Other Sonic Assaults

Noise-canceling ramen fork

The OTOHIKO fork from Nissin, for noisy ramen slurpers. It doesn't actually cancel out the noise. When it detects a slurping noise it causes your phone to make a louder, wave-crashing sound, which drowns out the slurping sound.

It costs ¥14,800. Or around $130.





via mashable.com

Posted By: Alex - Sun Oct 29, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Inventions, Noises and Other Public Disturbances of the Peace, Cacophony, Dissonance, White Noise and Other Sonic Assaults

Brick:  “Summer Heat”



"That summer heat makes me want to get down! The moonlight's making it easier for me to see/That it's time for love--or Mother Nature's playing tricks on me!""

Wikipedia page here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun May 28, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Music, 1980s, Cacophony, Dissonance, White Noise and Other Sonic Assaults

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