this song came about when i was considering how the internet has changed the way musicians work, how the record industry has changed so much over recent years. i considered soundcloud and its worldwide community of musicians and sound-makers. and then i got to thinking…the music industry may not have changed so dramatically if the internet hadn’t been born. and sharing music so freely and easily would be a damn site harder without it.
vint cerf is a legend. a pioneer. without his work you wouldn’t be reading this text. you wouldn’t be listening to my sounds online.
so i wanted to produce a piece of music that sounded as though it had come from a computer, not from a synth, so the intro to this piece was produced from a vst mimmicking an old 8-bit machine. half way into the track there is a glitchy loop that builds as it progresses, and becomes more prominent towards the end of the piece. the loop is made up of samples of a dial-up modem, a fax machine and sinclair spectrum loading data from cassette.
i stumbled upon a speech that vint gave relaying the story of the development of the internet. this really seemed to fit with what i was wanting to produce. what i added to my piece was an abridged edit from that speech which i ran through a speech synthesizer with minimal effects overlaying it.
i’m pleased with the end result but listening to it, i feel like i’ve produced something that is a little bizarre. i feel that what i do is for myself and it’s hard for me to comprehend that others would like it. but then that’s the buzz i get from soundcloud…knowing that actually there are people out there that dig it!
you can read more about vint cerf here : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vint_Cerf
the words spoken in the piece (in case you find the speech synthesizer difficult to follow) are as follows :
Let me take you back to a time when information tended to arrive on dead trees, and other mass media. But 50 years ago, ideas were brewing that would change all of that. In the 1960s, the concept of “packet switching” emerged to challenge conventional circuit switching for computer communication. Networks were built, including the ARPANET
Networked electronic mail burst on the scene in 1971 – surprising many of us with its popularity.
While the basic design was done in the 1970s, implementation on many computer operating systems took time. By 1981, however, it was apparent that these new computer communication protocols were mature enough to plan the launch an operational Internet.
And so it was, on January 1, 1983, that the computers on all of the DARPA-sponsored networks were reconfigured to interwork across multiple packet networks.
In an unbroken chain from 1983 to the present, the Internet has facilitated paradigm-shifting changes in the economics of information access and production. The pace continues and there is no end in sight.
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