Ambient music mixed with the sounds of San Francisco public safety radio traffic.
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A mix of ambient and experimental music mixed with the historical sounds of the space program.
(I just hope that my link won't DDOS it)
* (mandatory, already seen multiple times on HN) http://musicforprogramming.net/
* Kruder & Dorfmeister - The K+D Sessions. Fantastic mix.
* Apparat - The whole discography, but especially Silizium, and Krieg und Frieden. Both mix deliciously electronic and violin/cello.
and the classic http://www.sleepbot.com/ambience/broadcast/
Subdued, but steady beats to maintain pace, with a touch of atmospheric electronics.
* Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/user/headphonecommute / spotify:user:headphonecommute
But excellent recommendation nonetheless (listening to the flashbulb on reviews.headphonecommute.com) !
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I love the idea of procedural music using live data sets. This works really well - a lot of ambient music I listen to already has radio samples in it. I wonder if you could add reverb to the radio? Maybe with the room size oscillating very slowly.
Might I recommend a lower default volume for the radio? I'm listening to it more for the sound quality and not the words themselves.
suggestions, it seems!
A guy at Aquarius Records in San Francisco convinced me to "just have a listen" back in '98 or '99, and I bought them _immediately_
It's very much a techno thing, reminiscent of a track like Space Manoeuvres' "Stage One". I'm not sure if it's ethical to do it with live emergency communications, though.
I am genuinely curious and would like to understand this better.
It's great for programming at night. It's meditative without entering a full alpha state. It's like other moods, such as sounds of rain and nature, that linger but don't distract. Many people find it conducive to "the zone" of creativity and productivity.
I understand that some people can't help but listen to the voice, but for me, it is difficult for me to hear details and it quickly turns into background noise.
It might be put in terms of working around others. Ideally, the noise others make will enter subconsciousness enough to concentrate yet remain aware of anything 'worth' listening to or someone snapping in my face. Basically, you just have to experiment on yourself. Do what feels right for you. If someone's constantly fighting for concentration against surroundings, then that person needs to change surroundings. And moods constantly change.
Emotions are humanity. Life is real life. Moreover, good movies are far more than mere fiction or the sum of their parts. To people with vivid imaginations and deep empathy, any [medium of information], "fact" or fiction, powerful enough, can be experienced viscerally as with "real life" even if only in that moment.
I can listen to music while doing grunt work, but I need silence to concentrate. There may be a language issue WRT "coding" where design and implementation needs silence, minor optimization and bug fixing is possible, maybe more enjoyable, with music.
There may be more factors beyond these two.
(I don't know where you get your ATC feeds but maybe you can get ones from across the world)
However, I don't think this is the distillation of the spirit of night or sleep. Cities have their own sounds. This completely removes any actual sound and replaces it with mood music. It then completely removes actual humanity and suffering, and replaces it with dispassionate narration of management of human activity. I'm not sure you could get less connected to the city.
That said, I have code to do... so on with the suffering!
One may be deep in the heart of a sardine-packed city, feeling disconnected. No setting is exclusive to the shaping of one's feelings except to those who may not care to shape their own positive perception.
> It then completely removes actual humanity and suffering, and replaces it with dispassionate narration of management of human activity.
It depends on the person being affected. Speaking only for myself, it's the opposite of dispassion. Sure, I love dark, dystopic, cyberpunk moods with the best of 'em. Personally, however, and I'm sure this rings true for others here, I'm always left with overwhelming sense of hopefulness in those moments of unease. It's a feeling that humanity can come together to resist and overcome obstacles. It's entirely empathetic and passionate. On the topic of police scanners, indeed, upsetting moments occur. Suffering occurs. Humorous moments occur too. It's interesting. My constant worry and sincere hope goes out to people in need even at the mere sound of an ambulance. The presence of critical information is not fuel of sadism. It's fuel of concern, curiosity, connectedness, and awareness.
News functions greatly in this respect. Heavy news affects those who are willing to bear witness to it. It's humanity's suffering. News of the world's plight causes a rollercoaster of emotions. As much as it brings pain, shock, tears, pessimism, and cynicism, it so too brings cause, unity, hope, struggle, and awareness. The electricity of urgency has its own presence regardless of how different people objectify it. People who tune-out of it altogether could be equally objectifying, depending on their attitude and perception. Tuning out can be healthy just the same. Emotions are 'pluralistic' amid extremes of peace, fear, love, happiness, and curiosity. Lightning, though terrifying, remains electrifying.
> That said, I have code to do... so on with the suffering!
Hilarious! I'm entering a more upbeat mood now. A mix of violent gangsta rap blended with the life-affirming moans of highway traffic will suffice. A.B.C.
Also, every so often you hear about a crazy fire going on or someone trying to jump off the Golden Gate bridge. (On sf-1033, naturally, not this one. Also, I like what sf-1033 does with the reverb on the police scanner bits.) It was really great back when people were rioting in the streets after the World Series victory, throwing bottles at the police and burning an articulated Muni-bus.
In short, it can be used to zone out and work, or just as background noise for your daily activities. if being immersed in a noir/cyberpunk/blade runner mindset like that works for you)
If the police feeds are too dramatic, there's that excellent (archival) NASA audio one as well: http://youarelistening.to/nasa
Nice site though. This is actually pretty soothing as long as it's typical, nearly-undecipherable police chatter.
Why not make the third component live -- and include a webcam feed in the background instead of the static image?
What toolset or DAW did you use to create these?
I've been learning Ableton Live 9 on my Mac, along with a Push controller, which I can't recommend enough.
If you're ever inclined toward a productivity challenge, you might want to check out http://weeklybeats.com (not my site, but I am a participant). The idea is to write, record, and upload one piece per week. (My stuff's at http://weeklybeats.com/#/onezero/ )
I loved your explanation: "It invokes a mood. It distills a spirit of night and cities that never sleep. Urgent events from a police scanner play upon a feeling of social connectedness. Combining that with ethereal music plays upon senses of tranquility, danger, peace, haunting, calms before storms, and life transpiring."
Would be nice if HN had a simple forum or messaging/alerts for these moments. My lists are a disastrous mess in Foobar. It's time to finally get up to par and organize what I can on Spotify or whatnot for these situations. Any way to message, or just check back in a few days?
Very cool idea.