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“an iPhone can make music, but is it art?”

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an iPhone music recording app
  • with all of the iPhone’s music making options, people are starting to ask the question, “is music still music when the instrument is an iPhone?” it seems that the answer is yes.
  • the stanford mobile phone orchestra is pushing the limits of what people consider music to be. they play with iPhones, using fingerless gloves, with small speakers attached to the phones.
  • part of the appeal of these music apps is that they’re relatively easy to use, says daniel trueman, who leads princeton’s laptop orchestra, a similar music venture.
  • both electronic orchestras have bigger goals than merely displaying the potential of the technology. they also want to make music, using good musicians.
  • a duke professor is impressed by the quality of music that can come from iPhones. but with any music, it’s still easy to write “bad” pieces, arrangement that don’t sound good, regardless of whether it’s coming from a traditional or electronic orchestra.
  • the stanford mobile phone orchestra plays pieces ranging from well-known songs to original compositions written specifically for iPhones.
  • while no one expects the iPhone to replace the violin anytime soon, many musicians are excited to see its full potential
  • the stanford mobile phone orchestra has even talked about having a joint concert w/ the san francisco symphony.
  • these new electronic orchestras don’t seem to be too concerned w/ whether or not people think of them as legitimate or not, with one experimental musician saying, “let’s let history sort out whether it’s of value or not.”

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/12/04/an-iphone-can-make-music-but-is-it-art/?scp=3&sq=iphone&st=Search

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December 9, 2009 at 1:11 am

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“google adds live results from twitter to searches”

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google's vice president introduces new google features at a CA summit on monday

  • on 12/7, google announced a few new features that experts are predicting may change the way people search on the web — the biggest addition to web searches being live results from twitter.
  1. search by voice-google’s vp for engineering, vic gundotra, led the summit, first by introducing searching by voice for mobile phones (adding japanese to the list of languages it already uses — english and chinese — he said eventually all major languages would be added). another cool capability google is exploring is being able to instantly translate a search, for example, searching by voice in english and having google’s results read back to the user in spanish (target timeline for this technology is 2010).
  2. search by location-the experimental tool “google goggles” allows users to take a picture on their mobile phone and submit it to google (to come up as an image result on a query). to upload pics, users must first go to google labs. to illustrate the full potential of this ambitious tool, gundotra said that in the future, the new tool might even be able to analyze a person’s face as an image and come up with his / her name. obviously, some privacy issues need to be figured out first before this becomes a reality.
  3. real-time search-finally, google fellow amit singhal took the state, explaining the need to update search results by the second (not just by the minute, which it currently does). this means items like tweets and blog posts will pop up as soon as they’re posted. this is in the wake of google’s contract with twitter, which it signed in october. real-time search will be available to android and iPhone users ASAP. google is also making deals w/ facebook and myspace, making updates on public pages and recent comments available on google searches.

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/12/07/google-charts-the-future-of-search/?scp=8&sq=iphone&st=Search

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December 8, 2009 at 11:59 pm

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