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Music

Dan Mangan at the Yates

Last night Andrea and I hit up the concert of two time Juno award winning artist Dan Mangan at the Yates here in Lethbridge. He puts on a fantastic show. About halfway through the night he explained that the show was being recorded and a link would be sent out so that we could all have a copy if we want to listen again later. In the age of (basically) free digital storage… why not?

Dan Mangan raises his arms with his band at the Yates in Lethbridge taken on September 27, 2023.

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Apple Music

Default iPhone Ring as a Ballad

The default ring for the iPhone used to change every year or two evolving through various iterations of the tunes: “Marimba”, “Opening”, and “Reflection”. In the video above composer and pianist Tony Ann reimagines “Opening” as a complete ballad.

(via Kottke)

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Music technology

Why Music Festivals Sound Better than Ever

As this video explains, line array speakers in sound system design have revolutionized audio quality in live music events. Dave Rat, a sound engineer and sound system designer who has provided audio for Coachella since 2001, explains the differences between point source and line array speakers and how the latter has helped improve the even distribution of sound across large festival areas. Additionally, advancements in technology, such as laser range finders and 3D mapping, have helped sound designers create precise and targeted sound systems, minimizing sound bleeding and creating a better experience for festival-goers. Next time I’m at a concert, I’m going to notice the speaker arrangement and appreciate how far we’ve come in sound design.

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Music

2022 Playlist

Once again1 in 2022, Andrea and I made a playlist for the year:

Just like last year I used tunemymusic.com to collect the same songs in a Youtube playlist and also exported My 2022 Apple Playlist in .CSV format.


  1. Previously: 2021 playlist. ↩︎
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Music

Billie Eilish: Same Interview, the 6th

I watch this same interview every year and every year I think I should post it so you can enjoy it too. I finally am.

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Music

How Stairway to Heaven was Written

Airing on the BBC forty-three years after it was released, Jimmy Page gives a personal account of the process in making Stairway to Heaven.

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Music

2021 Playlist

Below is the collection of music Andrea and I (but mostly she) put together as our “go to songs” for 2021. Enjoy.

You can listen on Youtube if Apple Music is not your thing. Here is the 2021 playlist in .csv format.

Previously: 2020 playlist.

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Music

Foo Fighters Play with 11 year old Nandi Bushell

The Foo Fighters “Everlong” with 11 year old Nandi Bushell:

Last year Dave Grohl saw her videos going viral on Youtube and challenged her to a drumoff.

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Disney Music

Sounds of Disneyland

From Main Street USA to Galaxy’s Edge The Sounds of Disneyland has all the music from the Walt’s California based theme parks (Disneyland and California Adventure).

A lot of the music only works as a short diversion in nostalgia but I particularly like playing the song Rancho Del Zocalo (from Frontierland) as background music when I’ve cooked a Hello Fresh recipe for the family. There’s something about the mandolin and guitar duet that simulates the restaurant experience.

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Music

2020 Playlist

Over the last few years when Andrea I have found a new song on Apple Music we’ll ask Siri to add it to the “[this year’s]” playlist. There isn’t, as far as I know, an easy way to export these lists to other music providers, but nonetheless here is our list from 2020.

Update: It turns out, there is a service that can export music playlists from one music streaming service to another at https://www.tunemymusic.com. It even lets you export to .txt or .csv. Here’s the same 2020 playlist.