November 2009

Nov 24

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50 Greatest Voices: Help NPR Choose!

Author: jacobtell
POSTED AT 10:11 PM

This new NPR series is absolutely incredible, and essential for any music lover, especially those of you who appreciate beautiful voices.  Take a few moments to not only scroll through the list and listen to samples, but also vote for your favorite 5.  Some of these vocalists are truly treasures, and many I had never heard before now…

In January 2010, NPR will launch a year-long exploration of 50 great voices in recorded history. The series isn’t an attempt to catalog the so-called “greatest” singers. Instead, we hope to discover and re-discover awe-inspiring vocalists from around the world and across time. We asked you to nominate artists for the series and we received thousands of options. NPR and a panel of experts are in the process of whittling them down to about 100 singers — a mix of familiar names and surprising discoveries. Explore some of the nominated voices below, choose five favorites you think should be included in the final 50 and tell us why.

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Nov 21

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Best discovery o’ me life.  You can set your language on Facebook to Pirate.

That’s right, just a few clicks and facebook becomes a whole lot more piratey.  No more of this you have an event invitation.  NO!  Now you can have “grog fests sighted from the crow’s nest”  And no facebook won’t ask you “what are you doing?”  It’ll ask, “what Arrrr you doing?”  or “what be troubling ye?”  So there ye go. It’s awesome.  If you want to enjoy the awesomeness, just go ahead and log into facebook, head to the bottom of the page click language and switch it to “English (Pirate).”  Ye won’t be disappointed.


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Nov 18

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If you haven’t had a chance to come visit Oniracom, you should know that we can get pretty nerdy here. Even during our daily lunchtime gatherings where we tend to talk about other topics, we still end up talking about content management systems and the value of open source. This just happened the other day. The White House has just transferred whitehouse.gov to the drupal content management system. Sean mentioned that it is highly customized version of it, created with a lot of internal development. Hopefully they release a lot of their changes to help the community. We are a smaller shop though, and are better suited to outsourcing that work to a third party. We chose Expression Engine as our main content management platform. It is not a matter of which CMS is better, but what fits the needs of the project….

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Nov 17

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Electric Didgeridoo

Author: intern
POSTED AT 12:11 AM

Electric Guitars are cool, and everyone knows it.  Now check out the electric didgeridoo!  Creator Kyle Evans explains how he created this incredible instrument:

I created this instrument to experiment in the combination of the organic sound qualities of a didgeridoo with the advanced signal processing capabilities of modern computer programming and sound synthesis. This custom built didgeridoo features externally mounted modules that allow the performer to process and manipulate the sound of the instrument in real time. All control data is transmitted wirelessly via blue tooth and is controlling several audio processes created in a custom-built software environment. If you have any questions about the instrument please feel free to ask.

Read the full blog post here.

http://www.myspace.com/kyleevansmusic
http://yaktronix.blogspot.com/

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Nov 16

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The Louvre made its most controversial decision last week (even more controversial than putting in a McDonald’s) when they decided to to replace a certain famous painting with something a little more contemporary.  Personally, I think it’s an improvement.  Enjoy your free wallpaper.


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Click Read More to get the other sizes.

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Nov 16

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Oops! (The Topspin Model)

Author: brendan
POSTED AT 05:11 PM

I’m actually a fan of Topspin Media, but when signing up for their mailing list recently, I found something in the process that was humorous coming from a technology company for “direct-to-fan marketing, management, and distribution.”  Check it out….

Step One: Confirmation Email

Step Two: Click on the Confirm and Download link.  It takes you here:

Step Three: Click Download Now and…. Oops! Hopefully this doesn’t happen after I sign an artist for the service…

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Nov 12

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Maui ‘09 - Part One

Author: tbone
POSTED AT 04:11 PM

I’m lucky enough to have some great friends who live in Maui.  I would honestly hitchhike to Missouri to visit these people, but they’ve made it extra easy on me by living in an amazing tropical beauty-scape. 

While I love the beach, I’m not really designed for it. I burn easily and am attracted to shade.  I work in a low-light room doing web layouts all day and am statistically more likely to be inspired by an artist’s rendering of a beach than by the beach itself… Eventhough my desk is about two blocks from the Pacific Ocean.  Oh - and I’m ok with that. 

So it is with this self acceptance that on my vacation I journeyed inland from the beaches of Maui and looked for the expressions and visual tokens of people who need to build a life and career first and hit the beach second… or third.

Click here to see the full slide show.
(It’s a Flash slideshow… sorry iPhones).

On a technical note, these photos are shot on Fuji Provia iso100 color reversal film processed in C-41 chemicals.  See “cross processed” or the slang “x-pro”. I have some digital photos as well which I’ll post in a separate slide show.

Aloha.

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Nov 12

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Last week Oniric Records took Matthew McAvene into Sjoko’s studio here in Santa Barbara to record electric bass, string upright bass and backing vocal tracks to his masterpiece “Super Hero Dreams.”  This track is inspired by his true love and boasts more than ever McAvene’s musical craftsmanship in the studio.  Matthew is donating “Super Hero Dreams” to Oniric Records’ “Solutions for Dreamers : Season 3” compilation CD, benefiting the Wailer’s non-profit I Went Hungry.  We are very honored and excited to share this beautiful musical journey with the world.

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There are many more photos if you click “Read More” below…

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Nov 11

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From the Basement

Author: drew
POSTED AT 08:11 PM

From the Basement is an amazing series of videos created by producer, engineer, and recent Thom Yorke bandmate Nigel Godrich. I have taken the liberty to watch pretty much all of the videos. Besides the videos you know you should see1, white denim was a band I hadn’t heard of, but is worth a watch. Their drummer is incredible, and their sound is familiar, but yet different. I don’t think that is even possible.

What makes From the Basement unique is that it takes a trend I have been seeing lately and gives it amazing production value. That trend is studios putting out video podcasts of artists who record there. Chasing the Moon is another great site that showcases San Franciscan artists. This is smart because we all know that studios are struggling from the availability of home recording equipment. This allows for studios to utilize the internet to have an audience. Studios could offer to make the video for free as a promotional incentive for bands, as long as the band agreed to being in the podcast. If the band liked it enough, and wanted to use it as a official video then some sort of fee could be in place to recoup the costs.

  1. If you want to know the other videos you should watch, ask and I will put them in the comments.↩
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Nov 10

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Interview with Maxx Farris

Author: brendan
POSTED AT 02:11 AM

Oniric Records recently caught up with Marc B’s percussionist, Maxx Farris, during a surf trip in Mexico.  Here’s what he had to say.

1.  Who the eff are you?

Hi world, I’m Maxx Farris. Born and raised in Clovis, California (Map). I now reside in Oxnard, California (Map). I play percussion with Marc B.  I’ve been playing drums my entire life, educated in the art of Jazz, Latin and Funk.

2.  What do you always have with you in your pocket?

A lighter.


3.  How long have you and Marc been playing together?

Marc and I have been playing together for some months, hopefully many more to come.

4.  Most Life-Changing Music Moment?

Hmmm… I would have to say it was when I was about 7 years old. My dad took me to see…

(Click Read More… to find out)
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Nov 06

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I am an image addict, I search and peruse and hunt all day long.  It’s quite fun to see what all is out there on the internet, but at times it can be a bit disappointing.  Here is one discovery I made not so long ago.

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The Hannah Montana Best Of Both Worlds DVD Cover







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Stock Photo of a Crowd.

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Nov 04

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My time as an intern with Oniracom

Author: jacobtell
POSTED AT 03:11 AM

One of our summer 2009 interns, Karen Kiley, enjoyed her experience working at Oniracom and wrote up a nice post about her experience.  Karen is now back at the University of Limerick in Ireland.  We wish her the best with her career path.

This summer, I spent three months working as a social media intern with a company called Oniracom/Oniric Records. The company, based in Santa Barbara, California, creates online presences for a number of big name musicians. They also specialize in the websites and social media of some entertainment and environmental companies. The record label Oniric Records manage some local Santa Barbara acts.

Read: Karen’s Blog Post

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