Links vom 14. 1. 2008: ACDC live 1977, Dark Crystal, Peter Pan Porno Comic und A Girl’s Guide to Geek Guys

Music

U23D Gives Us a Glimpse of the Music Video Future [U23D Review]
Enter the U23D concert film. We’ve seen concert films before, but never like this one. From the first shot of a packed arena that opens up like a pop-up book, to the long zooms from the audience right up into Larry Mullen’s drumface, or the Edge’s guitar, it feels like an otherworldly experience.

Was man von der Musikindustrie lernen kann (während sie sich selbst demontiert)
8: Keine Panik, wenn das neue Geschäftsmodell nicht so klar wirkt wie das Alte
Okay, es ist nicht einfach, die CD-Produktion mit geschätzten 90% Anteil am Gesamtumsatz einfach aufzugeben und stattdessen auf Konzerte und Merchandising, Communites, Special Events und Kleinigkeiten zu setzen. Weiss ich. Aber heult nicht rum. Es ist die einzige Option, wenn ihr im Geschäft bleiben wollt. In fünf Jahren werdet ihr sicher nicht mehr viele CDs verkaufen, oder?
Wenns ein Geschäft gibt, werden die ersten darin Erfolg haben. Der Rest wird gnadenlos untergehen.

The Music Industry’s Last Stand Will Be A Music Tax
It is becoming more and more difficult for the music industry to ignore the basic economics of the their industry: unenforceable property rights (you can’t sue everyone) and zero marginal production costs (file sharing is ridiculously easy). All the big labels have now given up on DRM. They haven’t yet given up on trying to charge for their music, but it’s becoming more and more clear that as long as there is a free alternative (file sharing), the price of music will have to fall towards free.

Was macht eigentlich ein Laptopmusiker? Ein Gespräch mit dem amerikanischen Musikwissenschaftler Mark Butler
Sie beschreiben elektronische Musik als modular. Was heißt das?
Wenn ich sage, dass elektronische Musik modular ist, spreche ich von ihrer Struktur - auf den verschiedensten Ebenen. Grundsätzlich baut sich elektronische Musik aus vielen kleinen Mustern oder Modulen auf, die relativ ähnlich und auswechselbar sind.

Justice Xmas Mix
The people at Fabric rejected the Justice’s Fabriclive mix because it was too short and the mix was not what they were expecting, too much French pop and disco. They even wanted to add Donna Summers’ “Dim All The Lights” and Supertramp’s “Another Man’s Woman”. Instead they just made a few copies and gave it awwayas a xmas mix.
Tracklist:
01 Sparks – Tryouts For The Human Race – Virgin
02 Rondo Veneziano – La Serenissima - Universal
03 Goblin – Tenebrae - Cinevox
04 Daft Punk – Ouverture - Virgin
05 Surkin – Next Of Kin – Institubes
06 SymbolOne – Love Juice - SymbolOne
07 Korgis – Everybodys Gotta Learn Sometimes – Angel Air
08 Midnight Juggernauts – Ending Of An Era – Mindight Juggernauts
09 The Paradise Ft Romauld – In Love With You – Vulture
10 Justice – TTHHEE PPAARRTTYY (Acapella) – Ed Banger
11 Chic – Everybody Dance – Atlantic
12 Frankie Valli – Who Loves You – Warners
13 Das Pop – Underground – Das Pop
14 Julien Clerc – Quand Je Joue – EMI
15 Daniel Balavoine – Vivre Ou Survivre – Barclay
16 Richard Sanderson – Reality - Barclay
17 Zoot Woman – Grey Day – Wall Of Sound
18 Fucking Champs – Thor Is Like Immortal – Drag City
19 The Rave – Mother – The Rave
20 Fancy – You Never Know - Fancy
21 Frank Stallone – Far From Over - Universal
22 Sheila – Misery – Warners
23 Todd Rundgren – International Feel - Warners

RIAA Believes MP3s Are A Crime: Why This Matters
In the confusion following the Washington Post’s RIAA story, and its subsequent “correction,” journalists and advocacy groups alike are missing an important fact: the RIAA has repeatedly taken the position that ripping MP3s from CDs you own is illegal, and it’s using that argument to harm consumers.

Radiohead Finds Sales, Even After Downloads
In a twist for the music industry’s digital revolution, “In Rainbows,” the new Radiohead album that attracted wide attention when it was made available three months ago as a digital download for whatever price fans chose to pay, ranked as the top-selling album in the country this week after the CD version hit record shops and other retailers.

Under pressure from EMI, RIAA could disappear
Is the RIAA as we know it about to disappear? As rumors continue to swirl that EMI will pull its funding from music trade groups like the RIAA and IFPI, an IFPI spokesman tells Ars that the group is in the middle of a major internal review of its operations.

Saddle Creek verschenkt Sampler
Das Label Saddle Creek, Heimat der Two Gallants und Bright Eyes, verschenkt Anfang des Jahres ein kleine Compilation mit 6 Songs, die quasi als Rückblick auf das Jahr 2007 gesehen werden kann. Das ganze gibt es exklusiv nur als Torrent-Datei, insgesamt 31 MB groß.AC/DC Full Concert From 1977
Full Live Concert With Bon Scott, Angus Young and the rest of AC/DC’s Original Cast

DRM will eat itself
Wer denkt eigentlich, dass das Ende von DRM (wir greifen mal ein wenig vorraus) auf dem digitalen Musikmarkt eine Frage der Abstimmung mit Füssen gewesen ist? Dass erboste Konsumenten, die schlichtweg dagegen waren ihre gekaufte Musik nicht überall abspielen zu können wo sie wollen, hinter den schmerzhaft langsam hereinträufelnden Entscheidungen doch noch MP3s ohne Kopierschutz zu verkaufen, stehen? Ich vermute fast zu viele.

Deutscher Musik-Download-Markt wuchs 2007 um 34 Prozent
In Deutschland wurden im vergangenen Jahr 34,5 Millionen einzelne digitale Musikstücke online verkauft. Das sind 32,7 Prozent mehr als im Jahr 2006. Dazu kommen 2,9 Millionen Bundles, die mehr als ein Musikstück enthalten, beispielsweise Alben. Ihre Zahl wuchs gegenüber 2006 um 38,7 Prozent. Die Zahl der “digitalen Produkte”, wie sie Media Control zusammenfassend in einer Mitteilung nennt, wuchs also um 33,6 Prozent auf 37,4 Millionen. Die Marktforscher gehen davon aus, dass der Trend zu DRM-freier Musik, dem sich nun teilweise auch Sony BMG angeschlossen hat, den Markt beleben werde.

Anti-Piracy Voice-Overs to Prevent CDs from Leaking
Most filesharers are probably familiar with the “for your consideration” messages displayed in DVDscreeners, but similar messages on CDs are less known. The voice overs do their job, because of their inferior quality none of these albums are uploaded to the Internet. However, they also make it harder for the reviewers to do their job if the music fades out every other minute, and it’s starting to annoy them.

Movies

The mystery box: J.J. Abrams on TED.com
Filmmaker J.J. Abrams traces his love of the unseen mystery — the heart of Alias, Lost and the upcoming Cloverfield — back to its own magical beginnings, which may or may not include an early obsession with magic, the love of a supportive grandfather, or his own unopened Mystery Box.

Dark Crystal uRac Statue

A Gallery Of Fans’ Pimped-Out Battlestar, Star Wars Cars
Dean Shorey built this car, based on the Vipers from Battlestar Galactica, by hand. (It looks like old Battlestar, not new.) Corey’s not the only fan to have customized his car into a starfighter out of science fiction shows or movies.

Cool Stuff: How did R2-D2 Get His Name?
Flipping through The Star Wars Vault hardcover book (which I plugged in Cool Stuff a few days back), I came across an interesting bit of Star Wars trivia that I had never known before How Did George Lucas come up with the name for R2-D2? The amazing must-see photo answer after the jump.

Hi-5: Five Hottest Zombie Movie Chicks

The Making of Persepolis
The New York Times has a short but insightful look at some behind-the-scenes artwork for the big screen adaptation of Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis. The slideshow is narrated by Satrapi and co-director Vincent Paronnaud. Persepolis was by far one of the best cinematic experiences I’ve had this year. The film draws you into the original story, and in many ways I enjoyed it more than the actual graphic novel. I recommend everyone see it.


how 3 graphic designers created D-Day on a shoe string budget for the timewatch program “Bloody Omaha”

Design


You Suck at Photoshop #2

Peter Pan Porno-Comic von Alan Moore
In the extremely graphic graphic-novel Lost Girls, Pan’s demure companion is shown in a serious of erotic trysts. The illustrated adult book, which depicts Tinkerbell being raped and Wendy being spied on by paedophile peeping toms, has provoked children’s campaigners and devotees of the original Barrie fable to demand it be taken off the shelves. But the author, Alan Moore – who inspired the Hollywood films V For Vendetta and The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen – insists he is taking a legitimate stance against censorship.

Giant white glove
On May 4th, 2007, we asked internet users to help isolate Michael Jackson’s white glove in all 10,060 frames of his nationally televised landmark performance of Billy Jean. 72 hours later 125,000 gloves had been located. wgt_data_v1.txt (listed below) is the culmination of data collected. It is released here for all to download and use as an input into any digital system. Just as the data was gathered collectively it is our hope that it will be visualized collectively.

Adobe Photoshop Tutorials - Best Of
This article provides professional Adobe Photoshop tutorials which can enrich your design skills and improve the quality of your works. Although the authors of the tutorials rarely provide the information about the used version, we tried to pick only those tutorials that can be used with both CS 3 and older versions of Adobe Photoshop.

Und so.

Americans Shouldn’t Cosplay
Fanboys and fangirls dress up like their favorite characters and go to conventions and show of the awesomeness of how much they look like their fantasy counterparts (be it video games, anime, manga, movies, etc.).
I’m here to say that this should be banned in America

Machines that “Destroy” the Earth (Nov, 1946)
THREE times a day in five spectacular ways the earth “dies” in the Hayden Planetarium in New York.
First performed in 1939, the Planetarium’s sky drama was shut down by the war in 1941 and was not resumed until recently. The new “End of the World” show is considerably more vivid than its prewar predecessor because of added startling effects and more authentic background material worked out by the Planetarium technical and scientific staffs. The pictures and captions on the accompanying pages explain how these effects are obtained.
Scientists and others—mostly others-have predicted a possible end to the world in the near future as a result of chain reactions set off by the use of atomic energy.

Virgin Galactic to Offer Space Cruise through Aurora Borealis
Imagine what kind of spectacular show it would be like to fly into the heart of the Northern Lights. You may not have to imagine forever. Richard Branson has been busy thinking up new ways to get people excited about private space tourism, and he’s come up with something pretty spectacular. He’s offering to fly the affluent into the world’s biggest lightshow, the Aurora Borealis.

TankChair More Powerful, Luxurious
Here’s the updated version of the TankChair, a mobile relaxation assault vehicle, with a lower center of gravity and more torque. While my first insipid instinct is to mock anyone who might actually need one of these due to my constant baseline fantasy that everyone in the world is fat, the impetus behind the TankChair is really sweet: a man built it for his outdoors-loving wife, whose legs were disabled in an accident.

The 50 Greatest Arcade Cabinets In Video Game History!
Seeing classic arcade game machines lined up next to each other is an easy way to have a wave of nostalgia smack you in the face harder than a hurled barrel compliments of Donkey Kong himself. It brings you back to a time when games were simple, fun, and fairly cheap to play for the most part. Whether it was laughing at how all the enemies bullets traveled 75% slower than your own or enjoying the cheesy digitized voices, there’s no denying the classic games had something special.

Biggest black hole in the cosmos discovered
The most massive known black hole in the universe has been discovered, weighing in with the mass of 18 billion Suns. Observing the orbit of a smaller black hole around this monster has allowed astronomers to test Einstein’s theory of general relativity with stronger gravitational fields than ever before.

A Girl’s Guide to Geek Guys
Why Geek Dudes Rule:
They are generally available.
See the Web site!
Other women will tend not to steal them.
They can fix things.
Your parents will love them.
They’re smart.

Hubble Sees a Double Einstein Ring
An Einstein Ring happens when two galaxies are perfectly aligned. The closer galaxy acts as a lens, magnifying and distorting the view of a more distant galaxy. But today astronomers announced that they’ve discovered a double Einstein Ring: three galaxies are perfectly aligned, creating a double ring around the lensing galaxy. The odds of finding something like this are pretty low. And yet… here it is.

Crazy MIT study on the effectiveness of aluminium foil helmets
Some folks from the MIT did a study in 2005 about the effectiveness of aluminium foil helmets. According to the study, some paranoid people believe that the government has been using satellites to read and control the minds of certain citizens and they think that the use of aluminum helmets can protect the wearer against these invasive radio signals. The authors of the study tested four different aluminium foil helmets to find out if they really work.

Work and Play: A Peek Inside the Lives of Gaming’s Greatest
More than 40 different photo galleries from 17 studios, seven publications, two industry movers and shakers and a couple of fun surprises. You’ll get to see the desk of such greats as Sid Meier, Peter Molyneux and Tetsuya Mizuguchi along with plenty of others.

Tim Arnold’s Pinball Hall of Fame
My favorite museum in all of Las Vegas—in the whole world, in fact—does not have a single Picasso or candleabra’d piano. It contains no world record holders or dinosaurs. The closest thing it has to a gift shop is a soda machine. It lacks fancy signage, unless your idea of signage consists of taped-up note cards with scrawled but highly informative messages. You could drive right by it and not even know it’s a museum. It lies four long miles from the Strip, way past the Liberace Museum, in a mini-mall amid check-cashing offices and a two-dollar cinema.

This Is What The PS3 Can Do To Your Brain
IBM and The Mayo Clinic have teamed up to open a research facility, which they hope will bring about advances in the field of medical imaging, and in particular to things like CT scans. At present, it can take a doctor hours to look over a set of scans, which in some cases can endanger a patient’s life. It’s hoped that by using the PS3’s Cell chip they can not only create 3D images of a patient’s brain much faster, they can also then compare those to earlier 3D images in only minutes, a feat which once took hours. Pretty neat, considering the Cell was built to, you know. Play games.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Complete TXT.

Confessions: The Meanest Thing Gizmodo Did at CES
CES has no shortage of displays. And when MAKE offered us some TV-B-Gone clickers to bring to the show, we pretty much couldn’t help ourselves. We shut off a TV. And then another. And then a wall of TVs. And we just couldn’t stop.