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2006 03 22
The Slow Music Movement
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Chances are if you are reading this right now you are likely using your computer in some work related fashion. That we use computers to aid us in our work is now a given, of course, but 10 years ago (or even 5) not many would have guessed we would be LISTENING to our computers as much as we do. I'll save the facts and figures about iPods and Skype for someone else to marvel over as I want to offer you, dear RM readers, a remarkable acoustic opportunity.

Point your browser to 9 Beet Stretch, pop in your headphones, and kiss your fellow office workers goodbye, potentially forever. The sonic effect in question is courtesy of Norwegian artist Bill Schottstaedt and Ludwig van Beethoven.

9 Beet Stretch is Beethoven's 9th symphony extended to 24 hours, with no pitch distortions. The effect is achieved through the use of a sonic modulation called granulation which allows sound to be divided into discret elements or 'grains' and then manipulated into higher densities ranging from several hundred to several thousand grains per second.

The pieces starts everyday at 4:15pm EST, which coresponds with the moment in Vienna, Austria where, on May 7th, 1824 Beethoven's 9th was first performed. 9BS plays nonstop, all day long, and then starts again the following day at the same time.

Because the 9th includes sections of "Ode To Joy", sung by soloists and a chorus in the last movement, 9BS offers the opportunity to hear the human voice, as well as orchestral instrumentation, at this haunting pace.


[email this story] Posted by David Ross on 03/22 at 01:23 PM
  1. Howdy!

    So sorry you weren’t here on October 22, 2004. If you want a copy, or to hear it at your convenience let me know.

    Posted by Zeke  on  03/23  at  04:25 PM
  2. in other teched-out revisionist news; i just read about the”Cylinder Preservation and Digitization project” at University of California, Santa Barbara. A collection of the first commercially produced recordings all being transfered to mp3. interesting stuff.

    http://www.cylinders.library.ucsb.edu/index.php

    Posted by jon  on  03/24  at  05:55 PM

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