[Fwd: MUSIC for NEW MEDIA, Newsletter November 1997, Issue 8]

Philly the Kid (
Tue, 4 Nov 1997 14:18:15 -0800

I'm attaching a newsletter that might be of interest as something to add in
the resource room.

>Newsletter November 1997, Issue 8
>A free monthly editorial service.
>Published by Felix Bopp
>Amsterdam, The Netherlands
>< Internet traffic doubles every 4 months > (CNN)
>You don't have to be a visionary to predict that music will play a
>major role on the future media stage. If you want to be in touch with
>this extra-audionary new world - stay tuned, listen to this free
>monthly Newsletter. Thanks for promoting < MUSIC for NEW MEDIA>!
>This edition includes:
>- Extra-Audionary Sites: VIBE online, "Treasure Island with Michael
>- Extra-Audionary Hints: Phat Amsterdam, Phat Europe
>- Extra-Audionary Software: Beatnik News, RealPlayer 5.0
>- Extra-Audionary CD-ROM: < Making Music > ( Morton Subotnik, Voyager)
>- Advanced Streaming Format (ASF)
>- The House of Vibe, by Joie Kelly
>- Historic Flash: < Francois Bayle >, by Joel Chadabe
>Extra-Audionary Sites:
>VIBE online
>An intriguing magazine AND an excellent "banner"-advertisement! How to
>get addicted and .. trapped. Plug-in: Shockwave
>"Treasure Island with Michael Godin", Vancouver, Canada
>This oldies show features original hits by the original stars from the
>50s, 60s and early 70s, including some hard to find Lost Treasures.
>Archived shows or live netcast every Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Pacific
>Time. Plug-in: RealAudio
>>>> Please recommend Internet sites with music and audio. Send the
>>>> URL to: (subject: recommended site)
>Extra-Audionary Hints
>Phat Amsterdam
>Amsterdam scene zine. Your multimedia guide to the phattest
>underground parties, people, places & pot plants.
>Phat! Europe
>Your guide to the dopest jungle, triphop & hiphop pages on the
>European continent Exception: < Sorry, there are no Vatican sites
>listed in Phat! >
>Extra-Audionary Software:
>Beatnik News
>Thomas Dolby: < We've had over half a million downloads of the plug-in
>since April. Netscape is shipping Beatnik with Communicator. And Sun
>has licensed the engine for inclusion in Java beginning with 1.2 at
>the end of 1997. An enormous number of composers and users will soon
>be able to enjoy this technology. Composers are invited to post their
>RMF compositions in our Gallery for free. >
>RealPlayer 5.0
>Cold news from the name lottery: < Progressive Networks > changes name
>to RealNetworks and of course any updated RealAudio release gets a new
>name as well. It looks like the company is real as well . The
>company's plan is to be the market leader for online video and audio
>technology. In July Microsoft invested $60 million into the company
>-- $30 million as a prepayment for a licensing deal and $30 million
>for a 12 percent stake in the company. After going public RealNetwork
>is expected to be worth around $450 million. RealSystem 5.0 Beta new
>features are: Streaming Macromedia Flash animation synchronized with
>RealAudio / Full-screen streaming video at 100kbps to 300kbps /
>Near-CD quality voice at 28.8kbps / RealPublisher tool which
>automatically creates and publishes streaming media to Web servers and
>RealServers / Commerce-enabled streaming media server for pay-per-view
>and subscription-based programming / In-stream audio and video
>advertising insertion and rotation. / Streaming audio and video
>optimized for new 56kbps dial-up modems / Basic streaming media server
>support for Windows 95.
>and with a little patience you get the MGM lion to roar
>Extra-Audionary CD-ROM:
>< Making Music > ( Morton Subotnik, Voyager)
>Age group: 3 years - adult (Voyager). CD-ROM for Mac and Windows. It's
>not a new release but this CD-ROM has its attraction. Especially
>heading Christmas this is a smart present for kids who like to
>discover and have a flair to play with sounds and brush. < Making
>Music > combines a graphic approach to "paint" music with a playful
>scenario where you find creative games. An intuitive interface helps
>to understand the program. Everything is additionally explained with
>entertaining animations. This CD-ROM opens possibilities to create
>your own music and gives an insight into the basics of composition.
>How to order this CD-ROM and more information about The Voyager
>Company at:
>Advanced Streaming Format (ASF)
>Microsoft: < Advanced Streaming Format (ASF) is an extensible file
>format designed to store synchronized multimedia data. It supports
>data delivery over a wide variety of networks and protocols while
>still proving suitable for local playback. The explicit goal of ASF is
>to provide a basis for industry-wide multimedia interoperability, with
>ASF being adopted by all major streaming solution providers and
>multimedia authoring tool vendors. Each ASF file is composed of one or
>more media streams. The file header specifies the properties of the
>entire file, along with stream-specific properties. Multimedia data,
>stored after the file header, references a particular media stream
>number to indicate its type and purpose. The delivery and presentation
>of all media stream data is synchronized to a common timeline.>
>RealNetworks, Kevin Epstein: < "ASF" is a misnomer. There are two
>versions of ASF, v1 and v2. There are significant differences between
>the two. Only the first is actually in use. ASF v1 is a proprietary
>standard, currently used by Netshow. ASF v2 is the specification (not
>a standard or product) discussed by many industry leaders, including
>RealNetworks, makers of RealAudio, RealVideo, and RealFlash. Based on
>confusion we've seen many current users display, it would be very
>helpful to differentiate between the two. ..ASF v2 is a file format
>specification, currently still under discussion. It's a potentially
>new file format for storing media, like .txt is a format for storing
>text. It does not specify codecs or transport protocols, only file
>format. I do not know of any products currently using the .ASF v2
>format -- logically, as it is still in the specification stage. For
>currently working products which take audio / video / animation output
>and make it streamable over the Internet, you should visit the sites
>of the many companies participating in the ASF discussion list. >
>The House of Vibe, by Joie Kelly
>Big is Better, right? Well, the UK has taken it a step further at the
>House of Vibe.
>Alan Miller and Lee Dicker are on a demanding schedule to transform
>London's former Truman Brewery, located on a ten acre site rooted in
>history since the seventeenth century, into The House of Vibe, a
>music, fashion and art complex.
>The central hub for the projects activities is The Vibe Bar. As Alan
>puts it, ultimately The Vibe Bar, "is an area for the like minded
>creative and dynamic people to network, relax and generally have fun."
>With Internet facilities, Djs galore, projectors and 12 foot screens
>as well as funky decor and cool staff, The Vibe Bar attracts a diverse
>audience of students, artists, musicians, fashion designers, city
>heads as well as those there just for the vibe. The bar currently
>closed for refurbishment which includes a new decor, a 64k lease line
>and the addition of a record shop specializing in underground dance
>Currently there are over 80 artists based at the centre, ten
>recording studios ranging from SSL level to pre-production, post
>production facilities and a myriad of IT/Multimedia companies
>including HyperJam. With record labels, distribution companies,
>musicians, DJs, re mixers, recording engineers, artists and fashion
>labels and a superb array of hospitality areas, Vibe has created a
>cauldron of creativity housed on multiple levels, all under a 20,000
>sq.ft. roof. Yep, that's big! (Site
>Launch 11/13/97)
>Historic Flash: < Francois Bayle >, by Joel Chadabe
>Announced in Paris last month, it became official and public. Francois
>Bayle, director of the GRM (Groupe de Recherches Musicales) since
>1966, retired. When he began to work at the GRM in 1966, composers
>were cutting tape with razor blades, Robert Moog was just about to use
>the word 'synthesizer' to describe his systems of analog modules, and
>Max Mathews and his colleagues had not yet finished Music V. When
>Bayle retired last month in 1997, the mainstream technology for
>editing, performing, and composing was the personal computer. But, as
>even a cursory glance at work currently in progress would indicate,
>there are yet better things to come. Indeed, we're at a stage of
>development, somewhat similar to automobiles at the beginning of the
>century, where the technology works, but not yet really well. Bayle's
>leadership at the GRM produced the Acousmonium (loudspeaker
>orchestra), the Syter synthesizer, and the GRM Tools (DSP software),
>to name but a few of his many accomplishments, but what he did in fact
>was this: Bayle, who entered the field shortly after its birth in the
>1950s, played a significant role in bringing the field from its birth
>to its infancy.
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>Felix Bopp is a Composer and Publisher specialized in New Media.
>Address: Nassaukade 171/II, 1053 LM Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Phone
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