Darren Barefoot
Darren Barefoot



Comments on music, musicians, live shows, etc.

Wednesday, June 11, 2003

Dr. David Dixon, a big dictionaraoke fan, brings us the excellent Mic in Track. I love this kind of found digital art, and the Internet is full of it:

A "mic in track" is a recording made on a PC using MusicMatch Jukebox, a music utility packaged with many new PC's that allows the user to record from the microphone input of the PC's sound card and save the recording in mp3 format. The default filename is "mic in track" followed by a number.

If that user also happens to be running a file-sharing program (WinMX, Audiognome, Kazaa, etc.), and shares the directory in which the mic in track is stored, then these personal recordings can be easily downloaded from the user's computer. The vast majority of them are either silent or uninteresting, but many are like Christmas presents giftwrapped in nondescript serial numbers. They represent unique examples of audio vérité.

My favourite is definitely This is a Test, which is kind of an elegy for the Information Age man.

5:49:27 PM        Music Technology

A few years ago I was channel surfing and happened upon a chamber music concert. The conductor, however, was prancing and stalking about the stage like a classical Mick Jagger. As I continued to watch this kooky fellow, I recognized something. 'Hang on, that's Penny Lane!' It was, you guessed it, the Beatles Go Baroque, led by the Czech Peter Breiner.

And you know what? It was pretty cool. I've only got a passing interest in classical music (see also this), but the convergence of the Beatles's pop ditties and the playfulness of a baroque orchestra worked. It's not Vivaldi, but Breiner lends the tunes a sophistication that they're otherwise missing.

I recently found a couple of tunes on Kazaa. I think I'll order the CD, but until then, here's an MP3 of my favourite, We Can Work It Out.

5:29:56 PM        Music