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2011 February — Shocklee Entertainment Universe ● The Future Frequency

The State of Wikipedia

The State of Wikipedia is a short video that briefly explains the history and organization of Wikipedia, the web-based, collaborative, multilingual encyclopedia project supported by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation.

Love it or hate it, Wikipedia is definitely convenient when trying to look up facts and info but unfortunately, if you’re a regular user you know that there’s a lot of inaccurate info on there as well. The project is now 10 years old so they’re raising awareness to get more people involved and contributing.

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Paris Underground: Les Catacombes de Paris

Below the city streets of Paris there’s a reported 800 kilometers of winding tunnels, secret passageways, impromptu art installations and oh yeah, and it’s also an underground ossuary that holds the remains of about 6 million people! In the late 18th century, cemeteries started overflowing in Paris as the city population kept expanding. Millions of bones were artfully and skillfully arranged inside these underground burial chambers which still today are part mystery and somewhat secret.

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This Week’s #freesamplefriday Roundup

It’s that time of week again, #freesamplefriday …another round free links to audio samples, loops, plugins & wares for music makers. Add these to your collection and let us know if you used them!

Synth String samples from Dan303

DEISK-O Virtual Classic Analogue Mono Synth

Foo-YC20: Emulation of the 60′s Yamaha YC-20 organ

Frame: looping sampler w/ crossfading, envelope controls, built-in saturation, loop point selection

Four Free ‘Colorful’ VSTs For Windows

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photo: thumbuki

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Perfect Loosers present Akwaaba Remixed – Megamix!

A mix to start your weekend off right! From Akwaaba and Perfect Loosers. A cool collaboration effort bringing together Africa + Paris + remix efforts from producers all around the globe.

It all started one year ago, Akwaaba head dood Benjamin Lebrave met up with the Perfect Loosers in their studio right outside of Paris. He came with a mountain of songs by Ahmed Fofana, Baba Salah and Onyenze. Treasures he’d accumulated on his travels to West Africa. And he met an enthusiastic trio: Waly had been fed Tunisian music since birth, Mast grew up listening to his Congolese step dad’s addictive soukous jams. He also ripped walls with Sigisbert Tartanpion, his head filled with the Caribbean sounds of his parents.

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Thunderbolt Brings A Speedier Workflow To The Video & Audio Community

Along with the announcement today from Apple today about the release of their new line of Macbook Pros came the news of the new Thunderbolt I/O input/output technology designed by Intel that lets you connect high performance peripherals and high res displays.

Now you’ll be able to send data at a rate of 10 gigs a second and bi-directionally receive and transmit. This will now give you more flexibility to do great time saving things like edit HD video in real time and will make audio creators seek out more high performance gear and applications. Hopefully, we’ll now be dealing with a lot less latency issues and be able to create media faster and in more mobile environments.

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Die Free: A Heroic Family History

2011 marks the 150th anniversary of The Civil War in the U.S. and the new book Die Free: A Heroic Family History tells the story of how a New York television anchor, Cheryl Wills was able to trace undiscovered family history because of war records that showed her great-great-great grandfather had been enlisted as a soldier in the war upon fleeing from slavery.

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Swedish House Mafia Goes In The Studio With Future Music Mag

Swedish House Mafia talks with Future Music Mag at Metropolis Studio in London about how they created their 2010 club anthem ‘One (Your Name)’ Check out the tech talk clip and then the song itself with Pharell on the vocals below…

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A Tribute To Buju Banton

Reggae artist Buju Banton was convicted today of federal drug charges in the U.S. just days after winning a Grammy for Best Reggae Album for his album Before the Dawn at the 2011 Grammy’s.

A descendant of the Maroons (the fierce freedom fighters who fended off attacks from the British colonial regiments) Buju was born Mark Anthony Myrie on July 15, 1973, the youngest of 15 children born to a higgler (market vendor) mother. Buju entered Jamaica’s musical fraternity in the mid-’80s and his career accelerated into high gear with the 1991 release of his debut album for Penthouse records Mr. Mention; propelled by the hits “Love Mi Browning” and “Bogle,” in 1992 Buju broke Bob Marley’s record for the most number one singles in one year on the Jamaican charts.

Buju is considered one of reggae music’s best of our time so it’s a sad situation for his fans as he will likely face about 15 years of jail time. It might be a very long time before we hear of any new music from him, if ever again.

Here’s a video tribute of his best work throughout the years.

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So You Still Think The Internet Is Free?

This new Internet Censorship web project by Parsons New School for Design student Evan You highlights some common findings about the current state of internet censorship.

Using data from Reporters Without Borders and OpenNet Initiative the site uses simple visualizations to show the who, what, how and why of web censorship across the globe. Did you know most of the U.S., Europe and South America is under some kind of censorship and that blogs and political parties are amongst the most targeted?

Internet Censorship

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Make Beats In The Cloud With Patternsketch

Patternsketch is a free and interesting, web based audio sequencer and drum machine. You can create beats and adjust the kit, tempo and playback and save and/or export the files as WAV, MP3, OGG or even upload directly to your SoundCloud account.

This browser based tool is built with HTML5 and Javascript [no flash or frameworks] so you can rock it on your computer from any location and easily collaborate with others over the net. Right now, the developers say it works best with Firefox but we tried it out with Safari and it seemed to be working pretty well.

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