The Beat Project has Moved!

Hello my friends and audience,

The Beat Project has officially acquired a domain and relocated its place on the internet. From now on check out the new site SoundChomp (soundchomp.com) for the latest updates concerning the ever growing world of music.

If you’re interested in knowing the reasons for the relocation feel free to continue reading.

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Classical Up to Date – 8 Bit Violin

Some guy named Ranjit Bhatnagar has been making 1 instrument a day since the beginning of February. So far he’s made whistles, a flute, and a failed box xylophone, but this has got to be his best creation yet. His 8 bit violin 1) Looks awesome and 2) Works! Though he may not be a violinist, yet (his playing is kinda horrible), the instrument is a feat in itself since he probably didn’t account for all of the physics of sound waves and what-have-you that goes into making a traditional violin. Check out the video at the flickr album.

Image courtesy of moonmilk.com

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Two Video Tuesday

Bombay Bicycle Club‘s music videos are usually one of two things:

  1. Set outdoors and done very well, OR
  2. Set indoors with their electronic sound similar to their album.

You should be able to figure out which one it is in this video. The song is Dust on the Ground and I much prefer this acoustic version to the one on their album.

But this video from The Thermals for A Pillar of Salt is practically the exact opposite. It’s fast, flashy, and a lot happens. And did anyone else have trouble figuring out that their bassist is a girl?

P.S. The second video is broken, but if you click it twice you’ll be taken to youtube to watch it.

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Introducing: Pinback

This group has been around since 1998 from out in San Diego, CA. Their website might not have been updated in a while, but here’s what is important: they’re good. Kinda mellow, with simple drum beats in most songs and a lulling guitar, they make good music. According to Wikipedia their style is Indie Rock, Progressive Rock, and Electronic Rock. I stumbled upon them because part of their song Good to Sea (from their album Autumn of the Seraphs) was used in How I Met Your Mother’s latest episode (Season 6, Episode 16). Check out the song below and let us know what you think.

Image courtesy of pinback.com

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How To: Identify That Song

Today the folks over at Gizmodo threw a post online comparing Shazam vs. SoundHound, two free applications for Adroid devices and the iPhone that can identify music. Gizmodo tried to dig up how these apps work, but what we’re interested in is their results. After a multitude of tests and situations this is what they concluded:

 

  • Regardless of the source of music it is best to be as near to it as possible for the apps to work;
  • Noise might mess up the sound recognition but more importantly BE QUIET! Talking really disrupts the process.
  • Shazam might be better at picking up mainstream music while SoundHound might be better at discerning jazz, or older stuff.
  • Both apps had problems with songs featuring heavy distortion or effects. Stick to songs with clear melodies and audible vocals.
  • And in the end Gizmodo recommended SoundHound because it was less buggy than Shazam.

Images courtesy of cdn.venturebeat.com and techdigest.tv

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The Votes Are In: Grammy 2011 Results

The 53rd annual Grammy awards are over with some bands more victorious than others. It’s hard to say that one band “beat” another, or a band “lost”, because to make it this far is a giant compliment to these musicians. Words aside, let’s take a look at who was awarded (in the categories we find most relevant):

Album of the Year:

The Suburbs by Arcade Fire
(Triumphing over Eminem, Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga)

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The Grammy Awards 2011

Sunday night (February 13th) the music community applauds 2010’s best songs, albums, and musicians at with the Grammy Awards. What this really means is these musicians have earned the record industry more money than anyone else so they disserve a little statue thing. Pessimism aside, here are those we feel should be mentioned.

Album of the Year:

The Suburbs by Arcade Fire

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