New Jersey singer-songwriter Christian Beach, formerly of Artists That Kill and Ton of Bricks, is the featured guest on the seventh installment of the Technology and the Arts podcast. Other topics discussed are the recent Technology Entertainment Design (TED) conference, the state of Internet radio in the wake of the Copyright Royalty Board’s planned royalty rate hike for webcasters, and several interesting and helpful Web sites relevant to technology and the arts. Hosts: Brian Kelley, John LeMasney. File size: 18 MB. Time: 39 min., 00 sec.
- Christian Beach – Singer-songwriter Christian Beach, a fixture of the Jersey Shore music scene since the early 1990s, is the subject of our “Dialogue” interview segment in this podcast. Christian, who is putting the finishing touches on his first solo CD, talks about his musical evolution and how he uses technology. Plus, he performs “Poet of the Great Plains” (© 2007 C.J. Beach) from his new CD.
Other links related to this episode:
- Internet Security at Rider University – John recently gave a discussion on the topic of Internet security at Rider University as part of the Center for Innovative Instruction’s Spring 2007 Sesssions.
- Princeton Public Library’s Tuesday Tech Talks – John will be giving a presentation on his favorite 25 Firefox extensions as part of the Princeton (N.J.) Public Library’s Tuesday Tech Talk series on April 3 at 7 p.m. (ET).
- ThinkGeek: DIY Music Box Kit – ThinkGeek.com shows you how to make your own music box.
- TutorialBlog.org: Grid Systems in Web Design – John discusses this link to an article on the importance of grid systems in Web design.
- Lulu.com – Self Publishing – Lulu.com is a fast, easy and free way to publish and sell your own books.
- Social Explorer – Data and maps come together nicely at Social Explorer, which is dedicated to providing easy access to demographic information about the United States in the form of hundreds of interactive data maps, including historical data from as far back as 1940.
- Open Architecture Network – The motto for the Open Architecture Network is “improving living standards through collaborative design.” The OAN site allows you to share and review 216 architectural projects, access tools for managing your own projects, and collaborate with 2,082 OAN members…help build a sustainable future by sharing your knowledge.
- Semantics and Structure – Nefarious Designs – This link talks about adhering to strong, stable HTML structure.
- MyLifeBits Project – Microsoft BARC Media Presence Group – This Microsoft Research project details the capturing of a lifetime worth of articles, books, cards, CDs, letters, memos, papers, photos, pictures, presentations, home movies, videotaped lectures, voice recordings, hone calls, IM transcripts, television shows, and radio programs digitally.
- About TED – Technology Entertainment Design – An annual conference, recently held in Monterey, Calif., that “keeps the pulse of what’s next and tracks how some of the coolest minds in the world are feeling.”
- IEEE Spectrum: Hands On – This article deals with a man who had radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags implanted under his skin in each of his hands.
- First Resume in Google Earth – Turkish blogger Ozgur Alaz has put together an eye-catching and innovative resume by putting it in Google Earth …Gizmodo also featured a recent post about this.
- Bum Rush the Charts – BRTC seeks to strike a blow against the Recording Industry Association of America by convincing a lot of people to download the song “Mine Again” by indie group Black Lab from the iTunes Store on March 22. The goal is to make an indie band the No. 1 download on the Apple’s iTunes Store, if just for one day, to show the RIAA the power of the people and to demonstrate that bands no longer need the clout of the RIAA to back them. Check the Technology and the Arts site on March 22 for links on how to join the Bum Rush the Charts project.
- Save Internet Radio – Internet radio is being seriously threatened by a new royalty fee schedule that has been proposed by the Copyright Royalty Board. A couple of webcasters that have been mentioned on recent Technology and the Arts podcasts, University of Pennsylvania’s WXPN and Pandora.com, are directly affected by this ruling and are among the leaders in the fight against the rate hike. If you want to know more about this issue and read more coverage about it from around the Web, please see the Save Internet Radio post on our blog and visit the links provided there as well. Also see this CNNMoney.com article, which includes quotes from XPN’s Roger LeMay and Pandora founder Tim Westergren (a guest of Technology and the Arts on the Feb. 21 podcast).
Photo: Christian Beach at work in his studio (Brian Kelley).