Virtual Orchestra – 64 musicians replaced by 64 speakers

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“Autumn Fantasy 2008″ sounds like a porn film, but in actual fact, it’s the name of a concert that’ll be taking place between Oct 11th and 21st in Kanagawa Science Park in Kawasaki, Japan. The system uses 64 speakers to replace the 64 musicians in an orchestra, and each speaker plays just one instrument…

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Duncan GeereVirtual Orchestra – 64 musicians replaced by 64 speakers

Opinion: Why online ticket retailers like Ticketmaster need to ban ticket touts

kat-TD-pic.jpgExcuse me for five minutes whilst I vent and rant about how angry I am with Ticketmaster and other online ticket-sellers. You may be aware that this morning, tickets for six Morrissey gigs went on sale at 9am. Or you will be, when tonight’s papers come out proclaiming the gigs as being the fastest-selling concerts since the guitar was invented.

Like all die-hard Morrissey fans, I logged on at 9am sharp to buy two tickets to just one of the gigs. I was actually using my HTC Touch on the bus, navigating through the pages with GPRS, which was actually behaving itself for once. Not only that, but I had someone else attempting to buy tickets for me as well, on a computer at home. By 9:04am however, we discovered that our attempts to see the quiff-tastic Mozfather were in vain, as all the tickets were sold out.

Hang on – a 3,300 capacity venue, sold out on all six nights, within minutes of the tickets going on sale? It reeked of ticket tout exploitation, and has angered me to the point where I’m urging Ticketmaster and the like to implement new measures to block touts from ruining actual fans’ chances of purchasing tickets. For the love of Morrissey and all good music!…

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Katherine HannafordOpinion: Why online ticket retailers like Ticketmaster need to ban ticket touts

What's worse than watching a U2 concert? Watching one in 3D!


People are still listening to U2?! What, are they deaf?!

Maybe they just like ground-breaking events, like the publicity stunt the band will throw in late January next year in the US. ‘U2 3D’ is the first three-dimensional full-length concert film that’s ever been made, supposedly…

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Katherine HannafordWhat's worse than watching a U2 concert? Watching one in 3D!

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails urges Australian fans to pirate his CDs

trent-reznor.jpgAngry-man there, Trent Reznor, from Nine Inch Nails (and that brilliant duet with, cough, David Bowie), can be officially renamed as Piratey-man. Yes, Piratey-man. I’m sure his HARDCORE SCREAMINESS would appreciate the new nickname. Following on from his outburst in China last week where he urged Chinese fans to download his music for free, he’s taken his pro-piracy attack to the sunny beaches Down Under.

During a concert in Australia, he spoke out against Universal Music Australia who are pricing his latest album at $30. “Has the price come down? [crowd: no] Well you know what that means. Steal it. Steal away. Steal, steal and steal some…

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Katherine HannafordTrent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails urges Australian fans to pirate his CDs