Audio Annotation POC Using WaveSurfer.JS

See the Pen wave surfer – waveform by Tom (@twwoodward) on CodePen. I needed to make a quick proof of concept for the annotation of audio on the web. In this case, it’s meant to provide a visual and auditory way to play through interview segments that represent different categories of responses. I found WaveSurfer.js this morning and just a bit later I had a functional example. I find the ability to highlight track elements visually and access specific segments to be a pretty powerful combination. If we stacked several tracks vertically the visuals would quickly point out content variation in terms of timing and total composition. You could get more and more complex from there. Playing with it gave me all sorts of ideas (including possibly using it as part of of the upcoming Reclaim Your Dance Party // API + Audio = (beats, visuals, internet, participate) session at Domains 17 with Grant and Brian). It’s also looking like I’ll be able to work more with our music department to think through online course on music so possibilities like this will be very useful. This kind of thing would be pretty easy to turn into a plugin . . .

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Random Rap Songs for @brlamb

A pretty wide departure from the normal stuff on this site1 but after spending some time with the esteemed Bryan Lamb I thought it’d be fun to share some random rap songs. I’m sure all of these songs curse. Most are offensive. Some are just bad but I still like them for various reasons. I have no idea how bad/good the videos are as I didn’t see most of them. You’ve been warned. This will be the cleanest song in the list. “They call me the Hip-Hopapotamus Flows that glow like phosphorous Poppin’ off the top of this esophagus Rockin’ this metropolis I’m not a large water-dwelling mammal Where did you get that preposterous hypothesis?” While I usually think police are coming up behind me, I do know all the words. About 1:29 was when it got really good. I can’t find anything clean enough to quote. Tu Pac. 1:23 ish – “something’s evil in my IV . . . ” I always thought this song was called Cadillac Doors. From 2 Fast 2 Furious the soundtrack but the I was way too happy with the lines “I’m like this corner I gotta stay bent/ I need every quarter I gotta pay rent.” “I take breath, the opposite of primateen mist” Niki Minaj’s lines are classic. “Yeah I’m in that […]

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Honda’s Musical Road

The Santa Monica ad agency RPA cut half-inch grooves into a quarter-mile stretch of Avenue K, in the exurban L.A. desert city of Lancaster. The grooves were synched in such a way that driving over them at precisely 55mph caused Rossini’s “William Tell Overture” — a.k.a. the Lone Ranger theme — to echo in the air around you. –VSL So how cool would this be for physics, science and math? Lots of concepts to explore in a simple entertaining little Youtube clip. Wonder what it’d take to make your own version? Not necessarily with a real car- maybe a remote controlled model?