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  1. Oct 2022
    1. Record label Decca (also notorious for being the label that turned down that little known beat combo the Beatles) told her they didn’t employ female studio engineers. She eventually made her way into the BBC as a studio manager and moved over to the Radiophonic Workshop impressing the manager, Desmond Briscoe, with her studio skills, degree in mathematics and musical ability.


    1. If anything, being a female synthesiser player made it harder to be accepted. When I went to join the musicians’ union in New York, they panicked. They said, ‘No! What is this?! No!’ They thought I was going to replace the entire band.


    2. Yet although her sounds were being heard by millions of people, there was still widespread suspicion towards her choice of instrument. In much the same way that drummers feared that Roger Linn’s electronic drum machines would make them redundant, session musicians regarded synth players very warily – especially someone who looked as striking as Ciani.

      her craft wasnt taken as seriously despite her success.

    3. Ciani felt that no composers she had come across – male, female or otherwise – were really pushing the limits of what was possible with synthesisers. They were fixated on recreating songs from the past – no one was trying to make music for the future.


    4. she began making jingles, soundbeds and corporate logos for everyone from AT&T and General Electric to Merrill Lynch and Clairol. She even created sound effects for kung fu flicks and a B–movie horror film about a nymphomaniac who has sex with snakes. Eventually, the Buchla 200 was hers. 

      she went on to create amazing noises for companies in order to improve their marketability, all with the Buchla 200, a responsive and hefty synth that was lended to her by Don Blucha himself.

    5. I was writing traditional music and trying to convince them that electronic music was a viable, important, useful and incredible medium.

      Suzanne Ciani was enamored with the idea of sounds being created by electronic means even though her professors saw it as a waste of time

    1. “Have not been this riveted since the final episode of Lost, and this *didn’t* piss me off! Amazing!” wrote one Twitter user in reply to Blair’s thread.

      Another issue that I haven't yet considered, but the way how we receive entertainment at the expense of others, whether intended or not should be a concern in how we continue to consume the internet. Could this be related to parasocial relationships?

    2. The story’s charm disguises the invasion of privacy at its heart: the way technology is both eroding our personal boundaries and coercing us in deleterious ways.

      OOf someone finally said it! Our boundaries with others can be so easily crossed, and its accepted! And the way how we can easily become online is also just as disturbing

    1. Know Your Meme is a crowdsourced database of popular memes, owned by a company that created many early memes.

      I remember this! I actually have some of their fridge magnets! Its also crazy to think that they created a Business out of it so early in internet history!

    2. There is no official definitive answer for whether a use can be considered fair, as every case must be judged on its own merits, but there are some types of use generally allowed under fair use, including criticism and commentary, parody, journalism, education, and research.

      I think this is the most trickiest thing when it comes to laws relating to ethics and fair use. As it states every case must be judge by its own merits, and its not just some cookie cutter law that is easy to apply. It reminds me of how a lot of video creators (specifically the YTPMV community) would experience lots of takedowns and DMCA strikes despite their content being within the realms of fair use! Creating algorithms to detect copyright just doesn't work but that's a rant for another day

  2. Sep 2022
    1. She didn't just create music either, but used her skill with the synth to recreate sound effects that were almost impossible to record properly.

      Suzanne Ciani, I heard of her in passing its cool to see her here!

    1. But someone who sends pipe bombs to Democrats; plows through a crowd of anti-racism protesters in Charlottesville, Va.; or shoots up a church in Charleston, S.C., will not face domestic terrorism charges.

      I dont understand how something like this isnt considered terrorism when, quite clearly, there is a intent to harm! Its so mindboggling how race all of a sudden becomes a factor and causes our government to see things differently!

    1. You can absolutely do this every time before you share. And given it is so easy, it’s irresponsible not to.

      We are so used to quick information, I feel like we are all not accostumed to not checking our info! Even though its fast its not as automatic as recieving said info, and it makes me think of all of the time where I could have checked things instead of leaving it as is and choosing to percieve it as fact

    1. Ukrainian artist Lubov Panchenko became famous in the 1960s with her pictures full of folk motifs. She was persecuted by the Soviet authorities for her works that revived Ukrainian culture.

      one of my favorite artists!

    1. Teach or learn psychology with Sniffy the Virtual Rat

      fun rat website!! yay!!

    1. Ever wondered where to buy a ceramic fetus, whether Bigfoot was really a cyclops, or why robots don't move when you push on their tongues? You might find the answers here.

      i always loved this place, I wish it was still open :(