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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

The Complete Beatles in One Hour

posted by on October 10 at 17:10 PM

Sound artist Steve McLaughlin has compressed all of The Beatles’ UK albums (meaning no EPs such as “Magical Mystery Tour,” singles like “Paperback Writer,” or later releases such as the embarassingly-named “Past Masters”) into a single, sonically jumbled hour.

The WFMU page also has some of the Beatles tracks de-compressed by others; I like the sonic interpolations (a nice term for glitchy, scarred sonic artifacts), especially in “Tomorrow Never Knows” and “Revolution.”

This is an example of how a technique, in this case digitally time-stretched audio, can birth a genre. For other examples, see Leif Inge’s 24 hour extension of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, 9 Beet Stretch, R. Luke Dubois’ time compression of several decades of Billboard hits (which I reviewed last year), or Mark Bain’s stretched translation of seismic data from the attack of September 11, 2001, STARTENDTIME.

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9 beet stretch is so fucking sweet, and i'm not even high!

Posted by greg | October 10, 2007 7:07 PM

The Beatles mash-up sounds like it would be awesome, my speakers went blat this week. I take it as a good sign, but I wonder if the hour is available hard copy? The Beethoven Inge looks to be on DVD, which could be real sweet.

"...let it be, speaking words of wisdom, fuck me, i'm twee..."

-faded cherry denim

Posted by June Bee | October 11, 2007 9:45 AM

June Bee, you might want to download the mp3 and stow it on your hard drive.

I doubt EMI would try to have the file removed - the de-compressed versions skate on thinner legal ice - but you never know!

Posted by Christopher DeLaurenti | October 11, 2007 11:02 AM

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