Saturday, April 30, 2011

Sony Playstation Network Hack

I'm not a gamer, but I'm a huge fan of several Sony products, including their Acid Music Software. This is also a bad time for Japan and Japanese companies. So it is distressing to hear about all the trouble that's going on with Sony.

Sony's PlayStation Network hack is big news recently. You've probably heard about how a "hacker" (actually a "cracker") got into the website and stole a lot of personal customer data. The US Congress is demanding answers from Sony about why this security breach was even possible and how much damage has been done.

It's currently unclear how many credit card numbers may have been stolen. It is also unclear what the credit card companies are going to do to protect these customers. Will they cancel all these credit cards that have been compromised? Probably not.

READ MORE of my article published at Ghantous Law Blog.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

STR8 SOUNDS Creature from the Glass Lagoon VIDEO

Str8 Sounds "Creature from the Glass Lagoon"

From "Minerals & Liquids" CD.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Phantom Buffalo music player and videos

Phantom Buffalo is an interesting rock band. I love their guitar aesthetic. Chords and riffs that come to you when you're almost asleep or just starting to wake up.

Great album title: "Cement Postcard with Owl Colours". Check out the song "A Hilly Town" on the player below. It will grab you, I'm quite sure, all that quirky guitar weirdness.

These guys sound a bit like 1969 era psychedelic hippie music.

Very cool, good musicians, mellow barely audible vocals, floating like Flying Saucer Attack type murmurings winding in and out of the weird acoustical electro jams. Delicious euphoric Neutral Milk Hotel genre neo-hillybilly oddballs. Drink some with fresh ears.

Here is the Music Player. You need to installl flash player to show this cool thing!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Str8 Sounds Anti Music Music ANIMATED VIDEO

"Str8 Sounds Anti Music Music" -- Watch my #1 installment in the Str8 Sounds Composers Forum series of animated social media videos.

Here's how you can promote an electronic computer music composer using lo-tech video cartooning. It only takes a few minutes to make one. What's hard is coming up with a plot and inserting appropriate motions and sound modules into the dialogue.

In this episode: Two robots argue about Str8 Sounds anti music and its validity in the modern art realm or some marginal subsystem of society's lounge-about distress zone. Both robots are sliding into Expire Mode and you can hear them deteriorate.

Fun for the whole radioactive family!

Self Obsessed by str8sounds

Your Gestalt by str8sounds

Animated Socia Media Video PART 2

Animated Social Media Video.  
Client project series: April 2011. 

A new and delightful way
to engage your audience
and get your sales message across.

Animated Social Media Video
lets you easily make a fairly
articulate animated cartoon  ---
that you can use as a
social network
video commercial.

Here are a few new ones I did for 
some clients recently. Enjoy the show.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Animated Social Media Video Commercials

"Betty and Melinda Go To Naturally Yours Grocery"

Animated social media video commercials are a new way to get your message across.

People like cartoons. They're attracted to new ideas in animation, and you can tell a story, illustrate a principle, share some insight, and hammer away at your benefits or slogan, while entertaining.

Micro content works well in video. You don't have to use boring interviews or rambling monologues to sell your products or present your expertise. Animated characters can be a fun and innovative way to connect with customers and clients.

XtraNormal provides animation tools within a rich social media environment. These animations are geared to sharing, linking, and embedding in blogs and social networks.

Here are two examples of using animated social media video commercials to promote local business.

"Survival Food Supply"

"Miss Hendrix Gets Ghantous: Get Ghantous 2"

Str8 Sounds grim design VIDEO

Str8 Sounds "Grim Design".

Official video. Special "live" parlor performance April 13, 2011 with Andrea and Charity in the audience. Jamming on Korg Kaossilator Pro, Alesis MultiMix 4 USB, and Soundwerx ProtoTechno acid loops.