Some quite fun and interesting old videos from the 80’s, explaining the basics of sound synthesis using analog and digital synths from that era:
- Introduction to Synthesis (Retro 80′s View) » Synthtopia (part 1)
- Introduction to Synthesis (Retro 80′s View) » Synthtopia (part 2)
- Introduction to Synthesis (Retro 80′s View) » Synthtopia (part 3)
And a shorter video explaining how to quickly and easily create sounds in a (analog) synth.
A nice collection of videos and films about electronic music can be found here.
I’ll try to keep updating this post with any new (video, audio and text) references I find over the net… let me know of any you find yourselves.
Really nice “tutorial” on how to listen and appreciate music (mainly focused on western classical music). Requires no formal knowledge of music (or music notation, theory, etc). Lots of audio examples and music excerpts are used to demonstrate the concepts and musical analysis throughout the text (which is really comprehensive).
Highly recommended for anyone interested in learning how to fully appreciate music and all its complexities expressed through sound.
By the way, this “tutorial” is hosted at the excellent Connexions website, where it’s possible to find several other “open source”/wiki-style modules of educational materials. You can even contribute to it!
Last.FM also recently provided a audio fingerprinting API. More about this here.
So now it’s really simple to integrate audio fingerprinting in opensource apps. Looking forward to try it out soon.