Archivorithm Number One, Second Edition

A couple months ago, I introduced a piece of experimental music called Archivorithm Number One.  I’ve continued to tinker with it in the meantime, and I’d now like to release a “second edition,” along with a fresh round of audio examples which I hope you’ll enjoy.  Let’s kick things off with a twenty-six-minute medley.  (See…

Archivorithm #1: Experiment in Indeterminacy

For my 78th Griffonage-Dot-Com post, I’ve written a piece of software that randomly taps the tens of thousands of old records digitized through the Great 78 Project as a sample library; layers, sequences, and loops the clips according to a set of chance-controlled rules; and then introduces some randomized harmonic filtering and percussion.  The results…

A Song for Labor Day

There aren’t many songs out there about Labor Day, but even so, I have a clear favorite.  Released in 1955 exclusively on a hard-to-find benefit LP for paraplegic civilians, this is a song so catchy—and so unintentionally humorous—that I can’t resist trying to rescue it from its present obscurity.  So give it a listen and…

Edith Goodyear Alger: Lyricist of “Happy Birthday To You”?

If you go searching for information about the history of the song “Happy Birthday to You,” you’ll quickly run into a tangled web of analyses and debates regarding its copyright status.  Here’s a quick introduction to the facts as generally known.  The tune, originally composed with the lyrics “Good-Morning To All” by sisters Jessica and…