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Technology Indistinguishable From Magic
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Muirén (muir + éan) the organizer of M3iT Co-operative for Social and Technological Innovation in Performing Arts and Communications.

Economic Democracy for Social Democracy
The ends a social movement seeks to achieve are shaped by the means it employs, so this California Benefit Corporation is rooted in values of a deeper democracy, cultural and economic solidity, non-extractive labor, co-operatively organized, and sociocratically managed.

What Is Afrobeats? | The Root

On this edition of Cheatsheet, what is Afrobeats? Liberian afrobeat musician Abraham “Detrench” Kallon describes the fusion of sounds that make up the West African genre, from Fela Kuti to today.

2023 MIDI Guitar • Physical Modeling Synthesis | LoFiLeif

You have probably seen the term “Physical Modeling synthesis” being used to explain what to expect from a particular virtual instrument. But what does it mean for MIDI Guitar, in our ever-ongoing quest to find the best working instrument? A lot, I would argue. A lot!

The First Recorded Sound Was Never Meant To Be Heard | Joe Scott

The first sound recording is often credited to Thomas Edison, but in 1857, a typographer named Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville actually beat him by inventing the phonautograph, a device designed to capture sound waves on paper. It was never meant to be heard, but more than 150 years later, researchers were able to reproduce the sound and bring it back to life. It’s an amazing story – and it happened almost on accident.


Could America Have A General Strike Like France? | More Perfect Union

The Class Room featuring Alice Cappelle
When millions of French protesters shut down their country over the president’s decision to raise the retirement age, U.S. commentators said it could never happen here. But why?

To find out why, we went back through decades of U.S. and French history. We took a look at the different narratives we tell ourselves about strikes and the different laws protecting the right to collective action in the United States and Europe.

Building Your USB MIDI 2.0 Device | MIDI.ORG

By Andrew Mee in collaboration with the OS API Working Group
This technical guide to building a USB MIDI 2.0 device is the first in a series of articles targeted specifically to device developers.
For musicians, please see this article:

USB MIDI 2.0 was released by the USB-IF in June 2020, with Apple adding support within CoreMIDI in October 2021 and Google added support in Android in August 2022. At the time of writing, Microsoft has announced upcoming support for MIDI 2.0 and now on a public Github, and also patches have been submitted by ALSA for inclusion in Linux Kernel 6.5. An update to the MIDI 2.0 UMP specification was approved in the first half of 2023.

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