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Robert Fripp to Compose Vista's Soundtrack

CowboyNeal posted more than 8 years ago | from the no-more-eno dept.

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brainstem writes "Recently, King Crimson founder, guitar master, and all around eccentric musical genius Robert Fripp spent a few days at the MS Campus recording soundscapes for Vista. Fripp, who has been at the forefront of electronic guitar composition for more than 35 years, first using analog tape delays, then with digital effects. He infused his unique brand of Frippertronics on the MS crowd. The Channel 9 site has posted a 25 minute video, chronicalling the event. Now I guess I finally have a reason to leave the default Windows sounds enabled."

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If the sound is THAT good, (5, Funny)

glomph (2644) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407495)

I'll use it for my KDE start sound...

Re:If the sound is THAT good, (4, Funny)

ewhac (5844) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407655)

No, you won't. The sounds will be in defective (copy-protected) Windows Media audio files. You won't be able to play them on anything but Windows.

Schwab

Re:If the sound is THAT good, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14407684)

How long do you think it will be until the DRM is broken ... ?

4 days ? Before the public release ?

Re:If the sound is THAT good, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14407696)

The sounds will be in defective (copy-protected) Windows Media audio files.

And so are my Napster files that I, um, haven't burned to CDs.

All of this just goes.... (1)

DigitalReality (903767) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407738)

...out one ear and in the other!

Re:If the sound is THAT good, (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14407782)

How exactly does the fact that they're copy-protected make them "defective?"

Because it hinders your ability to trample all over the copyright holder's rights? Yeah, thought as much. When Microsoft want to protect their IP, their stuff is deemed 'broken.' However when someone rips off the GPL they might as well have pissed in every nerds' mothers' face.

Re:If the sound is THAT good, (2, Funny)

shreevatsa (845645) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407679)

Actually, it might not be a good idea...
Obligatory quote from I-don't-know-where :
People say Microsoft paid $14M for using the Rolling Stones song 'Start me up' in their commercials.
This is wrong.
Microsoft paid $14M only for a part of the song.
For instance, they didn't use the line 'You'll make a grown man cry'.

um (0, Troll)

Trigulus (781481) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407497)

who is fripp

Re:um (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14407534)

Fripp is a rather good Guitar player.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Fripp [wikipedia.org]

I've seen him once at a rock festival.
He was playing with the g3 tour, with Steve Vai and Joe Satriani.

Everybody was waiting for that g3 style guitar rock extravaganza, but there came Fripp. He played 45 mins solo, with this spacy ambient guitar lounge. Quite nice, but not the place nor the time to do so.
After him Vai and Satriani managed to bring the rock on somewhat better :)

Re:45 mins solo (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14407687)

So the fit is mutual; that being the projected average required duration for the Vista startup chime.

Re:um (5, Funny)

Alwin Henseler (640539) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407554)

who is fripp

Ehmm, the only person contributing to Vista that actually delivers on time?

Re:um (1, Troll)

Mike Markley (9536) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407568)

King Crimson founder, guitar master, and all around eccentric musical genius


Soon the average user won't even bother reading the headline, much less the article or the Slashdot story, and the comment system will quickly fall into disuse. On the bright side, we'll get to witness the ultimate triumph of laziness as it conquers every possible source of discussion. Bonus: no more mods to bitch about!

Re:um (1)

Trigulus (781481) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407577)

too late

SENTENCEFRAGMENT (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14407701)

Fripp, who has been at the forefront of electronic guitar composition for more than 35 years, first using analog tape delays, then with digital effects.
wow, nice composition there brainstem...

Re:um (1)

Zakabog (603757) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407745)

Ok, I read the summary, the links, and the comments. I still have no idea who Fripp is in relation to why I'd care that he's doing anything for Windows Vista. Is there some famous stuff he created that many nerds are familiar with?

Re:um (2, Funny)

basingwerk (521105) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407775)

How about 21st Century Schizoid Man?
Cat's foot iron claw
Neuro-surgeons scream for more
At paranoia's poison door.
Twenty first century schizoid man.

Blood rack barbed wire
Polititians' funeral pyre
Innocents raped with napalm fire
Twenty first century schizoid man.

Death seed blind man's greed
Poets' starving children bleed
Nothing he's got he really needs
Twenty first century schizoid man.

Fripp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14407574)

My girlfriend and her sisters refer to nipples made erect by coldness as "fripps"

Re:um (1)

Fordiman (689627) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407646)

O.O

Just the most talented guitarist ever born.

Re:um (1)

Trigulus (781481) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407704)

i watched (some of) the video and was not that impressed. MS is not getting their money's worth

Wrong question -- not "who", ask "what" (1, Flamebait)

BerntB (584621) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407665)

Symphonic rock people like King Crimson, so I never listened since it probably is evil and pompous.

And now Fripp works with Microsoft...

Q E D

Re:um (1)

basingwerk (521105) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407760)

Fripp's a limey, like his King Crimson/Roxy Music chum, Eno, who has also created sound effects for Windows. Limies are very good at this type of thing. For example, check out http://www.delia-derbyshire.org/ [delia-derbyshire.org]

p2p (1)

hamfactorial (857057) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407498)

Will the Windows sounds be included in the RIAA John Doe lawsuits? I'd hate to be taken to court for beep.wav.

Not p2p, but Urge (1)

Potor (658520) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407625)

At any rate, I am sure it will be available on Urge ...

I hope the sounds are great, but... (0, Redundant)

Bradee-oh! (459922) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407499)

do they run linux?

Who needs a soundtrack? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14407502)

I don't see a point in having a Soundtrack? I turn it off all system sounds anyway because I've heard them way too many times to even count.

In the Court... (5, Funny)

Exluddite (851324) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407512)

of the Redmond King?

Re:In the Court... (5, Funny)

doxology (636469) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407547)

Here are the songs that Fripp is composing for Microsoft:

21st Century Schizoid DRM including Smoke and Mirrors
I Talk to the Windows
Epitaph, Including Bloat for No Reason and an Exploit Tomorrow
Sunchild Java Machine (Including the Dream and the Illusion of compatibility)
The Court of the Redmont King including the Return of the BSOD and the Dance of Clippy

Hint for the unacquainted [wikipedia.org]

Re:In the Court... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14407663)

Vista shutdown sound: aethereal background synth and a hollow voice whispering 'confusion will be my epithaph'

Re:In the Court... (2, Interesting)

vought (160908) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407751)

When I read about Fripp doing the Windows sound earlier today, I was a little disaffected.

I mean, I thought he had better taste than that. I've been a Crimson fan for quite some time. I know folks who have studied under Fripp. He strikes me in the third person as very un-windows-user-ish.

But I guess everyone has their price.

I wonder if they'll use another one of Nathan Mhyrvold's shitty pictures for the background picture in Vista? He's a decent photographer, but the background picture for XP was badly interpreted. Freakishly over-saturated...you name it. Looked like crap.

Re:In the Court... (1)

gbobeck (926553) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407550)

So does this mean that Bill Gates is the 21st Century Schitzoid man or he talks to the wind?

Re:In the Court... (1)

AtrN (87501) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407678)

Nah, more like "One More Redmond Nightmare"

Re:In the Court... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14407690)

I never do this, but... someone mod parent the fuck up. Best KC/MS pun ever.

Well here is what it comes down to (1, Insightful)

Saven Marek (739395) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407513)

Where gnu/linux people would spend all that money and time on coding applications that work MICROSOFT will spend it on making 'soundscapes' and other kind of marketing things.

No wonder it won't run on anything less than a 1GHz cpu

Re:Well here is what it comes down to (3, Insightful)

EvanED (569694) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407520)

I know. 'cause anyone knows that:

1) Microsoft doesn't have enough money to do both development and create sounds at the same time, and

2) Nobody cares if something is plesant to use

Re:Well here is what it comes down to (1)

Saven Marek (739395) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407533)

Nobody cares if something is plesant to use

But that is the problem. even if they do care about that who cares about something that is pleasant to use but doesn't do the job, is insecure, unstable and expensive. Well ok maybe if it's pleasant to use everything is OK and we are all good with that.

Re:Well here is what it comes down to (1, Insightful)

EvanED (569694) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407559)

But you can't dismiss how pleasant something is either. (And I'd say that Windows does the job fine, and to call pretty much anything in the NT line unstable is, IMO, completely misguided. They do have security issues.)

The point is that I think that it's very very unlikely that this is being done at the expense of anything relating to code. For instance, MS couldn't have just pulled the guy off this and added another programmer for a couple days; that would be nearly useless.

Re:Well here is what it comes down to (1)

KagatoLNX (141673) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407609)

Having administered many machines in the "NT line", I would say that NT, per se, is stable.

However, I would say that Microsofts practices in terms of driver development are a big problem. I find that MS's approach to drivers (WHQL certification) tend to encourage really bad drivers, NT handles bad drivers very badly, and that there is really no way to fix this (except for the standard, someone gets to pay MS a lot).

Re:Well here is what it comes down to (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14407545)

If they did that you would blame them for not investing in the user experience like Apple.

Take your black heart back to whatever operating system it came from.

Re:Well here is what it comes down to (5, Insightful)

pintomp3 (882811) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407553)

that's why all gnu/linux apps are easy on the eyes/ears,right? microsoft is starting to learn that you can't have programmers be your stylists/composers. besides, it's not like they don't have the funds. they realize computers are no longer just for work or getting stuff done. apple has shown that a nice looking computer (inside and out) is appealing for incorperating into your lifestyle. this is where microsoft wants to go too. same reason dell went to htc to design most recent axim. you can't just sell the steak, you gotta sell the sizzle too.

This is *way* offtopic... (1)

EvanED (569694) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407581)

...but has anyone used the Axim? I might get an x51v. Any reactions or suggestions for alternate products, either Windows Mobile-based or Palm?

(It needs Wi-Fi, very preferably integrated. I like the idea of a 640x480 screen. The main reason I'm leaning toward Windows Mobile instead of Palm is because from what I can figure out, if I want to write programs for it, that platform will be far easier. The drawback is I don't know how well or if ActiveSync would work with a 3rd party tool.)

Re:This is *way* offtopic... (1)

pintomp3 (882811) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407626)

i have one. the design is very nice, as are the features and specs. however, windows mobile 5 is still very raw. lots of issues like disappearing sd/cf cards and you end up soft resetting a lot. a new firmware just came out yesterday, not sure how much it fixes. the bluetooth in wm5 is also very crappy. check out www.aximsite.com . they have some great forums there. i've seen the x51v as low as $250 with coupons. hard to beat.

Re:This is *way* offtopic... (1)

stuffman64 (208233) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407731)

By far, the best PDA money can buy is the Sharp Zaurus. I've owned an SL-C860 for two years now, and I still have yet to find another PDA that can rival its functionality. It's not sold in the US, so you'll have to import it from a place like Dynamism [dynamism.com] , and they cost a pretty penny, but they are very much worth it. Dump the stock ROM and replace it with pdaXrom and use xfce as the windows manager- it's like a full-featured linux desktop in your pocket (Evolution and KDE has been built and running, though they need some optimization until they are fully useful. It will make that Axim look like a toy...

Re:Well here is what it comes down to (1)

mcbridematt (544099) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407616)

Definitely.

Programmers might have no problem trying to use the stuff they code but when Joe Blow comes along they all go "WTF?"

P.S no one ever said Windows doesn't work. Infact, i'd go as far to say that open source desktops aren't too usable until end-user distros take a look at them and do the stuff that upstream devs won't.

Re:Well here is what it comes down to (2, Insightful)

Skal Tura (595728) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407645)

Now the difference between Gnu/Linux people and MS is that MS concentrates into making an complete package, which is targeted to a very
wide range of users, from grandma to power users. This is not an easy task, and definately, things like UI design, graphics etc. are a
MUST for a system like, a 'soundtrack' is just extension of that.

Lets not forget the fact that microsoft just does happen to be the leader of UI design, and push it always further.

Oh yeah, and i'm not denying that there wouldn't be things many of /. readers won't like, infact HATE, but that's just because we are not the MAIN audience.

Now, basicly what you are saying that looks & feel is worth zero, nada, zilch. You pick your wife like that too? >;D

Also, don't forget the fact that many times Linux/Open-Source software is lightyears behind in UI design.
UI is not just nice graphics etc. It's a combination of many things, and the bottomline is usability. Why don't we see many grandmas using linux? ;)

Oh yeah, and perhaps lack of sophisticated easy to use GUIs in Linux makes it powerfull for power users like you and me, in various
tasks.

Oh yeah, you need windows which works very well on slow machines?
Now, it's just matter of customization! You possibly can't deny you cannot modify windows enough to make it WAY more lightweight,
ie. use Litestep/Astonshell/Darkstep or some other shell replacement, replace IE with Opera / Firefox (firefox is too bloated imo), then
replace WMP with Media Player Classic(or old version of Media Player), VLC or some other lightweight tool.
use for listening to music old version of winamp, 2.95 found from oldversions.com (2.95 imo is still the best, it's lightweight, stabile, and does everything a app like that should, nothing more, nothing less. 5.x is just WAY too blaoted, even with high end machine
it seems to be lagging badly).
Anything else?
Oh yeah, to take that even further, stop some of the unnecessary services from windows, check your startup programs.
When Vista comes out, don't use the new filesystem(WinFS was it?), it's damn heavy, but use NTFS, or even FAT32(even lighter for resources).

Now sooner than you notice, you have a lightweight system.

I know, as i've installed & made WXP Pro work efficiently on slower machines than it should even install! (WXP atleast initially had
a restriction of no installing on under 500Mhz machines and was it 256mb ram or 128mb ram)
Oh yeah, and we've even got W95 to run on a 386 (don't try this at home kids! Boot up takes hours alone, or something!)

Windows isn't inefficient, in fact, qutie controversary: it just makes use of the power for the good of the user, in UI & features.
and just as an example, atleast on my machine, Ubuntu takes MUCH longer to boot than WXP. (Athlon 2700+, 1gig Ram)

Re:Well here is what it comes down to (1)

Ours (596171) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407736)

Yeah, like playing sound and doing other stuff is the reason PC's need 1Gz processors. Come to think of it, don't all games do that since a couple of decades? Just about any electronic device plays some sort of sounds as queues. Microsoft didn't come up with the process. A good guitar riff is not going to eat more processor time then the crappy piano clips-whatever we've had on different graphical OS's for quite some time.

MIX IT ALL TOGETHER!!! (1)

m-wielgo (858054) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407518)

hmm, imagine hearing the windows startup sound, system beep, intel chime, aim message/buddy door, you've got mail, and various other wacky sounds we easily recognize in technology all in one!!!

Re:MIX IT ALL TOGETHER!!! (1)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407656)

Yea... that's called "Starting Up Windows" for most people.

What I think is less annoying but twice as amusing, is when AIM starts and the screen floods with those buddy notification pop-ups. It can bring even powerful computers to their knees.

Meanwhile midi lovers are crying (0, Flamebait)

SmallFurryCreature (593017) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407521)

Anyone remember the day when you bought a creative soundcard because it had proper midi support so you could listen to the ingame music at the quality the composer had intended?

Same time roughly when a game music dir was measured in kilobytes not install cd's.

First game to break the trend was I think Tomb Raider wich in a move I will never understand used actually audio tracks on the CD for both music and cutscene sound. Wich on my machine created horrible stuttering as the CD had to switch operating modes.

Oh, sorry, I guess my old grumpy guy who doesn't like the future personality has slipped through again.

YEAH, some unknown idiot gets to load a ton of mp3's in an already bloated OS to make sure yet another few cpu cycles are wasted and used to annoy everyone else in the office because people with funny desktop sounds never heard of headphones.

Sorry that is as positive as I can get.

Re:Meanwhile midi lovers are crying (1)

Horizon_99 (58767) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407585)

Bet you're pretty pissed about the kids on your lawn too eh?

Re:Meanwhile midi lovers are crying (1)

BorgCopyeditor (590345) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407734)

Oi! Get off the lawn, you lot!

Re:Meanwhile midi lovers are crying (1, Funny)

John Miles (108215) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407594)

Anyone remember the day when you bought a creative soundcard because it had proper midi support

No.

Re:Meanwhile midi lovers are crying (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14407776)

And there I was, thinking "Music was your first love"...http://www.lyricsdownload.com/john-miles-m usic-lyrics.html [lyricsdownload.com]

Re:Meanwhile midi lovers are crying (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14407597)

While it wasn't midi, 3drealms' Terminal Velocity used amiga modules (sort of like midis, but with digital samples contained within the file so as to preserve the musical integrity of the track).

Also, Kings Quest 6 (heir today, gone tomorrow) included a cd quality music track (1992).

Total Annihilation (1997) and Fallout (1997) both had CD quality music as well. In fact, Total Annihilation's score is so good, I still listen to it today. One of the best game scores I've ever heard - right up there with Diablo.

Diablo (1996) also had CD quality music. I do believe composed by Matt Uelmen.

Tomb Raider was not the first to use CD quality music; it was just the first to do it poorly.

Re:Meanwhile midi lovers are crying (1)

schweinhund (119060) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407634)

who shat in your cheerios???

What the...? (1)

creimer (824291) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407522)

You mean with all of the billions Microsoft has in the bank they couldn't get John Williams [johnwilliams.org] to compose the score. I think Vista: The Muscial is going to be a flop on the C# scale.

Re:What the...? (1, Funny)

jacksonj04 (800021) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407669)

C#? What are you on about, John Williams never composes in C#! Try E, or maybe A Minor.

Re:What the...? (1)

EvanED (569694) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407711)

Bb is another favorite; to wit, ET, I believe the Star Wars theme (though I don't have that piece in front of me)...

Re:What the...? (1)

masdog (794316) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407772)

I didn't know there was an E or A Minor programming language.

Guitar composition? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14407525)

HA HA HA HA!

Guitarists take their little jingles so seriously.

Not to bash (2, Interesting)

phorm (591458) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407527)

While having actual guitar riffs sounds cool, but as cool as a blaring guitar might sound anything that's not melodic will soon begin to sound very annoying after a few hundred repetitions.

I've gone through a lot of sound schemes, and while the initial concept is cool most of them get really redundant and annoying after awhile. Also, one of the nicest things about KDE is the ability to set the 'theme sounds volume' accordingly, so that at normal they're a dull whisper, and when I turn up to hear my quiet DVD or VOIP conversation my speakers don't blow up at the next exclamation error sound... (hopefully this might be a Vista feature, as well?). Maybe a few nice strums of the guitar for starting or stopping windows will help, but an all-out guitarfest might be a bit overboard.

Then again, some of the music such as the background during the windows install I found very well indeed... it's just the effects that were a bit annoying.

Re:Not to bash (1)

EvanED (569694) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407543)

(hopefully this might be a Vista feature, as well?)

I remember seeing really early screenshots of Vista where you could set separate volumes for each program. (In fact I remember someone posting here asking what good that was and wouldn't it make it more complicated, and remember responding with something very much along the lines as what you said.) I'm hoping that this feature really was intended and will stay as well.

Re:Not to bash (4, Informative)

NoData (9132) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407667)

While having actual guitar riffs sounds cool, but as cool as a blaring guitar might sound anything that's not melodic will soon begin to sound very annoying after a few hundred repetitions.

Please watch TFV. This is Fripp. These aren't rockin' "riffs." It's very ambient, very ethereal, very atmospheric.

But having listened to it, it's also very moody and melancholy. It doesn't make me feel like "Wow, it's big, bright digital world out there!" It's more like, "Blue screens make me sad."

Re:Not to bash (1)

s-meister (580465) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407784)

In other news, police are reporting an alarming rise in suicide cases, where the only clue as to motive is a computer showing a Windows Vista error message, and playing a depressing guitar solo, over and over again...

Re:Not to bash (5, Funny)

imdx80 (842737) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407670)

>Maybe a few nice strums of the guitar for starting or stopping windows will help, but an all-out guitarfest might be a bit overboard.

I've heard that vista is going to ship with lighters to hold up during some of the more poignant effects

hmmm... (2, Informative)

defiant1 (831834) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407529)

I just lost 25 minutes of my life... can i have them back? What a boring video

Re:hmmm... (1, Funny)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407564)

Obligatory Simpsons quote:
Hans Moleman to Apu after being locked in the Kwik-e-Mart for 4 minutes: You wasted 4 minutes of my life and I want them back! Oh, I'd probably just waste them anyhow.

Re:hmmm... (1)

Trigulus (781481) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407589)

you watched that much! LMAO and I dont play guitar but I can do the stupid thing hes doing. If he is so cool why not do something impressive?

Re:hmmm... (1)

EvanED (569694) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407590)

On your media player of choice, there is probably a button with a square on it. There's a good chance that if you hover your mouse over it, a tooltip will pop up that says "Stop" or something similar. If you press the left mouse button while the mouse cursor is over it, the video will stop playing. You could also close the player.

You could have done any of this within the first couple minutes of the video, once you realized that it was going to bore you.

ConstruKction of Evil (1)

7Prime (871679) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407530)

This is truly the Lark's Tongue in Bill Gates' ass.

Re:ConstruKction of Evil (1)

jaymz168 (555580) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407595)

Arg, I wish I had mod points! Hmmm...it's 2006...it's Microsoft...it's a major overhaul...it's an update...overhaul...update... 21st Century Schizoid OS!

Or... (1)

lisaparratt (752068) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407544)

...as someone under the age of 40, I'll turn the sounds off, and listen to more of "that electronic racket".

preliminary meetings... (5, Funny)

santaliqueur (893476) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407565)

Ballmer to Fripp: If you don't compose in the key C#, perhaps this flying chair will help you to B-flat!

Interesting choice... (5, Informative)

Lordie (98168) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407566)

...considering the Windows 95 startup sound was created by Brian Eno [wikipedia.org] , a one-time frequent collaborator with Fripp.

Re:Interesting choice... (1)

phase_9 (909592) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407633)

The Brian Eno Win95 sound can be found here, brings back fond memories ;) http://www.whitwell.ndo.co.uk/musicthing/sounds/ms sound1.mp3 [ndo.co.uk]

Re:Interesting choice... (5, Interesting)

pyota (130268) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407668)

i recalled this interesting interview snippet with eno regarding why he agreed to the project:
The thing from the agency said, "We want a piece of music that is inspiring, universal, blah- blah, da-da-da, optimistic, futuristic, sentimental, emotional," this whole list of adjectives, and then at the bottom it said "and it must be 3 1/4 seconds long." I thought this was so funny and an amazing thought to actually try to make a little piece of music. It's like making a tiny little jewel. In fact, I made 84 pieces. I got completely into this world of tiny, tiny little pieces of music. I was so sensitive to microseconds at the end of this that it really broke a logjam in my own work. Then when I'd finished that and I went back to working with pieces that were like three minutes long, it seemed like oceans of time.

Microsoft should save the money .. (5, Funny)

Entropy (6967) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407570)

That they'll spend on this guy and just record the sounds of broken glass! :D

Ok this is fine (2, Funny)

RickPartin (892479) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407571)

As long as they don't put out "Vista: The Soundtrack". That would rip a hole in space time... or something equally not good.

I call... (1)

CrackedButter (646746) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407573)

gimmick on this one.

Does anyone remember desktop themes in 95? (1)

johncadengo (940343) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407582)

Does anyone remember desktop themes in windows 95? Uhm. This reminds me of those, frankly, crappy desktop themes that came out with windows 95, I believe with Microsoft PLUS (also not that great, and a waste of money).

All they did was slow your computer down, make a lot of noise, and annoy your co-workers when your speakers were turned on.

And to top that off, what I couldn't originally stand about Windows XP, which is why I stuck with Windows 2000 till this last year, was when you pushed the start menu button (a flaw they did get around to fixing) it took forever to load it up. I like instant gratification. I like cause and effect. I want something to happen, at least on my computer, when I tell it to. And desktop themes did not let that happen.

And anything bloated for that matter does not let that happen. I hope Vista doesn't turn out to be Microsoft PLUS Desktop Themes on steroids...

bill and ted's excellent adventure (1)

pintomp3 (882811) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407584)

watching the video, anyone else get flashbacks of the scenes of the future in bill and ted's excellent adventure? i can just see the air guitaring now.

May sound nice, but... (1)

cciRRus (889392) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407599)

Are the sound files protected by DRM?

Fripp? nah, Something with a kick please! (1)

GromBulk (524814) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407603)

http://www.boltthrower.com/ [boltthrower.com]
aahh, that's the stuff

kill hippies, you know it makes sense

Re:Fripp? nah, Something with a kick please! (4, Interesting)

Weird O'Puns (749505) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407661)

Something with a kick?

Perhaps you should listen the latest stuff from King Crimson. Hell, go and check out Red and keep in mind that it was done in the 70's.

Now, I must go back to listening Strapping Young Lad and Opeth....

Wasn't the music already good? (1)

KuRa_Scvls (932317) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407605)

They were already good enough.
I personally keep them mute for other reasons, but look at the inspiration [geocities.com] it had on others:P

Brian Eno (2, Interesting)

Centurix (249778) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407614)

Composed the Windows '95 startup sound. I always get this image of him wearing a sparkly cape thinking hard in front of a modular Moog while staring hard at a PC. The image is accentuated by the long hair and bald patch.

What a bunch of miserable gits! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14407622)

See above...

Fripp (1)

1310nm (687270) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407623)

Wow. I'd pay $200 for Vista: The Green/Blue Album.

People who think you have to be old to appreciate him should pick up ThrakkAttack. :)

Seems obvious to me... (1)

Avuton Olrich (819750) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407628)

...that they're trying to make it sound like a clunker [slashdot.org]

Not cost effective (1)

The Step Child (216708) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407638)

Why not just rip the soundtracks from Halo and Halo 2 then slap them into Vista?

They should have asked Trent Reznor... (1)

weinford (97037) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407653)

... I'm still listening to the Quake sound track on my iPod, it's just great ;-)

What does Fripp care? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14407688)

Fripp uses a Powerbook, so he won't have to listen to it.

The Gates of Paradise? (5, Interesting)

stardancer (665878) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407707)

This can also be noted: (from krimson-news.com) "Microsoft's Steve Ball (better known to many KN readers as member of the League of Crafty Guitarists) was also in attendance and provided some good comments on the significance of sound themes--and Fripp's soundscapes--to the user experience."

The League of Crafty Guitarists is "the performance wing of Guitar Craft", and Guitar Craft is Robert Fripp's guitar school-thingy. So, the circle is complete.

Anyway. Now at least we know that the sounds in Vista will be nice. That's good. I'm a little worried though, that perhaps the Blue Screen of Death will become Red and "One More Red Nightmare" is blasted out your speakers every time an error/BSOD occurs!

What's scarier is the fact that Robert Fripp's soundscape album from 1997 (not his only soundscape album, no) is so aptly titled "The Gates of Paradise"! amazon link [amazon.com]

And perhaps the song titles of that album can give us a hint as to how Fripp feels about mr. Gates:
"The Outer Darkness"
"Abandonment to Divine Providence"
"In Fear And Trembling Of The Lord"
"Acceptance"

I mean, since Microsoft/Gates does rule the universe, or at least one might think that Fripp believes so, we here have a possible explanation to why he agreed to make this Vista "soundtrack"/soundscape/whatever... The other possible explanation is obvious: Fripp likes money.

Should use DBTs (1)

zoid.com (311775) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407710)

They should use Drive-By Truckers tune "Never Gonna Change"..

"Ain't Never Gonna Change"

Patch W43355 for SoundscapeService (1)

genckas (660936) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407720)

MS sure likes to spend its money where its worth. I can see it now "Hackers exploit newly discovered flaw in SrvSoundScape service on Windows Vista to take over the world"

As a King Crimson fan... (1)

CharAznable (702598) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407743)

let me be the first to say... NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Gotta change my sig sometime soon.

Haaha (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14407746)

They're paying this guy how much money to play three friggen notes on a guitar!?!!?! HAHAHAH, any idiot can do that shit. FUCK!

I could do it! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14407752)

I looked 3 or 4 minutes into the video... honestly, what kind of credentials does this guy have? Here's how to do it: take any up-to-date synthesizer, select a spherical pad sound and press three white keys simultaneously. This will provide you with the basic 'soundscape'. The take a guitar, throw 4 or 5 effects (chorus, delay etc.) at it, all turned up to 100%. Again, play 5 notes in slow progression. Voila - your done, or at least that was what the guy in the video did.

Remember Chappelle's show (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14407759)

White people go nuts for electric guitar. This is great for Redmond! But for Latinos you need percussion, a piano, and someone shouting Spanish gibberish into a megaphone.

Great.. great... (1)

Chicane-UK (455253) | more than 8 years ago | (#14407761)

Personally i'd rather they were concentrating on putting some of the features people actually WANT back into Vista, like WinFS, rather than twatting around recording nice guitar riffs for system events! I still feel that Microsoft will never learn to get its priorities right.

The Conversation (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14407777)

B. Gates: Hello there, Mr. Fripp.

R. Fripp: Please, call me Robert.

B. Gates: Okay, Robert. Call me Bill. I'd like to make you a proposition.

R. Fripp: Sure, Bill, fire away.

B. Gates: I'd like you to make a number of various sounds for our latest OS, and in exchange for less work than it would take for you to make one of your many albums, we will hand you this enormous pile of money. How does that sound?

R. Fripp: That... uh, that actually sounds rather nice.
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