The Null Device

2000/10/20

Interesting program of the day: mp3stego, which (as the name suggests) can hide information in MP3-compressed audio. This can be used for watermarking, or for more cloak-and-dagger applications.

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Looks like Adobe (of PostScript/Acrobat/PhotoShop fame) has relocated to Beijing. Or, more probably, been hijacked. (via Camworld)

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According to Far and Wide, there is a new Cocteau Twins best-of compilation titled Stars and Topsoil, containing a selection of tracks from their albums up to 1990 or so. Looks like something I'll have to check out.

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There was a reasonably interesting interview with Robert Smith and Perry Bamonte of The Cure on 3RRR's Far and Wide programme. Some interesting things that came up: the mechanical, almost drum-machine-like drum rhythms on the earlier albums are so because Lol Tolhurst wasn't a very skilled drummer; the only song on Bloodflowers that is about the band itself is Maybe Someday, and now that The Cure are no longer under contract to a major recording label, they may put unreleased recordings up on their web site. Should be interesting; some of the Cure's best material has been B-sides and non-album material.

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Last night I went to see a performance of Crave, a play by Sarah Kane (a talented young British playwright who committed suicide last year; she was sort of the Ian Curtis of theatre, in a sense). It was not bad, in a stark, minimal and somewhat disturbed sort of way.

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