SampleSwap.org is a place for electronic musicians to share sounds (“samples”) and their original music. The site has over 390,000 registered users, and grows by about 150 members every day. It’s also home to an extraordinary collection of creative-commons licensed music for use in films, games, etc.
A music generating algorithm was composed to produce music using the first one billion digits of pi (?). These digits supply the “turn signals” used to determine every musical expression for each album in the Pi Songs project. The first album, “Shepard’s Pi” was released in 2019. Vice Motherboard and the Santa Fe New Mexican wrote nice articles about it.
Growing up under New Mexico’s dark skies, I learned to love star watching and all things astronomical. To help me remember to look up during special events like meteor showers, I published a calendar that you can subscribe to with your iPhone, Google calendar, or any ICS compatible calendar. Every year I update it to account for whatever astronomical pleasures are headed our way. Today it has over 110,000 subscribers.
I thought it was a shame that Facebook and Twitter and blogging have all but killed the practice of keeping a diary for oneself. This site invites you to start a diary by beginning an email correspondence with “Your Future Self”. Each week you receive a new question via email. Just hit ‘reply’ to add a new entry to your diary. Social sharing is specifically disallowed, making a place for private journals once again.
When my son was a newborn, we wanted to play white noise overnight to help him sleep. I couldn’t find anything I liked online, so I composed some in my music studio. I figured other parent’s might want these MP3s as well, so I threw together a quick web page to share them for free. Imagine my surprise when this became the single most popular page of my website, with 135,000 unique visitors per year.