Video Tutorial: How To Remove Vocals From Mp3

I was listening to a Nickelback CD in my dad’s truck the other day while we were out shopping for Xmas gifts and thought to myself, “ya know, this band would be waaaaay better without that irritating voice messing up all the awesome instruments,” and I thought I’d remembered seeing something you could download to remove vocals to make karaoke versions of your own music.. so I figured I’d look it up.

Turns out it’s pretty easy, but mostly if (a) you just happen to have music where the vocals were recorded on perfectly centered stereo tracks, (b) don’t care a lot about super spiffy quality, and (c) look the other way when it comes to music copying legalese. You may inadvertently also remove instruments that happen to be playing in the same frequency range as the voices, and you may not clip out the background vocals.

That said, here’s my tutorial. You’ll need the audio software known as Audacity, which you can get for free from audacity.sourceforge.net at no charge. Once that’s installed, just follow the directions on Audacity’s site that I blatantly stole and reworded to make into my own visual tutorial (but gave credit for in typical English major style). Ah, the Internets!

Solution for Poor-Parking Holiday Shopper Annoyances

There’s a low-tac bumpersticker you can plaster on the back end of someone whose parking overtly lacks the spatial awareness of most preteens. They’re pretty cheap, to the point and easily removable so you don’t ruin paint jobs in the process. Around $0.50 each or less (cheaper in larger quantities), keep a bundle in your glove compartment for just the right moment.

Clarifying Ripley: David Byrne’s “Instrument” Building

A recent Ripley’s Believe It Or Not feature panel caught my eye, about a musician by the name of David Byrne who created an installation in which the building itself became a musical instrument. After doing a few searches for more details, here’s what I came up with:

Official Site

As much as I try not to fiddle with anything squished between the fingers of BoingBoing blogger Xeni Jardin, I couldn’t resist. Brings a slightly more visual element to “industrial” music, no? An old organ is attatched somehow to motors that have a lopsided wheel (like the vibration on game controllers) that are attatched to various pieces of the structure of an abandoned building. The video and the site above is just about all else you’d need to know ^_^

Collection of “Pic Everyday for So-Many Days” Self-Portraits Videos

This was originally a post criticizing/complimenting the foresight to begin a pic-per-day compilation, but now I’ve opted to turn it into a big list of videos themselves.

This video was the first of its kind I had ever seen (2547 pics), back in 2006-ish or so. The fellow even has a website about it and such.

However, for the video to head off the list as an example is an astoundingly cute gal. DREAMY, I SAY.

Rotating Man Takes 2 Pics Per Day / 17 Years
Asian Gal Every Day for 3 Years
Noah Every Day for 6 Years
Every Day for 2 Days ..what?
15 Years in 14 Seconds
Mark Curry Every Day For a Year
Michael Every Day For a Year
Lego Man Every Day For a Year
A Pic Per Day in 3 Years
A Picture of Lee Everyday for 3 Years
Homer Simpson Every Day for 39 Years
Ryan Every Day for 400 Days
A Cheesy Smile Every Day for a Year
Daniel Every Day for 100 days
Sven Every Day for 3 Years
Infant from Birth to 1 Year Old
Andrew Every Day for 12 Months
Stef Everyday for 1 Year
Timelapse of 5 months
German(?) Dude Every day for 564 Days
Sean Every Day for 6 Months

I’m tuckered out.. post links in comments, if you know of more plz! ^_^

Michael Who? Phelps What? Conspiracy? Eh?

I don’t even have a television, and have only watched two online videos of Olympics — two air rifle competitions — and yet I am still somehow aware of the living cyborg of absurd, mind-blowing assassination of all logical perception that is Michael Phelps. Well, apparently the question has also arisen that his feat of inhuman(e), reality-bending, space-time defiance may have been some sort of conspiracy.

Ever notice that conspiracy theorists never know how to design an eye-pleasing site?

Video: The Good-o-Meter

There are few things that simply explain the one thing Christians can all agree upon, and at the same time try to address how difficult the rest of the world makes it by refusing it even just consider the actual message instead of getting wrapped up in the side issues. YouTube to the rescue =P

Bah-dah-dah, doop-doop-doop!

Pyramids Not Built By Slaves

Whilst reading over my usual visit to Boing Boing (from which I abscond with some of their links from time to time), there was an interesting comment in one of the articles that struck my fancy.

There’s a familiar droning phrase from certain Creationism proponents that science should teach, not only about evolution theory, but also about creationism (an idea is not shared by all Creationists, and not all Christians are Creationists), summed up with “Teach the Controversy” in the supposition that, once hearing the truth, believers will spring out thence from that teaching. But anyway.

A T-Shirt manufacturer came out with a number of clever “TeachTheControversy” shirts with very clever designs, such as the ESP testing cards, the flat earth seated upon elephants seated upon a giant tortoise, the devil burying dinosaur bones… and alien spaceships building the pyramids. One commenter remarks..

The interesting thing about the UFOs building pyramids “controversy” is that there are still so many being taught/led to believe that they were built by slaves – a theory generally discredited by archaeologists for a number of years now.

I did not know this idea had changed, myself, so I looked it up. Turns out that the prevailing idea about the architects and laborers of the pyramids were actually a few parts skilled craftsmen, and many more parts land famers who were taking part in honorable labor for the gods when the farming season was over and awash with Nile overflow (according to this, that, and yonder articles.

It’s nice to be in the loop, eh?

Dolphins Blowing Bubble Rings

While we’re on the subject of things I’ve never heard of before, I’ll go ahead and tack on this video about dolphins swimming around in an aquarium blowing rings of air bubbles in the water and either sailing thru them, clipping one side and making a secondary ring and following it around, or whipping it somehow and making the ring twirl around. Dolphins are way more intelligent than I thought!

I, for one, welcome our new dolphin overlords. Watch them go!

Awesome job ideas: “Shipbreakers”

I’d never heard of the idea, but I admit it sounds pretty darn spiffy. There’s a company in Brownsville, Texas, that takes old sea-going ships and takes them apart for the metal scrap. This picture shows a battleship being gradually torn apart, courtesy International Shipbreaking Ltd in Brownsville. Apparently there’s another shipbreaking firm in Viriginia, according to the same page.

You can view the ISL company video here in that nasty RealPlayer format, or download the HQ version (82mb mpeg) here (save as, linked from the same page).

The article I read in our local paper (Associated Press article, found here) reports the feds used to pay the scrap stripping companies like this to dismantle the giant ships, but lately with the soaring prices of scrap metal, the companies themselves are in a sense buying the massive structures just for the chance to get after it. Someone needs to make a full season of documentary footage on this whole process and put it on DVD.. I’d grab it quick.

More pictures..
USS Mississinewa
USS Neosho
Random Artsy Scrapping Shots

Amazing “Battle At Kruger” Nature Video

There’s an inspiring video of some lions who attack a small herd of water buffalo, make off with one of the little ones and before they’re able to seriously maim it, the herd comes back over and one or two brave buffalos try skewering the lions and manage to rescue the baby again. Seriously, this one got to me. The good part comes about 4-5 minutes in.

It was taken by a Texan who was out on safari and captured it on amateur video. Complete with comments from nearby passengers.