The Artist Shop sponsored an online chat with Larry Fast to help celebrate the SYNERGY re-releases of "Games" and "Audion". This IRC Chat was held on Wednesday, July 29 at 9pm eastern time.
During the chat we gave away autographed copies of the Games and Audion CD's. You'll find all the details and a transcript this chat at http://www.artist-shop.com/irc.
The Artist Shop sponsored an earlier online chat with Larry Fast on Monday, November 25, 1996 at 9:00 PM EST. You can read the posted transcript here case you missed it. There was also an IRC session onWednesday, September 3rd, 1997 . A transcript this chat should be available at http://www.artist-shop.com/irc. Visit the The Artist Shop site for information on how to participate in their future chats.
Larry Fast played as a member of Wendy Carlos' Switched On Bach Live All-Synthesizer Ensemble. The premier performance of the ensemble was at the BACH AT THE BEACON Festival at The Beacon Theater, New York City on Saturday April 5, 1997. It was an historic moment in electronic music history.
The SYNERGY recordings are the first publicly available recordings in the world to employ ARIS Technologies MusiCodeTM audio watermarking technology for the identification and tracking of musical performances.
ARIS Technologies, Inc. is an industry leader in proprietary audio watermarking systems and solutions that identify, authenticate and protect content in physical carrier, broadcast, online and other transmission environments. ARIS watermarks have a distinctive "layering" feature that enables multiple layers of information to be encoded in an audio stream at different points of the distribution chain. For example, ARIS' flagship MusiCodeTM system encodes Content ID, recipient/transaction, and copy management information.
MusiCodeTM is the only watermarking technology I examined that met my standards for absolute inaudibility within the music while being robust enough to survive all media formats from DVD and CD, through existing broadcast media, all the way to streamed internet audio. The technology of music distribution is evolving so rapidly that if music publishers and recording companies are to survive, tremendously improved tracking of music ownership is an absolute necessity. MusiCode makes it possible for my music to move seamlessly from traditional CDs and broadcasting to the internet and beyond.
Right now, if you listen to the Synergy CDs you won't hear anything different, which is how it's supposed to be; the coding is audibly transparent. But in the future, especially as music and audio move into cyberspace and away from being tied to a piece of physical plastic, MusiCodeTM will provide a way to track who's got the music up on their servers and how it's being used. Watermarking will also be a big help to present-day analog broadcasting and the coming digital TV and radio standards.
If this seems a little arcane, don't worry. Just understand that this technology is the wave of the future; it's here now; and the Synergy records are THE first ones that you can go out and buy at a record store that have it. Visit ARIS Technologies' MusiCodeTM site atwww.musicode.com to find out more.