This week Kevin Rose (Partner at Google Ventures) and Brenden Mulligan (Co-founder of Cluster) join me, Ryan Hoover, in the sunny Mission district of San Francisco. We chat about the Fire Phone, Facebook’s highly criticized new app, Slingshot, and a stupid simple app called, Yo. Listen,…
Demo of Beat It composed using only Michael Jackson’s voice
As Jackson couldn’t fluently play any instruments, he would sing and beatbox out how he wanted his songs to sound by himself on tape, layering the vocals, harmonies and rhythm before having instrumentalists come in to complete the songs.
One of his engineers Robmix on how Jackson worked: “One morning MJ came in with a new song he had written overnight. We called in a guitar player, and Michael sang every note of every chord to him. “here’s the first chord first note, second note, third note. Here’s the second chord first note, second note, third note”, etc., etc. We then witnessed him giving the most heartfelt and profound vocal performance, live in the control room through an SM57. He would sing us an entire string arrangement, every part. Steve Porcaro once told me he witnessed MJ doing that with the string section in the room. Had it all in his head, harmony and everything. Not just little eight bar loop ideas. he would actually sing the entire arrangement into a micro-cassette recorder complete with stops and fills.”
Reasons why I laugh when people say he wasn’t a real musician.
Sledding with the twins!
I take exception to Drew Crawford’s recent post that block-based APIs introduce “harmful” surprising side effects into Objective-C, especially under ARC.
Sandcastle Tour (at 7 Guscio, Hilton Head)
When Brenden and I started building Cluster, we wanted to push the envelope for the product’s user experience, but we didn’t have the bandwidth to really focus on delighting our iPhone users.
We knew we needed to find someone with a ton of experience on iOS and a healthy obsession with…
Of course, I have to reblog this. I’m very grateful to get to work with my good friends on something fun and extremely rewarding, both professionally and personally.