Band releases album as Linux kernel module

A band called netcat (also the name of a popular networking tool) has released its new album, Cycles Per Instruction, in a number of formats, including a world first: the album can be compiled as a Linux kernel module. As the band explains, "This repository contains the album's track data in source files, that (for complexity's sake) came from .ogg files that were encoded from .wav files that were created from .mp3 files that were encoded from the mastered .wav files which were generated from ProTools final mix .wav files that were created from 24-track analog tape."

And of course, "Track information will show up in the output of dmesg."

usrbinnc/netcat-cpi-kernel-module [Github]

(via JWZ)

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  1. The let's-avoid-unnecessarily-lossy-compression guy in me shuddered at that WAV->MP3->WAV step in there. Why not make OGGs right from the WAV masters?

  2. Oh my god. Kernel Taint needs to be a band.

  3. Kernel Taint and the Unspecified Failures

  4. I'm not sure anyone who would run an album in ring 0 would bother with niceties such as sudo.

  5. You must be another tin-eared philistine who listens to 128kb mp3s(CBR, no less) on $2 earbuds:

    Ring 0 is what brings your aural landscape closest to what your hardware is truly capable of, without the muffling effects and microjitter of a userspace audio decoder. Today's CPUs don't sound as warm as the pre-transistorization computers; and I don't think anything will ever match the authenticity of acoustic delay lines as a musical storage medium; but it's the best you can do with today's gear.

    /sarcasm, as is hopefully clear.

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