i-dosing and binaural beats

Having been aware of the danger of spending more than 5 minutes on chat roulette, I decided to take a look at the  less dangerous threat of i-dosing! Reports suggested that kids may be trying to get high on the internet by listening to binaural beats on stereo headphones. While binaural beats do not chemically alter your brain in the same way taking drugs, some parents and educators were worried that the effects these beats have on children could potentially act as a gateway to using drugs.

Hemi-sync, a company that produces binaural beats, among other things, lays out a brief synopsis of how the beats work in sync with your brain. Each side of a stereo headphone produces a frequency that is very similar to the other-say one side 40Hz and the other 41Hz. Since they are so close to each other in Hz, they essentially sound the same. However, since they are actually producing the different wavelengths, a pattern (beat) emerges. Your brain automatically combines these two frequencies into the binaural beat. The Hemi-sync webbsite reports that “binaural beats originate in the brainstem’s superior olivary nucleus, the site of contralateral integration of auditory input.” This then initiates brainwave activity that equalizes the frequency that your brain is working on. Binaural beats have been used for therapeutic treatment and generally helps people to relax.

I think it is funny that people would see this as a threat to children. Heaven forbid children have access to something that can relax them and stimulate creative thinking-and its not drugs!

Remix Production

My practicum project is Remix Production. We have all (most-likely) heard or seen a lot of mashups and remixes. They are becoming more and more common in popular music and the tools needed to create these kinds of mixes are becoming more and more user friendly. The point of this practicum is essentially to offer some insight into how they are made, who makes them, and why do we care?

To do this, I will share and explain some different types of mixing. I will make original mixes manipulating picture, audio, audio/video remixes. I will also link to music that has been remixed by others and discuss the issue of originality and copyright issues of remixing. Heres a start:




History of the Internet

I thought that this video was interesting and an effective way of learning about early major developments of the internet. I think the most interesting part of the video was the fact that different organizations were innovating the concept of networking around the world simultaneously. The idea that commercial, military, and scientific research would all contribute to various aspects of the range and scope of networking capabilities is interesting. This development is similar to the development of earlier tools of mass communication like radio.

The other part of the video I found interesting was when they said that “in that time, knowledge was only transferred by people.” I don’t think this is completely true (books, etc.) but it definitely revolutionized the way that information is disseminated and also changed how people communicate with each other.


My name is Mike Coakley, and I’m a senior here at UW majoring in History (US) and Comm Arts (Radio, Film, TV). Im from Milwaukee, where I worked at a music store called Nova Musik this past summer. I also worked on the weekends doing the lights at 2 clubs in downtown Milwaukee. I transferred to UW my sophomore year and actually spent my freshman year at Columbia College in Chicago for audio arts.

In my spare time I like to mix and make music. I love biking but unfortunately my bike essentially fell apart this past summer and I have not replaced it yet. I spend too much time on the internet and I think that for obvious reasons, knowing how it came to be is important. I once typed an entire lecture of CA351 Lyk3 tH1$.