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Open Source MP3 by Yubnub Creator

Open source programmers make open source music. On his blog, Jon Aquino, best known as the creator of (“command line for the web”), this past weekend posted a file he’d recorded in the popular freeware music construction kit Audacity (at The result is a three-minute ditty that plays with rhythms like he’s doing his best to not adhere to the software’s inherent metronomic impulse, and layers in some noodly guitar (MP3).

Aquino’s system-sound recommendation was the subject of the March 7, 2008, Disquiet Downstream entry (; at four seconds long, it’s likely to remain the shortest Downstream entry ever. And while on the subject, if you’re user of his yubnub service, the command “dq” lets you search this site.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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