Analog mediums of music playback are fragile. Vinyl cracks, warps, breaks and scratches. It deteriorates with each play. Cassette tapes likewise. Play after play, copy after copy, they fade and unspool, and jam into hungry play heads. It’s all very
My father was a remarkable man. He could fix almost any broken object just by staring at it long enough and when that didn’t work he would pry it open and poke about inside a bit until it did, occasionally
These days countless controller apps and hardware controller devices promise emancipation from the dreaded computer interface. DJs and live performers have fallen head over heels over the concept that touching the computer somehow lessens an onstage appearance and the act
Some thoughts on seriously engaging with art – Part 2 – Or Whose Party Is This Anyway?
Some thoughts on seriously engaging with art – Part 1 – Or Why a Child Couldn’t Paint That.
First things first. There are always a number of people who have invested a lot of time and energy into obsoleting skills and technology and they often bemoan those who learn and make use of the new tools that displace
The party is not going so well. Something is off. The crowd is edgy, some people are dancing, sporadically, but most everyone is milling around the bar and the promoter is looking stressed. The DJ is playing some good tunes,
Using mistakes as a source of inspiration can open up a world of possibilities that our tools of correction often negate.
There are a plethora of music making machines and software programs out on the market these days, many snake oils and, myriad merchants of miracle mojo peddling them too.
George Carlin played with words like Zeus played with thunderbolts. In this video he asserts that the planet Earth will do just fine without us humans and our overblown sense of self importance.
A collection of comedic diatribes bemoaning the death of rock spirit in modern music.
I have no problem with people sharing my music online, in fact I welcome it. (But to anyone selling my music without cutting me a piece of the pie – “May a thousand Ceti eels stream into your ears.”)
With all the debate buzzing around the Vuvuzela at the World Cup I find myself siding with the “Nuke-it-from-orbit-just to-make-sure” crowd. I have no problem with people enjoying themselves, but it really pisses me off when said enjoyment it is
This TED talk by David Byrne is a fantastic, if somewhat sparse on detail, look at the influence of architecture on the creation of music.
In January 2010 I played an intimate underground show with the Just Do It crew as co-guest with DJ Wada at the Gamuso Art Bar in Asagaya. As always the hand crafted monster stereo sound system was tuned to perfection