Posts Categorized: Words

  • Music, Words

    To The Max Bro

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    Some heavy discussion of Mike D’Errico’s latest piece Going Hard: Bassweight, Sonic Warfare, & the “Brostep” Aesthetic this week. While I’ve been adding my two cents on twitter, I wanted  to take some time to try to concisely formulate my notes. I jumped into the conversation after DJ/Rupture posted his response Brostep, Mansplained which criticizes the gender politics… Read more »

  • Music, Tech, Words

    Theory, Language and Aesthetics

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    Last week I wrapped up my three part series on live electronic performance for SoundingOut with “Theory and Practice”.  The word practice in the title has an intentional double meaning.  The writing itself has the surface appearance of being primarily fascinated with the practicality of using the variable language exposed within the series to discuss… Read more »

  • Art, Words

    RIP Afrofuturism. Long live the Afropresence!

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    I learned that myth is very important in the struggle to maintain a sense of self and to move forward into the future. – Julie Dash I was into afrofuturism before the term had been coined, most likely dating back to the first time I heard Hendrix talk about arrows from Jupiter’s sulfer mines, though when… Read more »

  • Music, Words

    Composing The Belfer Suite

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    CS² Recordings released my EP, The Belfer Suite, today, after three years of it sitting in an ironic limbo. I was originally asked to compose the music, for the video series which emerged out of Syracuse University’s Replay Symposium on Sampling, for which I was a participant. Because the event was coordinated in association with the… Read more »

  • Art, Music, Words

    Reinforcing Outdated Models of Music…With Science!!

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    So the other day a friend of mine tells me about a report they heard on NPR which reminded them of my recent theory work.  The way they described it, the piece was reflecting on the notion of music as a verb or an action reminiscent of Christopher Smalls musicking.  Needless to say I was intrigued.  Considering… Read more »

  • Art, Music, Words

    Working Definition: How Hip-Hop Got Hip-Hop’d

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    In a theoretical mood these days, the mind wanders toward this notion of ‘hip-hop culture’. I’ve always been hesitant of calling it a culture, usually a proto-culture at best with the window of opportunity for it to become an actual culture becoming smaller and smaller.  But in rethinking about a definition for what ‘hip-hop culture’… Read more »

  • Art, Music, Tech, Words

    The Discussion Every Good Father Should Have With Their Daughters

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    “What sound do bird’s make?” I ask of my seven year old daughter when the subject comes up. “Tweet, tweet, tweet,” she says with an I know that one smile. “Now what sound do bee’s make?” “Bzzzzzzz.” “Ok,” I say inching the piano bench we’re sharing a little bit closer to the keys. “Play the… Read more »

  • Art, Music, Words

    Two Hundred Pounds of Concrete

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    Jeopardy style, that is the answer. The question is, “what would it take to start a label?” Of course this is only single Jeopardy, and that answer is behind the $100 box under the ‘Music is Dying’ category.  May sound snarky but in fact it is the answer – two hundred pounds of industrial grade… Read more »