Coltrane, “Lyrical” and The Art Of MCing

The notion of being lyrical is often misread in hip-hop by the connotations put on it by those who for the most part don’t like lyrics. In that context lyrical has some sort of direct relationship with the actual words, usually implying the excessive use of words.  “Spiritual, miracle, lyrical!” Outside of the hip-hop context… Read more »

To The Max Bro

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 »

Theory, Language and Aesthetics

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 »

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    The Catalyst: The Home Stretch

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    If you trace The Catalyst back to the oldest recordings on it, you’ll find that I’ve been working on this album for over ten years. In hiphop terms it should be out of date. But one of the things which I hope the project prooves is the timelessness of meaningful music. I was recently thinking… Read more »

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    Max/MSP

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    People always talk about the learning curve for Logic being extremely difficult. Compared to other applications which are more designed for out of the box use, I can understand this sentiment. But nothing and I mean nothing compares to the learning curve for Max/MSP. It’s interesting that it took purchasing the monome to discover this… Read more »

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    I’ve Been Inconvenienced: Part 2

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    So the most difficult thing I’ve been dealing with since first being inconvenienced is the idea of inevitability. At the end of the movie Gore is very careful to present a solution which could in fact reverse the process. The unfortunate thing is that the conditions required would mean global involvement. It isnt just about… Read more »

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    I’ve Been Inconvenienced: Part 1

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    It is a good thing this is a three day weekend. I have three days to debrief myself on what I just saw. I know I saw Al Gore. He had food in his teeth the whole time too. It was kind a funny because I felt like I should say something. I know politically… Read more »

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    It’s Official: Cotton Pickin’ Rice

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    Last night was the first rehearsal of my new live endeavour Cotton Pickin’ Rice. Before I was planning on being really open about the process but after last night I think I’m going to go more hush hush until the first show. It’s not that I don’t want to share but rather I feel that… Read more »

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    monome logic

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    So the folks over at monome released a bunch of new patches, a couple of which included midi send functions. This meant that at last I could get Logic talking with my monome. I’ve attached a video in which you can see the monome sliders in the upper right controlling the volume slider in the… Read more »

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    monome: touchdown

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    So I come out of the subway just in time to see UPS turning the corner, away from my block. I go home thinking my wife grabbed it, only to find the note on my door saying sorry we missed you. I look up and see no sign of presence in my home. Defeated. I… Read more »

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    If You Don’t Like Joi You’re Just Foolish

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    First of all, go here now and buy this album. I don’t care what you have to pay. If you have to save up to get it, whatever, count your pennies and make a point to buy it. Why, because Joi will save you. You think I’m kidding, but I’m serious. It disgusts me that… Read more »