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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    A Serial Novella – The Moshi

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    Honing in my writing focus for 2011, I’ve been gradually moving back towards fiction.  This inevitably led to the unearthing of short stories and unfinished works I’ve got in the stash.  On the closer to finished than not side of things was a novella I wrote for the three day novel contest a few years… Read more »

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    RIP: Not a ‘Remix’ Manifesto, a Moratorium

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    You probably had one of a few of reactions to the above video.  Perhaps you watched the whole thing, cracking smiles at all of the references, and nodding your head to the narrators points, feeling that he was reaffirming something you already accepted.  There are a lot of people that fall into that category (see… Read more »

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    Arc of the Covenant

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    It was the middle of the first decade in the new millenium.  Socially there was much going on.  The 43rd president of the United States was in his last term, having remilitarized the nation to combat the threat of terrorism.  The housing market was booming as many Americans went after the picket fence dream for… Read more »

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    Beauty Within

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    Following up their 2009 debut full length Sinister Beauty the Chicago’s DJ Sean Haley and Detroit’s Scorpeze come together again under theWindimoto banner for a new release Beauty Within: Sinister Beauty Reimagined. It’s a remix album featuring new versions by Glen Underground, Anthony Nicholson, Riverside and more including a Primus Luta remix of Three Scenes.

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    Etude aux bart [Video]

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    “We interrupt your normal commute” This piece is an update of the first musique concrète song by Pierre Schaeffer “Etude aux chemnis de fer” (Study of Trains). In Schaeffer’s original he manipulates recordings of trains for his composition. This piece similarly uses sounds of Oakland’s Bart train as the palate for the composition. All of… Read more »

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    RIPL January 2011 [Podcast]

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    Begining in early 2010 the good Laurent Fintoni asked me to join the Rhythm Incursions team with a monthly show – RIPL.  Since then I’ve been compiling hour plus mixes of the latest music from across the spectrum of electronic music production. This month we start off with a tribute to the late Peter Christopherson… Read more »

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    #2Step, #Dubstep & #PostDubstep

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    This Twedit tangents off two recent articles.  The first was a piece run on NPR entitled Dubstep’s Identity Crisis and the second was Mixmag’s Has Britney Spears Killed Dubstep.  Both make interesting, though not fully flushed out points, but where they fail lies in some fundamental misperceptions about genre and subgenre.  This is still a one of… Read more »

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    2011 Belongs to…

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    …those who chart their own path watching the ones well worn suffer, shortsighted Here are a few: Alice Smith It’s mostly the voice and the way she just emotes. Ready for that new. Ava Luna If it sounds like someone’s been listening to old Stax records in a church basement, it’s because they have. Body… Read more »