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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    One Artist’s Conflicts with Openness

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    It was art that first drew me into the Heads project.  I had no intention of becoming an open source software developer.  The concept at the time was foreign to me.  It took the arrival of the monome for the project to take full shape.  The initial idea was simply to use the controller as… Read more »

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    Primus Luta & CSS at Harvestworks [Video]

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    Finally able to share some of the video from the Harvestworks presentation back in October.  Below you’ll find some footage of the performance followed by a clip from the presentation where I’m discussing my influences in the development of these projects.  Enjoy.

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    CSS: East Village Radio 10/08/10

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    CSS performed a short live set on East Village Radio’s Worldwide Smash with DJ Still Life. Download

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    Special Preview: Concrète Sound System at Harvestworks

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    On October 11th I will be giving a presentation at Harvestworks Media Arts Center in New York entitled “Plogue Bidule and The Concrète Sound System”.  For it I will be giving an in depth look at my process with Plogue Bidule in creating a Digital Audio Performance Station (DAPS) for use with the Concrète Sound… Read more »

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    Bridgeport, Transformation & Sound Recordings as Art

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    In theory, the ruling in the case Bridgeport Inc. vs Dimension Films should have opened up discussion on the subject of sampling as it relates to sound recordings.  The ruling itself states the need for this discussion to determine a “bright line test” by which future issues around the sampling of copyrighted sound recordings may… Read more »

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    The DJ Shadow Remix Project

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    It was a late night.  Kids and wife were asleep and for whatever reason I was watching Spike Lee’s “When the Levee Breaks” documentary on Katrina while sipping on a bottle of rum (scotch would probably make this story more authentic but I really like rum).  About half-way through the bottle and probably an eighth… Read more »

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    I Wish This Song Weren’t Necessary: Oscar et al…

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    The original title of this song was “Shot”. I started it over two years ago. I wanted to do a piece that dealt with police shootings of minority youth. It’s something I’ve heard about all my lifeit seems . Every year or two a new case fueling the fire.  It should not have really surprised me… Read more »