Entries tagged with 'music'

Rock Options

MyBandStock is an Ann Arbor startup that enables you to buy 'stock' in bands. The bands set up a funding goal for a project like recording an album, and once they reach the goal the site directly pays the supplier...

The Ondes Martenot and Expressive Power in Instrument Design

Since Radiohead started using it I've known the Ondes Martenot was a very cool instrument, that it's rare, and that it was used by the composer Olivier Messaien. But I never realized how it worked, and just how ridiculously cool...

Phone of Time

Smule develops iPhone apps. These include Ocarina, a virtual instrument that takes advantage of many of the device's input methods: the touch screen to cover virtual holes, the microphone as a breath controller, and the accelerometer to control timbre by...

Life to Rhythm conversion

I'm equal parts excited and jealous (that I didn't think of it) about the iPhone app RjDj, which creates beats on the fly out of the sounds coming in from the microphone. I've been trying for a while now to...

An Amplifier

In senior year of high school I took a speaker building class. For the final project, a pair of speakers, we could choose from a few sets of components depending on how much money we wanted to spend. We could...

Walter Kitundu's phonoharps

Walter Kitundu is one of the latest crop of MacArthur "genius" grant recipients for his work in music, including the unique instruments he builds, most of which he calls Phonoharps. These are stringed instruments that incorporate a turntable to amplify...

High Places @ Poisson Rouge

A couple weeks ago, we caught High Places at (le) Poisson Rouge. Their music is pretty good: they employ complex, tribal rhythms with eclectic and original samples. The vocals are simple but pleasant. Unfortunately, their live performance has not...

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As I ate lunch in an office building's subterranean food court today, the house piano player, a distinguished man in a suit, riffed on the melody of Peter, Bjorn and John's Young Folks....

Return to Pork

I awoke on Saturday to what could only have been a new Weezer song playing on Maya's laptop. I'd been quite unaware of any of their recent activities, and wasn't looking to get my hopes up about about a return...

The Rentals at Nokia Theatre

Yeah, this entry is really late, even later than the Spain entries, which were quite late, but it still has to be written. Just allow yourself to be taken back to the heady days of August 2007. We'd just...

I get so excited

JV alerted me to some recent activities of Fred Thomas, our favorite musician from our Ann Arbor days, and one of my favorites anywhere. When we were in college he was primarily playing in Lovesick, Flashpapr, and Saturday Looks Good...

Night of the 90s Indie Pop bands

I took a copy of AM New York today after seeing over someone's shoulder that there was a story about Nada Surf. Turns out Fountains of Wayne was pictured on the same page, and Mike Viola of the Candy Butchers...

The Studio on the Radio

So Zach told me about a contest being held by the public radio station WNYC called "Show us Your Rehearsal Space." The theme was the difficulty of finding such space in New York, and the creativity musicians employ in finding...

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Harry Partch's "Delusion of the Fury" was performed last week for the first time since its premiere in 1969. Why was I not told of this?! Partch was a one-time hobo who invented his own orchestra of instruments, using his...

More on Music Rights

Some addenda to the last entry: Via Kottke, articles in the Times and Slate about "Killer of Sheep", a student film made in 1977 by Charles Burnett that has received many accolades, such as being added to the National Film...

New DVDs: Mythbusters and No Reservations

I've been meaning for a while to write an entry adding to the chorus of supplication for sane DVD releases of Mythbusters and Anthony Bourdain's television work. I never saw A Cook's Tour, and I've only seen a few episodes...

A House Show in Brooklyn

I know it's hardly the first house show in Brooklyn, but it was the one I've enjoyed the most. When I was in college I felt privileged to be part of the incredible music scene in Ann Arbor, where...

Music Across the Sea

A nice article at Slate (slashdotted this morning) discusses the unfortunate isolation of music markets, with specific regard to the inability to purchase songs by Japanese bands that are available at the iTunes Music Store of Japan, if you are...

An attempt at creative mix CD packaging

For a Christmas gift I attempted to make a creatively packaged mix CD, in the style of Adam Kempa's creations. For some reason I fixated on the idea of a cylindrical or spherical package to match the CD's shape; I...

Harry & the Potters

On Saturday JV came into town and we saw Harry and the Potters at the Polish and Slavic Center Our Lady of Consolation Church basement in Williamsburg. I got very excited when I heard it announced that the opening...

songfight #2

In last week's song fight for "Too Far Away" I ended up with 5 votes, or a tie for 8th place out of 25, which to me was not a bad finish at all. In retrospect it was kind of...

Songfight!

Songfight is a website wherein, once a week, one is given a title, one writes and records a song around the title by the end of that week, sends in an mp3, and then the internets vote on who made...

Fort Seriously

On the 6th I was invited to a show at a place called Fort Seriously. The bands were Jason Stein trio, Hypercolor, and one that I think may have been called Eloe, but I can't be sure. I knew...

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