Wednesday, September 30, 2009

New Rammstein Video: Pussy

This is certainly not safe for work, maybe not even safe for home. You can be the judge.

Rammstein are back from the depths of Hell, and they're smackin us with their hot new single "Pussy". Listen to this chorus, it's pure poetic genius.

words cannot describe the feelings this video taps into....

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Tangible Sequencer

Beat Building in Kindergarten

Saturday, September 26, 2009

No More Radiohead full lengths

In a move that is sure to stir both controversy and delight, Radiohead is abandoning yet another industry standard, the full length album. In an interview with The Believer magazine, Thom Yorke explains why he doesn't see a full-length in Radiohead's future, and why singles are the way to go.

from the Believer Magazine:

THOM YORKE: "I always hated CDs ... I'm happy to see the CD format disappear...None of us want to go into that creative hoo-ha of a long-play record again. Not straight off."

THE BELIEVER: In some ways, the way Internet singles work is close to the way things used to be with the music industry in the ’50s, before full-lengths were the thing, and radio singles were what defined artists.

THOM YORKE: "Right, and if you forget about the money issue for just a minute, if it’s possible to do that—because these are people’s livelihoods we’re talking about—and you look at it in terms of the most amazing broadcasting network ever built, then it’s completely different. In some ways, that’s the best way of looking at it. I mean, I don’t spend my fucking life downloading free MP3s, because I hate the websites. No one seems to know what they’re talking about. I’d much rather go to sites like Boomkat, where people know what they’re talking about. "

link HERE

Pondering the Pentatonic

In this video, Bobby McFerrin demonstrates how the pentatonic scale seems to be embedded in our brains, no matter what culture, gender, or age we are.

I think this demonstration sheds light on how musicians learn to improvise with each other in real time: By finding common musical ground and following each others lead; exploiting the knowledge they have of where their musical comrades might be heading to next, and meeting them there.

In a way, this video is like a jam session where Bobby is the soloist and the audience is holding down the chord progression.

so cool

World Science Festival 2009: Bobby McFerrin Demonstrates the Power of the Pentatonic Scale from World Science Festival on Vimeo.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Boards of Canada: Roygbiv

Me and my band (Fatty Acid) played this song last night live, and now I can't get it out of my head.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Dilla on Madlib

Jojo Meyer kills it

Painting to Four Tet

Painting by youtuber "cheekychen"
Music by Four Tet Stumble: Dorian Concept

While cruising around the related artists section on my radio player, I came across the German electronic artist "Dorian Concept". On first listen, I may have pigeonholed him a bit, to the wonky, off kilter glitch-hop scene, which pleased me to say the least (I can't seem to get enough of that "flylo" sound these days). But, after exploring all the youtube and blog links I could get, I found that Dorian Concept is as deep an artist as any.

Wielding the virtuosic abilities of a be-bop piano player, and the technical knowledge of a seasoned audio engineer, Dorian Concept borrows from a multitude of genres and playing styles. Sometimes he'll be playing jazzy licks at a baby grand piano, and other times, twisting fuzzy warbles from the knobs of a MicroKorg synthesizer.

The MicroKorg, however kitchy looking, is an integral part of the Dorian Concept sound, and deserves partial credit for bringing his music into the public eye. It started with a video clip of Dorian Concept at home, filmed from a crappy USB camera, playing one of his songs. The playing was so good in fact, that many people didn't actually believe he was playing it live. Those rumors have since been dismissed, as the guy manages to re-create the sounds of that video in his live shows, with a watchful camera lens projecting a live image of the keyboard to the audience via a projector.

The music in the end is something that can't really be boxed. It has the timbres of progressive electronic music, with the song sensibility of a thoughtful composer.

To give you an idea of the genre-bending I speak of, check out the videos below.

Dorian Concept on HERE
Video Interview HERE

Dorian Concept @ FM4 Soundpark, Germany

The viral video that started it all:

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


It was only a matter of time before Auto-Tune made it to your iPhone. This incarnation of the software is particularly cool, with the ability to sing along side seasoned auto-tuner T-Pain, and share your robotic serenades with friends. It's yours for $2.99. Pretty good deal considering the studio version costs over three hundred bucks. Check it ....

Talking Heads, Literally

This could quite possibly be the most innovative and well executed video I've ever seen. Simply amazing!

Music by Scratch Perverts
Video by Chris Cairns

check out the story behind the film HERE

Neurosonics Audiomedical Labs Inc. from Chris Cairns on Vimeo.