January 2015 Web stuff

• Fans of Terry Riley’s 1964 minimalist classic In C may want to check out this lively Africa Express youtube version. (40 min) For details see this MeFi post.

• Over on Medium you can learn about the history of the DJ trick called the Rewind.

In sound system culture, the selector is in charge of the records while the DJ talks. The DJ is the MC. This gives us a key inspiration of early rewind culture: DJs sometimes needed to bring the tune back because they had more to say. Haul and pull up.
Enter dub. Herman Chin Loy told Katz he had the DJ in mind when making his 1973 Aquarius Dub LP. The album, he said, would allow DJs to toast continuously without stopping and rewinding the music.

• Avid has announced a free version of Pro Tools audio production software. While 21 plug-ins are included, there are some limitations: for one, it continues to be available for Mac and Windows only. But you won’t have to fork out $700 to take it for a trial spin.

• VID Three robot musicians appear to listen to a soloist and learn. Canny. No code, it didn’t happen.

• Moog has resurrected 3 modular synths of the 70s. Price? Cheaper than a Tesla, if that helps.

• Top-notch new ambient (mostly calm, tonal, melodic, largely acoustic) track (50m): Saimonse-Otoko (Poland) courtesy Headphone Commute. This is a gifted composer. No wonder Saimonse shows up yearly on HC.

• Be checkin The Aussie Music Blog. Get down under. And tell them Johnny O’Keefe sentcha.

• If I say Robert Christgau and you don’t say “Who’s that?”, you can find him (a Rock critic since 1967) over here in Medium holding forth on new releases. (And over here on Twitter.)

There’s a lot of pro-written music content on Medium in the section called Cuepoint. While you’re there, you might want to take a look at Party & Bullshit: The Essential Guide to Music Industry Events. Or even The Secret Lives of Vinyl Hoarders.

Guthman’s new instrument design competition is held annually at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Past entries have included a multimedia timpani, an electromagnetic textile suit, interactive light-emitting blocks, an iPhone Choir, and a keyboard that moves in and out as well as up and down.


Why do all records sound the same [these days] ??

• A Biography of Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Lady Studios.

Hendrix recorded only a handful of songs at Electric Lady before his death, in 1970, including several that appeared on his posthumous album, The Cry of Love, but the list of albums produced at the studio is legend: Stevie Wonder recorded Talking Book there, Led Zeppelin mixed some of Houses of the Holy there, David Bowie did Young Americans, and Patti Smith decided early on that Horses could be made nowhere else.