• Over at Cuepoint, Frank Owen does a long tell about the punk scene in bloody Manchester, the “1970s scene that birthed Joy Division, Morrissey and Buzzcocks”, complete with Perry Boys, Teddy Boys and soccer hooligans.
• Stay True Poland is a 15-minute look at the history of electronic music in Poland. Meet the pioneers from the Soviet era, as well as modern faces.
If that glimpse only whets your whistle, you can visit MOMA’s collection of music, essays and interviews about the Polish Radio Experimental Studio established in Warsaw in 1957. [via createdigitalmusic.com]
• How I taught my computer to write its own music. (Nautilus; John Supko, Duke University music professor)
• Wow, lookit this 25-year-old SNES console. The sound chip only has 64KB of RAM – so does the video circuit. I wonder what kind of sound and video tricks it could do.
These guys know. 1 MB 2014 DEMO.
• Dr. Dre’s Secret (Sequined) history [via Mefi]
• The UK’s Telegraph gets historical with pictures and stories of Top 65 happy songs starting way back in 1928. (Click the pix to move forward.) Not too shabby!
• MIT researchers conclude that the finest violins came about because of evolutionary accidents. Maybe … or maybe it was skilled tinkering.
• A history of London’s pirate dance-music radio stations, 1980-89. Published by someone who’d like to put a book together.
The AM/FM.org website’s home page offers links to a lot more material on this rarely-reported scene. Fantastic!
• Weird Al’s latest, 14th album, Mandatory Fun – the first comedy album to top the US charts in 50 years – just won him a Grammy Award.
• The Necessity of Musical Hallucinations is a peek under the hood from Stanford’s Jonathan Berger.
• Moog has re-released a line of original-design modular analog synths, and recently invited a number of synth pioneers to demo them. Among others the 18-minute video includes Suzanne Ciani, Malcolm Cecil, David Borden, Dick Hyman and Moog co-creator Herb Deutsch. Ciana improv (4m).
Update: This 6-minute demo of the Moog Model 15 is very well done – the sound (and build) quality is obvious.
• Interview with filmmaker (Dark Star, Assault On Precinct 13, Halloween) and composer John Carpenter.