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Game Boy Music: LSDJ

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Continuing my research into “Lo Fi” music culture (following my return to circuit bending), I picked myself up a copy of Johan Kotlinski’s Little Sound DJ, a tracker (sequencer, basically) that is a popular means of creating music on the Nintendo Game Boy. While I get my land legs here, enjoy someone who knows what […]

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Glenn Gould and the Art of Fugue

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I was born a little too late, so I’m enjoying catching up on some of the eccentric brilliance that Glenn Gould shared with the world: His way of talking about BWV 1080 is, if nothing else, so immediately charismatic that you can’t help but want to hear more.

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Fifty Plays for a Penny

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I recently had some attention on facebook with a post about my “Spotify” royalties: I got my royalties statement for the quarter, and, for the first time, one of my old pop tracks had been played on Spotify. It had been played 99 times for a total of 2.2 cents. So, assuming a linear scale, […]

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Electronic Music and the Uncanny

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Louis Dufort’s Zenith: Creepy? Awesome? Both? In introducing electronic music to students, there usually comes a time in the semester where one of my students asks, “Why is all this music creepy?” I’m not sure I agree with my them about the music being creepy, but, as a specialist (of sorts), though, I’m maybe too […]

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Playing the Long Game

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I love this two-part mini-documentary by Adam Westbrook that I found on Vimeo: The Long Game Part 1: Why Leonardo DaVinci was no genius from Delve on Vimeo. (Part 2 here) It’s a wonderful reminder to us as artists that, first, we need to think about long-term success not immediate gratification, and, second, that the […]

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Second/Cyle: Free Play Postmortem

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The Chicago-based Second Cycle new music ensemble published a debriefing (or, as they put it, a “postmortem”) on their 8-bit inspired “Free Play” Concert, at the Only Child Brewing Company in Northbrook. Congratulations to them on an original and fun performance idea. Looking forward to hear what they do next.