Music

Tom Waits on Tom Waits

The Wisdom & Whimsy of Waits: Golden Highlights from ‘Tom Waits on Tom Waits’ Songs are really simple, said Tom Waits. You hold them in your hand. I can make one right now and finish it but because they’re so simple. It’s like bird-watching. You know, you’ve… Read More

Luigi Russolo’s Cacophonous Futures

Luigi Russolo’s Cacophonous Futures.  By Peter Tracy What does the future sound like? In the early 20th century, one answer rang out from Luigi Russolo’s intonarumori ” lever-operated machines designed to pop, sough, shriek, and shock. Peter Tracy explores the ambitions behind Italian Futurism’s experiments with noise… Read More

BBC Radiophonic

BBC Radiophonic Workshop Director: Roger Pomphrey.   The BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop was set up in 1958, born out of a desire to create ‘new kinds of sounds’. The Alchemists of Sound looks at this creative group from… Read More

Dub Anthology

One of history’s best music lists “ was made by a teenager named Snoopy in the summer of 1977. In the London music newspaper Black Echoes, he published his 125 favorite albums from the golden age of dub reggae. Forty-four years later, thanks to a… Read More

Jeffrey Ladd: a tour of my bookshelves.

Jeffrey Ladd: a tour of my bookshelves. From his studio in Koln, Jeffrey Ladd takes us on a detailed tour of his wide-ranging, idiosyncratic, and constantly surprising book collection, discussing inventive use of images in punk posters, eccentric advertising materials, photo books, and beyond. Read More

The Birth of Loop

The Birth of Loop. A Short History of Looping Music by Michael Peters Looping Music today typically employs tape delay/feedback systems, digital delay devices, or computers to create repetitions of sounds. These repetitions can either remain limited to simple repeated phrases, or they are allowed… Read More

Avant-garde and Modernist Magazines

Avant-garde and Modernist Magazines. What is the relevance of avant-garde magazines printed on aging paper to a society which views the world in real time and through networked digital lenses? There are two common answers. Regardless of their age, the art they carry can be looked at anew since it… Read More

Damu The Fudgemunk

Damu The Fudgemunk: Earl Davis Hip Hop producer and DJ from Washington, D.C. and co-founder/owner of Redefinition Records Member of Y Society along with MC Insight. I love to listen to his creations, and I’m not alone.. In praise of: ’The High… Read More