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Just Intonation vs. Equal Temperament

June 4, 2009

Kind of a follow up to the previous post. Interesting visualization of the difference between equally tempered tuning (standard) and just intonation.

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La Monte Young – The Well Tuned Piano

I’m amazed at how difficult it remains to find recordings by La Monte Young. Some bits on youtube though. Here, the first 10 minutes of The Well Tuned Piano with an unfortunately abrupt ending. And please find something else to look at if you’re listening.

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May 4, 2009

We made a small pilgrimage up to Seattle last week to catch My Bloody Valentine on what appears to be a sort of caesura tour for the recently reunited quartet. In an interview with KEXP just prior to the show, Kevin Shields announced that “when we finish the gigs in August, that’s when I wanna draw a line under everything, and say, ‘Okay, that’s it, the past is finished, finally.’” For the future he’s promised the release of the 15-or-so-years-belated follow up to Loveless — again. That and a new expanded lineup for the band.

Shields also talks about his (and his bandmate’s) tinitus, which is really no surprise, given that the signature closer for an MBV live set is 15 minutes of densely layered, mind-bendingly loud noise tucked into the 3-minute power-poppy “You Made Me Realize.” The sheer force of the sound produced by their vast array of amps during the finale reminded me of walking into the wind tunnel on Walker St. near 6th Ave on a bad day. Which means bracing yourself against a building to avoid falling down.

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Shugo Tokumaru – Rum Hee

April 22, 2009

Shu wrote a piece on Shugo Tokumaru a few years back, and I’ve been a fan since. He has a new EP out and a video to match.

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Holcombe Waller

March 30, 2009

We went to Holcombe’s show last week and were floored. Have a listen.

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Silver Summit

January 19, 2009

Sondra and Ahram’s band Silver Summit played at Doug Fir last night. They sounded great and the venue was incredible. The first time I’d ever seen an organized drink line. Courtesy is not dead!

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Ginckels & Vogel

December 8, 2008

Quite an elegant project: Pieterjan Ginckels and Cristian Vogel collaborated to produce this edition of 500 7-inch records. Each record is embedded with a single infinitely looping beat, yet when played on different turntables with different amplifiers, the tone of the beat varies. Ginckels describes it like this:

The record can be played on a normal turntable. They are used in the installation “1000 Beats” on various players, through several mixers, amplifiers and loudspeakers, all borrowed from friends and people connected to the art institute. All gear has its own characteristics (speed differences, equalisation, volume) making the whole installation sound unique anytime, and anywhere in the space, with the tiny loop as its basic material.

The album and sleeve were designed by Grandpeople. Ginckels is currently in Beijing developing a project with Theatre in Motion.

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Past Future Perfect

August 22, 2008

Really enjoying the stage set in this Yellow Magic Orchestra clip from 1981.

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Everything That Happens Will Happen Today

August 17, 2008

Or maybe tomorrow. David Byrne and Brian Eno’s new album will be posted to their site tomorrow, August 18. There’s one preview track on the site now – a bit more pop sounding than their earlier collaborations like My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, but still promising.

This track is from the Bush album, circa 1981:

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May 13, 2008

A great year, I’m sure. I have very little direct memory of it, but clips like this one make me wish I’d been born a decade earlier. I especially like the part where the guy in the red beret takes a swipe at pirate fashion. Some revealing Depeche Mode moments in there too.

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