Song Sharking

I was reading an interesting article on Wikipedia about a long gone practice called “Song Sharking”. Essentially there were businesses who ran ads asking poets to send in their poems which would then be turned into songs by professional musicians. In 2003 PBS produced a documentary about Song Sharking called “Off the Charts”. To see a full preview: It’s also available on Amazon: click here I wonder what other old music business practices that have long been forgotten.

“The business of recording song poems was promoted through small display ads in popular magazines, comic books, tabloids, men’s adventure journals and similar publications with a headline reading (essentially) Send in Your Poems – Songwriters Make Thousands of Dollars – Free Evaluation. The term lyrics was avoided because it was assumed potential customers would not understand what the term meant. Those who sent their poetry to one of the production companies usually received notice by mail that their work was worthy of recording by professional musicians, along with a proposal to do so in exchange for a fee. The early 20th century versions of this business involved setting the words to music and printing up sheet music from inexpensively engraved plates.” – Wikipedia

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Solar CV Moog Little Phatty


Oh pretty thing there you are. Sweetwater has an exclusive on a special edition Moog Little Phatty Stage II. Besides it’s pretty rear it has a Control Voltage output modification pre-installed at the Moog factory. Analog sequencer bassline fun is on the menu. This thing has CV, Midi and USB! I’m glad the economy is in the tanker because these are $1500. Do you want one too?

“You can also connect it directly to a computer running the Little Phatty Editor/Librarian. MIDI Clock Sync allows you to synchronize the LFO and arpeggiator rate to your MIDI sequencer, drum machine or software. Sample and hold, triangle, square, sawtooth and ramp wave modulations can now be perfectly timed with your rhythm track. With the pre-installed CV Output module, you also get CV output for the gate (0V – +5V), pitch (1V per octave), volume envelope (0V – 5V), filter envelope (0V – 5V), and off of the mod bus at a variable voltage.” –

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Vice and Intel bring some French Electronics

Vice Magazine has teamed up with Intel and did some interviews of French Electronic artists. I’ve met Laurent Garnier so I posted his video above but click to the Vice site to see DJ Mehdi (Ed Banger), Jeremie Rozan and Romain Gavras (Justice video crew).

“Hi Oliver, Over at Vice we love doing snapshots of subcultures that we find fascinating. This time we wanted to do intimate portraits of the most talented creative minds blowing up right now in French culture, exploring the space where creativity meets technology. So we partnered up with Intel (they gave us a big check, thanks Intel) grabbed the cameras and hit the streets to bring you these video vignettes of the today’s underground, a 360 view from DJs to architects to clothing designers.” – Seema Shariat, Vice Magazine

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