Fourteen days ago the ESCO (Energy Services Company) which I am a partner of received some news. We were told we had to produce twice as much kWh Savings as the previous month in half the time. Thirteen of the fourteen days are over and I am pleased to report we pulled it off. These have been long days. Out of the house by 7:00AM. Home around 8:00PM and then a lot of computer work before sleep. The door to my studio has been closed for two weeks. I always crave making music. After a while not producing it feels like I’ve stopped seeing colors. I need to push a key and turn a button. I want to hear a deep Moog bass layered with bright Eventide reverb. I know most of my music making friends feel the same way. Tomorrow I have my meeting and we can show our worked hard for results. This coming weekend the sound and colors will be screaming!
“Color blindness or color vision deficiency is the inability or decreased ability to see color, or perceive color differences, under lighting conditions when color vision is not normally impaired. “Color blind” is a term of art; there is no actual blindness but there is a fault in the development of either or both sets of retinal cones that perceive color in light and transmit that information to the optic nerve.” – Wikipedia
For more info: wiretotheear.com/i-have-synesthesia
photo credit: Ms. Phoenix
Another video example of a world I once lived in. What has been exploited and homogenized by Hot Topic’s in Malls across America once was underground and newsworthy. I think I need to raid my mothers closet again soon!
“Go inside this secret place tonight where black is in and the music is industrial strength and it’s always Halloween. On this Friday night we are going to take you to a nightclub you probably never knew existed. It’s a place where they dress in black and dance to Industrial Disco.” – Channel 9, Orlando
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A 9/11 song I recorded in 2001.
Days cold in time our prison trapped within the walls of lies. Holding back a voice and secrets in the darkness with open eyes. We pray for light for light and reason from the force of terror’s hands. But without any concessions now we stand and fight.
Gemetzel. Schlachten. Wir sind angekommen.
Gemetzel. Schlachten. Wir sind angekommen.
[Slaughter. Butcher. We have arrived.]
Keep moving. Keep moving forward.
For more info: wikipedia.org/wiki/9/11
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“The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is a trust that represents the recording industry distributors in the United States. Its members consist of record labels and distributors, which the RIAA say “create, manufacture and/or distribute approximately 85% of all legitimate sound recordings produced and sold in the United States”.” – Wikipedia.org
The UK Riots will have an effect on independent and electronic music. The Sony DADC warehouse has been burned down. It contains large stocks of records from Warp and others. I’m certain some of these labels won’t survive this. To see a full list of those effected: click here.
“Numerous independent record labels fear they have lost a catastrophic amount of stock in a fire at a distribution warehouse in north London during the riots in the capital on Monday night. A three-storey, 20,000 square-metre building in Enfield, owned by Sony DADC and holding stock to be distributed by the Pias Group, was burned to the ground.” – guardian.co.uk
For more info: guardian.co.uk/independent-record…
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People will never stop painting grafiti. Here’s a guy who paints over graffiti. That’s my kind of anti! White it out. If only there was a way to erase shite music. The world premier of Vigilante Vigilante is August 12.
“Official trailer for the upcoming feature documentary, “Vigilante Vigilante: The Battle for Expression.” – Vigilantefilm
For more info: vigilantefilm.com
It’s a holiday in the USA today. We gained our independence from the Brits at the cost of many lives. Therefore we get to sit at the beach, eat BBQ and light off insane fireworks like the ones in the video above.
“Fireworks were invented in China in the seventh century to scare away evil spirits, as a natural extension of one of the Four Great Inventions of ancient China, gunpowder.” – Wikipedia
For more info: wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Revolution
Living in NYC I hear my fair share of massive bass rumble from ghettoed out automobiles. I guess it’s fair considering I tortured the suburbs in the 80s blasting Nitzer Ebb on my hand me down Cadillac Sedan DeVille’s Alpine stereo. The young rule the earth.
“Bass describes tones of low frequency or range. Played in an ensemble/orchestra, such notes are frequently used to provide a counterpoint or counter-melody, in a harmonic context either to outline or juxtapose the progression of the chords, or with percussion to underline the rhythm. In popular music the bass part most often provides harmonic and rhythmic support, usually playing the root or fifth of the chord and stressing the strong beats.” – WIkipedia
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I often joke on this blog that the vintage and vintage sounding pro-audio equipment is actually helping me build a time machine to the 80s. While I’m in love with modern times (internet, iPads) I hold the 80s in high regard as the decade man decided to come to the future. The electronic music scene was full of originality. Most of the bands I listened to in 1987 sounded quite different from each other. Of course this must have to do with my age. Or is it something else? Simon Reynolds new book Retromania which will be released on July 19th holds a mirror up to society and asks if we have run out of ideas. Do you think we have?
“We live in a pop age gone loco for retro and crazy for commemoration. Band re-formations and reunion tours, expanded reissues of classic albums and outtake-crammed box sets, remakes and sequels, tribute albums and mash-ups . . . But what happens when we run out of past? Are we heading toward a sort of culturalecological catastrophe where the archival stream of pop history has been exhausted?
Simon Reynolds, one of the finest music writers of his generation, argues that we have indeed reached a tipping point, and that although earlier eras had their own obsessions with antiquity—the Renaissance with its admiration for Roman and Greek classicism, the Gothic movement’s invocations of medievalism—never has there been a society so obsessed with the cultural artifacts of its own immediate past. Retromania is the first book to examine the retro industry and ask the question: Is this retromania a death knell for any originality and distinctiveness of our own?”
For more info: Retromania at Amazon.com
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Politics and music go together like sex and drugs. Last night New York got a mix of it all. My home stage will now allow same sex marragies. Whether or not you agree with what the fat old white people decided it’s a win for freedom. People who wanted to do something they couldn’t do before now can. The small town boy in the Bronski Beat song was always welcome in NYC.
“Mother will never understand why you had to leave. For the love that you need will never be found at home. And the answer you seek will never be found at home. Run away, turn away, Run away, turn away.” – Jimmy Sommerville (Bronski Beat)
For more info: NY-Approves-Same-Sex-Marriage-in-Major-Gay-Rights-Victory
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