On Rediscovering Music-Making

First, open this page and play the song. Then switch back to this page. Last spring my 2004 G5 “desktop” (more like a “floortop” given its heft and profile) finally gave up the ghost. At the time I just switched to a laptop and kept writing. But its death had some beneficial effects on my […]

Ballet of Trucks now available for download

http://lo-boy.net http://lo-boy.bandcamp.com Ballet of Trucks was originally released in 2003. Now it’s available in all your favorite digital formats. Like Radiohead and Saul Williams, we let you name your price or no price at all. If you download, we will take your email address and notify you when our second album comes out sometime in […]

Recording School

Last night, I attended a “Q&A and discussion of mixes by attendees” featuring Larry Crane at Hotel2Tango Studios. I first learned about Larry through his magazine Tape Op, who is now the world’s second- or third-largest circulation recording magazine. I discovered it in the 1990s at Quimby’s bookstore in Chicago, when I was there to […]

Ten Words You Don’t Want to Hear From A Flight Attendant About Her Last Landing At Your Upcoming Destination

“I’d never had a flight where so many people vomited.” I finally got on a plane Friday morning and was talking with the flight attendant, who was on the Montreal-La Guardia flight that actually landed Thursday before the cancelled the rest. The above quote sums up her description of the turbulence. My flight was fine […]

Analog vs. Digital (Part MCM)

The other night, <a href=”http://www.quadrantcrossing.org/blog/” target=”_blank”>Tobias</a> treated me to a demonstration of <a href=”http://www.native-instruments.com/index.php?id=traktorscratch” target=”_blank”>Traktor Scratch</a>, a digital DJ setup.  Basically, it involves the usual two turntables and a mixer, plus a digital interface and a laptop.  The DJ uses special records striped with timecode, special needles and a digital interface reads the timecode off […]

And Now a Few Words on Dub and Lawns

An offhand comment in Joel Schalit’s blog entry led me to check out the work of Scientist. “Scientist Rids the World of the Curse of the Vampires” is an amazing album. Black Uhuru was my favorite reggae act back in the day, and actually my first exposure to dub before I knew it was a […]