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March 5, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
This is wild. Musician J. Viewz goes to the market, buys some random vegetables -- eggplant, mushrooms, grapes, carrots -- and wires them up as MIDI instruments.  Then he sets about performing a vegetable kingdom version of Massive Attack's “Teardrop,” which you can watch on his YouTube video . To note: J. Viewz is actually the stage name of electronic music producer Jonathan Dagan. Via Freunde von Freunden . ALSO: A voyeuristic view into strangers' refrigerators 5 Questions for Mattew Dickson 5 great beer stores you should know about Twitter.com/sirenevirbila
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August 5, 2013 | By Chris Barton
How, exactly, does one define Dawn of Midi? Composed of bassist Aakaash Israni, drummer Qasim Naqvi and pianist Amino Belyamani who have roots in Morocco, India, Pakistan and the fertile music program at CalArts, the group that is superficially a piano trio is far from anyone's definition of jazz with this album, which has a single, locked-groove composition that spirals through nine tracks and 47 engrossing minutes. The closest analogue may be the Necks, a category-defying Australian trio who built a following around long-form improvised sets.
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June 26, 2012 | By Alex Pham
Deadmau5, who does a decent job of amping up the crowd at his concerts, is now stirring up the blogosphere by saying that all DJs do at live concerts is show up and click a “play” button. "I just roll up with a laptop and a midi  controller and 'select' tracks [and] hit a spacebar," the Toronto DJ wrote Saturday in a blog post on his site titled "We All Hit Play. " This can be interpreted as blasphemy for several reasons. If all DJs do is press play, how do they justify the million-dollar fees that some top electronic dance music names command?
NEWS
March 6, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
Just that morning, I'd used the last of the leaf lard I'd been adding to my galette or pie dough for extra tenderness when the words Mangalitsa and fatback jumped out to me from a little signboard at the Saturday Santa Monica Farmers Market . I stopped in front of what has to be one of the smallest stalls at the market, Peads & Barnetts. In fact, this was just its second week there. The name is that of one of Oliver Woolley's small pig farms in North San Diego County where he raises Mangalitsa, or Hungary's woolly pigs, a breed closely related to Europe's wild boars and prized for its thick layer of particularly tasty fat. He didn't have leaf lard, but he did have fatback in 2-pound packs at $3.50 a pound.
NEWS
March 6, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
Just that morning, I'd used the last of the leaf lard I'd been adding to my galette or pie dough for extra tenderness when the words Mangalitsa and fatback jumped out to me from a little signboard at the Saturday Santa Monica Farmers Market . I stopped in front of what has to be one of the smallest stalls at the market, Peads & Barnetts. In fact, this was just its second week there. The name is that of one of Oliver Woolley's small pig farms in North San Diego County where he raises Mangalitsa, or Hungary's woolly pigs, a breed closely related to Europe's wild boars and prized for its thick layer of particularly tasty fat. He didn't have leaf lard, but he did have fatback in 2-pound packs at $3.50 a pound.
TRAVEL
December 13, 2009 | By Benoit Lebourgeois
THE BEST WAY TO CHAMONIX From LAX, connecting service (change of plane) to Geneva is offered on Lufthansa, Air France, KLM, British, United, Continental and Swiss. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $580. TELEPHONES To call the numbers below from the U.S. dial 011 (the international dialing code), 33 (country code for France) and the nine-digit phone number. WHERE TO STAY Hôtel Richemond , 228 Rue Docteur Paccard, Chamonix; 450-53-08-85, www.richemond.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 18, 1993 | JOHN HENKEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Think percussion, but don't think primitive. Drumming, like so much else, has gone digital. "I'm so excited by everything that is possible now," Amy Knoles says. "I can hit one note on a MIDI mallet instrument and trigger all kinds of sounds and events which I can play against. The interactive stuff is the most interesting to me."
BUSINESS
February 4, 1985 | BRUCE HOROVITZ, Times Staff Writer
In the good old days, guitars went twang and drums went bam. Now, with the aid of computers, guitars can sound like drums, drums can sound like guitars, and ever the twang shall meet. Whereas once they struggled alone, the music and computer equipment industries are learning to play--and profit--together. Computers, in fact, are so vital to the $2.5-billion musical instrument industry that they do everything from teaching music to youngsters to helping composers streamline writing, said Larry R.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 2013 | By Chris Barton
How, exactly, does one define Dawn of Midi? Composed of bassist Aakaash Israni, drummer Qasim Naqvi and pianist Amino Belyamani who have roots in Morocco, India, Pakistan and the fertile music program at CalArts, the group that is superficially a piano trio is far from anyone's definition of jazz with this album, which has a single, locked-groove composition that spirals through nine tracks and 47 engrossing minutes. The closest analogue may be the Necks, a category-defying Australian trio who built a following around long-form improvised sets.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 16, 1988 | JOHN HENKEN
Musically, as in so much else, this is the dawning of the age of algorithms. Music and mathematics have always been closely related in theory, but now, from DAT (Digital Audio Tape) to MIDI (Music Instrument Digital Interface), numbers are the tie that binds in practice as well.
NEWS
March 5, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
This is wild. Musician J. Viewz goes to the market, buys some random vegetables -- eggplant, mushrooms, grapes, carrots -- and wires them up as MIDI instruments.  Then he sets about performing a vegetable kingdom version of Massive Attack's “Teardrop,” which you can watch on his YouTube video . To note: J. Viewz is actually the stage name of electronic music producer Jonathan Dagan. Via Freunde von Freunden . ALSO: A voyeuristic view into strangers' refrigerators 5 Questions for Mattew Dickson 5 great beer stores you should know about Twitter.com/sirenevirbila
ENTERTAINMENT
June 26, 2012 | By Alex Pham
Deadmau5, who does a decent job of amping up the crowd at his concerts, is now stirring up the blogosphere by saying that all DJs do at live concerts is show up and click a “play” button. "I just roll up with a laptop and a midi  controller and 'select' tracks [and] hit a spacebar," the Toronto DJ wrote Saturday in a blog post on his site titled "We All Hit Play. " This can be interpreted as blasphemy for several reasons. If all DJs do is press play, how do they justify the million-dollar fees that some top electronic dance music names command?
WORLD
August 29, 2011 | By Kim Willsher, Los Angeles Times
For nearly 200 years, the plane trees have stood sentry over the Canal du Midi. Some rise ramrod-straight and proud over Europe's oldest man-made waterway. Others lean like creaky old men, forming an impenetrable canopy over the dappled, barely moving water below. Their shade protects travelers from the relentless Midi sun. Their roots hold up the canal's banks. Their hardy leaves sink to the bottom and stop the water from seeping into the soil. Perhaps just as important, they transform a utilitarian artery into a thing of natural beauty.
TRAVEL
December 13, 2009 | By Benoit Lebourgeois
THE BEST WAY TO CHAMONIX From LAX, connecting service (change of plane) to Geneva is offered on Lufthansa, Air France, KLM, British, United, Continental and Swiss. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $580. TELEPHONES To call the numbers below from the U.S. dial 011 (the international dialing code), 33 (country code for France) and the nine-digit phone number. WHERE TO STAY Hôtel Richemond , 228 Rue Docteur Paccard, Chamonix; 450-53-08-85, www.richemond.
BUSINESS
March 31, 1998 | DEAN E. MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bugs Bunny will be center stage when South Africans get their first glimpse of private television this fall, an event some predict will revolutionize broadcasting here almost as much as the grudging introduction of television itself 22 years ago. Broadcasting authorities announced Monday that Midi Television--a South African consortium owned in part by Burbank-based Warner Bros.--won the country's first license to operate a private television station that will be available free with an antenna.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 18, 1993 | JOHN HENKEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Think percussion, but don't think primitive. Drumming, like so much else, has gone digital. "I'm so excited by everything that is possible now," Amy Knoles says. "I can hit one note on a MIDI mallet instrument and trigger all kinds of sounds and events which I can play against. The interactive stuff is the most interesting to me."
BUSINESS
April 26, 1988 | BARRY STAVRO, Times Staff Writer
Philip Taylor Kramer dreams of building a music conglomerate. One day, he says, his company's shares will trade on the New York Stock Exchange. But, at the moment, Kramer doesn't even have the money to pay his public relations firm. Welcome to the perils of small business. Kramer, 35, is a Thousand Oaks resident and one-time member of the acid rock band Iron Butterfly, who is betting that he can use his expertise in an intriguing growth industry to make his fortune.
BUSINESS
November 18, 1989 | BRUCE KEPPEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
French insurer Axa Midi Assurances accused BAT Industries on Friday of using its Farmers Group subsidiary as a "poison pill" in a takeover battle. Axa Midi would own Los Angeles-based Farmers Group if Sir James Goldsmith is successful in his effort to purchase BAT Industries in what would be history's second-largest takeover. "BAT is trying to manipulate the U.S.
NEWS
February 21, 1991 | BEVERLY BUSH SMITH
After seven years in Newport Beach, Le Midi will close Feb. 28. Owners Marica and Walter Ruttiman plan to move to Colorado Springs, where chef Walter will join a friend in food manufacturing and a cooking school. Marica, a painter and sculptor, will open a studio and gallery. The former Fortune restaurant in South Coast Plaza Village is under new ownership and re-named Shanghai Pier 21, as of last week.
BUSINESS
April 10, 1990 | KATHY M. KRISTOF, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California insurance regulators on Monday rejected a plan to purchase Los Angeles-based Farmers Insurance Group, dealing a severe blow to a related $21-billion international takeover effort by British financier Sir James Goldsmith. Two European firms--Axa Midi Assurances and Goldsmith's Hoylake Investments--had jointly sought to buy Farmers, one of the biggest insurers of cars and homes in California, which is now owned by BAT Industries of London.
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