June 26, 2012 |
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?
March 6, 2013 |
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.
May 18, 1993 |
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."
February 4, 1985 |
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.
August 5, 2013 |
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.
October 16, 1988 |
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.