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Respecting Provenance with Metadata

Fontgoddess has posted twice on her affection for metadata, providing examples of how others, even librarians, are tagging their files.

I started out tagging with the quiet and devout rigour of a monk gilding the dome of the basillica, but I eventually gave up with the genre field of id3 because it felt dishonest to . . . → Continue reading: Respecting Provenance with Metadata

Wherefrom come thou, Glock Frauenzimmer?

The path into spooky kitsch is littered with the shelly husks of corroded tin robots, while a soundtrack is played in REAL STEREO by a Regina Music Box endlessly performing from a cylinder alternately spun by the three norns of Americanum Fantasticum: Ray Bradbury, Rod Serling, and Philip K. Dick. It’s night time and the . . . → Continue reading: Wherefrom come thou, Glock Frauenzimmer?

Robot Musics (for Fistula Spume)

F. Spume inquires,

I’m looking for music from the seventies that are similar to Kraftwerk. I’m a sucker for robot music/old electronic and I thought I would throw this out there. I’ve already discovered Telex, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Jean-Michel Jarre, and more recently Roberto Cacciapaglia’s Anne Steel album. I’m even down with 80’s music like . . . → Continue reading: Robot Musics (for Fistula Spume)

François Bayle and Laurie Spiegel

I picked up the compilation Ohm: The Early Gurus of Electronic Music from my local library a few years agoon the recommendation of a friend. I was prepared to be educated. I knew not to expect beautiful, haunting melodies as on Harold Budd and Brian Eno’s Plateaux of Mirror as I had already experimented with . . . → Continue reading: François Bayle and Laurie Spiegel

Baba O’Riley and Peter Baumann

I’m listening to Trans Harmonic Nights by Peter Baumann (1979) and it’s hard to miss why Tangerine Dream sounded so much better before he left that seminal electronic-space jam band in 1977. The artist knew how to sequence baroque melodies and sing lullabies into vocoders. Baumann must have been an incredible catalyst for Tangerine Dream . . . → Continue reading: Baba O’Riley and Peter Baumann

Gamelan, Xylophone, and Computer Kitsch

I listen to the punctuated tones and hypnotic melodies of gamelan music and I begin to understand why I become so flustered when trying to describe ambient to friends (and relatives, co-workers, strangers on blogs and listserves). Ethereal, atmospheric, and drone sounds also describe elements of the ambient spectrum, and in a way sets it . . . → Continue reading: Gamelan, Xylophone, and Computer Kitsch

Ggggong-go-long

Next to a Rainbow in Curved Air by Terry Riley (1968) my most favorite album (with a rainbow in the title) is Rainbow Dome Musick by Steve Hillage (1979), a magnificent two tracks/two sides album from the Canterbury school of progressive rock. I don’t really know whether to give credit to Brian Eno for liberating . . . → Continue reading: Ggggong-go-long

Jean-Luc Ponty

I don’t have too much to say about the genre of new Jazz fusion other than to point out certain tracks by Jean-Luc Ponty that absolutely stand out. Check out if you can, “No More Doubts” from his otherwise unremarkable 1987 album The Gift of Time. Jean-Luc Ponty helped to popularize the electric violin playing . . . → Continue reading: Jean-Luc Ponty

Music Evangelism

I don not want these albums to be obscure, but they are. Even the ones I take for granted — by famous bands like Kraftwerk, remain unknown to so many! This is why musical evangelism is so important. Lacking magic and prophecy, we have the next best thing, perhaps the only thing: art. And we . . . → Continue reading: Music Evangelism

On the lookout for electro-baroque (und beethoven)

Part of the mystery of progressive rock in the 70s and early 80s were bands covering Beethoven and J.S. Bach. Listen for example to “Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony” on Jethro Tull’s A Sackful of Trouser Snakes (1977) or “Cans and Brahms” on Fragile by Yes (1972). In prog circles, this sub-genre is often referred to as . . . → Continue reading: On the lookout for electro-baroque (und beethoven)

from the mouth of mog

So David Hyman, whose project we enjoy in this here website, messaged me after reading my earlier blog post. He had some corrections. See below.

I had made a point in Hyman not having mentioned last.fm or other audio based social networking sites in his explanation on the origins for his idea for mog, quoted . . . → Continue reading: from the mouth of mog

Audioscrobbler Stats (for comparison)

These are the artists I listened to last week, as recorded by Audioscrobbler/last.fm:

And these are the artists I’ve listened to the most (since 03/2003):

Mog and Audioscrobbler

If you were reading boingboing.net this past week, you might have thought that Mog was the first social network site with the idea of connecting audiophiles based on their listening habits. When David Pescovitz asked David Hyman where he got the idea for Mog from, Hyman didn’t reply that his idea had already been implemented . . . → Continue reading: Mog and Audioscrobbler

update 2002-08-18

Listening to “Summetime Rolls” by Jane’s Addiction today and I wonder whether the lyrics that I sing to it are the same as the official lyrics (since my lyrics don’t make sense in parts). Here is the comparison between my lyrics and the official lyrics, if you’re interested.

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