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Gutting old mp3 players for 100gb goodness

w00t! I now have a 100gb portable mp3 player after swapping the 2.5″ standard laptop 20gb drive out of an old Archos Jukebox Studio. My music collection is now entirely portable, something currently impossible with today’s 60gb limited (and über-expensive) ipods. This is not news really… folks have been doing this for years already, but . . . → Continue reading: Gutting old mp3 players for 100gb goodness

Johnny Smoke

Years ago a friend of mine gave me a mixtape filled with the Ventures, Dick and Dale, and this one incredible song by the Butthole Surfers called “Johnny Smoke” from their album Hairway to Steven. Is there anything by this band that sounds remotely like this song? Is this the only surf rock performed by . . . → Continue reading: Johnny Smoke

Camper Van Beethoven

Eugene Chadbourne makes a good impression of a Richard Scarry monster, especially all roly-poly during improv. Little did I realize he figured in one of my favorite albums evar, Camper Van Beethoven’s Camper Van Beethoven (1986). I bought two cassettes from him wrapped in stray socks that he had shlepped from somewhere, possibly a laundromat, . . . → Continue reading: Camper Van Beethoven

Hooper Bay

UPDATE : I was hoaxed. The track lengths were right on, but I was the victim of wishful thinking. On another listen, the tracks of this album are faded out in order to conform to the time length signatures for Hooper Bay songs (still very much obscure). I’ll keep the text below in this archive . . . → Continue reading: Hooper Bay

Terrapin Station

There are some bands I really could not get into, but it wasn’t because their music was so terrible… it was just because the community of its adherents and I couldn’t find a common language to recommend music by taste. This is a perennial problem among fans who love one band or one genre . . . → Continue reading: Terrapin Station


I haven’t used my MOGspace much to blog about Klaus Schulze, and it does reflect some personal bias on my part… I just have the hardest time separating out one of his albums musically from any of the others in his early discography. That’s why the cover art is so important in identifying what’s what. . . . → Continue reading: Audentity

Emergency Broadcast Network

Joshua L. Pearson, the most visible man behind Emergency Broadcast Network, has a website. Had I known this, I would’ve stopped praying every day for a new EBN tape to finally be released, cause Josh has graciously offered elevenses up for download. Not familiar with EBN ? Throughout the 90s they pioneered the idea of . . . → Continue reading: Emergency Broadcast Network

What is needed

See how popular already youtube is on MOG for providing VIDEO content? What is really needed on MOG is a youtube like service for folks to easily share AUDIO that they’re mogging on about.

Hiding Underneath the Skin

My favorite country song. Yes, my favorite country song. It is by a man named Michael Stanton. It is a cover of the song “Skin” by Oingo Boingo. This song is deeply strange (lyrics), and sounds especially weird sung by a neo-tradionalist Country singer. I would love to hear more country songs like this.

I . . . → Continue reading: Hiding Underneath the Skin

Re-Entry to Mog

Astro-Sounds from Beyond the Year 2000 (1968) is a terrible album if you’re looking to hear “astro-sounds” as contemplated by a studio orchestra in 1968. Even as a lounge album it is unmemorable save for its delicious cover art and excellent track names. If you have high expectations for “A Dissapointed Love with A Desensitized . . . → Continue reading: Re-Entry to Mog

MOG mathemagicians?

I need some math/statistics help. I’m trying to figure out with some spreadsheet mojo whether math can give me an insight into who my favorite artist is. (I think I know the answer, but I’m open to being surprised by what statistics might reveal to me). If you’ve ever been interested in figuring out statistically . . . → Continue reading: MOG mathemagicians?

Sur Le Theme De Bene Gesserit

As a follow up to my last post on the origins of ambient music and cryptic homages left to Philip K. Dick, I thought I’d write a little something something on the theme of electronic music inspired by the fantastic in general. J. Horrible had commented/questioned on whether I had read Roger Zelazny which made . . . → Continue reading: Sur Le Theme De Bene Gesserit

Philip K. Dick and the Heavenly Music Corporation


In Man in the High Castle (1963), Philip K. Dick’s masterpiece novel written in collaboration with the I Ching about a parallel world with its own parallel Philip K. Dick, i.e., the man in the high castle. This man in the high castle, who we never meet, is a man hidden by virtue . . . → Continue reading: Philip K. Dick and the Heavenly Music Corporation


So, like you, I’ve been loving me some embedded youtube on the MOGs of the MOG -O-SPHERE. There’s no excuse for why I haven’t lit up my own text with video stars, it’s not like I haven’t come across some fantastic vids while researching these posts. Actually, I came across this vid (see below) not . . . → Continue reading: Gavotte

Claude Bolling

In an earlier post, I wrote about the influence of baroque on the development of progressive-electronic music (see “On the lookout for electro-baroque und beethoven“). After listening to some recommended albums by The Nice and Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, I realized that I had totally forgotten to mention Claude Bolling.

Beginning in the mid-70s when . . . → Continue reading: Claude Bolling

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


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 . . . → 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 do 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 . . . → 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.

update 2002-08-14

A month ago I visited the exhibit of Robinson Fredenthal, a wonderful artist and designer, who has been making complicated geometric objects out of folded paper and tape for the last 35 years. Afterwards, I met Robinson in his studio and saw much more of his collection. I knew I’d be leaving Philadelphia soon but . . . → Continue reading: update 2002-08-14

update 2002-07-30

This summer, while I’ve been pondering what next to do with my life, I’ve also been going back over all the small mysteries and projects which I never had taken the time before to investigate or at least, write down. Here’s an example. I always wondered who did the fantastic and psychedelic cover art illustrations . . . → Continue reading: update 2002-07-30

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