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Seven Kings

In the beginning, there were seven kings

One created a kingdom of earth and became suffused with it. One created a kingdom of one and hid himself in it. One created a kingdom of love and filled it with two and a challenge to entice them. One created a kingdom without number and became lost . . . → Continue reading: Seven Kings

An introduction and archive for Piyutim (sacred Jewish musical poetry and song)

An introduction to Piyutim (piyut.org.il)

A piyut (piyutim, pl. hebrew) is a sacred musical poem, sung as part of a communal prayer service but just as often after a good meal with friends and family. I was raised with these songs and tunes, learning a new one occasionally while eating as a guest at someone’s . . . → Continue reading: An introduction and archive for Piyutim (sacred Jewish musical poetry and song)

Shuffle Album : Album Shuffle advice for 1.0.3 ipod firmware updaters

This is an informational post for ipod classic owners out there. The recent firmware update 1.0.3 changed the functionality of the shuffle songs feature. Until you follow the following steps, the menu setting for “Shuffle” will have no effect.

To change the ipod from shuffling songs to shuffling albums follow these steps:

1) Go ahead . . . → Continue reading: Shuffle Album : Album Shuffle advice for 1.0.3 ipod firmware updaters


credit: based on the original Rothko Tiem Nao! by Emma Chammah



lolrus alive! or I HAS 15 MINUTES

As this blogs stays alive in fits and starts, bear with me as I add a shot of whiskey into its cold empty tank and crank its engine with a story of wistful lolrus. Even better, let Jeff Roedel tell you the story, as he’s a much better writer, and hit all the good parts. . . . → Continue reading: lolrus alive! or I HAS 15 MINUTES

A quick short, sharp shock

Pink Floyd fans may know of this series of discs that make available a plethora of rare recordings: radio adverts, interviews, mono edits, alternate versions, etcetera. On disc three, track 20, a very special track, and one which gave me the shivers. You’ll understand when you listen to it.

From wikipedia:

Snippets of dialogue between . . . → Continue reading: A quick short, sharp shock

one year later

hello blog, welcome back me.

One year later and I’m still in Baton Rouge and working with my planning team, now an order of magnitude larger. Plans out the door include the City of Port Allen Annexation Plan and the Comprehensive Coastal Protection and Restoration Master Plan for Louisiana. To reprise, I came down here . . . → Continue reading: one year later

Philip K. Dick on Kurt Vonnegut

Far be it for me to add another to the blossoming forest of eulogies for Kurt Vonnegut, a man who I loved — I’m just thankful I’ve been alive at a time when I could read his writings (Mark Twain, never got the chance). I do have something to share though: some audio of . . . → Continue reading: Philip K. Dick on Kurt Vonnegut

Belated International Women’s Day Blogging

Yes, International Women’s Day was a week and two days ago, but I promised Lola the Car Chick I would blog for the gentle women and men for whom the gospel of feminism has not yet reached. This past March 8th I was traveling all day and being computer-less, left my MOG sullen and blogless . . . → Continue reading: Belated International Women’s Day Blogging

Pitch Control

Kate is listening to Leo Kottke in her basement. She writes,

There is something so comforting about vinyl. I went to Goodwill a few days ago and found a live Leo Kottke record. Took it home and lavished loving care upon it. Cleaned it, set it reverently on my Technics, opened a beer and . . . → Continue reading: Pitch Control

Kiyoshi Izumi

In 1997, Rephlex released an EP by Kiyoshi Izumi featuring the track below, “Bedroom Glow.” A few years later he followed up with a full length album on Nobukazu Takemura’s Childisc label pleasantly titled, Orange Sunshine, the tracks of which, while appealing enough, sound nothing like “Bedroom Glow.” (Orange Sunshine is a nice little . . . → Continue reading: Kiyoshi Izumi

Hirokazu Tanaka’s Metroid

Currently the president of Pokémon card producing and game developing company, Creatures, Inc., Hirokazu “Hip” Tanaka in the 1980s was a sound engineer for the Japanese game developer, Famicom. There he produced the soundtrack for the NES game, Metroid (1986).

To say that Tanaka was just a sound engineer would completely understate the . . . → Continue reading: Hirokazu Tanaka’s Metroid

Arcade Video Game Music

Video Game Music (1986), produced by Haruomi Hosono (Yellow Magic Orchestra, Swing Slow, et al) features music from the popular Namco arcade games from the early to mid 80s: Xevious, Pole Position, Galaga, Dig Dug, etc. The actual music having been written by other early musicians writing in pioneering 8-bit digital sound, Hosono’s role as . . . → Continue reading: Arcade Video Game Music

Doctor Y.S. & the Cosmic Drunkards

So, there are these tracks which I love, the artists of which I don’t know too well. I’m looking for them, I am, because I want to understand more myself and find more music by them… but should I wait until then to share my discoveries with you? (Fistula Spume is raising the bar here, . . . → Continue reading: Doctor Y.S. & the Cosmic Drunkards

Ivory Toad of Catalan

Just happened to tune into National Public Radio this morning to hear listener letters sent in this week on a program segment that was broadcast last Sunday, January 21st, a promo spot for Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular (2007), a new album by Banjo master Tony Trischka. Along for the ride were fellow Banjo superstars Steve . . . → Continue reading: Ivory Toad of Catalan

Tricycle Built for Two

For the best mix cd ever, I’ve been searching for Haruomi Hosono’s cover of “Daisy Bell” by Harry Dacre, which appeared in the 1984 film, Revenge of the Nerds, you know, in the scene of Takashi tricycling to victory for Tri-Lam against the Jocks. Why it doesn’t appear on the soundtrack along with well-forgotten 80 . . . → Continue reading: Tricycle Built for Two

Bernard Herrmann

Someone, I think Daniel Clowes, once theorized that JFK was assasinated by hit men for the hat industry, payback for the President’s disregard for men’s hats and the subsequent decline in their fashion in the early 1960s. But in the days of Dwight Eisenhower, you could still drive around with Jimmy Stewart whilst wearing a . . . → Continue reading: Bernard Herrmann

Help with Steve Miller

I don’t expect you’re like me, but if you are or can sympathize, know that I detest Steve Miller Band’s most popular album, Fly Like an Eagle. But it’s complicated. As expressed so perfectly by the Butthole Surfers in their epic, “Johnny Smoke“:

It’s about being in love and loving the love that’s hating the . . . → Continue reading: Help with Steve Miller

Chanukah Choir Band circa 1980

Tonight is the eighth night of chanukah, and to celebrate I want to share the cassette-to-mp3 transfer of my parents recording of me and my sister in our school’s choir. We gave a performance with the U.S. Navy Band back in 1980 that I still think was rather excellent. From the back cover of another . . . → Continue reading: Chanukah Choir Band circa 1980

Nottingham Lace

Back when, when I was holed up in Terre Haute, Indiana for a month or so, I was rooming with a fellow whilst attending some classes on graphic design and such. This was about 1990 and he was very much into three musicians I had never heard of: Joe Satirani, Yngwie Malmsteen, and the band, . . . → Continue reading: Nottingham Lace

The Calypsos of Bokonon

Cat’s Cradle is a story about the end of the world, related to us by a man who witnessed the destruction and could explain how it came to occur. It is also the only known record of the philosophy of Bokonon, sung and subsequently archived as calypsos by a prophet with profound insight into the . . . → Continue reading: The Calypsos of Bokonon

mog on soulseek

mog is on soulseek.

yes. (mog precedes MOG )

no. (Sir MOG is not on soulseek (as far as I know)… however other MOGgish rascals are verily ubiquitous).

mog is Polish and blogs here.

Easy as

The Lady Horrible recently mogged about an aging musician who was resting heavily on laurels unfortunately propped up by a legion of credulous enabling boomers. I couldn’t help but think of this when I was visiting the website of one of the most sampled electronic artists of all time, Jean-Jacques Perrey (wikipedia link which also . . . → Continue reading: Easy as


I can forgive George Lucas for all of his late epic Star Wars prequels only because, only afterwards, did Lucas revisit his first film, the minimalist dystopia, THX -1138 (1971), correcting the audio artifacts that plagued the earlier video releases and making the soundtrack available on the DVD as a standalone special feature. (The soundtrack . . . → Continue reading: THX-1138

Nights of Carlotta

Woke up to “Punk Rock” by Mogwai this morning, the first time I had heard their album Come On Die Young (1999). It opens with a quote from Iggy Pop, from an interview on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) television, March 11, 1977. In the interview he’s talking to the “90 Minutes Live” show host . . . → Continue reading: Nights of Carlotta

does your college radio station do this?

I’ve been listening to a lot more radio this past month. This is a good thing. For a long while I felt like I needed to play catch up with my music collection. From the MOG -O-MATIC perspec, I’ve been MIA , but really I’ve been here all along. Baton Rouge has a fine student . . . → Continue reading: does your college radio station do this?

there are Green Men here. (don’t try looking for ’em)

Robert Holdstock won the Newberry Fantasy Award in 1988 for his book, Mythago Wood, a novel which spun fantasy around the theories of Jung and Campbell, and delved deeply into the mythic world of the Finnish Kallevala. The tome is one of my favorites ever and changed the way I interact with myth, religious calendars, . . . → Continue reading: there are Green Men here. (don’t try looking for ’em)

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 almost . . . → 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 liberating . . . → Continue reading: Ggggong-go-long

Aharon Varady

Aharon Varady

Community Planner (M.C.P.) and Jewish Educator (M.A.J.Ed.) working to improve stewardship of the Public Domain, be it the physical and natural commons of urban park systems or the creative and cultural commons of Torah study. I am the founding director of the Open Siddur Project, http://opensiddur.org

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