Archive for February, 2009


tangible visual sound manipulation tools

There are more and more inspiring new tools for music creation and sound manipulation being made and they are getting more affordable. Gone are the days of organs that take up whole rooms, and synths have come along way since 1876. Electronic music really took off in the ’80s as company like Yamaha made affordable compact gear, but that was still based on a keyboard.

Now we are entering the age when music can be created and tweeked live visually.  I was blown away years ago when I first saw the AudioPad  by James Pattern

Here is a video of another similar design called the Reactable.

Wavetables have come along since Wolfgang Palm.

Yamaha also has a fun new toy called the Tenori-On. Sort of a visual sequencer. Which sells for about $1000 USD. 

These won’t be showing up on craigslist anytime soon, so better start saving your empties.


Paris: Don’t Stop the Movement

Paris, the Black Panther of Hip Hop puts another stick in the all-seeing-eye of the mofo capitalists.

Not only Paris does he writes and produces songs, but also publishes information about how to help the black community grow. One example of this is his article about how to manage your personal money. He explains about how you can build a better future for yourself and your children by handling your money more consciously in 5 steps and a final re-investment step.

Practical AND Revolutionary. 

The People United Will Never Be Defeated!!!!


The Yes Men Fix The World

The Yes Men have a history of critical subversion.

“Mike” and “Andy” both solo and together have made me laugh out loud. The Barbie Liberation Organization, the SimCopter hack, RTMark, and of course the history of “Identity Correction”; Impersonating big-time criminals in order to publicly humiliate them. Targets are leaders and big corporations who put profits ahead of everything else. 

This 2009 film documents some of their operations in the last few years. Like as seen here in Calgary in 2007, when they appeared as representatives of the (U.S.) National Petroleum Council and ExxonMobil at the GO-Expo (a massive petroleum industry event). Much hilarity ensued.


I’m not a fan of the giant inflated outfits, but the impersonations they pull off are incredible. 


Dining with Terrorists

Al Jazeera has a six part series Dining with Terrorists.

Since the events of September 11 the word “terrorism” has acquired a new political dynamic.

Wars are waged and many lives have been lost in the name of combatting “terror”, strict legislation has been passed to prevent acts of “terrorism”.

It is a definition that is highly subjective and what constitutes a “terrorist” depends on where you live and what you believe in.

In a new six part series the author and journalist Phil Rees travelled to South Asia, the Middle East and the Americas to explore the debate and meaning of the word “terrorism”.


Asian Dub Foundation & the Music of Resistance


The Asian Dub Foundation are taking a well earned break before they continue to liberate the world, next to South America for shows in Colombia and Mexico followed by some dates in Russia. 2008 has been one of the busiest yet for the band with the worldwide release of new album ‘Punkara’ and a massive European tour that kept them on the road for nearly three months. Big respect to all that have supported on their travels!
The video for Burning Fence from Punkara cries out wisdom from the streets!
“Climb on board the mothership revolution,
the true universal is the one solution,
or else you’ll sit on a burning fence,
don’t matter what your for or what your against.
Who is going to be next to rise up?”

and  Chadrasonic from Asian Dub Foundation presents….
A  six-part documentary series which tells the stories of musicians who fight repression and sing about injustices.The series begins this week for a total of 13 weeks with the first episode featuring Asian Dub Foundation now showing on Al Jazeera TV  and available on YOUTUBE.
 EPISODE 1) Asian Dub Foundation
         2) Tinariwen
         3) Seun Kuti
         4) Massoukos
         5) Chullage
         6) Afro Reggae
 For times and schedule:

R.I.P. Analog TV

On February 17, 2009 all full-power broadcast television stations in the United States will stop broadcasting on analog airwaves and begin broadcasting only in digital. So you have less than 2 weeks to watch TV using ‘rabbit ears’, and you could record it on Beta. Analog Tv will be so Video Vinyl.

I can laugh now at struggling with old tech, but might need my kids help to set up my ‘holoviewer’ one day.

Whatever happened to Free TV?


Manu Chao – Politik Kills


The French/Spanish Manu Chao  brings tunes to make you dance and rise up! It’s like sunshine and molotovs, with a giant dub van cruisin’ at a demo. He is living proof that you don’t have to be big in the U.S. to be one of the world’s most important and influential musicians, and La Radiolina has lots more great songs for the revolution. 

He has also posted the parts for the song to be remixed at his site Politik Kills.

February 2009

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