Prince, the songwriter, singer, producer, one-man studio band and consummate showman, died Thursday at his residence, Paisley Park, in Chanhassen, Minn., according to a statement from his publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure. He was 57.
2016 can seriously fuck off. RIP.
Tony Conrad, an experimental filmmaker, avant-garde musician and university educator who in the 1960s was a central figure in a flowering Lower Manhattan art movement, died on Saturday at a hospice in Cheektowaga, N.Y., near Buffalo. He was 76.
One of the greats, RIP. The man even managed to turn his own death into art:
SERIAL SCRATCH 2000
NOTE: I’m only sharing the files because the CD is no longer commercially available and appears to be out of print indefinitely. I will gladly remove all download links upon request – just send me an email at email@example.com.
I chose to press vinyl cause that’s the format I use and like playing the most. I will release it all digitally, it’s just been taking time. Every time people email me asking about the releases digital I just send them the tracks for free. What people forget about this fucking elitistic vinyl-only discussion is that it’s also excluding. If you’re one of those who can afford to and play vinyl, well, LUCKY YOU. Be thankful for that. Everyone doesn’t have that kind of money. Bossmusik is also a strictly repress label, lol. Music for the people!
Boom. Exactly my thoughts on the already very tired issue of strictly “vinyl-only, no repress” releases.
I don’t understand this nonsense.
Levon Vincent is a prime example: he puts out his Novel Sound stuff on vinyl and gives away MP3s for free. Why? Why not set up a Bandcamp page and let people buy MP3s or FLACs. There’s always the “name your price” option if you wish to give your music away for free. I’m happy to pay. The whole “oh fuck you, here’s MP3 if you’re too cheap to buy the wax” scenario kind of offends me, to be honest. Is my money not good enough for you? I still buy vinyl and will continue to do so, but sometimes, I just want the files. So why not take my money?
A Life in Waves will be a biographical look at Suzanne’s dynamic and colorful career, from her earliest days learning the piano, to her multi-million dollar advertising ventures, to her innovations in the world of New Age music, to her recent connection with Finders Keepers records and re-acquaintance with her beloved Buchla synthesizer. More than this, the film will be a journey into Suzanne’s mind, offering a feminine glimpse into the often-complicated worlds of composition, electronic music, and advertising. Utilizing a wealth of archival footage and Suzanne’s endless catalog of music, we’ll create a nostalgic, visually-compelling look at one woman’s journey, and the trials she had to overcome to succeed in a traditionally male-dominated art form.
The fundraising goal is a modest $38,500 and there are 23 days left. Come on people, we can make this happen!
Suzanne Ciani: A Life in Waves [Kickstarter]
Amazing vintage footage of Kraftwerk performing live in Soest, Germany in 1970. This could be the best Kraftwerk footage you’ll ever see and what’s stunning is that this performance took place less than two years after Woodstock. Electronic music FTW!
Happy and festive holiday season to all. This is going to be my last post of 2013 so see you on the other side. I’m gonna wrap 2013 with a fantastic mix from one of my favorite artists, Silent Servant, who kindly shared it on his SoundCloud earlier today.
Thanks for reading and have a good one!
Levon Vincent posted this on his official Facebook page today:
My friends, my career has gone well these past few years. I have debts and a lot of overhead these days, but I am working hard and I’m very proud to say I have achieved a situation where I have steady work. Things are optimistic for me for at least a year or two. I am ready to start sponsoring / apprenticing people. Maybe one musician at a time. Let’s develop something. A ‘tourist’ can live legally in Berlin for 90 days. I want to begin supporting an up-and-comer for 90 day segments, essentially I will pay your rent for 3 months in Berlin, likely a room for rent in a flat where we know music-making will be allowed. We have to find one. We got resources and a community. I got a little bit of kit to kick down too. Monitors, at least. We’ll get you sorted out. And I’ll check in with you once a month or whatever. Maybe I can offer some guidance too. Basically I want to facilitate your 24/7 music making. And your partying, too. As long as that’s musical.
Please send some of your demos, (2 songs only), via soundcloud links to firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject “bootcamp”.
If I can find someone to believe in, then I can help care for your living expense while you take a small time out of your life to focus solely on your own craft. 3 months should be enough time to learn a thing or two. Think of it as bootcamp. You must be completely committed to your craft. Anything else is secondary, and I’ll know immediately from the first beat of your demo so don’t front! I’m looking forward to hearing some new world sounds. Thank you for participating.
Thank you, sir. You just made my day. May others follow your extraordinary example. Much, much respect!