Category Archives: Musicians

Arcade Fire Coachella Beach Ball

At Coachella this year, Arcade Fire released 2000 glowing beach balls into the audience during their set, during the song “Wake Up.” The beach balls flashed different colors, in sync to the music and maybe with each other. The balls were created by Chris Milk and The Creators Project, and they contain a packet of […]

Max V. Mathews, The Father Of Computer Music

Max Mathews, computer music pioneer and namesake of the computer performance software Max , died yesterday from complications due to pneumonia at the age of 84. Max pioneered computer music with his programs for the IBM 704 mainframe in the late 1950’s. A famous early piece was “Daisy Bell” (AKA Bicycle Built For Two), which […]

A Party

Last night, I got to see Mick Jones play guitar close enough I could have reached out and touched him. That’s something I never thought I’d see – at any distance. It has been fifteen years since Big Audio Dynamite’s last album, and over twenty since the band’s original lineup last played. When they appeared […]

How To Be An Indie Kickstarter

This morning, MC Lars tweeted that he was putting up a Kickstarter campaign to finish his new album, Lars Attacks!  I was at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, so I wasn’t able to check it out until the evening. His goal was a meager $5,000.  I suspect he didn’t really need it to finish […]

The Music Of The Future

Of course, no one knows what music will sound like 100 or more years from now. Could Beethoven have imagined jazz or so-called “hillbilly” music that would be the popular music just 100 years after his death? Growing up in the 1970’s, I have a very particular idea of what Music Of The Future sounds […]