Monthly Archives: March 2010

Open Source Licenses For Musical Instruments

I, as they say, am not a lawyer. But I’ve formed some definite opinions (and no small amount of confusion) while researching grid sequencers. My fascination with electronic noisemakers has introduced me to the world of microcontrollers. These noisemakers (and all devices built around microcontrollers) blur the line between hardware and software (being a combination […]

Grid Sequencers

The first time I ever saw a Tenori-On was at the Hollywood House Of Blues in the hands of Jonathan Coulton. He used it to play My Monkey. I knew what the crazy Lite-Brite sequencer thing was, because it was designed by Toshio Iwai, the man behind the Nintendo DS “game” Electroplankton. Back in 2008, […]

UMG Gets It

Yesterday, Billboard reported that Univeral Music Group (aka UMG, one of the larger music labels/distributors) is testing a new CD pricing structure where CDs will cost $10 or less in stores. Hey! That’s my magic number. New releases will be $10, but library titles could cost as little as $6. UMG is looking to get […]

Zero Day

MC Frontalot’s new album, Zero Day, isn’t out until April 6th but you can download it today. Legally. And if you’re into Nerdcore hip hop music, you’ll want to. MC Frontalot has a different approach to selling his music than other online musicians. He sells CDs. He charges $14 for them, which per my stated […]

Did David Byrne Learn The Wrong Lesson?

David Byrne has a new album, Here Lies Love, a kind of rock opera paean to ousted Philipines first lady Imelda Marcos. It’s a collaboration with Fatboy Slim. Byrne’s last effort, the Brian Eno collaboration Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, was as a multi-tier release, available as a digital download, physical CD, or a […]