Tag Archives: Brian Eno

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 […]

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 […]

The Koan Of Fail

When I set up to record the Thingamagoop 2 sample, there was a small problem. It has a phono jack on top for plugging in headphones, or for connecting to an amp, mixer or digital recorder. When you plug a 1/4″ plug into it, the speaker is disconnected, which is handy when you don’t want […]

iPhone Music (Revisited)

I finally got my iPhone yesterday. Early Christmas present! I downloaded Bloom of course. And Four Track, which has gotten some interesting reviews. But when I went to get Sonic Lighter, I discovered that Smule had released more apps. More iPhone ChucK goodies! The popular one is Ocarina, which is exactly what the name suggests. […]

Sir Paul, Fireman

Paul McCartney proves why he was the best Beatle. Only partially joking, though he was always my favorite. *** This is starting to sound familiar – and it’s a good thing. Paul McCartney, in his Fireman guise (with collaborator Youth), has a new album, Electric Arguments. And he seems to have gotten over whatever it […]