Dubbhism has a soft spot for mad music scientists. Dutch Londener Vandera (neuroscience) is definitely a member of that tribe. He got a lot of praise recently for a 60-minute mix showcasing 60 tracks, all in C-minor. Surely the work of a madman. Check out this interview at FatKidOnFire and listen to his new mix
Remember the Dutch reggae producer Peter Speakah? Of course you do! He did the winning remix in the Irie Remix Competition. Now he's back with a new treat, a fantastic EP with Natty Dave, the big man with the big voice from Sierra Leone. Free download, enjoy it!
Music and mathematics seem to be related, but the exact nature of this relation is not very clear. For example, some people see Fibonacci numbers everywhere in music, others think that fractals and algorithms are actually musical compositions, some are inspired by Pythagoras and search for the 'perfect tuning' of their instruments, and some people believe that Mozart coded the secrets of the pyramids in his works... and so on and so on...
Thousands of years ago man crawled out of the jungle and became a modern citizen. As the way of life of the PLANTER was now centered around the change of SEASONS, man quickly discovered that the doctrines of MATHEMATICS have great affinity with the structure of UNIVERSE and even MUSIC.
One thing that's good about the 'good old days' of electronic sound & music was the lack of equipment. The FAIRLIGHT IPHONE APP did not exist. Musicians, engineers and sound designers wore lab coats and were getting their sonic results with the stuff that was available.
Raymond Scott is the original mad scientist of electronica ~ even Bob Moog agreed with that. Here's a wonderful clip of a piece made with the Electronium. It's funny how Kandinsky-like these visuals are.
From Cumbia to Techno and from music production to graphic design and video, Bleepolar has a wide range of interests and talents. His remix of Amsterdam by Marlon Asher & Leah Rosier (Dubbhism Deluxe) was picked up by the Global Bass blogs, a DJ's favorite.
R. Buckminster Fuller (a.k.a. Bucky a.k.a. the 20th century Leonardo Da Vinci) was an American environmentalist and an all round type of guy. He did mathematics, architecture, philosophy, engineering etc. In his scientific research Bucky was a bit eccentric, almost an artist.
Today RA points out an article titled "How The Music Industry Is Killing Music And Blaming The Fans". Some music journalist complaining about musicians "having to pay the price" in the new business model that's shaped by internet technology. This guy warns us that the greed of the music industry "is causing substantial damage to the artistic process" and "even culture itself".
Science News reports: amorous alligator males produce a 18 to 20 Hz sub bass rumble to seduce females. But that's not all. Hidden in this sound there's an even deeper bass at half the vibrational frequency, 9 to 10 hertz, producing Faraday waves.
"Inspired by the studies of artists such as Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Oscar Fischinger and Norman McLaren, the images generated by Partitura are based on a precise and coherent system of relationships between various types of geometries."
This tutorial is for computer musicians who like to experiment with funny harmonies. If you don’t know anything about music theory that’s ok, but you should have a basic sense of harmony. Another thing you’ll need is a suitable synthesizer.
These short mastering tutorials by Dubspot are very clear and to the point. The workflow and the suggested control settings for the combination of iZotope Ozone 4 plugin and Ableton host in part 1 should translate well to other hosts & plugins. Watching these videos won't turn you into you a skilled mastering engineer overnight but it's a good introduction to low budget mastering.
James Murphy was the big man behind the recently discontinued LCD Soundsystem. In case you've never heard of him, he's like the David Byrne for the post-whatever generation. It's a pleasure to hear him talk about music. This interview (2006) by m ss ng p eces is totally up to the minute.
Dub research isn't just about music: there's also a scientific and a spiritual aspect. Nowadays the spiritual side of dub is all but forgotten by dub scientists. That's why Dubbhism is launching a new research program, fusing rigorous dub science and old time religion.
Subatomic Sound (NYC) is teaming up with People’s Records (Kingston, JA) for a series of releases bringing together top Jamaican artists with top electronic producers worldwide. Elephant Man's “Vampires & Informers” is the kick-off.
Japanese dub artist Mitsuki (Tokyo) has posted some very nice vintage dubs on Soundcloud recently. Most of them are free downloads. Some classic 80's lovers rock in dub, some Mad Professor and also a few well known riddims like Hot Milk and Queen of the Minstrel. Check it out if you're into vintage dub sounds.
The behavioral neuroscientist Daniel Levitin, author of This Is Your Brain on Music claims he can quantify expression and emotion in music: "This is an important first step towards using real music and bringing it into the laboratory and combining rigorous scientific methods with the more expressive and artistic aspects of music"
Special request to all Lee Perry fans! Here's I-lodica's version of the Lee Perry classic Soul Fiya. It's a free one, because today the greatest reggae musician in the nekked universe celebrates his 75th birthday. His soul fiya will burn iternally we give thanks for such a blessing.
Hey kids... next sunday the 20th of March the maddest man in the universe & most high musician on the planet ~ Mr. Lee 'Scratch' Perry ~ will celebrate his 75th birthday!! Dubbhism also celebrates this major cosmic event with a likkle gift for all you original Lee Perry fans ~ some nasty dirty dub inna Black Ark stylee ~ stay tuned..
Yes people!! Time to get busy!!! Remix Leah's choon Irie and if it's really good it might end up on her forthcoming album! Or it might be released on Dubbhism and you'll even win an Irie t-shirt (thank you very much Ragga-Wear Clothing)
Although i'm no Alan Parsons fan i have to admit he knows how to mix a tune. Art & Science Of Sound Recording is a set of instructional videos covering all things studio. There are 24 video talks (10 hours) available in three forms: web-based streaming (at $1.99 each); downloadable MP4 files (at $4.99 each); and a DVD box set.
Joe Power (a.k.a. The Man Who Sees Dead People) is a psychic/medium. According to his website Joe's psychic ability includes "mind-boggling visions, out-of-body travels, auras, premonitions and a motley array of constant spirit visitors. He possesses the full array of psychic skills including clairvoyance, clairaudience and clairsentience."
2011 is a big year for Leah Rosier. The unstoppable reggae diva from Amsterdam (NL) is doing gigs, recording lots of tracks and writing new material as we speak. Both a singer and a multi-instrumentalist, she has created her own unique reggae flavor. Every day new fans from all over the globe are tuning in, craving for her irie sounds.
Nowadays everybody can be a 'Pavement Picasso' with Crayola 3D Sidewalk Chalk but you'll need those stupid glasses to see the effect. Julian Beever is a chalk artist from the UK who creates pretty amazing 3D optical illusions using nothing but plain oldskool chalk.
Inspiration overflow alert! Too many ideas, too many TED talks. The tagline of TED is "ideas worth spreading" and the theory behind the conferences is that ideas can 'have sex' and spawn lots of interesting, new baby ideas. But Chris Anderson of TED (not the Wired editor in chief) says it's also changing the behaviour of speakers.
Programmer/composer Jacky Ligon has released a new VSTi synth.
"A gift to the xenharmonic and microtonal community, as well as to musicians and composers who are interested in exploring the exciting possibilities of microtuning in their music. It is being offered as freeware and can be downloaded here: Xenharmonic FMTS VSTi v1.0"