The dub-o-phonic netlabel gets busy again. Here's a "musical journey to some unknown areas of dub music". Compiled by Dub Thomas, the album tries to find the hidden elements of dub music in other musical genres, but it really sounds very dubby most of the time, which is ok.
If Saint John Coltrane can have his own church, surely the electronic music martyr Delia Derbyshire can have one too. The WikiDelia is the place where true believers publish details about Saint Delia's vita.
Very nice xenharmonic music sampler, out now on Bruce Hamilton's Spectropol Records. The opening track is by Jacky Ligon of Xen-Arts. If you like it, you will love the next Dubbhism Deluxe release. Titled '23', it will will feature Jacky Ligon, Sevish and Tony Dubshot. The same guys actually who were on the critically acclaimed Subversio.
For decades in art circles it was either a rumour or a joke, but now it is confirmed as a fact. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) used American modern art - including the works of such artists as Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko - as a weapon in the Cold War. Full story: Modern art was CIA 'weapon'
Here's a roundup of eurorack modules for chiptune sounds. SID GUTS by ALM is built for original Commodore 64 chips. The Analog Bytes POKEY.synth has the Atari POKEY chip on board. Other eurorack modules like the Atari Punk Console by Synthrotek, the Ataraxic Translatron by Noise Engineering and Edges by Mutable Instruments produce the lo-fi digital shift register sound using similar circuitry.
Alpha Steppa & Joe Ariwa ft. Lee Perry ~ Liondub ~ Dubmatix ~ Jah Lyfe (Speakah Productions) ~ Helgeland 8bit Squad ft. George Palma ~ Riddim Tuffa ~ Well Well Sound ~ Mungo's Hifi ft. Lady Ann ~ 7ft. Sound System ~ Dubblestandart ~ Munchi
The Musician Wren (a.k.a. Cyphorhynus arada) whistles melodies that sound 'human'. Musicologist Emily Doolittle and biologist Henrik Brumm found that Musician Wrens preferentially produce successive perfect octaves, fifths, and fourths; the basics of human harmony.
Luisa Pereira knows about music, interaction design and sequencers. She has developed a few good looking, easy to use harmonic sequencers. Classic western harmonic theory and the rules of counterpoint in two handy wooden boxes. Should be on the market!
FM is a synthesis method that's been covered in detail on this blog, but so far in the digital realm only. Here's an analog patch, featuring the Doepfer A-143-9 VC Quadrature LFO. Basic DX-style FM sounds are really easy with this module: it has thru-zero linear FM capability.
The claim: the universe is made of dynamic octave relationships. These particular octaves should not be thought of as whole number ratios (the Pythagorean octave concept) but as moving patterns or scenarios. These octaves are the key to all mysteries of the universe. If you know what to look for, you'll start seeing them everywhere.
The claim: Pythagoras didn't discover the octave, nor did he 'invent' the Harmony of the Spheres. Sumer (modern-day Iraq) was the birthplace of writing, mathematics, the wheel, agriculture etc. The Sumerians developed the first extensive acoustic~arithmetic model of the Universe. Certain similarities between astronomical cycles and musical tuning systems explain why music, numerology, astronomy, religion, poetry and mathematics were fused into one meta-science.
In the 20th century, the Mexican/American composer Conlon Nancarrow composed some extraordinary pieces, containing lots of notes, for player piano and for computer-driven prepared piano. The Black Midi scene is taking 'the whole quantity thing' to the next level.
The claim: we can manipulate ourbrain and our state of mind by listening to binaural beats; ultra low frequency sounds in the region of 1 - 12 Hz. Our brainwaves synchronize to the frequency of these beats, making us feel creative, relaxed (alpha waves) or meditative (theta or delta waves). This kind of sync is known as entrainment.
Three days ago, on September 11th, Linval Carter a.k.a. Prince Jazzbo passed away at the age of 62. Today Dubbhism Deluxe releases a new Prince Jazzbo track. With mixed feelings, but also with a cause: we want to raise donations for the Prince Jazzbo Fund.
The claim: the Euclidean algorithm computes the greatest common divisor of two natural numbers. It can also generate a large family of popular musical core rhythms, simply by distributing rhythmic sounds as evenly as possible. Using some additional math, Euclidean rhythms can even be clustered in ethno-musicologically relevant ways.
It's Prince Jazzbo's birthday today, but it's not really a reason to celebrate. Prince Jazzbo is VERY ILL, the doctors call it 'stage 4' lung cancer. So if you want to give him a birthday present the choice is easy. Click this link and DONATE to help Jazzbo.
On October 11, 1919 J. Edgar Hoover sent a memorandum to Special Agent Ridgley. Hoover lamented the fact that Marcus Garvey had not yet committed any crime: the FBI had to start a closer investigation.
LTJ Bukem and Vandera looking good, backstage at The Fabric. Remember Inky Jack's killer tune Under the ground? This Vandera remix was originally a part of the release on Dubbhism Deluxe, but when Bukem heard it he wanted it so here it is, in fine style...
The Claim: simple whole number ratios are the building blocks of nature. In music these ratios produce the best, most stable, most beautiful harmonies. The movements of the planets and the sun produce a humming sound; the Harmony of the Spheres. This deep cosmic chord is also based on simple whole number ratios.
One of the great mysteries of life, the universe and everything is the fact that it's both organic (in evolutionary sense) and symbolic (in Jungian sense). Utterly confused, the French magician Jaques Derrida concludes that sunflowers are the ultimate metaphor of metaphors.
A year ago we bumped into the proud Argentinian dubheads of Negritage. Back then they contributed a solid tune to our Strictly Analog Dub sampler. Now they are back with a full-length album on Dubophonic, a new netlabel from Cyprus. The vibes are dirty and fat, the artwork is a 10 out of 10. Check out a tune like Rebelsteppa.
The Claim: algorithms like fractals, L-systems and statistical models can be used as musical tools on many levels. Statistical analysis reveals the inherent fractal nature of music (1/f noise). Fully automated, computer-generated algorithmic compositions, created with minimal human intervention, qualify as real music.
The Claim: the official concert pitch standard A4=440 Hz is an EVIL pitch standard. It ruins our classical music. A4=432 Hz is a GOOD pitch standard. The EVIL pitch is a brainchild of Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels (Bavarian Illuminati). The GOOD pitch resonates with the cosmos and your chakra's and it sounds better.
Mixing up harp melodies and analog dub effects, Windseeds in Dub is an unusual album. This (forthcoming) Dubbhism netlabel release is launched at the Vrijplaats Leiden on July 12th. Marco Hilgeman does a short harp concert and Dubshot spins heavy tunes at the Dubbhism Bass Lounge. Get the original Windseeds album on Bandcamp.
Brand new ting! EyetoEye mix up roots dub and digital dance. Lead vocal Estel Luz, Manuel a.k.a. Seth (Skint Records, Broken Audio) and Andrea a.k.a. Epitome (No.Mad Records) on machines and Bass/sequencers. Full album coming soon!
Is a modular system any good in a dub studio? Of course it is! Check out the modular 'dub systems' we've made up. They're based on 100% analog Doepfer A-100 modules. Both example systems fill up one 6 U case, offering spring reverb, delay, chorus, flange, distortion, a Moog-style synth voice 'on steroids' and lots of modulation options.
The 27 Club isn't as fabulous as it used to be. Back in the 60ties, the founding members of the club were all bona fide superstars: Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendix, Jim Morisson and Brian Jones. Nowadays any musician dead at 27 is admitted by the insatiable wikipedia curators.