Good Listening: King Britt, Carl Craig’s Planet E Label, and Some Mastering Talk

Carl Craig. Photo (CC-BY-ND) James Kendall. “It must be a Thursday. I never could get the hang of Thursdays.” -Arthur Dent, in Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy If you’re having any issue getting through your Thursday, it’s tough to beat some proper, good techno – the kind of techno anyone can love, even if they keep shouting about how they “hate” it. Techno pioneer Carl Craig is still going strong, the kind of artist whose work seems to flow freely. He’s got the roots, having begun with Derrick May in Detroit, but he’s remained a font of …

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We Love DJ Kool Herc: Free Compilation for the Father of Hip-Hop

Saturn Never Sleeps, the band and label, released a new free compilation late last night to send love and thanks to DJ Kool Herc, the pioneering Jamaican-born DJ who gave birth to the hip-hop age in the West Bronx, New York City. I’m honored to have been part of the compilation along with a broad range of artists: DaM-Funk, Damon Bennett, Dego, King Britt Presents Sylk 130, Ursula Rucker, Lushlife, ZIN, Hezekiah, Soul Litchfield, Illvibe Collective, Rucyl, Shigeto, Galapagoose (recently seen here on CDM sporting the monome software he co-created), Ras_G, Chuck Treece, Suzi Analogue, and Stef Eye King Britt, …

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$10 a Month, Open Access? Topspin Web Artist Stores Could Get Huge Quick; Artist Examples

Strap in – this may be one heck of a ride. Photo (CC-BY) François Rejeté, of Coney Island’s Topspin (perhaps part inspiration)? Like the aspiring artists themselves, there’s an abundance of Web services with big dreams of stardom. Most will fall into obscurity, and wading through them is a big chore. And then, love them or hate them, there are the huge pop hits, raking in cash and making kids swoon. So, here’s a bet. Topspin, already one of a handful of genuinely-promising services for artists and managers to make the music business work, is about to get bigger. Think …

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Ableton Visualist: Vizzie Modular VJ Tools, Meet Live; More Reflections

Electronic music is a gateway drug to electronic visuals for many the computer artist. Sound or pixel, everything is a number to the computer. So it stands to reason that Ableton Live, the ubiquitous live laptop music performance tool, would inspire interest in similar techniques for triggering visuals. Our friend Rucyl of the wonderful Saturn Never Sleeps, performance collective cum label and home to general goodness, shares some of her notes as she ponders the question of fusing Ableton music sets with live visuals: Using Ableton as a VJ Application / Modul8 + Live Video Sequencer [Saturn Never Sleeps blog] …

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Analog, Digital: Fortune Cookie of Wisdom

Transcription: Digital circuits are made from analog parts. No further comment. Via the wonderful Rucyl, artist and blogger of Saturn Never Sleeps. Both her Tumblr and the blogging she does for SNS are terrific spots to visit when you feel stuck for creative energies. That to me is the Web at its best: directed procrastination, like connecting jumper cables to the part of you that makes new things. Tech, used only for its own sake, can’t do that. http://rucyl.com/ http://saturnneversleeps.com/blog/ And on that note, below, some music from our SNS friends:

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