Connecting MLK’s death to Hip Hop, and reading on Black identity and sound

Today as the United States celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is another opportunity worldwide to reflect on Black identity in music and BIPOC and marginalized roles in music generally. Here’s some reading, including the sometimes challenging relationship between Hip Hop and King.

“Words become plastic”: Stephen Mallinder, Cabaret Voltaire founder, polymath, interviewed

He’s been a vocalist (as a founding member of Cabaret Voltaire), a lyricist, a vocalist. But if you know the incredible Mal from his past, you don’t want to miss his latest, either – the groove is alive on the wonky disco Tick Tick Tick, ““cowbell on every track, and entirely no reverb.” David Abravanel shares words with the wordsmith and frontman.

David Abravanel - December 23, 2022

Livecoding glitch, eye-searing colors, AI poetry, and the knowledge to make it yourself for free

The latest absolutely eye-popping work made with free live-coding tool Hydra comes from artist Naoto Hieda, with sound by the duo Ekheo (Aude Langlois and Belinda Sykora) and some eerie AI poetry. If that didn’t melt your brain entirely, you can follow along with tutorials to harness the powers of Hydra, too.

Peter Kirn - November 22, 2021

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