"Girl Talk: either he's a sub-Diplo wigster who makes Real Street Music palatable to girl-jeans anglehairs by spoonfeeding it to 'em alongside a bunch of potential-punchline 80s pop debris, or he's a brilliant pop encyclopedia who hears sonic connections everywhere and does everything short of drilling a hole in his skull to let those ideas play off each other. (Can he be both? Only if you both love and hate irreverence in equal measure.)" -Forkcast
"Enthusiasm for the global-warming scare also ensures that heatwaves make headlines, while contrary symptoms, such as this winter’s billion-dollar loss of Californian crops to unusual frost, are relegated to the business pages. The early arrival of migrant birds in spring provides colourful evidence for a recent warming of the northern lands. But did anyone tell you that in east Antarctica the Adélie penguins and Cape petrels are turning up at their spring nesting sites around nine days later than they did 50 years ago? While sea-ice has diminished in the Arctic since 1978, it has grown by 8% in the Southern Ocean." (via about yea big) full article here
Andrea Modica Treadwell, N.Y.
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"Rodrigo, Peter and I sync’d our laptops to play 'Bounce That' in unison last night, then ran around the office with our computers above our heads, yelling glory to Gregg Gillis." comment at the end of Michigan Daily interview
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congratulations to Gregg! never mind the "i'm not a dj" tshirts... he walked away with DJ Album of the year from the PLUG Awards. here's a brief article about the messy awards show: Indie Music Awards a Little Too Indie?
letter from ISU President Bowmen to Executive Inspector General Wright:
Recently, hundreds of Illinois State University employees received a letter from your office notifying them that their governmental ethics training certificates of completion were invalidated on the grounds that they completed the training in an inappropriately fast period of time. As a result, my staff and I have received numerous complaints from university personnel regarding the tone of the notice as well as the poorly communicated provision that the testing time was monitored. I, along with employees of this academic community, am offended that one would be penalized for the ability to read and comprehend information quickly when these same skills are a necessity to succeed in an environment of higher learning. The only failure is that the Inspector General's office exhibited an alarming lack of judgment and common sense. In my 28 years as a professor, I have never given a failing grade to a student for taking an exam too quickly. It is groundless and insulting to accuse employees of cheating simply because they finished the exam in less than 10 minutes.
"As I have said before, sample-based music is not actual music but music about music—meta-music. In actual music, there are instruments, players, notes, keys, songs that are written. Meta-music needs no instruments, band members as such, or a direct live performance. It is programmed; it is a collage of recorded live performances; it needs no musicians. Hiphop in its essence—as with techno and jungle—has never turned out a musician. Those who begin with hiphop end as producers who can sequence the information of sampled music and sounds. When we hear tracks sequenced by Jeff Mills we may think it is actual music—it sounds like music; the synthetic strings seem to be arranged by someone who knows how to make music—but this is not the case at all because Jeff Mills is not, as he has often stressed, a musician. Burial also makes this point; he knows nothing about music. And RZA practically laughed when the members of Texas asked him for the key of the song they were about to record." from The Idea of New Music In Time
by Charles Mudede
related posts in the Stranger: Re: The Idea of New Music In Time
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