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The Cost Of Truth Telling [Mar. 14th, 2011|01:24 pm]
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Assistant secretary of State P.J. Crowley resigned yesterday because he said of Bradley Manning’s mistreatment in military custody “is ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid”

Ron Schiller resigns in disgrace for saying “The Tea Party is fanatically involved in people’s personal lives and very fundamental Christian* — I wouldn’t even call it Christian. It’s this weird evangelical kind of move.” and that they aren’t “just Islamaphobic, but really xenophobic, I mean basically they are, they believe in sort of white, middle-America gun-toting. I mean, it’s scary. They’re seriously racist, racist people.”

In both cases, they were telling the truth. In both cases there was a scandal and they were forced to resign. Now I fully understand why that happened, but it vexes me that we live in world where lying, prevaricating, waffling and misdirecting are rewarded and telling the truth gets you punished.

It’s a world where James O’Keefe gets rewarded for being manifestly, comprehensive dishonest. I could fulminate about this all day but what’s the point? It’s not going to change anyone’s mind. Because the basic, fundamental principle of conservatism is this: Believe what we tell you, and never question our authority.

*I might quibble with Schiller about the ‘Christianity’ of Tea Party People. There might be some crossover between religious conservatives and the Tea Party, but there’s plenty of secular people involved. They’re united in their belief in a bunch of bullshit. Not just differences with Liberals over policy, but “slept through high school civics, never actually read the constitution” errors of fact. They get together and reinforce each other’s misguided bogosity.

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New Bandcamp Release: EMS Putney Improvisations [Mar. 11th, 2011|07:44 am]
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I’ve put a new album up on Bandcamp: For Delia Derbyshire 2011-03-10

This EMS Putney came into my hands when I purchased it from Iowa City South East Junior High School in 1997. It is one of the unique artifacts of electronic music. The Putney & it’s close relative, the attache-case-housed Synthi, were workhorse synths at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, and was a favorite of musicians like Brian Eno, Pink Floyd, and other Space Rock bands of the 70s.

It’s sonic character derives in large part from the cheapness of the design and construction. Moog Synthesizers were laboratory grade audio equipment; the Putney is cheap and difficult to use in a traditional musical context. And yet it was seductive. It’s limitations and imperfections enlarged musican’s ideas of what sounds could be musical.

Delia Derbyshire was one of the pioneers of electronic music during and after her tenure at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. She was both a gifted composer and an audacious and precise engineer. Since seeing her in documentaries, and hearing her music I’m both awed by her and have a synth-geek’s crush on her. She was on my mind as I recorded these pieces, and I dedicate them to her memory.

The 5 parts of this piece were recorded in one evening, with no editing or overdubbing. The Putney was plugged into the Stereo Memory Man pedal, and the pedal was plugged into my computer.

The only post processing applied was normalization. These recordings are as close to the original, raw sound of the instrument as I could make them.

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The mystery of Greta Ann [Mar. 7th, 2011|10:17 am]
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I’ll let go of my obsession with Anika soon, really. But among the interesting covers on her debut record was of “Sadness Hides The Sun,” which was originally recorded by someone called Greta Ann.

As a child of the 60′s I’m always looking for the awesome stuff I missed out on when I was, y’know, eight years old. And listening to the song on Youtube you realize why Anika covered it, it’s a brilliant song. But who was Greta Ann, and where did she go?

There’s precious little to discover on the Internet. The song is featured on a couple of compilations, including Merseybeat -The Story Of The 60s Liverpool Sound, and the awfully named Dream Babes 5: Folk Rock & Faithfull. The song was written about in the June 1965 New Music Express. But aside from the Youtube video, there’s nothing of substance about her. It seems crazy to me that someone could pop up, make one record, especially one that memorable, and disappear.


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KRUI DJ Set 2010-03-05 [Mar. 6th, 2011|10:39 pm]
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A little different than the last few sets I’ve done, as I brought the computer; I just didn’t have enough fresh vinyl for a show. It’s a combination of things that have been on mind, some for months, some as recent as this week. The Darkstar album North has been haunting me since it came out last year. Incredibly moody, emotional music.

Of course, for some of us, Radiohead’s new album King Of Limbs has been a recent obsession. It’s without hit singles, per se, but it does have something of what the Darkstar album has — inventive sound design & production as a way to make emotional connections. The When Saints Go Machine song “Fail Forever” is a recommendation from my son Lucas, who is music director at the Earlham College Radio Station. I never was into Radiohead before Lucas fell hard for them when he was 11; I got him to listen to Arthur Russell, so he knew I’d like anything that had some of that AR magic to it. I’m not sure When Saints Go Machine are Arthur Russell heads, but “Fail Forever” is haunted by him.

And then there’s Anika, who I was turned onto by Peter Kirn’s interview with her. The eponymous Anika is produced by Portishead’s Geoff Barrow, and has the sort of dark, noisy, rough production values that make the Jamaican work by Lee Perry and Clement Dodd so compelling. Two of the songs I played appealed to the hippy pacifist in me, Dylan’s “Masters of War” and Greta Ann’s “Sadness Hides The Sun.” Odd, but not that odd, that 60s era protest folks songs are so relevant still. Same assholes killing brown people then as now.

And there are 3 of my tracks, for better or worse. The Pete tracks are meant to get some additional instrumentation added when I can get Pete Balestrieri captured to put down some saxaphone, but I kind of like Music Minus One sounding stuff. Then there’s my shoutout to Muammar Gadaffi, “Hallucinogens in the Nescafe” which I wrote about earlier. He really is an epically evil motherfucker, and sometimes I think he says the hilarious things he does to soften the blow of his unrelenting, remorseless cruelty. He’s not Charlie Sheen, and of course, Charlie Sheen is another real-time tragedy whose humorous aspects can’t be denied.

But I couldn’t resist last night during my show when I tweeted “Thom Yorke doesn’t have tiger blood, innit? Tabby blood maybe.”

On a technical note, this mix is a cleaned up in a few places from the on-air performance — I was warping tracks in a mad rush yesterday and a couple of things were fucked up, resulting in dead air, tracks falling out of time, and one track getting played twice as fast as it ought to have been. There was one hilarious moment when somehow the tempo was following mouse movements when I wasn’t initially aware, so one track swung up and down between 120 and 200 bpm for a few seconds. But I photoshopped that out.

SYNKRO Open Arms
DarkStar
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You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/2011-03-05-DJSet.mp3">http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/2011-03-05-DJSet.mp3</a></p> <p><a href="http://music.cornwarning.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/anika.jpg"><img src="http://music.cornwarning.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/anika-218x300.jpg" alt="" title="anika" width="218" height="300" class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-2051" /></a>A little different than the last few sets I&#8217;ve done, as I brought the computer; I just didn&#8217;t have enough fresh vinyl for a show. It&#8217;s a combination of things that have been on mind, some for months, some as recent as this week. The Darkstar album <a href="http://boomkat.com/vinyl/336665-darkstar-north"><em>North</em></a> has been haunting me since it came out last year. Incredibly moody, emotional music. </p> <p>Of course, for some of us, Radiohead&#8217;s new album <a href="http://www.thekingoflimbs.com/"><em>King Of Limbs</em></a> has been a recent obsession. It&#8217;s without hit singles, per se, but it does have something of what the Darkstar album has &#8212; inventive sound design &#038; production as a way to make emotional connections. The When Saints Go Machine song &#8220;Fail Forever&#8221; is a recommendation from my son Lucas, who is music director at the <a href="http://www.weciradio.org/">Earlham College Radio Station</a>. I never was into Radiohead before Lucas fell hard for them when he was 11; I got him to listen to Arthur Russell, so he knew I&#8217;d like anything that had some of that AR magic to it. I&#8217;m not sure When Saints Go Machine are Arthur Russell heads, but &#8220;Fail Forever&#8221; is haunted by him.</p> <p>And then there&#8217;s Anika, who I was turned onto by <a href="http://createdigitalmusic.com/2011/03/interview-anika-working-with-portisheads-geoff-barrow-makes-an-album-you-dont-have-to-like/">Peter Kirn&#8217;s interview</a> with her. The eponymous <em>Anika</em> is produced by Portishead&#8217;s Geoff Barrow, and has the sort of dark, noisy, rough production values that make the Jamaican work by Lee Perry and Clement Dodd so compelling. Two of the songs I played appealed to the hippy pacifist in me, Dylan&#8217;s &#8220;Masters of War&#8221; and Greta Ann&#8217;s &#8220;Sadness Hides The Sun.&#8221; Odd, but not that odd, that 60s era protest folks songs are so relevant still. Same assholes killing brown people then as now. </p> <p>And there are 3 of my tracks, for better or worse. The Pete tracks are meant to get some additional instrumentation added when I can get Pete Balestrieri captured to put down some saxaphone, but I kind of like Music Minus One sounding stuff. Then there&#8217;s my shoutout to Muammar Gadaffi, &#8220;Hallucinogens in the Nescafe&#8221; which I <a href="http://music.cornwarning.com/2011/02/27/new-track-hallucinogens-in-the-nescafe/">wrote about earlier</a>. He really is an epically evil motherfucker, and sometimes I think he says the hilarious things he does to soften the blow of his unrelenting, remorseless cruelty. He&#8217;s not Charlie Sheen, and of course, Charlie Sheen is another real-time tragedy whose humorous aspects can&#8217;t be denied.</p> <p>But I couldn&#8217;t resist last night during my show when I tweeted &#8220;Thom Yorke doesn&#8217;t have tiger blood, innit? Tabby blood maybe.&#8221; </p> <p>On a technical note, this mix is a cleaned up in a few places from the on-air performance &#8212; I was warping tracks in a mad rush yesterday and a couple of things were fucked up, resulting in dead air, tracks falling out of time, and one track getting played twice as fast as it ought to have been. There was one hilarious moment when somehow the tempo was following mouse movements when I wasn&#8217;t initially aware, so one track swung up and down between 120 and 200 bpm for a few seconds. But I photoshopped that out.</p> <table> <tr> <td>SYNKRO</td> <td><a href="http://boomkat.com/downloads/367004-scuba-synkro-system-mosaic-vol-1-sampler-1">Open Arms</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td>DarkStar</td> <td><a href="http://boomkat.com/downloads/339641-darkstar-north>Gold</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Morgan Zarata</td> <td><a href="http://boomkat.com/downloads/372676-morgan-zarate-hookid-ep">SP</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Anika</td> <td><a href=" http://boomkat.com/downloads/339472-anika-anika">Yang Yang</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Chaircrusher</td> <td><a href="http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/pete1.mp3">Pete 1</a></td> </tr> <tr> </tr> <td>DarkStar</td> <td><a href="http://boomkat.com/downloads/339641-darkstar-north>Under One Roof</a></td> <tr> <td>Radiohead</td> <td><a href="http://www.thekingoflimbs.com/">Separator</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Just A Band</td> <td><a href="http://justaband.bandcamp.com/">Extra</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Dirtbombs</td> <td><a href="http://soundcloud.com/scionav/sets/scion-a-v-remix-the-dirtbombs">Shari Vari (Omar S Remxi)</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Chaircrusher</td> <td><a href="http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/pete2.mp3">Pete 2</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td>West Norwood Cassette Library</td> <td><a href="http://boomkat.com/vinyl/367078-west-norwood-cassette-library-pearson-sound-blonde-on-blonde-pearson-sound-mix">Blonde On Blonde (Pearson Sound Remix)</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td>King slaFF</td> <td><a href="http://www.echodub.co.uk/">One</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Radiohead</td> <td>Lotus Flower</td> </tr> <tr> <td>T Williams</td> <td><a href="http://boomkat.com/downloads/347520-t-williams-heartbeat-mosca-remix">Heartbeat</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td>When Saints Go Machine</td> <td><a href="http://boomkat.com/downloads/370314-when-saints-go-machine-fail-forever">Fail Forever</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Rooflight</td> <td><a href="http://www.archive.org/details/Edubf002-RoofLight">Birds Outside The Window</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Chaircrusher</td> <td><a href="http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/ChairCrusher-HallucinogensInTheNescafe.mp3">Hallucinogens In The Nescafe</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Darkstar</td> <td>Aidys Girl Is A Computer</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Sepalcure</td> <td><a href="http://boomkat.com/downloads/375714-sepalcure-fleur">Fleur</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td>RoofLight</td> <td><a href="http://www.archive.org/details/Edubf002-RoofLight">All Day Breakfast</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td>TMSV</td> <td><a href="http://boomkat.com/downloads/342687-tmsv-signal-cold">Signal</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Freeze &#038; LX One </td> <td><a href="http://boomkat.com/downloads/365206-freeze-lx-one-sp-mc-youngsta-foreseen-unidentified">Foreseen</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Orphan 101</td> <td><a href="http://boomkat.com/downloads/370047-orphan101-propa-disemble">Propa</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Anika</td> <td>Sadness Hides The Sun</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Radiohead</td> <td>Morning Mr. Magpie</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Urban Tribe</td> <td><a href="http://www.rephlex.com/releases/view/93/Urban%20Tribe/Acceptable%20Side%20Effects/CAT%20184">Orbitals</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Morgan Zaret</td> <td><a href="http://boomkat.com/vinyl/372276-morgan-zarate-hookid-ep">Hookid</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Anika</td> <td>Masters Of War</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Instra:Mental + DBridge</td> <td><a href="http://boomkat.com/vinyl/375246-instra-mental-dbridge-from-the-start-detuned-heart">From The Start</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Instra:Mental + DBridge</td> <td><a href="http://boomkat.com/vinyl/375246-instra-mental-dbridge-from-the-start-detuned-heart">Detuned Heart</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Derek Piotr</td> <td><a href="http://chaircrusher.bandcamp.com/">Cleopatra (Chaircrusher Remix)</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td>LHF</td> <td>Candy Rain</td> </tr> </table> <p style="border: 1px solid black; padding: 3px;"><strong>Originally published at <a href="http://music.cornwarning.com/2011/03/06/krui-dj-set-2010-03-05/">Do My Eyes Look Scary?</a>. You can comment here or <a href="http://music.cornwarning.com/2011/03/06/krui-dj-set-2010-03-05/#comments">there</a>.</strong></p>
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Album Covers From The Crowded Closets [Feb. 28th, 2011|09:58 pm]
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Can I just say this record cover raises more questions than it answers.
Jesus & matching Polyester Suits. And don’t make this mistake — they’re the Proclamations, not the Proclaimers!
The Shorbs! They sound gospel, they look like child molesters!

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New Track: Hallucinogens In The Nescafé [Feb. 27th, 2011|11:13 am]
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In the Herzog film Strozek Bruno S shows a small sculpture of twisted wire and says “this is a schematic model of how it looks inside Bruno. They’re closing all the doors on him.”

So this track goes out to my boy Muammar Gaddafi; it’s a schematic diagram of how it looks inside Muammar. Thug Life 4Ever, Brotherly Leader and Guide of the First of September Great Revolution of the Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya!

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For those who give a shit about such things:

Drums: Battery3 with tweaked percussion presets.
Funny noises: 2 instances of Reaktor.
High synth: Jupiter6
Bass: FM8
Effects: Audiodamage Dubstation delay, Audiodamage Eos reverb, UAD EMT140 Reverb (on filtered snares), a Reaktor BBD delay simulator, UAD LA2 Compressor on some tracks, Audiodamage RoughRider Compressor on others. UAD Pultec EQ on some percussion sounds.

Sequenced in Live, several passes of live recording of effects tweaks. This was actually a track that came together when I was actually focusing on something else — i.e. it was a scratch track to test something.

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Strange Sushi from Yen Ching [Feb. 17th, 2011|06:31 pm]
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Something’s just not right about this photo.

UPDATE: I think they used Google Image Search to find the pictures for their menu:

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Tur-Duck-Hen in the freezer case. [Feb. 13th, 2011|01:02 pm]
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This was in the freezer at the Waterfront Hy Vee. Don’t know what’s more horrifying — that you can buy a frozen Tur Duc Hen or that someone would be willing tp spend $60 on it!

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2011-02-12 KRUI DJ Set [Feb. 13th, 2011|10:50 am]
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This set was driven by a trip to Dave’s Records in Chicago, where I crouched on the floor going through the used $1 Dance Records. I also did what I usually do, which is look through a section of floor to ceiling shelves of records in my office I haven’t visited lately.

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Clandestine Featuring Ned Sublette Radio Rhythm (S-I-G-N-A-L S-M-A-R-T) (Extra Cheese Mix)
Judy Cheeks Mellow Love
Isley Brothers I Wanna Be With You (Parts 1 & 2)
Skyy Let Love Shine (Instrumental)
Dinosaur L Go Bang (Walter Gibbons Mix)
McFadden & Whitehead Ain’t No Stopping Us Now
Mavis Staples Jaguar
Sax Give Yourself To Me (deep house mix)
Royal House Yeah Buddy
Dan Curtin Journey’s In Motion
Mark Rogers Us
2 In A Room Take Me Away
Debby Harry Feel The Spin
Ten City That’s The Way Love Is
Perkowitz Nectar
Roy Davis Jr. About Love (Jon Marsh “All About” Vocal Mix)
Moodyman People
Africanism Call It Jungle Jazz
John Beltran Your Colors (Yoruba Soul Mix)
Roy Ayers/Kerri Chandler Good Vibrations (Kerri’s Mad Mix)
Michael Jackson Do You Remember The Time (Silky Soul Mix)
Janet Jackson Control
Omar S Columns
Kraftwerk Aéro Dynamik

VINYL. IT’S A SICKNESS, REALLY

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PaulStretch 2.1 is Out! New build instructions + new x86 OS X build [Feb. 11th, 2011|11:19 pm]
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Paul added a new library dependency, which I hacked into my build recipe here: http://www.cornwarning.com/xfer/PaulStretchBuild-2.1.tar.gz

Instructions for building

I have a completely UNTESTED binary for people to try here. It should work, but I can’t test it right now.

http://www.cornwarning.com/xfer/PaulStretch2.1-OSX-10.6.tar.gz

If you’re not a command line jockey, just downloading and clicking on it will create paulstretch.app where ever you dropped the downloaded file. If you know about command line stuff:

This is built on OS X 10.6, 32bit. No idea what OS X versions will run it.

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