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The well-established soundscape at Burning Man is an audio layer cake of dubstep and techno. More than 60,000 people will gather in the Nevada desert next week for the annual arts festival — and many of them will spend their nights at post-apocalyptic raves, spinning fiery hula hoops and passing ChapStick around the dance floor.

"Eat, sleep, rave, repeat. Eat, sleep, rave, repeat," was the refrain of one song played all over the playa last year.

News about the stock market's ups and downs hardly comes as music to the ears — unless you happen to be experimental musician Jace Clayton.

Clayton, who also performs and records as DJ /rupture, is working on a new composition called Gbadu And The Moirai Index, which uses an algorithm to translate the market's movements into a piece for four voices. Each singer plays a mythological character — the Moirai are the three Greek goddesses of fate, and Gbadu is a dual-gendered West African fate deity.

Last weekend, thousands of uncommonly refined punks flooded the Estonian town of Rakvere to participate in the third Punk Song Festival (previous gatherings were held in 2008 and 2011).

Psychedelic Rockford

Aug 28, 2015
James Clucas

 

The first Rockford Psych Fest took place Friday, August 21st.  The event was organized by local musician, Josh Weidman.

The Young Minds perform at Rockford Psych Fest `15.

(Video credit: James Clucas)

Tundras performs at Rockford Psych Fest `15.

(Video credit: James Clucas)

What's With Things Telling Us What To Do?

Aug 21, 2015

Surely I’m not the only Midwesterner made uncomfortable by ordering “video on demand.” On demand: it just seems so pushy and impolite.

I never demand anything. Even in restaurants, I’m sure to preface any request with, “When you get a chance.” Likewise I can’t demand a video. I’d be happy to get a “Video when you get a moment,” or “if you guys have the time to stream one for me.”

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Putting It All Together ...

Aug 19, 2015

A little groan rumbles out of me when I unwrap gifts that require assembly. 

There are always instructions, that I tend to call "destructions."

My poor wife knows she cannot be in the house (or the neighborhood) when I force myself to spread out a project and begin to decipher the "instructions."

I am a guy. I am supposed to be good at putting things together. I should enjoy doing things with my hands. But usually what I want to do with my hands involves someone else's throat.

After I begin the simple task of assembly, here is what will happen:

The list of its faculty and students is a who's who of 20th-century music: Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, John Adams, Augusta Read Thomas.

'Summertime' In Hanoi

Aug 11, 2015

Summer might be winding down, but you couldn't tell by the steamy temperatures, not only in much of the U.S. but also in Hanoi, where Vietnamese performer and composer Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ grew up — and where it should top out around 92 degrees today.

The denouement of a 35-year drama takes place Thursday at the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan. And I trust that my father, virtuoso violinist Roman Totenberg, who died three years ago, will be watching from somewhere.

For decades he played his beloved Stradivarius violin all over the world. And then one day, he turned around and it was gone. Stolen.

While he was greeting well-wishers after a concert, it was snatched from his office at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Mass.

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