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Brian Eno on Music

POSTED ON December 31st  - POSTED IN ambient, Community, electronic, music, Opinion, videos

Brian Eno on Music

In the video below, electronic music pioneer, Brian Eno gives his opinion on music. In particular, he discusses how technology has changed music… in today’s era, he states that it “.. with software-based instruments we have a revolution equivelent to the grand piano every day”. It is an excellent perspective from someone who has not only witnessed the changes in music but lived them as well.  It is an interview about the John Peel Lecture by Brian Eno on music on culture.

Leon Theremin Plays the Theremin

POSTED ON December 30th  - POSTED IN electronic, music, videos
Leon Theremin performing a trio for theremin, ...

Leon Theremin performing a trio for theremin, voice and piano, c. 1924. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Leon Theremin Plays the Theremin

The Theremin is a unique instrument. You don’t touch it to play it. Invented by Profesor Lev Sergeyvich Termen, later known as Leon Theremin, in 1919, it is one of the first electronic instruments.

It works by capacitance and heterodyning. Most have two antennas, waving your hand in front of one controls the amplitude (volume) and the other the pitch. The closer you move the volume hand, the quieter it gets and the closer your pitch hand is, the higher the pitch. It is also fairly difficult to play. You need much practice and a good ear for pitch.

Due to its ethereal-spacey sound, it has been used in many science fiction works including Dr. Who. It has a sound that lends itself well to the genre. It also gained recognition when Jimmy Page used it in some of Led Zeppelin’s music.

Check out the inventor performing on his instrument in the video below.

Leon Theremin and His Wonderful Theremin

If you wish to watch more Theremin videos, you can check some out at Open Culture which is where I found the above video. If you would really like to find more about the instrument itself, I would suggest Theremin World.  Also of note, the professor did not stop with just the Theremin, he also created a Theremin Cello.

Steve Benjamins – Sightlines

Steve Benjamins – Sightlines

Steve Benjamins is a musician from Toronto.  His latest release Sightlines is an ear pleasing collection of downtempo and indie pop.  While his music does have the sound of these genres, this work is eclectic, unique and fresh. His voice is both powerful and soothing. His compositions leave the listener wishing to hear more.  In my opinion, this six track EP, his third release, is his best…  I mean that, on discovery of Steve, I listened to everything I could find by him on the web.

Steve Banjamins - Sightlines

Steve Benjamins – Sightlines

Steve’s combination of vocal and musical styles keep it mellow while maintaining steady movement and energy. He keeps it interesting, you won’t want to stop listening. 

There are tracks that flow very much like a Philip Glass work with simple almost monophonic repetitive melodies, others layered for an orchestral feel, at times reminiscent of Mike and the Mechanics, even very unique tracks with a discordant battle going on between the instruments and, best of all, doing it all by creating distinct sound of his own.

A Trash Secret – A Musical Junk Kickstarter Project

An Interesting Take on Trash

I got wind of this via Cory Doctorow over at Boing! Boing!  I would encourage you to simply check out the 6 minute video because the creator of this project not only explains it well but you can see, hear and feel his passion.  He also shares many of the “inventions” he is already using for his Kickstarter Project, A Trash Secret.

2013.11.08 – An Interview with Symfinity


Spotlight on Symfinity and Intangible Dreams

Symfinity - Intangible Dreams - coverLumpy was completely blown away when he first checked out the first full length album by the five piece band, Symfinity.  If you like symphonic rock music mixed and recorded technically as well as composed, as in both excellent,  you’ll love this album, Intangible Dreams.

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