February 22, 2014

Cameo Gallery Electrical Night


I'm really excited about Cameo Gallery's first Electrical Night! It's an event I've been helping set up for a while now. Here's the pitch:

An intimate evening of analog synthesizers, education, time travel and love. Also Cascading Slopes record release party. Hang around afterwards for an old fashion electronic music dance party: Kraftwerk, early OMD and undancable music from the darkest corners of the Radiophonic Workshop.

Cascading Slopes' performance will be a little more grand than usual, Justin Jolley and Joanna Tillman will be coming up from Maryland to play synthesizers and sing with us and the lovely and talented Brian Castriota will be retuning from Scotland and doing some visual synthesis for us. And, not to get all dramatic, but it could very well be last Cascading Slopes concert in a long time.

There will be so much exciting stuff happening on this night, I'll be sure to give you a full report with pictures here.

If you're in New York and would like to come, you can get tickets here: http://ticketf.ly/1e3PScJ and RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1397404440519151/

I think this is what I'm most excited about:



February 20, 2014

Tomita's Whistle Sound


Interesting that it's just filtered noise. I read an interview of Wendy Carlos years ago where she described a similar sound she'd made with noise, through a filter that was keyboard tracked for the pitch. I know I've posted this video before, but it's so wonderful and is also a perfect example of this sound:




February 15, 2014

My Little C.S. Lewis Collection

As you know I am an avid fan of C.S. Lewis. I've always collected his books and books about him. But a few years ago I decided to get some of the real stuff, first editions! I also love old stuff, so the thought to get some first editions took root very easily once it appeared (probably also partly inspired by my dear friend Justin giving me a first edition of The Magician's Nephew about ten years ago as a Christmas present. One of the best Christmas presents of my life! Because of what it was, sure, but also the thought behind it).


Now, I'm also not a crazy collector person and I don't like to spend a lot of money on anything so I'm using the term "first editions" very loosely here. None of these book are first printings of first editions, but just second or third printings of first editions or first American editions,  -- that sort of thing. I actually never spent more than $30 on any of these books, and most of them I got for much less. I just keep an eye out for a good deal! It's all just for fun, you know!

Anyway, over the past few years I've managed to get some very old copies of The Space Trilogy, The Great Divorce, Broadcast Talks, The Screwtape Letters and more. It's a modest collection of about twenty books, but since they aren't really first editions anyway, I don't know how to count them properly (do I count my Narnia Puffin books? They're kind of old and lovely too!)

So yesterday the latest edition to the collection arrived in the mail; perhaps my favorite book of all time... Till We Have Faces!



February 10, 2014

False Alarm

Well Roland has just let the cat out of the bag. It's all digital. Typical. I can't say that I'm really disappointed though, these things already looked hideous and that's reason enough to turn me off.

http://www.roland.com/aira/

"Talk about ACB" video.

Mia Farrow has the Best Singing Voice in the World


I first heard her sing in the film The Last Unicorn and I always thought her voice was just incredible. It's so fragile but all the more expressive because of it. I was shocked to find her song from The Last Unicorn, Now That I'm a Woman, has been overdubbed by "good" singers in many videos on youtube. These profession singers don't hold a candle to Mia's perfectly, wobbly performance. I recently found this 1976 version of Peter Pan starting Mia. There's a lot of great songs in it, but this one really stands out. If you ever see me walking around or on the subway listening to music, it's probably something like this.