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music

  • Red Rocket 7 - the (secret) rock history in comics
    Diverse conspiracy theories have been linking great events of human history to alien interventions: for several reasons, spatial beings have been helping our techno development since the beginning of ages, being sometimes confused with gods and mystical creatures. Mike Allred decided to go beyond usual conspiracy theories with the following purpose: and if our well-known rock'n'roll had a touch (or some chords) from outer...
  • The Poetical Nature of Tim Flach
    Born in 1958 in London, the photographer Tim Flach conquests us by his perception ability. His concepts embrace the animal world in its pure form or in contact with human beings. At his portraits, we are able to perceive feelings that, before, looked like just common on human qualities -- however, under the Tim's photographic look, they become common also to the animals, getting...
  • freak folk and naturalism: devendra banhart
    Innovative sounds, uncommon themes and vocal registers never used before -- at least on singing. No one sings like Animal Collective: the Sufjan Stevens and Devendra Banhart themes bring back nature to the city, and the new instruments they all use are a blast of fresh air to the alternative music. Freak-folk is an innovator musical genre which joins the traditional acoustic instruments of...
  • Kraftwerk - 1974, autobahn. The route and history of electronic music
    "Autobahn" is the name of the album released in 1974 by the German band Kraftwerk -- at that time, leaded by Florian Schneider-Esleben and Ralf Hütter. It would be known as the work which would put the guys on the map and deeply mark pop music on the following years. The first version of the album's title-song was very very long -- it had...
  • Theremin: Ether Music of the Gods
    If God or Gods or Angels or Devils could play a musical instrument, this would be, with no doubts, Theremin. It's an apotheosis revested by an ethereal sound, able to invade the body and break the soul into small pieces. It's magic. It's a musical instrument that can't be touched. Better: it's touched with no touch. The Theremin player, or the theremist, looks like...
  • Lady Gaga and her footsteps on the way to fame
    Listening about the decline of the nowadays pop music isn't a new thing. Superficial themes, musical weakness and sale care are the main arguments of those who defend this pessimistic way of thinking. The increasing decay of albums' sales also doesn't happen to get the whole picture better... But a voice shuts up the mouth of the critics. Not just the voice -- the...
  • God is an Astronaut - interview with Niels Kinsella
    As promised and as a follow up to the article God is an Astronaut - Suicide by star, here is an interview with one of the members of the band, Niels Kinsella. Speculum: Seven years and four albums later, what has changed in the band, in the meantime? Neils Kinsella: To be honest, it has been eight years playing together, but each of us...
  • God is an Astronaut - Suicide by star
    Ireland is an extremely peculiar island. Land of literary greats, in the last thirty years, it has become the land of great music as well, just think of U2, one of the biggest bands of the last decades....
  • Montegiro Lusso, an unusual turntable
    A mere mortal looks at sound equipment (the kind with exceptional quality and a matching price), with a mix of admiration and contempt. Admiration because, let's face it, a powerful amplifier or a set of electrostatic panel speakers are imposing and disdain because they can't find (or hear) such a big difference between them and the average equipment, at least not so much that...
  • An original Christmas Present
    The expression "vibrating to the sound of music" has become real. All you need is an electric guitar, an adaptor and two vibrating objects with a long configuration. Isn't it a creative Christmas present?...
  • Glastonbury - one of the biggest UK festivals
    During festival season in Europe, Glastonbury is one of the biggest, or biggest outdoors, gigs. One hundred and ninety people attended the 2009 edition of this event (virtually a Woodstock), that was wrapped-up last 28th of July. Among the hundreds of attractions, some of the best were Neil Young, Nick Cave, Fleet Foxes, Bruce Springsteen, Kasabian, Dizzee Rascal, Spinal Tap, Blur, Prodigy, Bon Iver,...
  • Sonic Chair: chair for listening to music
    This chair is truly a shell in which we can escape from the world, swayed by music. It was also created so that the sound that escapes from it is minimal, so as to not disturb whoever is around - or so they say... But it better be true, with the price they are trying to sell it for: about 7 000 Euros (over...
  • Psapp - about fun
    The name of the band is psapp - the first p is read and is an exclamation uttered by an anoyed neighbour with the noise coming from the house of one of the members, the day a strange instrument they had hanging from the ceilling caused the wood and plaster to colapse, after a long life of nearly 150 years....
  • Geography of music: Fiona Apple, books to put away, wood sounds
    When I don't like a musician or a writer that everyone tells me I might like, I keep my mouth shut and/ or keep myself in the security of indifference, more or less polite, although, I admit, I may be forced into speaking nonsense. Or I may take the initiative myself. Inside, when I think about it, I defend myself with silly arguments. But...
  • Feist and the lyricism of the senses jumping off the window
    Leslie Feist, the name of the girl with a peculiarly velvety voice with unpredictable tones who was born in Canada, 32 years ago, doesn't have a career that is easy to describe; none of that playing in a band, being discovered and going straight up in the Billboard charts. Somewhere between wanting to be a writer and walking in her socks through the dressing...
  • The serene sounds of Nouvelle Vague
    The Nouvelle Vague are a french music group, whose producers are Collin e Olivier Libaux. The name of the band comes from wordplay that refers simultaneously to the French culture of those involved and to the artistic French cinema movement of the 1960s. Their songs are mostly covers of punk and new wave songs from the 80s, mixed with a hint of Bossa Nova....
  • William Shatner singing
    Actor William Shatner will forever be remembered for his Captain Kirk character in Star Trek, a young, charming and brave officer who, boldly, went where no man had ever dared go before... Maybe Shatner was a modest guy before he became famous and then changed. One thing is for sure, the actor started holding himself on too good an account, judging himself to be...
  • Sound from wind: musical bicycle
    Recently awarded the third DESIGN 21 prize, in an international competition with the support of UNESCO, that aims at gathering proposals for global social themes, this young Korean designer, Joseph Kim surprised audiences with this system that transforms an ordinary bicycle into a musical instrument....
  • Joni Mitchell - Let Your Light Shine
    After announcing she was ready to quit the ‘cesspool that passed for the record business’, declaring she ‘couldn’t take any more stupidity’, Joni Mitchell has ‘returned’ with a brand new collection of songs, as political and environmentally conscious as ever. ‘I really believed I was never going to make another record’, she admitted ‘I convinced a lot of people and oops, here it came.’...
  • Zbigniew Preisner – the composer
    As his name suggests, Zbigniew Preisner is polish. He is also the composer of many of the late Krzysztof Kieslowski’s (who is also polish) movies’ soundtracks. Kieslowski being one of Europe’s most influential directors from the end of the twentieth century. Preisner’s latest album is entitled “Silence, Night & Dreams” and in it, he works with Teresa Salgueiro (former vocalist of Madredeus, one of...
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