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by Jane Jansen Seymour

24 Mar 2011


Darren Solomon spends his days writing music for commercials, TV and movies at Big Foote Music + Sound, working with many top session musicians in New York City. Another outlet is his cool electro pop band, Science for Girls, which incorporates a handful of singer/songwriters from the area. Lately, he has also created an online collaboration for anyone anywhere to join in composing a musical piece. InBFlat.net is a collection of 20 YouTube videos by professional musicians as well as everyday enthusiasts, using a wide array of instruments. Solomon set the parameters based on a 1960s minimalist composition called “In C” by Terry Riley. Here, each video is under two minutes long and in the brass-friendly key of B flat. The webpage features performance by musicians all over the globe playing traditional trumpet, clarinet and guitar along with non-traditional pairings such as harmonium and synthesizers, even a Nintendo DS. The human voice is also part of the plan, both the spoken word and sung vocals. By choosing a few or all 20, a visitor can create their own piece of music as well as controlling the mix by adjusting the volume of each video. 

In a recent interview with NPR, Solomon explains that the idea came after learning how YouTube allows 20 videos to play simultaneously. To bring people together online who normally wouldn’t be in the same room had its appeal as well. He calls it his digital Web 2.0 tribute to Riley, yet this project is another example of how the internet has further expanded the simple notion of collaboration.

by Jessy Krupa

24 Mar 2011


The most moving moment on the annual Stand Up to Cancer telethon was this tribute to those who had lost their lives from cancer, performed by Stevie Wonder, Martina McBride, and Aaron Neville.

 

by Eric Allen Been

24 Mar 2011


Photo courtesy of Detroit’s Movement Electronic Music Festival

Detroit’s Movement Electronic Music Festival just named its headliners for the Memorial Day weekend party, which includes Detroit techno legend Carl Craig performing live for the first time ever as his moniker 69, the Brighton-based DJ and producer Fatboy Slim and the Chicago house/electro icon Felix Da Housecat. Previously named acts included, among others, Green Velvet, Sven Väth and Goldie.

The entire line-up for the electronic music festival, which takes place May 28 through May 30 in Detroit’s Hart Plaza, is listed below.  Head over to Movement’s website for more info.

Movement Electronic Music Festival Lineup…
69 (Carl Craig) (live), Al Ester, Beardyman (live), Ben Klock, Claude Young, DJ Harvey, Dr. Atmo, DTM 5x5 (DJ Seoul, T.Linder, Neil V, Darkcube, DJ Psycho), Dubfire, Elliot Lipp (live), Fatboy Slim, Felix Da Housecat, Franki Juncaj aka DJ 3000, Gaslamp Killer, Guti (live), Hudson Mohawke – live, James Zabiela, Kero (live), Livio & Roby, Loco Dice, Martin Buttrich (live), Matt Clarke, Metro Area, Mike Servito, Pulshar (live), Ramadanman, Ryan Elliott, Steve Rachmad, Traversable Wormhole aka Adam X (live), Ana Sia, Art Department, Bruce Bailey, Cio D’or, Dam-Funk & Master Blazter (live), DJ T-1000, Echospace (live), Goldie, Green Velvet (live), Kerri Chandler, Marcel Dettman, Mimosa, Reference, Scuba, Shlomi Aber, Skrillex (live), Soul Clap, Sven Väth, Tini, Visionquest (live and DJ set)

by Cynthia Fuchs

24 Mar 2011


Part political investigation and part cultural critique, Alex Gibney’s brilliant documentary is also a series of intricate performance pieces. As Eliot Spitzer and others describe the trajectory of his New York career, all do their best to shape the story, and also to make their versions seem honest and insightful. As AG and as governor, Spitzer pursued Wall Street corruption, inspiring the enmity of some very powerful usual suspects. While the movie doesn’t defend Spitzer’s deception of his wife and family, or excuse his ridiculous choice to patronize the Emperor’s Club VIP, it does situate that bad behavior in multiple broader contexts, all in flux by definition. Spitzer is not deviant or even exceptional. He is, instead, a participant in a game that is at once mundane and creepy, one that no one seems inclined to challenge, but only to play as brutally as possible, and above all, to play well.

Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer is screening as part of Maysles Cinema’s “True Crime” series. The 24 March show will be followed by a Q&A with Alex Gibney.

See PopMattersreview.

by Eric Allen Been

23 Mar 2011


Animal Collective are the curators of this year’s All Tomorrow’s Parties in Minehead, England, and in an effort to familiarize festival-goers with the lineup, the band just released a free mix featuring several of the acts on the bill. The mix’s setlist and stream are listed below. Animal Collective’s ATP weekend goes down May 13 through the 15. Head over to ATP’s website for more details

  ATP Animal Collective Mix by All Tomorrows Parties

00:00 OV (extract) – Orthrelm
01:38 “Fireworks” – Animal Collective
08:21 “Norway” – Beach House
12:23 “Credit” – Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
15:45 “House Jam (XXXChange Remix)” – Gang Gang Dance
20:12 “Heavy Water/I’d Rather Be Sleeping” – Grouper
23:00 “Cheaters” – Teengirl Fantasy
29:07 “Shina Blockas” – Big Boi feat. Gucci Mane
32:43 “Freeway” – Kurt Vile
35:15 “Up On The Sun” – Meat Puppets
39:14 “Vacuum Boogie” – Floating Points
45:17 “High Road” – Deradoorian
50:52 “Goumou” – Khaira Arby
56:06 “Oh Paris!” – Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele
58:46 “Gentleman’s Lament” – Thinking Fellers Union Local 282
61:31 “Night Cream” – Black Dice
67:01 “Discover Your Colors” – Ear Pwr
70:13 “I’ve Got Drugs (Out Of The Mist)” – The Frogs
72:31 “Trashy Boys” – Tickley Feather
77:17 “Good Time” – Yi Yi Thant & Aung Heina
81:40 “Rookoobay” – The Brothers Unconnected
85:13 “Grim Reaper Blues (Live In Big Sur)” – The Entrance Band
92:26″ Mawak Lakhaal” – Group Doueh
95:55 “Raghupati” – Prince Rama
101:07 “How You Satisfy Me” – Spectrum
105:16 “Catch Attack” – Drawlings
109:14 “Al Anon” – Eric Copeland
113:10 “Melankolia (Edit)” – Vladislav Delay
122:01 “Four Violins (Extract)” – Tony Conrad
127:34 “Wended V – Mick Barr
135:45 “Fuck Mixing, Let’s Dance” – Zomby

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