Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Downloads and vids.

Seattle based, U.S.F: Branss

House music from 1989 Marshall Jefferson aka Virgo: Do You Know Who You Are?

Minneapolis based, Love Lake: Ghost

Another one from Love Lake: Curses

Italian band, Drink to Me:

New Flying Lotus video:

Ontario, CN based Mathemagic

Mathemagic - Breaststroke from EyeBodega on Vimeo.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Ithaca Music

If you have not heard Hank Roberts and his cello then check these out. Old 1988 footage from Berlin with Joey Baron (dr) and Bill Frisell (g) and others.

2007, Chapterhouse, Ithaca, NY

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Savory Jazz Collection

The National Jazz Museum has begun the digitization process of the old Savory collection, named after the 1930s audio engineer, William Savory. The NY Times has a great piece documenting the process. Looks like these recordings had gone unheard for 70 years! Regarding the actual recording technology, money quote:

Part of what makes the Savory collection so alluring and historically important is its unusual format. At the time Savory was recording radio broadcasts for his own pleasure, which was before the introduction of tape, most studio performances were issued on 10-inch 78-r.p.m. shellac discs, which, with their limited capacity, could capture only about three minutes of music.

But Mr. Savory had access to 12- or even 16-inch discs, made of aluminum or acetate, and sometimes recorded at speeds of 33 1/3 r.p.m. That combination of bigger discs, slower speeds and more durable material allowed Mr. Savory to record longer performances in their entirety, including jam sessions at which musicians could stretch out and play extended solos that tested their creative mettle.

“Most of what exists from this era was done at home by young musicians or fans, and so you get really bad-sounding recordings,” Mr. Schoenberg said. “The difference with Bill Savory is that he was both a musician and a technical genius. You hear some of this stuff and you say, ‘This can’t be 70 years old.’ ”

Monday, August 16, 2010

Oscillations and Brain Networks

One of the areas of study in neuroscience which has grown a lot in recent years is the study of brain network oscillations and their role in sensory coding and their behavioral correlates. A recent study in Neuron by Akem and Kullmann (sweet video abstract) suggests that the brain may act like an AM Radio to allow for functional sensory coding. I hope to post more on brain rhythms, sensory coding, and behavioral state, particularly as it relates to my research and to other work being in doing in the lab, in the coming months.

A Historian Remembered

Tony Judt, a Professor of History at NYU and perhaps one of the most important contemporary European historians and political critics passed away earlier this month. I believe the Guardian's obit is most imformative of the major new outlets. Prior to his death from the effects amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the majority of his writing consisted of a series of essays for the New York Review of Books and which culminated in a new and final book published earlier this year, Ill Fares the Land, which I am currently reading. Here he is on Charlie Rose discussing his 2005 book, Postwar, which I voraciously ingested last summer.

Psychedlic Aliens coming soon!

From Voodoo Funk/Academy Records

End of Summer Music Dump

Haven't posted anything for a while. Let's start this back up right with new music. (Right click the song title to save)

Staight outta Denver,Married in Berdichev: Wait

New Deerhunter: Revival

Two from SLEEP ∞ OVER: Outer Limits and La Rose

This is my favorite. Panda Bear: Untitled (Live at Primavera Sound 2010)

His other new track Benefica, uses a futbol crowd as a sample.