Craig Anderton’s Tribute to Moog: Rapture Presets, and a Call to Save History

Dust off that Minimoog and hear it in a new way: The real legacy of Moog is when sounds keep evolving from his ideas. That’s led Craig to make new Moog-inspired sounds with a digital synth. And just as importantly, it’s led a new charge to preserve the history of electronic music, like this original Minimoog found in the Moog collection. Photo courtesy The Bob Moog Foundation. Craig Anderton is easily the most prolific music technology writer on the planet. We got an exclusive interview with him at Cakewalk at the NAMM show to talk about the technologist who has …

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Free Anti-Radiation Music Downloads from Kraftwerk, Ryuichi Sakamoto Friends

Musical activists are opposing a Japanese nuclear reprocessing plant. What’s in it for you: free musical downloads opposing contamination by nuclear radiation. (Any pro-radiation readers will have to look elsewhere.) Nuclear reprocessing is a way of reclaiming spent nuclear fuels. Sounds great, right — recycling and whatnot? Unfortunately, there are serious risks involved. The plant, Rokkasho-mura reprocessing plant in Japan’s Aomori Prefecture, is under fire because: Just two weeks into testing, after the plant opened last year, radioactive water containing plutonium and uranium spilled inside the plant. According to a recent report, this particular plant has a design flaw that …

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Avoiding a Massive Attack: Electronic Musicians Take on UK Nukes

Massive Attack today pointed their email list to demonstrations protesting a renewed nuclear defense system in the UK. What’s unique about this particular movement is the number of high-profile British musicians expressing their position, including Thom Yorke, Damon Albarn, Ian Brown, Jarvis Cocker, Bloc Party, Franz Ferdinand and Razorlight: Thom Yorke, Damon Albarn, Massive Attack, Bloc Party: No Bomb! [ENERGYLAB] The movement has a theme song, as well: “Don’t Bomb When You’re the Bomb,” by Blur. Interestingly, the single had a mysterious release: it showed up in UK record shops with only a plain red label and the name of …

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Music as Activism: Covering John Lennon for Human Rights

These days, labels are coming up with all sorts of ways to reinvigorate their back catalogs for profit-making, but here’s a novel concept: putting them to work for peace. 25 years after the death of John Lennon, Yoko Ono has contributed the entire Lennon songbook (including “Imagine”) to Amnesty International, to help attract new supporters to the cause of international human rights. The immediate call to action: seeking a global Arms Trade Tready to help prevent gun violence. Artists involved include Black Eyed Peas, Snow Patrol, The Cure, and The Postal Service. (Shown below: Snow Patrol in the studio.) The …

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Music as Activism: iTunes Videos Could Help Sudan + Indie Film

Indie film and iTunes? Maybe hard to believe a day after the announcement when you can only watch a few ABC TV shows or Pixar shorts, but Dave Ahl of Modiba Productions writes us in with an optimistic take: I just wanted to let you know how revolutionary Apple’s announcement regarding paid downloadable video segements is for independent film-makers. Modiba Productions (an African music and film company raising money and awareness for African social and political causes thru the arts) has been waiting for precisely this business model. For the first time ever, small companies without retail distribution or a …

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Drumming for Katrina Victims: $25 “New Orleans Strut” Loops for Habitat

Musicians continue to band together for the victims of Katrina in the New Orleans area and Mississippi. For just $25, you can get 100% of your money to Habitat for Humanity for rebuilding homes, and get an amazing library of drum loop samples from some of America’s drumming masters to lift your musical spirits: Spectrasonics New Orleans Strut ($25 Web download)

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CD Baby: Independent Artists for Red Cross

Another fundraiser for victims of Katrina, by way of our friend David Battino at O’Reilly Digital Media: CD Baby: 100% of Profits to Red Cross Thousands of artists are participating, and CD Baby is certainly an outfit I trust. We at CDM always advocate supporting independent music, so I certainly can’t resist pointing this one out. Favorite artists on CD Baby? Chime in with CD suggestions in comments. Better yet, let us know if you’ve got music of your own on CD Baby included in the fundraising efforts.

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Katrina Updates: Musicians Rally; Benefit in Denver

More bad news continues to pour in from New Orleans, as musicians rally to keep strong and help. Associated Press had reported R&B legend Fats Domino was missing, but good news — he’s been rescued. Harry Connick, Jr. calls New Orleans residents “freakishly strong”. Friday he’ll be part of a televised fundraiser with other musicians. That fundraising concert is likely to be one of many, as musicians rally for the affected communities. Promoter John Vlautin has sent me information on a benefit in Denver; details on that event plus where to donate after the jump. (For more donation links, in …

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Music + Activism: African Artists Team Up for Sudan

Online music not only offers new opportunities for spreading new independent music, but new music activism as well. I’m really excited to have the chance to pass along this email; some of my favorite Afrobeat artists involved here. Politics aside, it’s music I personally enjoy more than a lot of the Live8 stuff. And getting word out about Darfur couldn’t be more uregent. Dave Ahl, music director for Modiba Productions, writes us: I wanted to alert your attention to a project I co-produced. It’s an afrobeat compilation album called “ASAP: the Afrobeat Sudan Aid Project” and includes musicians like Tony …

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Music as Activism: Live 8

Remember Farm Aid and the many other “Aid” events of the 80s? It was a more innocent time, a time in which rockers thought they could influence events. Or is that spirit really dead, after all? Musicians hoping to change the direction of the G8 conference of world leaders have a new tool: the Web, and grassroots interest. You can track Live 8’s widespread coverage online via a special Technorati tool that links to stories in the blogosphere. (I regularly track stories on this site through Technorati; it’s a great tool, though it’s not always entirely reliable.) Of course, part …

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