808movie

On the Eve of New 808 Film, Techno’s Roots Matter More Than Ever [Videos]

If rock music had the Gibson Les Paul and Fender Stratocaster, hip hop and dance music have the TR-808. And if its sound seems sometimes overly familiar, even that is in some sense a hat-tip (pardon the pun) to its enduring ubiquity. Now, the Roland TR-808 gets its own full-length documentary, told primarily through the eyes of the people who repurposed its idiosyncratic sound to spin new musical genres and start a revolution. The film features extensive input from Arthur Baker, who acts as a centerpiece for the movie. Baker was the producer behind Afrika Bambaataa’s ‘Planet Rock,’ a record …

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From Wires: Keith Fullerton Whitman’s Modular Music, Conversation with CDM, 12 Hours of Music

We make music through objects, whether instruments or machines. And so we have this relationship between our ideas and those objects, between our imagination and the imagination of the people who built them. Talking to Keith Fullerton Whitman about his suitcase of modular gear, then, wasn’t just geeking out. It was a chance to understand how he relates his music to those bits of gear, and the community of people who make them. (For another glimpse of that community, see our tour of a booth of a passionate distributor at Musikmesse.) Keith joined us at CTM Festival, Berlin, over the …

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NY, Boston Area: Last Call for Projects for CDM Events

If you’re local to the New York or Boston area and want to show off your latest musical / visualist work, we’d love to host you. We’ve got some fun events coming up with Make Magazine, Etsy, and the HOPE hacker conference, plus an all-visualist event in the works for Boston. The submission form was briefly broken, but this one should work — no login required. Submit your work on Google Docs Get your results in by this Friday — we want lots of advance notice so we can plan logistics and publicity accordingly. And thanks to those of you …

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Hey, Bostonites! Boston CyberArts Events?

I’m off to Boston where I’ll be presenting work Saturday and Sunday 4/21-22 in the Ideas in Motion (dance + technology) portion of Boston CyberArts. (At the last minute, I wound up involved not only Saturday afternoon at 2pm with my own work, but Sunday morning at the Swiss Consulate with Andrea Haenggi.) More on this here on CDMusic and CDMotion soon. Anything going on that weekend? (Making my travel plans now.) Anything worth making an additional trip from New York to Boston to see? Let me know!

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