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Analog, Digital: Fortune Cookie of Wisdom

Transcription: Digital circuits are made from analog parts. No further comment. Via the wonderful Rucyl, artist and blogger of Saturn Never Sleeps. Both her Tumblr and the blogging she does for SNS are terrific spots to visit when you feel stuck for creative energies. That to me is the Web at its best: directed procrastination, like connecting jumper cables to the part of you that makes new things. Tech, used only for its own sake, can’t do that. http://rucyl.com/ http://saturnneversleeps.com/blog/ And on that note, below, some music from our SNS friends:

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Prince: The Internet is Over; Digital Music Just Fills Your Head with Numbers

I hope you liked music while it lasted, because me and a bunch of nerds are about to replace it with … this. Photo (CC-BY) João Trindade Music celebrities have given CDM words to live by over the years — strange, yet strangely profound, reflections on the evils of modern technology. Sure, they’re trying to make some point about MP3 compression or the potential distractions of the Internet or … something. Yet, taken out of context, they form a kind of beat poetry for our time. 2006, Bob Dylan: “New records … have sound all over them. … CDs are …

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Inside the Mind of Stephan Schmitt: A New Synth, and Thoughts on Playability

A synth interface, on the surface, is just more knobs. So we look to creator Stephan Schmitt to find out what makes his synth invention tick – and his thoughts on synth-building philosophy. Click for larger version of the UI, which you can access to create your own sounds if you have a copy of Reaktor. If you think there aren’t still exciting things happening in synthesizer design in the age of software, you haven’t met people like Stephan Schmitt. Schmitt, founder of Native Instruments and the “mastermind” of Reaktor, could be seen as a mad sonic scientist behind NI. …

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Comment of the Week: “I don’t want play in the club”

Photo: Home Taping Is Killing Music, (CC) andy in nyc. This is a profound comment on so many levels. I’ll let it speak for itself: Yes, you can contact with me. But, if you would want that I played on your party on cassettes, then I refuse. I do not play on cassettes any more. In general, I don’t want play in the club, because people come there to drink and to search partner for copulate. This is bad. – Artjom, Russian DJ and alternative interface researcher, commenting on Homemade Cassette Tape DJ Mixers + Max/MSP PC We feel you, …

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Worst Publicist Nightmare: Electronic Musicians Like Future Sound of London

Finding a PR spin is often a challenge for artists, particularly when people delve into experimental electronica. Here’s how Future Sound of London, erm, “sugar coats” their work, circa the early 90s: Choice quotes: On sampling: It’s a way of lying. “I’m wasn’t the girl screaming in the park. That wasn’t me … She did it. I took it.” On copyright infringement: “I can’t help it. I’m receiving it.” On musical evolution: “We’ve become everything I hated, which is a musician.” On the art: “We’re some weird illness.” And then he says the music will make you impotent. (There’s a …

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