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My Obsession With the Necks, the Greatest Trio on Earth

Ideally this article would start with a single-word sentence. A single <i>short</i> word. A short word like “quiet” or, in musical terminology, “<i>piano</i>.” That word, “piano,” would be repeated. It would be repeated several times. As it was repeated, we would become conscious that it had changed, that in the …

New Albums

Marc Bolan: Cosmic Dancer review – he was hard to love, but everyone loved him

‘Personally the prospect of immortality does not excite me, but the prospect of being a materialistic idol for four years does,” says Marc Bolan, narrating his own documentary <b>Marc Bolan: Cosmic Dancer</b> (BBC4). Well, actually it’s actor Jamie Bamber talking, but he is using Bolan’s words, extracted …

Extracted

Radiophrenia are back with an open call for sound and radio works

Annual Glaswegian FM and online broadcast Radiophrenia makes an open call for radio works, with its deadline coming up on 24 SeptemberMonth long …

Radio

Doctors of Madness: The punk band before punk, that predicted Trump before Trump

They perfected angry screeching misanthropy before the Sex Pistols – and helped inspire bands such as the Damned and the Skids. So why have they been consigned to history?<p>“We were John the Baptist, we weren’t Jesus Christ.” Doctors of Madness frontman Richard Strange is talking about his band’s …

Jesus

Momus, Hearspool (2013-2017)

<b>Momus (Nick Currie)</b> (b. 1960)<p><b>Hearspool</b> (2013-2017)<p>Hearspool is an ongoing series of hourlong experimental radiophonic pieces by Momus. They were …

Avant-garde

The Alternative Facts of Samuel Beckett’s “Watt”

In the summer of 1942, Samuel Beckett and his partner Suzanne Dechevaux-Dumesnil fled their apartment in the German-occupied city of Paris. After more than a month on the run, including stints sleeping in parks and hiding in trees from Nazi patrols, they wound up in the town of Roussillon d’Apt, in …

The Hum Blog

Continue reading “on the reissue of four seminal lps from dharma, via souffle continu” →<p>Continue reading “on alvin lucier’s illuminated by the moon, …

Classical Music

Flower Turned Inside-Out: An Interview with Glenn Jones

He's the master of the American primitive guitar, but Glenn Jones followed up the most personal album of his career with proof that he has no signs …

Guitar

Keith Emerson's playing was in stark contrast to my troglodyte brutality

When a concert by Keith Emerson was announced as part of last year’s Barbican Moog Concordance series (alongside unlikely programme mates Suicide and Charlemagne Palestine), promising the maestro presiding over a towering modular synth rig and a Wagnerian-scale orchestra, I did not hesitate to …

Innovation

Factory 25 Acquires WFMU Doc ‘Sex and Broadcasting’

Factory 25 Acquires WFMU Doc 'Sex and Broadcasting'<p>READ MORE: Exclusive: Clip From WFMU Documentary ‘Sex And Broadcasting’ Hurts A Little<p>Factory 25, …

From the classical archive: György Ligeti 1974 interview

From the archive | 7 May 1974: In a rare interview, Ligeti talks to the Guardian’s Christopher Ford about composition and the use of his music in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey<p>A guide to György Ligeti’s music<p>György Ligeti is one of those composers whose music you probably know even if you …

Flute

Retrotechtacular: The Theremin Terpsitone

Léon Theremin built his eponymous instrument in 1920 under Soviet sponsorship to study proximity sensors. He later applied the idea of generating …

Hacking

The Discovery of Roscoe Holcomb and the “High Lonesome Sound”

The great dragnet of the American folk revival—which began in New York City in the mid-nineteen-thirties, and, lore dictates, started to falter when Bob Dylan powered up an electric guitar at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival—resulted in the retrieval and trotting out of various long-retired rural …

13 great Prepared Guitar Videos

MONTAGE OF HECK (mixtape) by Kurt Cobain

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