Noise Gate : September's Round-Up

Listing some of the more interesting links, tunes, and topics that have recently entered the Q-BAM orbit, as sporadically posted on my Twitter, Facebook, or Google+ pages.

  • Via NPR, quite a good article on the heady days of the 'electronica explosion' in the mid-to-late-nineties. Features more than a few observations from some old friends of mine.
  • Here's Gang Of Four's "Not Great Men" as performed by a Japanese bell troupe.
  • A Mixmaster Morris 'Chillout Zone' radio mix recorded in 1993 ... fantastic, nostalgic sounds within.
  • Check out Stussy's Make Beats contest, ending on September 14.
  • Richard Norris (he of The Time & Space Machine / Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve) has posted a list of 50 psych-rock tunes with links pointing to YouTube music clips for yr listening exploration. Groovy.
  • Here's a fantastic article on the origin of music genre (and sub-genre) names. I didn't know half this stuff.
  • Two books I've added to my wish list: Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design and Made in Russia: Vintage Curiosities of Soviet Design
  • Arthur C. Clarke attempts to predict the future in 1964. He seems to get some of it right.
  • Some musical selections: The Backwoods - "Sunstream" / Jean-Michel Jarre - "Hypnose (Partie 1)" / Adele vs Swamburger - "Rolling in the Sun Vibes (Jimi Needles Light Night Cocktail)" / Brian Eno - "Ali Click"
  • An old video on Brion Gysin + William S. Burroughs' Cut-Up Method, with examples.
  • This list of 10 Great Shoegaze Songs isn't that bad at all, actually.
  • An online article that I can totally relate to: Kill Your Plug-ins and Up Your Music Production Skills. I'm switching out my studio computer over the next week (going from 'really outdated' to 'somewhat outdated') and had already decided to start from scratch as far as plug-ins and the like go. I'm going to leave about 80% of my soft-synth/effects plugs behind, focusing on the few that I use repeatedly. Like the author of this piece, the more plug-ins I have (and the more complex they are) the more I find myself road-blocked, either endlessly tweaking parameters or just creatively paralyzed by too many options. I realize it's not the same for every creative person ... I know quite a few who get quite inspired by adding the latest, fanciest new plug-in to their arsenal. Unfortunately, I'm not that person. I look forward to my future zen garden of music plug-ins.