Thursday, November 30, 2006

levitating small animals through sound

I've been at jungle parties that felt like this


"Xie and his colleagues employed an ultrasound emitter and reflector that generated a sound pressure field between them. The emitter produced roughly 20-millimeter-wavelength sounds, meaning it could in theory levitate objects half that wavelength or less.

After the investigators got the ultrasound field going, they used tweezers to carefully place animals between the emitter and reflector. The scientists found they could float ants, beetles, spiders, ladybugs, bees, tadpoles and fish up to a little more than a third of an inch long in midair."

that's what I want bass to do to me!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

back in the dayyy

NUMBER ONE HIT SONGS - the year I turned 18

Bold = Like
Strike = dislike
italic = know neither like nor dislike
normal = never heard it

December 8, 1990 - January 4, 1991: Because I Love You (The Postman Song) - Stevie B
January 5 - January 18: Justify My Love - Madonna
January 19 January 25: Love Will Never Do (Without You) - Janet Jackson
January 26 - February 8: The First Time - Surface
February 9 - February 22: Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) - C&C Music Factory featuring Freedom Williams
February 23 - March 8: All the Man That I Need - Whitney Houston
March 9 - March 23: Someday - Mariah Carey

March 23 - March 29: One More Try - Timmy T.
March 30 - April 12: Coming out of the Dark - Gloria Estefan
April 13 - April 19: I've Been Thinking About You - Londonbeat
April 20 - April 26: You're in Love - Wilson Phillips
April 27 - May 10: Baby Baby - Amy Grant
May 11 - May 17: Joyride - Roxette

May 18 - May 24: I Like the Way (The Kissing Game) - Hi-Five
May 25 - June 7: I Don't Wanna Cry - Mariah Carey
June 8 - June 14: More Than Words - Extreme

June 15 - July 19: Rush, Rush - Paula Abdul
July 20 - July 26: Unbelievable - EMF
July 27 - September 23: (Everything I Do) I Do It for You - Bryan Adams
September 14 - September 20: The Promise of a New Day - Paula Abdul
September 21 - October 4: I Adore Mi Amor - Color Me Badd
October 5 - October 11: Good Vibrations - Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch featuring Loleatta Holloway
October 12 - November 1: Emotions - Mariah Carey

November 2 - November 8: Romantic - Karyn White
November 9 - November 22: Cream - Prince & the New Power Generation
November 23 - November 29: When a Man Loves a Woman - Michael Bolton
November 30 - December 6: Set Adrift on Memory Bliss - PM Dawn
December 7, 1991- January 24, 1992: Black Or White - Michael Jackson

well that was enlightening.

1991 was a fricking golden era for indie rock and hardcore! I listened so much music that year - it was my chance to immerse myself in the music and all that damn indie-rock trivia (who produced who, whose bassist showed up later in which band, blah blah). What awesome music.
Helmet "Unsung"
The Jesus Lizard "Goat" (did you know you can get Mouth Breather as a ringtone?)
and Slint "Spiderland"

(not to mention the explosion that was to come the next year: Bikini Kill

and Huggy Bear!!!)

And for hiphop? Man, Low End Theory AND A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing. Cypress Hill and ICE T's O.G. : Original Gangsta (ok that was a bit cheesy). And even some booty house I remember getting down to.

I had pretty much forgotten about how outside the top40 world I was back then. Now my hiphop tastes have crossed over at least a little bit. But thinking about it I can't even name or recognize non-hiphop top40. That was making me feel old when I look at MTV or whatnot .. but looking back to 1991 I guess even then, maybe I would know what it was, but it didn't have much to do with me and the music I liked.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Dec 2 gig!

I'm off to the Cape Cod for a few days. But I will be preparing for a proper ragga jungle party, courtesy of my old mate The Stapler, proprietor of the SoFat SoundSystem, in San Francisco on December 2. Bring your dancing shoes!

I remember when I went to Europe to tour, I'd been partly inspired by The Stapler's intercontinental exploits - I believe he'd gone round the world with his records at some point before that. Lugging my huge box of records across the continent somehow appealed - and it seemed appropriate to invite him along, and also Aaron Spectre, who had given me my first gig in NY (along with Heartworm, now of 5lowershopsf - which is whereThe Stapler has been this past year as well! yes we all seem to end up leftcoast for a bit). I'd moved to NY in June 2001. The three of us hit a few cities - including Berlin, Prague, and Linz. Anyway I don't think Aaron had been to europe much, but he seems to have liked it, as he's on year 3 of living in Berlin 'sfarasIknow. The place is real friendly to artists. Anyway I'm glad The Stapler is doing more shows out here... and proud to reunite. so come out and dance with us!

soFat! soundsystem & the BayshoreBashmentBureau bring it!!! sat December 2
hardcore ragga jungle all night dance party
The Stapler
Kid Kameleon
@ soFat! community center, 382 84Y5H0R3, SF CA.

Monday, November 20, 2006

blogging from waikikiiiii

Chillin with Wayneandwax and some other lovely peoples in Hawaii. I'm here for a conference, but it ended this morning.

We're listening to cella after some swimming and sunning. I did about a million hours of hardcore IP-talk with archivists and ethnomusicologists.. but the last day was mine.

Funny thing about hanging out with ethnomusicologists. I'm used to talking about music with my friends, but with these peoples you have to be careful.. any statement about any musical experience or object or event is met with an analysis of the theoretical implications. "When I was in place X everyone was into Y" is met with "well when I was in a similar place A it wasn't like Y at all (so your theory is not comprehensive)"

Fun, but a challenge to be on the ball with musical chat in a social context.

I learned a lot, and got some good ideas, and I think added something to the conversation -people were very positive. I'll muse more once I have time.

This whole being a bridge between disciplines is exactly what I want to be doing - but it's starting to be hard to imagine which discipline I will base myself in. All the action is in between, and it's not because I'm staying shallow, either. It's like ear training, to hear the resonance between different languages of social interaction, creativity, and power. I'm finding more interdisciplinarians, as well - the computational linguistics/russian folk music/archivist+metadata activist was a highlight. Other lights listed soon, once I get all their IDs in order.

Friday, November 10, 2006

gig tonight (Friday)! Oakland, by the docks..

Forgot to post here, though it's up on Murdochspace. Google "Enigma Gallery" and Oakland and you should get it. But it's an early show: 8pm - 2pm, so get there promptly. Supposed to be a cool space, though the neighbors are serious about noise complaints after 2.

I'm tag teaming with Kid Kameleon, and we're gonna rip up all kinds of silliness.. while guest of honor Aaron Spectre (all the way from BERLIN, y'all, though originally from stow), Rtype, and all kinds of awesome peeps are throwing down dancefloor style. This is the pre-party, the dancey one, building up steam for tomorrow's party in the city that will be extreme noize live madness.(at SPACE GALLERY w/ The Flashbulb, Mochipet, Bloody Snowman. pu22l3 vs. builder, Eustachian)

AAnd while I'm at it: a headsup for December 2, when I'm playing at a RAGGA JUNGLE PARTY. it's been a while since I was up on one of those.. Except for the folks that booked us this summer who kinda didn't know what they were getting, but mostly loved it anyway. So anyway, you know I'll mix it up, but I still love the sounds, and the people who throw this one aren't your typical nostalgia heads or jockity-jock machitos. come and dance. I'll post more on it or check up on mspace.