Friday, April 29, 2011
But will we ever get to hear it?
Back in September, we reported the (literally) mind-boggling news that Apples in Stereo frontman Robert Schneider had invented a new instrument, the Teletron, that you basically play with your mind. (Or, in Schneider's own words, it's "a circuit-bent Mattel MindFlex toy that enables you to play a Moog synthesizer by varying your thoughts.") Last week, Schneider debuted an original Teletron composition written by Neutral Milk Hotel mastermind and notable recluse Jeff Mangum. (Thanks to James Hindle for the tip.)
In a statement, Schneider explained that he and noise musician Robert Beatty (Hair Police, Three Legged Race, Ulysses) performed Mangum's Teletron piece with Duke University's Dr. Marc Sommer during Dr. Sommer's neuroscience class last week. "Jeff has been generating collage art and experimental music since we were teenagers, so he was a natural composer for the Teletron," Schneider said. So, how exactly does one go about composing music for something like the Teletron? We'll let Schneider take this one over:
"A Teletron score is a collage-like sequence of opposing pages, where the right page speaks to the left side of the brain, which is more logical, and the left page speaks to the right brain, the intuitive side. Two opposing images are to be understood by the reader as a single thought or statement. The images are also projected for the audience to view. The melody played by the synthesizers is completely based on the conductor's thoughts, while Robert and I adjust the Moog filters to taste, each of us playing the role of one side of the brain and reading only one side of the score. Finally, the synthesizers are sent through stereo speakers set up to feed the sounds to corresponding hemispheres of the listeners' brains."
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
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Monday, April 4, 2011
How many more times will we come across headlines detailing and weeping for the shortcomings of Michael Jackson's life? I'm not insensitive, if the guy liked soccer then no biggie but this one just seems like a stretch. Also of note is the lil' BK (most likely an import from somewhere in West Africa) they got to dance with the clubs owner. Wow...
From the Washington Post...
Before his club’s 3-0 victory over Blackpool on Sunday, Fulham chairman Mohamed Al Fayed unveiled a statue of Michael Jacksonoutside Craven Cottage stadium in London. A strange combination, indeed — a tribute to the late pop star and a Premier League soccer team. (We know American midfielder Clint Dempsey has got some moves, but can he moon-walk?)
Al Fayed and Jackson were friends and Jackson attended a match in 1999. But was Jackson really a soccer fan? An Al Fayed spokesman told the Wall Street Journal: “When Michael Jackson was a small boy growing up in Gary, Ind., he would spend a lot of time looking out the window at boys playing [soccer] and wishing he could go out and join them, but his father did not allow it. Michael always felt there was something lacking in his life because of it.”
Nonsense, countered a spokesman for a Jackson fan club. “Football? No,” he told the Journal.
Meantime, Al Fayed offered a charming response to Fulham supporters critical of the statue.“If some stupid fans don’t understand and appreciate such a gift, they can go to hell. I don’t want them to be fans. If they don’t understand and don’t believe in things, I believe in they can go to Chelsea.”
Friday, April 1, 2011
"I can guarantee you, or most of you, I guarantee that I have more debt than all of you. With 6 kids, I still pay off my student loans. I still pay my mortgage. I drive a used minivan. If you think I'm living high on the hog, I've got one paycheck. So I struggle to meet my bills right now. Would it be easier for me if I get more paychecks? Maybe, but at this point I'm not living high on the hog."
-Republican representative Sean Duffy on trying to get by on only $174,000 a year (plus benefits)