Monthly Archives: April 2012

Persuasive & provocative percussion

Wonderful album cover art by Josef Albers.

The packaging includes the first use of the gatefold cover […] [and] [t]he liner notes state that the album may be used to test audio equipment, due to the stereo placement of sounds independently in either the left or right channel. […] Both “Persuasive Percussion” and “Provocative Percussion” had four volumes released over the next several years (wiki).

via: Confessions_of_a_Michael_Stipe

A DIY Record Player

… and Happy Record Store Day. Go out and buy!



Almost a year ago I blogged a time lapse phonography piece by Andrew Spitz. With phonoLapse (a desktop app for Mac and PC) you now can create your own audio time lapse recordings.  Head over  to to get it for free.

via: wire to the ear

Space, Time, Time, Confidence, Humor

“Creativity is not a talent. It is a way of operating.”

In this great lecture from 1991 John Cleese outlines 5 factors that might help to get your creative juices flowing and – as a little extra – he answers a question that has been bothering me for quite some time now: How many folk singers does it take to change a lightbulb?

  1. Space (You can’t become playful, and therefore creative, if you’re under your usual pressure.”)
  2.  Time (“It´s not enough to create space; you have to create space for a specific period of time.”)
  3. Time (“Giving your mind as long as possible to come up with something original,” and learning to tolerate the discomfort of pondering time and indecision.)
  4. Confidence (“Nothing will stop you being creative so effectively as the fear of making a mistake.”)
  5. Humor (“The main evolutionary significance of humor is that it gets us from the closed mode to the open mode quicker than anything else.”)

via: Brian Pickings


Two videos that have exactly nothing in common – except from being a pretty much awesome start in a gloomy sunday.

OFF! – Wiped Out

Squarepusher – Dark Steering

via: 78s

Scraps Of Tape

A few days ago I had the pleasure to see Scraps Of Tape – one of Sweden´s best kept secrets, as they refer to themselves. Thanks to the Forum Stadtpark  this secret has been revealed to me: energetic, yet dynamic instrumental rock music on the hardcore end of the post rock continuum. Think The Mars Volta without a 70s sing a long. Maybe.

There still are some shows left on their current tour. Go!


Bibio officially opened the season. So, get your stuff and get out. Now.

via: Warp Records on Facebook