Monkeys VS Synths
Gadgets & Stuff

Monkeys VS Synths

via CreateDigitalMusic.com: “Composer and Swedish dance music maestro Håkan Libdo has been a constant source of experimentation. But his latest project yields zoo-like new adventurousness. Six species of monkeys are equipped with synthesizers to test the question of whether playing a synth is really playing music – or if it’s …

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Lee Scratch Perry Doll
Gadgets & Stuff
Reggae

The Lee Scratch Perry Doll

via Pitchfork: “Dub pioneer Lee “Scratch” Perry now has a doll of his own, designed by cartoonist and musician Archer Prewitt of the Sea and the Cake. This is a Japanese import from Presspop, and is available in an edition of 1,000 via Aggronautix (who also brought us bobbleheads of J Mascis, Andrew WK, Roky Erickson, G.G. Allin, and more). It has …

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Theo Parrish “Slices DVD Feature”
Gadgets & StuffVideo Digs
House / Techno

Theo Parrish “Slices DVD Feature”

I remember seeing Theo Parrish in Montreal a few years ago, closing up Mutek (an “International Festival Of Digital Creativity And Electronic Music”) with a spectacular all-across-the-board vinyl set. Highlights of the night included Fela Kuti, Roy Ayers‘ “Running Away” (a personal favorite) and even The Police! It was a …

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John Peel’s Record Collection
Gadgets & Stuff

John Peel’s Record Collection

As a diehard music lover and DJ / Radio host for quite some years I’ve always been secretly ashamed that I don’t know as much about John Peel as I should. Granted, he was a mainstay on BBC Radio from the 70’s to the late 90’s, long before my time or …

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“All Hail The Beat” TR-808
Gadgets & StuffVideo Digs

“All Hail The Beat” TR-808

The sounds of the Roland TR-808 drum machine inspire musicians around the world, even though the device hasn’t been made since 1984 and most of its avid users have never actually seen one. Join the conversation and tweet #THEBEAT to have your tweet featured on the Focus Forward website. Go …

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Hip-Hop Skate Decks
Gadgets & Stuff

Hip-Hop Skate Decks

via the good folks at ShookMag.fm: “Mike Corbett aka Maccy is a proper hip-hop don, with whom I had the pleasure of living with many years back in a (chaotic) share-house in Australia. And whilst his epic t-shirt, tape and toy collections are gold dust in themselves, it’s all about …

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808 Posters
Gadgets & Stuff
House / Techno

808 Posters

A series of informative posters detailing how some of the most notable drum sequences were programmed using the Roland TR-808 Drum Machine. Each sequence has been analyzed and represented as to allow users to re-programme each sequence, key for key. If you would like an A3 print contact the artist …

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Pioneer RMX-1000 Remixbox
Gadgets & Stuff

Pioneer RMX-1000 Remixbox

via CreateDigitalMusic.com: Pioneer, that best-known brand of DJ hardware, wants you to use hardware alongside software. And they’re uttering the word “remix” rather than “DJ.” And they have something that really doesn’t look like a CDJ, so much as a remote control for a spaceship carrying CDJs. It seems to …

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Wax Poetics Issue #50
Gadgets & Stuff

Wax Poetics Issue #50

via WaxPoetics.com: In December of 2001, Wax Poetics debuted its first issue to a small following of record collectors and “beat diggers.” Ten years later, Wax Poetics has carved out a niche for itself in the world of music journalism and expanded its audience to a worldwide congregation of music …

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