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  • 2013.03.15

    OPPORTUNITIES

    » MUSIC, VIDEO  

    The Pet Shop Boys are finally doing what I’ve been hoping they’d do for years: letting Stuart Price produce their next album. And it’s coming out in June — less than a year after their last release!

    Here’s the official video trailer:

    2013.03.05

    WE’RE FUNCTIONING AUTOMATIC

    » ART, MUSIC, TECH, VIDEO  

    The Toa Mata Band is an ingenious ensemble of toy robots playing drum machines, a stylophone, and a Kaossilator, all controlled by an iPad sequencer via an Arduino interface:

    2013.02.05

    TONE POEMS

    » MUSIC, TECH, VIDEO  

    A computer-controlled piano that can actually reproduce human speech:

    2013.02.04

    INVISIBLE LIGHT

    » 3D, TECH, VIDEO  

    I spent the weekend wiring together a couple of infrared remote controls to build a system that will trigger the shutters of 2 cameras simultaneously (part of my ongoing adventures in 3D photography). I plan to post more about this project soon.

    But Chris Shen has accomplished a much more impressive feat of IR remote hacking — he’s hooked up 625 discarded remote controls to create a working television display:

    Of course the light from the remotes is infrared, so it can’t be seen with the naked eye. And it looks like it would probably take a display at least twice as big to get a really coherent picture. Still, an ingenious achievement. Read more about the piece, titled INFRA, at Create Digital Motion.

    2013.01.13

    I’M COMING TO REWARD THEM

    » MUSIC, VIDEO  

    Here’s exclusive video footage from Maxx Klaxon’s conquest of Berlin:

    This week and next, you can pick up a CD of PARANOID STYLE — the album on which Maxx’s version of “First We Take Manhattan” was first featured — at CD Baby, for only $4.50. Better Mind Control has never been so reasonably priced!

    2012.12.22

    TOP TUNES

    In no particular order, here are 5 of the tracks I most enjoyed in 2012:

    Frank Ocean – “Thinkin Bout You”

    FREnchfire and Sangam – “Yellow Leaves” becoming “Set in Stone”

    Orbital – “Where Is It Going?”

    Crystal Castles – “Wrath of God”

    Churches – “Lies”

    And as a bonus, here’s a little something of my own, off the SPLICEWERK compilation:

    Maxx Klaxon + Radio Wonderland – “Authoritarian Idol Theme”

    2012.10.23

    WARP FACTOR

    Maxx Klaxon’s AUTHORITARIAN IDOL 2012 at Warper

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

    This Thursday, Maxx Klaxon brings a new installment of AUTHORITARIAN IDOL 2012 to The Delancey! Maxx will perform the third show in this special series at the long-running Warper live electronica event.

    Expect a sparkling set of trademark Klaxon electro… plus Maxx’s interactive video interviews with digital avatars of the presidential contenders, speaking in their own remixed words.

    It’s a razor-sharp combination of satire and synthpop — and an all-too-accurate take on politics in the infotainment age.

    (Check out a segment from the 2008 edition of AUTHORITARIAN IDOL here.)

    NOTE: Maxx Klaxon’s set will begin on the first-floor stage, at 11pm sharp!

    DETAILS:

    WARPER featuring Maxx Klaxon’s AUTHORITARIAN IDOL 2012
    @ The Delancey
    168 Delancey Street, Lower East Side, NYC
    8pm-2am (Maxx’s set at 11pm sharp)
    Free / 21+

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    2012.10.21

    NEVER GONNA HIDE IT AGAIN

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    Madonna’s Erotica is 20 years old today. “Deeper and Deeper” is one of the best cuts off the album — and probably one of the best house-pop songs ever: