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jason on 10/13/2014 at 05:03AM
I made a 2-part Radio Free Culture about the player piano's legacy on music, copyright and digital culture
Part 1 feat David Suisman, Lisa Gitelman and Michael Simon - The transition from sheet music to piano rolls transformed our understanding of copyright.
Part 2 feat Nick Seaver, Aaron David Ross, Michael Connor and Nick Yulman - The player piano's influence on digital music, including MIDI, Disklavier Super MIDI, Black MIDI, MIDI-powered automata and mechanical pop.
Some classic player piano performances have been recorded and compiled by Kazoomzoom for the Frog Legs compilation. Below, enjoy one from Scott Joplin, a Ragtime legend who you can read more about in this feature story by Joe McG.
jason on 07/01/2014 at 03:00AM
Bonne Fête du Canada! The latest album by Alaclair Ensemble is finally available as a free CC download. Toute Est Impossible was leaked earlier this year via Alaclair’s own version of the deep web. That deep web is just one extension of the ensemble’s parallel universe.
"Postrigodon" is what they call their musical style—a playful freeform mashup through the lens of hiphop. Alaclair’s members KenLo Craqnuques, Maybe Watson, Ogden, VLooper Eman and Claude Bégin are at the forefront of a very exciting hiphop scene in Quebec, but "Bas-Canada" is their true home. The album cover portrays Stephen Harper, Canada’s Prime Minister, who apparently becomes a superhero when he dons the group’s signature upside down maple leaf.
Alaclair’s last album was shortlisted for the Polaris prize. With Toute Est Impossible, they continue flipping that maple leaf upside down. They want you to "Logoff" the computer, referencing Facebook, Google on songs like "Logoff." "Woof! mami / It's a bloggy blog world." A couple tracks delve into R&B territories, like "Calinour" (Care Bears forever?) while "Licornes" paints a g-funk vibe, referencing Sadé. Elsewhere, they shout out Kool Keith. I’d say Alaclair is somewhere on that spectrum, but really they are in their own world.