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funkvibe:

ok do you see this Legendary Epic woman right here? this is wendy fucking carlos and i’m going to describe to you why wendy carlos is 30 thousand times better than you
she is a 74 year old trans fucking woman. she remembers having dysphoria at age five and started hrt in 1968. you think transitioning is difficult now? try doing it in 1968. the thought scares the shit out of me.
her first album, switched on bach, is a literal hour of her playing bach’s music on synthesizers. that’s classical edm. edm wouldn’t exist if she hadn’t brought synthesizers to prominence. the catch? synthesizers in 1968 were monophonic. that means you can only play one note at a time. wendy carlos sat there and played each instrument’s piece of bachs music at least 6 times per symphony, painstakingly overdubbing and rerecording each line, one at a time.
oh yeah, switched on bach was the first classical album to sell more than 500k copies and she won 3 grammies and stayed on the billboard #1 pop charts for 17 weeks.
you know tron? that really awesome movie whose sequel daft punk made the ost for? wendy is the original daft punk. tron’s soundtrack was all her; not only that, but so was a clockwork orange and the shining. 
in 1998 this piece of shit momus (aka nick currie on wired) made a song mocking wendy’s sexual orientation. $50k of currie’ money later, she forced him to remove that song from his entire collection, have the master destroyed, and his music career fucking died after that.
figured i’d post this since daft punk keep getting a lot of love. i love daft punk, but they owe their lives to this fucking badass.

funkvibe:

ok do you see this Legendary Epic woman right here? this is wendy fucking carlos and i’m going to describe to you why wendy carlos is 30 thousand times better than you

  1. she is a 74 year old trans fucking woman. she remembers having dysphoria at age five and started hrt in 1968. you think transitioning is difficult now? try doing it in 1968. the thought scares the shit out of me.
  2. her first album, switched on bach, is a literal hour of her playing bach’s music on synthesizers. that’s classical edm. edm wouldn’t exist if she hadn’t brought synthesizers to prominence. the catch? synthesizers in 1968 were monophonic. that means you can only play one note at a time. wendy carlos sat there and played each instrument’s piece of bachs music at least 6 times per symphony, painstakingly overdubbing and rerecording each line, one at a time.
  3. oh yeah, switched on bach was the first classical album to sell more than 500k copies and she won 3 grammies and stayed on the billboard #1 pop charts for 17 weeks.
  4. you know tron? that really awesome movie whose sequel daft punk made the ost for? wendy is the original daft punk. tron’s soundtrack was all her; not only that, but so was a clockwork orange and the shining. 
  5. in 1998 this piece of shit momus (aka nick currie on wired) made a song mocking wendy’s sexual orientation. $50k of currie’ money later, she forced him to remove that song from his entire collection, have the master destroyed, and his music career fucking died after that.

figured i’d post this since daft punk keep getting a lot of love. i love daft punk, but they owe their lives to this fucking badass.

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Cycles Of Time

1eqinfinity:

Polyrhythmic diagrams

An effective way to practice your rhythmic skills.

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Pick a diagram. Meanwhile let’s use this 3&4 polyrhythm as an illustration:
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1. Move your eyes around measuring off every division (the example polyrhythm has 12 divisions). You can do it by tapping, stamping, clicking your tongue, mentally or in any other convenient way
2. Stress every beat, i.e. every vertex of a polygon - or every thick ray on pictures w/out the polygons
(in the example beats fall on divisions # 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 12)
3. Play rhythms with different hands (the triangle with one hand and the square with the other)
4. Increase your speed gradually, feel the tension between the beats
5. When you achieve smooth and mechanical perfomance at a good pace (80 bpm and faster) focus your attention at first on one rhythm and pronounce its beats (1,2,3), then switch to the other (1,2,3,4)
6. Start switching hands and achieve seamless switching of extremities while perfoming

79. Your’re not afraid of Free Jazz, Math Metal and Indian Classical Music anymore
80. Add ornaments, swing, play in yoga poses and build on new polyrhythms
81. Die happy.

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404-notsound:

cherie hu - rondò minimalistica

composed and performed by me. i don’t think i’ve ever encountered a “minimalist rondo” in the classical music world yet, so maybe i’m the first to write one. if you enjoy repetitive, dreamy, jazzy things, i hope this appeals to you. :)

  • Track: rondò minimalistica
  • Artist: cherie hu
  • Plays: 89