The Sound of 2014

January 4th, 2015 Comments Off on The Sound of 2014

As I did for 2013, I’ve made a top 10 list for 2014. I made one change to my methodology — I’m posting it in January instead of August — but otherwise, same idea: it is music I discovered, rediscovered, or just listened to in 2014 (whenever it was released), and it includes 12 songs. […]

In A Lonely Place

October 23rd, 2014 Comments Off on In A Lonely Place

I listen to a lot of New Order, and I’ve noticed certain phrases that pop up in multiple songs: “in a lonely place”, “this time of night”, “you just can’t believe”. So, naturally, I decided to analyze New Order song lyrics to see what else I could find. I included the song title as part […]

The Biggest One-Hit Wonder

October 21st, 2014 Comments Off on The Biggest One-Hit Wonder

Overview It’s much easier to define a one-hit wonder than the king of pop: a song by an artist who never hit the charts with another song in their careers. The biggest would be the one that spent the most time at the top of the charts; for my purposes, I’m counting weeks in the […]

King of Pop Digressions

October 21st, 2014 Comments Off on King of Pop Digressions

Overview In trying to determine the king of pop, I explored a number of questions that I cut from the final post to keep the length at merely unwieldy. Below I consider several digressions from my main king of pop analysis.

Who is the King of Pop?

October 21st, 2014 Comments Off on Who is the King of Pop?

Overview One of the first questions about pop music that occurred to me was: is Michael Jackson truly the king of pop, as he was often called? If not Michael, who is the true king1 of pop? At an intuitive level, it seemed to me that being the king broke down to two main factors: […]

50 Years of Pop Songs

October 21st, 2014 Comments Off on 50 Years of Pop Songs

Like many, I was deeply immersed in pop when I was growing up (for me, the 80s). I then abandoned it for more esoteric stuff for a while, spending the 90s mostly listening to industrial, techno, and electronica. In the last ten years or so, I’ve returned to pop with a new appreciation for the […]

The Sound of 2013

August 1st, 2014 Comments Off on The Sound of 2013

At the end of every year, pretty much every music critic, blogger, or enthusiast makes their list of top 10 songs or albums of the year. I usually don’t, but in 2013 I explored a lot more music than usual and decided to make a list too. There are a few differences between my top […]

Adelman-inspired Desk Lamp

August 1st, 2014 Comments Off on Adelman-inspired Desk Lamp

After I built my version of the Adelman Chandelier, I started experimenting with different designs, including this desk lamp. Parts 1 cluster body – item BOLG3 1 8″ pipe – item PIBR08-OX8 1 6″ pipe – item PIBR06-OX8 2 5″ pipes – item PIBR05-OX8 1 2″ pipe – item PIBR02-OX8 1 1/2″ brass nipple 1 […]

Peter Hook and The Light Play My Favorite Albums Ever

September 30th, 2013 Comments Off on Peter Hook and The Light Play My Favorite Albums Ever

I didn’t even know where to set my expectations for seeing 1/4 of New Order and his new band (about whom I knew nothing) playing two (actually three, since they got in most of Factus 8) of my all-time favorite albums. It turns out it was great. The Light are terrific — everybody was really […]

Connecting the Akai s950 and VX-90

August 26th, 2013 Comments Off on Connecting the Akai s950 and VX-90

Following up on my last post about connecting Akai samplers and synths with their proprietary 13-pin cable, I managed to get it working polyphonically with my s950 and VX-90. I expect this would also work with the AX-73 (which is virtually identical to the VX-90) and the AX-60 (which is similar) synths, and with the […]