The Sound of 2016

December 27th, 2016 Comments Off on The Sound of 2016

As I’ve done since 2013, I’ve made a top 10 songs list for 2016. Same as always: it’s not all stuff released in 2016, and it doesn’t contain 10 songs. This year’s has 15 (up from 12 in previous years, because why not), and, as always, it’s music I discovered, rediscovered, or just listened to […]

The Novation Circuit

July 1st, 2016 Comments Off on The Novation Circuit

The Novation Circuit has been one of my favorite new pieces of gear in a long time, which is impressive considering all the wonderful new gear out there these days. It’s almost perfectly designed for what it is: both a curl-up-on-the-couch music sketchpad and a serious sequencer for playing electronic music. This isn’t a review, […]

The Sound of 2015

January 1st, 2016 Comments Off on The Sound of 2015

As I’ve done since 2013, I’ve made a top 10 songs list for 2015. Same methodology as always: it is music I discovered, rediscovered, or just listened to in 2015 (whenever it was released), and it includes 12 songs. Over the course of the year, I kept a playlist of interesting songs I heard. At […]

Nora’s Sound of 2015

January 1st, 2016 Comments Off on Nora’s Sound of 2015

In our ever-growing Perkosmith family tradition, Nora kept a playlist throughout the year of songs she was listening to, and selected her top ten at the end of the year. Both are on Spotify: Nora’s Best of 2015 and Nora’s Songs of 2015. I was sad that “Join in the Chant” didn’t make the top […]

The E-mu Morpheus Review, 20 Years Later

July 6th, 2015 Comments Off on The E-mu Morpheus Review, 20 Years Later

Introduction I remember when the Morpheus came out, I read the descriptions and thought it sounded fascinating, though a bit of fiddling with one in a store was completely underwhelming. Since then I’ve occasionally wondered: How does the Morpheus really sound? Can it do things no other synth can do? Do later “Z-plane” synths carry […]

Nora’s Best of 2014

January 5th, 2015 Comments Off on Nora’s Best of 2014

We listen to a lot of music with Nora, and every year I keep a running playlist of whatever she’s currently listening to and compile and save it at the end of the year. This year, for the first time, Nora actually made her own “best of” list with my help. Here it is! If […]

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.

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