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 […]

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 […]

Akai Samplers and Synths

August 25th, 2013 Comments Off on Akai Samplers and Synths

For a while, Akai was making both samplers (s612, s900, s950) and analog synths (ax60, ax80, ax73, vx90) and they had this proprietary system for connecting them — a 13-pin cable that lets you run multiple channels of output out of the sampler and into the synth, allowing the sampler’s voices to be polyphonically processed […]


August 19th, 2010 Comments Off on Time

Time, a new song, with original lyrics, a rarity for me. The lyrics and music were heavily inspired by early New Order — the opening line is direct from “Denial”: “here I am in a house full of doors and no exits”, one of my favorite lines ever) and it just grew from there. It’s […]

Hungarian Rhapsody

November 1st, 2009 Comments Off on Hungarian Rhapsody

Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody #2 is one of my favorite pieces (me and everyone else). I was reading about it last week and listening to some performances, including Horowitz (I like what he does starting at about 4:10) and Jung Lin (check out the section starting around 5:00). I also came across a reference to Friz […]

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