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Luaka Bop

Legend has it that the name of this record label is as spur-of-the-moment as its history. Created in 1988 by David Byrne, Luaka Bop supposedly refers to a kind of Sri Lankan tea from the distributor, Luaka, called Broken Orange Pekoe. 602 more words


New Voice: Peter Kerkelov

Peter Kerkelov describes a recent work ~

Talking about improvisation and chance here I provide a link to my latest composition “Two Symphonies and Postumus” for string quartet. 1,012 more words

New Voices

Sauti Sol - "Soma Kijana": A Study of High Fidelity Recording

Just moments after hitting the play button, the listener is greeted warmly by mellow vocal harmonies playing off upbeat percussion and two guitars. Right away, an image of a band is firmly established. 350 more words


Bahá'í What?

One of the reasons I love ethnomusicology is its interdisciplinary nature. In order to write an ethnography on the Bahá’í Choral Music Festival, I drew on history, religious studies, and anthropology to gain a clearer picture. 370 more words



Although I am still studying this subject at University I feel I now know enough about it to pubish some of my thoughts here.

This is a short introduction to what can be a fairly interesting subject providing your into socio-cultural frameworks. 458 more words

African Music

Music for Homestuck, or, what makes people make music?

A few years ago, as part of a long, multilayered exercise in procrastination, I happened upon the gargantuan and bizarre webcomic known as Homestuck. Though the comic began as an experiment in which the author, Andrew Hussie, wrote each panel under the direction of his fans writing on the websites forum, it has become much more. 621 more words



I suppose my biggest issue with the life of a musician trying to work on gigs alone is the transience of the experience.  One minute, it seems like you’re finally breaking through, and the next you’re back of the line again.  225 more words