Drone, Glitch and Noise: Making Experimental Music on iPads and iPhones

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Drone, Glitch and Noise: Making Experimental Music on iPads and iPhones – by Clif Johnston

Digital record label and publisher Apptronica announces the release of “Drone, Glitch and Noise: Making Experimental Music on iPads and iPhones”  Available exclusively on the Amazon Kindle Store.

– “Drone, Glitch and Noise” explores the exciting potential for creating experimental electronic music
on iOS devices. This book is well suited for experimental musicians looking to introduce iPads or iPhones into their
creative workflows, as well as iOS musicians looking to expand into uncharted territory.
“Experimental music is all about exploring cutting edge technologies and techniques, and right now those innovations
are happening on iOS devices”, states author Clif Johnston. “iOS music is one of the most significant developments in
the history of music.”
The book starts with an introduction to experimental music and offers tips for coming up with ideas and avoiding
creative blocks. It then moves on to the essential iOS music tools, music production workflows, midi controllers,
futuristic synths, noise apps, soundscaping, glitching, effects automation, algorithmic composition, and more.
The book is available exclusively on the Amazon Kindle Store and can be read on Kindle devices or on iPads, iPhones,
or computers using free apps available from Amazon and the iTunes App Store. “Drone, Glitch and Noise” is available
for purchase for just $2.99 USD, and may be read for free by Kindle Unlimited subscribers.
For more information, please visit the book page on Amazon at:
About the Author: Clif Johnston is a Seattle-based writer, experimental artist, and musician with a serious iPad
addiction. He has released over 50 albums of experimental electronic music as Mood481, all produced using iPad
music apps. He also runs the Apptronica digital label, featuring music from dozens of iOS musicians.
 visit the blog at: APPTRONICA

LES and East Village Photo’s from the early 80’s (via Gothamist)

LES 80’s punk/hardcore graffiti


I grew up in Buffalo which was in the heart of the rust belt and in the early 80’s when the auto and steel industry took a crap, a lot of my city and many other cities in the region, I’m sure, resembled this. The photo in my header pretty much says it all.



Photo’s by 30 year LES resident Steven Butcher

Hear Sun Ra’s 1971 UC Berkeley Lecture “The Power of Words” (from Open Culture)

Hear Sun Ra’s 1971 UC Berkeley Lecture “The Power of Words”

Sun Ra Egyptian God vector

(Text from Open Culture)

“Reading David Byrne’s How Music Works the other day, I came across a passage where the Talking Heads frontman recalls his formative early exposure to the distinctive compositions and persona (not that you can really separate the two) of Sun Ra. “When I first moved to New York, I caught Sun Ra and his Arkestra at the 5 Spot, a jazz venue that used to be at St. Mark’s Place and Bowery,” Byrne writes. “He moved from instrument to instrument. At one point there was a bizarre solo on a Moog synthesizer, an instrument not often associated with jazz. Here was electronic noise suddenly reimagined as entertainment!”

Some might have written off Sun Ra and his Arkestra as indulging in formless artistic flailing, but in these shows, “as if to prove to skeptics that he and the band really could play, that they really had chops no matter how far out they sometimes got, they would occasionally do a traditional big band tune. Then it would be back to outer space.” As in Sun Ra’s music, so in Sun Ra’s words: as the jazz composer born Herman Poole Blount got increasingly experimental in his composition, the details of his “cosmic philosophy” underlying it, a kind of science-fiction-inflected Afro-mysticism, multiplied.

While many of Sun Ra’s pronouncements struck (and still strike) listeners as a bit odd, he could nevertheless ground them in a variety of intellectual contexts as a serious thinker. We offered evidence of this last year when we posted the full lecture and reading list from the course he taught at UC Berkeley in 1971, “The Black Man in the Cosmos.” Now you can hear it straight from the man himself in the playlist at the top of the post, which contains his lecture “The Power of Words,” also delivered at Berkeley in 1971, as part of the school’s Pan-African Studies curriculum.

But do heed the warning included with the videos: “Remember, Sun Ra was a ‘UNIVERSAL BEING’ not of this dimension or of a race category. With all his informative authority, in some cases during these lectures, the content will be shocking to hear.” Shocked or not, you may well come away from the experience convinced that not only did Sun Ra the musician understand the power of music, executed creatively, to take us to new aesthetic realms, he also understood the power of words to take us to new intellectual ones. But you’ve got to be willing to take the ride into outer space with him.”


Colin Marshall writes on cities, language, Asia, and men’s style. He’s at work on a book about Los Angeles, A Los Angeles Primer, and the video series The City in Cinema. Follow him on Twitter at @colinmarshall or on Facebook.

This also reminded me of a piece my wife and I did shortly after the incident in Ferguson, but really there have been many incidents of this nature in the recent past and for whatever it’s worth, the power of words plays a large part in how we relate to each other in both negative and positive ways…it’s titled, simply: