Ghédalia Tazartès

Ghédalia Tazartés: At The Edge Of Perception Ever since he passed away back in February, I've wanted to discuss the late great Ghédalia Tazartés, that French sonic visionary who bridged the Electro-Acoustic experiments of Pierre Schaeffer and the dawning of the sampladelic age. However, as the days turn shorter as Autumn falls into its great … Continue reading Ghédalia Tazartès

Garden Grooves 009

Closing down the summer with another episode of Garden Grooves, this one isn't the result of a long weekend of landscaping but instead parsed out in fragments over the last three or four months. But if you keep track... well, it's cheap blog material, isn't it? So, in the spirit of Smirkoff, We Have Explosive, … Continue reading Garden Grooves 009

Smirkoff

“We Have Explosive”: The Outsider Story Today, I'd like to focus not on one the many figures I'd been planning to, but instead a complete bolt from the blue. Hand to the forehead, it just came to me. This is a figure whose very identity is a mystery, linked only to one remix for a … Continue reading Smirkoff

Oil – Slight Of Hand

I've long been fascinated by a certain type of record, where a very particular confluence of sounds and factors intersect to produce an unlikely minor masterpiece that sounds like little else around. Typically, there's some collision of the synthetic and organic involved... although sometimes one side fills in for the other. The rhythm might be … Continue reading Oil – Slight Of Hand

In Dust We Trust

The Beta Band roam the dusted plains. As they say over on Wikipedia, “This article is a stub,” just a place to get down a concept while it's still fresh in my mind (after all, that's how Terminal Vibration started out in the first place). As you've probably noticed, I've been hinting around the concept … Continue reading In Dust We Trust

Biz Markie

Biz Markie: More Than Just A Friend So sad to hear the news of Biz Markie’s passing, after struggling with health troubles of a few years now. He hadn't recorded an album since 2003’s Weekend Warrior, but there was something about knowing he could pop up anywhere — as he often would throughout the intervening years — that was … Continue reading Biz Markie

Jungle Wonz

Jungle Wonz: Kings of the Concrete Jungle There's a certain type of Chicago record that plays like the sound of the city itself, capturing the summer heat and humidity of the metropolis, stretched out in all directions and cast beneath those looming, overcast skies. If Virgo were the perfect encapsulation of the city viewed from … Continue reading Jungle Wonz