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A Micro History Of Techno

shockleewebpic_minihistoryoftechnoIn this week’s issue of The New Yorker Magazine, writer Nick Paumgarten writes a story about the Berlin techno scene. In addition to the article, Paumgarten also recorded a aural micro 5 minute history of the music which obviously leaves out lots of key names but works as an intro crash course about styles and musicality.

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Europe In 8 Bits Documentary Explores The World Of Chip Music

shockleewebpic_8biteuropeYet another adventure into 8-bit land comes thanks to this new documentary directed by Javier Polo, now available on Vimeo On-Demand which explores the chiptunes movement in Europe.

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Boombox Creators Documentary: The Ghetto Blaster Gets Its Due

shockleewebpic_boomboxcreatorspreviewBefore the iPod helped revolutionize digital music, the boombox helped revolutionize portable music culture and now, a group of filmmakers are on a mission to find out who the Boombox creators are. A ‘a docu-man hunt’ to find the original designers and crafters of the iconic, portable radio/cassette player that helped spread hip hop and New York street culture to the worldwide masses.

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Research Finds Music Is Getting Sadder As The Years Go By

Researchers at the University of Toronto have found that since 1965 the mood of pop songs has gotten sadder…is it a sign of the times or do we just prefer our music darker? Listen to this piece below from Studio 360 on what this new research means.

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Super Morrissey Bros.

Check out this cover of “This Charming Man” by The Smiths done in the style of Super Mario Bros.

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Toro y Moi Gets Spooky With New Video For ‘How I Know’

Check out this comical 80′s horror movie inspired video from Columbia, South Carolina native and Carpark Records artist Toro Y Moi for the new song ‘How I know’ directed by Jordan Kim.

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How The Internet Transformed The American Rave Scene

Rave was America’s last great outlaw musical subculture: created by kids, for kids, designed to be impenetrable to adults. American rave formed its own mutant funhouse approach to existing looks, sounds and ideologies. In the early-to-mid-1990s, it was driven not by stars but a sudden collective sense that, as the Milwaukee rave zine Massive put it in every issue above the masthead, “The underground is massive.”

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Rest In Peace Gil Scott-Heron: April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011

Gil Scott-Heron Influential American poet, musician, author, revolutionary and voice of a generation.

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New Richie Hawtin Documentary Examines His Life & Influences

From the Slices – Pioneers of Electronic Music Series comes this new hour long documentary on DJ & producer Richie Hawtin. The doc details Richie’s life and influences from his beginnings in the UK and Windsor, Ontario Canada to his time in Detroit and later NYC and Berlin. This inside look chronicles his 20+ years of development and offers solid proof that careers in the music biz are not born overnight.

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