Tag Archives: Duke Ellington

when we were fab: takin’ the a train

Don Hunstein was the staff photographer for Columbia in the early to mid 1960′s and worked with well known art directors at the label like John Berg and Bob Cato. In the LP era the album cover was a complementary … Continue reading

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Mystery of the Masons: part I

A guest blog from Tai Carmen at Parallax.Parallax: Exploring the architecture of human perception. There is an aesthetics of Masonry that in light of the Royal wedding of April 29, became more visually represented… Tai Carmen: Though Masonry is identical … Continue reading

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LOST BERLIN:BABYLON & BOOGIE AT THE BRANDENBURG GATE

A macabre gaiety pervaded Berlin like an intoxicating smog. There was no shortageof drink, drugs, or beautiful women. “There are two kinds of places,” wrote a contemporary of Bertolt Brecht, ” those one talks about, and those one doesn’t talk … Continue reading

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AUTO TUNING HIS MASTERS VOICE: THE CURSED LIBRETTO

It could have been a very conventional life. He returned from Milan, because his old teacher back in Busseto croaked, and Verdi, who had obligations to the town, was recalled to take over the local Philharmonic Society. During the following … Continue reading

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SYMPHONIC BIOGRAPHY & ALGORITHMS OF DISTRESS

Call it the revolution of the cyborg symphonies. Its algorithmic composition. As Duke Ellington said, ”It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing”, but the digital world is getting very close.  ”Cope has been writing software to … Continue reading

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A COUPLE COOL CATS & HOT RATS

”Introduced to-day to the man who beyond all doubt is the greatest of the age; greatest in every faculty of the imagination, in every branch of scenic knowledge; at once the painter and poet of the day… I found in him … Continue reading

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REVOLUTION OF THE SEXY LAMB

” it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing. Duke Ellington’s 1931 composition in reverse.Were there Subliminal messages in Beatles songs when played backwards? The famous dead-man messages contained within the marketing and the more subliminal experiments … Continue reading

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