While I never made any music myself with trackers on the Amiga, I used them a lot for listening to music in MOD files. I loved to toggle playback on the different channels and “live remix” the tracks while playing, and it was a lot of fun to experiment with the different samples.
One of the music compilation series I’ve enjoyed the most over the last years has been Stylin’ by Australian DJ and radio presenter Ennio Styles. The series consists of an eclectic selection of tracks from his radio program on Melbourne’s wonderful community radio station 3RRR.
It’s a great series, with a fantastic selection of tracks from a wide range of genres – soulful grooves, house, electronic, world, jazz and more. And it’s completely free or pay what you want; the donation will be passed onto 3RRR! Below is a playlist of the latest release:
I’ve been a fan of Nina Paley’s animations for a long time, and her Sita Sings The Blues is one of my all-time favorite films. Her newest feature Seder-Masochism has now been released to the public domain, and is available for free streaming on Vimeo, as well as for full HD download on the Internet Archive.
Seder-Masochism, an animated musical, loosely follows the Passover Seder story, with events from the Book of Exodus retold by Moses, Aharon, the Angel of Death, Jesus and the director’s father. The film puts a twist on the traditional Biblical story by including a female deity perspective – the Goddess in a tragic struggle against the forces of patriarchy.
WeTransfer Presents: ‘”Friends of Wonder” – a documentary film by Kurt Vincent & Irene Chin about Courtney Barnett, Kurt Vile, and the community of the Loew’s Jersey Theatre.
Northern Disco Lights – The Rise and Rise of Norwegian Dance Music – really cool new documentary about the rise of the Norwegian electronic dance music scene, affectionately known as “Trømso-techno” or “Space Disco”. It also has an awesome soundtrack featuring artists like Biosphere, Bjørn Torske, Prins Thomas, Mungolian Jet Set, Mental Overdrive, Rune Lindbæk, Lindstrøm and more!
Northern Disco Lights tells the untold story of a group of teenagers in the arctic city of Tromsø, who set off a chain of events that would go on to transform their country. To escape the boredom of growing up in a remote outpost they created their own music scene, setting up radio stations, parties, building synthesizers and making tunes. Word spread as like-minded souls recognised the call to arms and inspired a generation of kids who would go on to change dance music and Norway forever.
Currently you can watch it for free here (Red Bull TV).
Some really uplifting reading; the Bandcamp 2016 year in review.
…every aspect of Bandcamp’s business was up in 2016. Digital album sales grew 20%, tracks 23%, and merch 34%. Growth in physical sales was led by vinyl, which was up 48%, and further boosted by CDs (up 14%) and cassettes (up 58%).
Unfortunately, times are not so great for the artists overall with the rise of streaming services.
As more people subscribe to music rental services, the already paltry rates paid to artists are going down (and no, artists don’t necessarily make it up in volume).
Buy your music directly from independent artists, and don’t let the record companies decide what is available to you!
Sourced from over forty hours of 80s commercials pulled from warped VHS tapes, Memorex is a deep exploration of nostalgia and the cultural values of an era of excess. It’s a re-contextualization of ads – cultural detritus, the lowest of the low – into something altogether more profound, humorous, and at times, even beautiful.
Who’s role models do you really think you are?
Young girls that make themselves sick,
Feel guilty for being size 14
Living in their self-hate
Drivin’ on 9
Looking out my window sill
Wondering if I want you still
Wondering what’s mine