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Terry Riley’s “In C” (Africa Express)

It can be over in 15 minutes. It can last several hours. It can be done with a Wurlitzer – or 20 guitars. Now “In C,” the defining work of minimalist music, has been tackled by Damon Albarn and Africa Express.

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Colonial Silences

Reading Francisco Noa’s excellent introductory essay on colonial Mozambican literature, one comes across a strange passage from Eduardo Correia de Matos’s 1935 novel, Sinfonia Bárbara (Savage symphony, 1935). . .

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The Sound of Noise

From Sweden with Love: A tone-deaf cop from a musical family works to track down a group of guerilla percussionists whose anarchic public performances are terrorizing the city. The “Doctor Doctor” scene has rightly gone viral.

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Find the Perfect Sound

If you haven’t heard of soundsnap.com, it’s worth a visit. It allows you to browse and download sound effects, and it’s search function is very impressive. They charge for the service (of course), and for a $200 per-year subscription, it’s possible to download an unlimited number of sounds and loops. It seems geared for podcasts, …

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Charlie Parker Interview

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Spoken Pirahã

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John Coltrane Interview

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My Italian Typewriter

I just bought a typewriter on eBay. It’s a 1970s Olivetti Lettera 35 with no case, the last metal Lettera they made (Olivetti went to plastic after this). Designed by Mario Bellini, it has a light touch and a sleek look. It needs adjustment, but no major work. . .

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