“Captain Beefheart Dead at Age 69”

December 17, 2010 at 6:13 pm (Captain Beefheart, Music, Reviews & Articles)

Taken from the Rolling Stone website today, written by Maura Johnston. Sadly, The Captain has passed away….R.I.P. …

Don Van Vliet, who became a rock legend as Captain Beefheart, died today from complications from multiple sclerosis in California. His passing was announced by the New York-based Michael Werner Gallery, which represented his work as a painter.

His Trout Mask Replica was Number 58 on Rolling Stone‘s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In a 1969 review, Lester Bangs called Trout “a total success, a brilliant, stunning enlargement and clarification of his art.”

“Don Van Vliet was a complex and influential figure in the visual and performing arts,” the gallery said in a statement. “He is perhaps best known as the incomparable Captain Beefheart who, together with his Magic Band, rose to prominence in the 1960s with a totally unique style of blues-inspired, experimental rock & roll. This would ultimately secure Van Vliet’s place in music history as one of the most original recording artists Read the rest of this entry »

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Rachel Metz – “Tristan Perich: This Is No Two-Bit Music Player” (2005)

December 17, 2010 at 6:54 am (Music, Reviews & Articles)

An article on experimental composer Tristan Perich, taken from the Wired website, Sept. 15, 2005…

If one geek’s trash is another geek’s treasure, start sending all those CD jewel cases you’ve been tossing to New York City, care of digital media artist Tristan Perich.

Perich is the man behind One Bit Music, a project that uses simple electronics to turn clear, plastic CD cases into personal, lo-fi music players.

Part handheld danceteria, part art, the creation squeezes an album’s worth of Perich’s original electronic dance music onto a tiny, 8-KB microchip. The electronics and battery are housed inside a clear, plastic CD case Read the rest of this entry »

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