Masters of MIDI: Depeche Mode

Each day this week, to mark the 30th anniversary of the release of the first synthesizer to feature MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) capability—the Prophet 600 by Sequential Circuits—TWTR will focus on an electronic music pioneer and one of their performances during the early days of MIDI in the 1980s. This is the second of … Continue reading Masters of MIDI: Depeche Mode

Masters of MIDI: Howard Jones

Each day this week, to mark the 30th anniversary of the release of the first synthesizer to feature MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) capability—the Prophet 600 by Sequential Circuits—TWTR will focus on an electronic music pioneer and one of their performances during the early days of MIDI in the 1980s. This is the first in … Continue reading Masters of MIDI: Howard Jones

Great music for a great cause

A great event is happening this weekend on BlowUpRadio.com. It's a benefit to raise awareness and funds to fight Spondylitis, a chronic inflammatory disease that causes pain in the back, neck and hips. "Banding Together" features an amazing number of performances streaming all weekend, and my longtime friend Christian Beach is one of the participating musicians. You … Continue reading Great music for a great cause

Yet another report on the status of the TWTR podcast

As I have mentioned previously here, I have been doing a series of weekly Google+ Hangouts with my friend (and TWTR Episode 001 guest) John LeMasney that have essentially become a reboot of our 2006-2008 podcast, Technology and the Arts. In the meantime, I've reached out to a few potential TWTR podcast guests...and have so … Continue reading Yet another report on the status of the TWTR podcast

Revisiting my old podcast, Technology and the Arts…

My friend John LeMasney and I have resurrected our old Technology and the Arts podcast (the original series ran from December 2006 to December 2008) as a Google+ Hangout that was broadcast live (please excuse the technical glitches at the start) and then archived on YouTube. The first of these video conversations is below. We'll … Continue reading Revisiting my old podcast, Technology and the Arts…

Artist to Watch: Kate Miller-Heidke

I can't believe I haven't written an Artist to Watch post on Australian singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke until now.* My wife and I saw her open for Ben Folds in Montclair, N.J., in April 2010 and instantly became huge fans of hers. Miller-Heidke's third album, Nightflight, has deservedly received very positive reviews from a number of … Continue reading Artist to Watch: Kate Miller-Heidke

Artist to Watch: Dent May

I first learned of Oxford, Miss.-based singer/songwriter/musician Dent May when I heard the song "Eastover Wivez"—a bonus track on his 2009 release, The Good Feeling Music of Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele (released under the name of Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele)—on satellite radio a couple of years ago. It was one of … Continue reading Artist to Watch: Dent May

My close encounter with Doctor Who in NYC

When I heard my favorite television show of all time, "Doctor Who"—the greatest sci-fi series in television history (this is fact...deal with it, Trekkies)—was coming to New York City to film part of the episode that would serve as the finale for the characters of Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill), I … Continue reading My close encounter with Doctor Who in NYC

Show Notes for TWTR Podcast 015 – 11.21.2011

Tandem With The Random podcast No. 15 (11/21/2011) features an interview with Matt Borgen and Monica Giacomucci of Recycled Rowhouse, a craft-based business that takes discarded objects like unwanted desks, tables, doors and moldings and encourages environmental sustainability by recombining them into functional items, such as birdhouses, planters, jewelry boxes and candlesticks. File size: 3.2 MB. … Continue reading Show Notes for TWTR Podcast 015 – 11.21.2011

Second time around: Fitz and The Tantrums

Just wanted to write a short post to give some love to a band that's become a big favorite of mine over the past year -- Fitz and The Tantrums. It was around this time of year in 2010, when WXPN started playing "MoneyGrabber," the first single off FATT's Pickin' Up the Pieces CD and I … Continue reading Second time around: Fitz and The Tantrums