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Unsheep Starts With A Show Of Support

Unsheep Starts With A Show Of Support

Unsheep starts with a show of support for Rick Chase, a long time ambient music supporter who is facing a daunting financial burden after a tragedy. Continue reading

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15 Releases for the End of 2014

I have selected 15 Releases for the End of 2014. There’s only so many slots, so I would put this alongside the earlier 15 Must Hear Releases of 2014. Continue reading

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2014 Top 50 Reviews

2014 Top 50 Reviews

Here it is the list of the 2014 Top 50 Reviews on The CerebralRift. This list was based on review ratings and number of views for each review. Continue reading

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A Commons Holiday Music Guide Part Five

A Commons Holiday Music Guide Part Five

A Commons Holiday Music Guide Part Five: well, it’s just about Christmas. No time to download music or make a playlist? We have you covered … Continue reading

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Interviews

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Michael Brückner Interview

This Michael Brückner interview is one of the most fun I’ve done in quite some time. Michael is a bit of a character, and exceptional “sonic story teller”. (Portrait by Aleksandra Przybylska-Kursa) Continue reading

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Rob Cosh Interview

This Rob Cosh interview covers a fair amount of territory: from his release on Magnatune, to what inspires him. Rob is an artist to keep your eyes on. Continue reading

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Constantine Katsiris of Panospria – Interview

Constantine Katsiris of Panospria reminds us that running a netlabel isn’t always just about releasing music. It’s about supporting artists in more ways. Continue reading

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Mystified by Mystified - Interview

Mystified by Mystified – Interview

I am mystified by Mystified, aka Thomas Park Jackson, the composer from Saint Lous, MO who has over 300 releases to his credit. While he downplays his production, he has found his work used in a PBS documentary and been written about by an artist and scholar interested in experimental works. Continue reading

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Reviews

The Light Side of the Blue

The Light Side of the Blue

The Light Side of the Blue is a companion release to Wordless, the first collaboration by Hank Hobson and Southern City’s Lab. This release takes quite a different form, however, as it is designed to provide a musical narrative / story. Continue reading

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Spinning Clocks - Spirits In The Juice

Spinning Clocks – Spirits In The Juice

This time out it’s time for music from Chicago with Jimmy Lacey formerly of Onyx System. Last time we heard him with Alex Nova on Twists. His latest project is Spinning Clocks – Spirits In The Juice. Continue reading

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Spin Day And The Emotional Godfather

Spin Day And The Emotional Godfather

Spin Day And The Emotional Godfather is another release that continues what seems to be a theme for me this week: unusual releases. This release marks an interesting diversion from the norm of electronica: some parts are distinctly acoustic, some parts are very electronic, some parts wander into an experimental area. Continue reading

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Ohsaurus’s “PUng” gives fusion a new meaning

Ohsaurus’s “PUng” gives fusion a new meaning by blending chiptune-influenced flourishes with hip hop beats… Continue reading

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News

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Commons Notable News: Now Available in the Maori Language

This week in Commons Notable News we have something of a grab-bag of stories. From a translation of the CC license, to licensing open hardware projects. Continue reading

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Commons Notable News: Adoption and Attribution

Commons Notable News: Adoption and Attribution. This week: three stories focused on The Inter-American Development Bank, the For Foundation and Elog.io Continue reading

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Commons Notable News: eBooks, Mixtapes, Media

This week on Commons Notable News: eBooks, Mixtapes, Media. CNN is a new feature of the CerebralRift, seeking to explore more CC related news. Continue reading

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Happy Commons Holidays!

Happy Commons Holidays!

Happy Commons Holidays! Here’s a quick announcement about the holidays and my upcoming plans for the new year. Continue reading

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Op-Ed

Zoe Keating versus Google Music Key

Zoë Keating versus Google Music Key

Zoë Keating versus Google Music Key: a situation where an artist finds the terms of a music contract unacceptable, here’s my take on where things stand. Continue reading

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Artists In Contractual Servitude

Artists In Contractual Servitude

Based on a couple of news stories I read last week, I realized that there is a perception of artists in contractual servitude that incorrectly has value. Continue reading

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So long 2014 from CerebralRift

So long 2014 from CerebralRift: this is the end of year wrap up. Lots of geeky stuff, a few interesting numbers, thank yous, and some plans for next year. Continue reading

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Music, Money and the Internet

Music, Money and the Internet

The recent spat over Spotify’s payouts has renewed a debate that some artists and listeners have been have regarding Music, Money and the Internet. Continue reading

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CerebralMix

CerebralMix 2015-02-22: Ulysses Episode 8

CerebralMix 2015-02-22: Ulysses Episode 8

We're up to the eighth episode in our survey of the relationships between sound and narrative with Ulysses on The CerebralMix. This show present the first two of the three parts of the Sirens episode from the novel.

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CerebralMix 2015-02-15: Ulysses Episode Seven

CerebralMix 2015-02-15: Ulysses Episode Seven

CerebralMix 2015-02-15: Ulysses Episode Seven presents a series of character portrait vignettes as an interlude in the novel.

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CerebralMix 2015-02-08: Ulysses Episode Six

CerebralMix 2015-02-08: Ulysses Episode Six

CerebralMix 2015-02-08: Ulysses Episode Six focuses on the Scylla and Charybdis episode. The notes explain how the episode relates to the Odyssey.

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CerebralMix 2015-02-01: Ulysses Episode 5

CerebralMix 2015-02-01: Ulysses Episode 5

CerebralMix 2015-02-01: Ulysses Episode 5: this installment in our series explores the Lestrygonians episode from Ulysses with musical interludes.

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