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A Commons Thanksgiving

A Commons Thanksgiving

Today is the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States. I would like to take some time to give my thanks to the people, communities, and organizations that have been a large part of what I am doing with The CerebralRift and The CerebralMix. In my way: A Commons Thanksgiving.

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10 Excellent Independent Labels

In July I published 10 Netlabels To Follow the first guide to alternative labels for the music that saturates our lives. The idea was to expose different labels and bring some attention to the people making music available that challenges our listening habits. So, here is the next list of 10 excellent independent labels.
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At Water’s Edge with Rebekkah Hilgraves

I’ve recently started listening to At Water’s Edge on stillstream.com, a weekly ambient music show hosted by the multi-talented Rebekkah Hilgraves. Continue reading

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Aural Films Fog Music Project

Aural Films Fog Music Project

The Aural Films Fog Music Project seeks to release 24hrs of music based on Fog as a theme. Recently Aural Films expanded this into a series of concerts. 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

Vortex Mechanic Forecasts The Future

Vortex Mechanic Forecasts The Future

When Vortex Mechanic forecasts the future, you might want to take notice. It would be a disservice to not write about it. It’s well worth the time. Continue reading

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VLK's Shaq Fu: Da Return: Da Return

VLK’s Shaq Fu: Da Return: Da Return

VLK’s Shaq Fu: Da Return: Da Return is an experiment in transformation. This is the strangest release I think I’ve reviewed in a long time on many levels. Continue reading

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Crossworlds Ivana Kupala Night

Crossworlds Ivana Kupala Night

Crossworlds Ivana Kupala Night is the first release from the duo of Alexey Mikryukov (King imagine) and vocalist Irina Skrypnikova from Kiev. Continue reading

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Break The Bans Propaganda

Break The Bans Propaganda

Break The Bans Propaganda is Alex Fry’s interpretation of what punk music should sound like. It has all the key elements. Then why doesn’t it quite work? Continue reading

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News

One Lost Week

One Lost Week

So, where have I been for the last week or so? Well, the story goes back to a post from last week: One Dead Motherboard, and continues from there. As I said in that article, I had a replacement system on order, and hoped to be back by weekend. One lost week later, and I am just recovering and getting back into the swing of things. Continue reading

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Call To Action: Please Help Rebuild Internet Archive

Scanning Center Fire — Please Help Rebuild | Internet Archive Blogs. The Internet Archive has suffered major damage from a fire last night.  Fortunately there were no injuries, and none of the data was lost.  However, some documents that were in the process of being scanned were lost, and some of the equipment was damaged.… Continue reading

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BitCoin on the Rise

What’s going on in BitCoin land ths week? Why has the market taken off? Random opinions from a non-expert. Continue reading

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NSA Admits: There Have Been Intentional Abuses Of PRISM (via Techdirt)

The NSA starts to admit to abuses of their spying programs in the most laughable way possible… Continue reading

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Op-Ed

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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Swift Manipulation And Byrne’s Fire

Swift Manipulation And Byrne’s Fire: recent articles from both artists point to big issues with the music industry, and not with streaming services like Spotify. I tear apart these articles, and then state what artists should be thinking and doing now instead of waiting on that major label deal. Continue reading

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Are eCigarettes Targeting Young People?

Are eCigarettes Targeting Young People? The spate of articles about companies suing over infringing names has nothing to do with kids getting eCigarettes. Continue reading

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Bitcoin Is The New Terrorist Threat

Bitcoin Is The New Terrorist Threat

It seems that governments and the media see the bogey man everywhere when it comes to Bitcoin. So, Bitcoin is the new terrorist threat. Continue reading

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CerebralMix

A Scandal In Bohemia: CerebralMix 2014-11-23

A Scandal In Bohemia: CerebralMix 2014-11-23

A Scandal In Bohemia is possibly the only Sherlock Holmes story in which he is outwitted, and brought to a level of infatuation with a woman.

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A Case of Identity: CerebralMix 2014-11-16

A Case of Identity: CerebralMix 2014-11-16

Back again with a new series of CerebralMix shows. This is going to be a three part series focused on the stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous detective: Sherlock Holmes. In A Case of Identity, Holmes proves that some matters can be easily solved by just a little bit of observation and careful attention to details. It’s the hallmark that set Holmes apart of the police investigation procedures at the time.

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Candide Pt 8

Candide Pt 8: CerebralMix 2014-11-09

Candide Pt 8: the conclusion. This episode of CerebralMix the conclusion of Candide. Candide doesn’t want to marry Cunegonde, but does so out of duty.

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Cacndide Pt 7: CerebralMix 2014-11-02

Cacndide Pt 7 sees us just about rounding out the whole novel. I won’t spoil it with a lot of chatter, but instead tease about some plans for next year.

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