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Download the 2016 RSL Music Guide Now!

Download the 2016 RSL Music Guide Now!

By on Aug 23, 2016 in Burning Man, Featured, Music, Music, Rock Star Librarian, Rock Star Librarian Music Guide | 14 comments

Sign up for my free RSL Newsletter & get worldwide dust beats news all year! Download the guide now! Booklet: print in color or grey scale Consecutive Pages: print in color or grey scale Printing Configurations There are entirely *too many printing instruction variations* out there for me to attempt to list. If you have helpful instructions on how to print for your specific home inkjet and/or laser printer, please post instructions with your printer model info in the comments to help your fellow Burners. The Guide on the Playa Pick up a printed guide on playa at BMIR radio, 5:45 & Esplanade, while supplies last. And get the Time to Burn app for iOS and Android that makes searchable all of the 2016 playa events and includes the RSL Music Guide. Photo credit: Geoffrey Squier...

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2016 Music Guide Kickstarter is Almost Funded!

2016 Music Guide Kickstarter is Almost Funded!

By on Aug 5, 2016 in Burning Man, Music, Music, Rock Star Librarian, Rock Star Librarian Music Guide | 2 comments

Donate to my Kickstarter! The 2016 Rock Star Librarian Music Guide has almost hit it’s goal! But with only seven days to go in the campaign, it’s time to kick it up and ask for you to donate, share or re-share since many friends might have missed your previous share. Please donate to my Kickstarter this year! I’ve gotten a peek inside the database at the lineups and schedules already entered. Whoot! It’s going to be a GREAT year! See you out there shakin’ your dusty booties! And do sign up for my newsletter to be the *first* to receive the downloadable digital...

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2016 Music Guide Kickstarter is Live!

2016 Music Guide Kickstarter is Live!

By on Jul 18, 2016 in Burning Man, Music, Music, Rock Star Librarian, Rock Star Librarian Music Guide | 0 comments

Donate to my Kickstarter! It’s time to create this year’s music guide for the playa, and I need your help getting it there. Every donation gets the guide closer to the playa. Why Kickstarter? Simply, the guide has grown from a one page spreadsheet to more than a 32 page booklet. And I believe in paying artists for their work, so I am paying my graphic designer. It’s also a short turn around time from submission deadline to driving the final product out to the playa for you to pick up at BMIR near Center Camp and printing with fast turn around time costs. Please donate to my Kickstarter this year to help bring the the 2016 music guide to Black Rock City and share this with your friends and campmates! See you out on the playa! And do sign up for my newsletter (at the top of the page) to receive the finished digital guide first! Donate to my...

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The Evolution of Western Dance Music

The Evolution of Western Dance Music

By on Oct 18, 2013 in Music, Rock Star Librarian | 5 comments

I’ve blogged about the technical birth of electronic music before, which included primary resources like hours of podcast interviews, with My Inner Music Geek and with The MOOG & the Birth of Electronic Music 2011 blog posts. But here’s a new interactive map and timeline that’s recently popped up on social media that illustrates the movement and birth of western dance music. And almost as fabulous are all the comments either loving or criticizing the map. Click image to open interactive version (via Thomson Holidays). I can tell you, first-hand, and as a real-life librarian who gets intellectually turned on by indexing and organizing information and who tries my damnedest with the guide, no two people on this planet agree on the order of electronic dance music genres and sub-genres. But, hey, I give mad props to anyone out there who tries their hand at it! Like this guy: Ishkur’s Guide to Electronic Music. It may not be up to date now, and many may argue his music genealogy, but I do like that you can click on a music style and instantly hear a sample of that genre. And this Bassnectar interview where he, admittedly using absolutisms, explains the history of electronic music. I also recall an interactive art piece exhibited I believe in Amsterdam which also interactively illustrated a wall-sized musical map of electronic music while playing each genre selected as well. I can’t seem to find this art piece now, so if it rings a bell, please let me know who the artists are! If you have a resource, online of in analog format, that you believe does a better job at explaining the evolution of dance music, please share it in the...

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The MOOG & the Birth of Electronic Dance Music

The MOOG & the Birth of Electronic Dance Music

By on Aug 12, 2011 in Music, Rock Star Librarian | 4 comments

Robert Moog. In 1965 he spearheaded a radical paradigm shift in music and its creation by inventing the Moog music synthesizer. Others had created computer based syths, but Moog was the first to create a modular keyboard instrument that allowed the musician to adjust timbre, pitch, intensity and fade, and it cost $11,000, a tenth of the price of RCA’s binary code run synthesizer. Then, in 1971, he invented the Minimoog, a portable synthesizer one easily could take on the stage and the road. Here is BBC video footage of the Moog’s 1965 world premiere. Giorigio Moroder & Donna Summer. Leap forward six years to 1977. Giorgio Moroder and Donna Summer craft a hit dance single almost entirely created on Moog synthesizers and what was to become known as the first completely electronic song: “I Feel Love.” Brian Eno is known for infamously bursting into David Bowie’s recording session for his Berlin Trilogy with Summer’s song. Bowie says, “One day in Berlin … Eno came running in and said, ‘I have heard the sound of the future.’ … he puts on ‘I Feel Love’, by Donna Summer … He said, ‘This is it, look no further. This single is going to change the sound of club music for the next fifteen years.’ (From Bowie’s Sound and Vision CD liner notes.) But why bore you with my writing about the significance of the Moroder/Summer collaboration. Here, Alison Goldfrapp narrates an amazing BBC Radio 2 documentary of the birth and significance of this song – Well worth a download and listen. And if you wish to fully immerse yourself in electronic dance music history, download BBC’s four part series, The Great Bleep Forward: Presented by Andrew Collins. In 2004 along with BBC 6 Music, Collins explores the development of electronic music. Though the video isn’t anywhere online, the audio for the entire four part series is available for free from the Internet Archive. Why not download and listen to these truly intriguing intriguing and fun electronica history lessons on your way Home? Then, perhaps you’ll find new appreciation for the epic pilgrimage the genre has made while your sparkly booty shakes to those incredible beats out on the playa. Oh, and,...

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