Carina Round

We went to see Annie Lennox when she played here in October and I was absolutely blown away by her opening act. Carina Round played a solo accoustic set that gave me shivers. It was one of those tightrope, on the edge, balls out performances that you just don’t forget.

You can hear her stuff here, on her myspace page, and a good minimalist performance video here (Check out Ready to Confess for a glimpse of what we saw live).

Unfortunately none of her albums are available on iTunes in Canada so I had to order actual CDs from Amazon (shudder).

John Simonton – RIP 2005

I am saddened to learn from the Make blog that John Simonton, the founder of PAiA, and probably one of my all-time electronics hobbyist heros, died of cancer sometime last week.

Although I was never able to afford any of his kits as a kid, a friend of mine built the Gnome, and I drooled over the PAiA catalog endlessly. I cannot understate the impact his kits and articles in Popular Electronics had on my electronics career.

create digital music has a good post with plenty of links to commentary and forums.

PAiA has made a resurgence in recent years, I hope his passing will not effect the availability of their kits.

The Hand That Feeds


Trent Reznor has released NIN’s latest single as a GarageBand file.

From the README:

For quite some time I’ve been interested in the idea of allowing you the ability to tinker around with my tracks – to create remixes, experiment, embellish or destroy what’s there. I tried a few years ago to do this in shockwave with very limited results.

After spending some quality time sitting in hotel rooms on a press tour, it dawned on me that the technology now exists and is already in the hands of some of you. I got to work experimenting and came up with something I think you’ll enjoy.
What I’m giving you in this file is the actual multi-track audio session for “the hand that feeds” in GarageBand format. This is the entire thing bounced over from the actual Pro Tools session we recorded it into. I imported and converted the tracks into AppleLoop format so the size would be reasonable and the tempo flexible.

You can get the file here.