Scioneaux, also known as Madd Wikkid, is the recording engineer at the venerable jazz Mecca, Preservation Hall and for the Preservation Hall Jazz band, the musical griots of the city. He is also a producer and musician. He is responsible for one traditionally non-traditional project already, Electronola, which melds the Crescent City's traditional sounds with electronica, and features, among other musicians, drummer Jason Marsalis, bassist James Singleton, and vocalist John Boutte.
Now, however, he is blasting the future back into the brass past. He's remaking Daft Punk for a brass band.
Like Electronola, "Brassft Punk" has also been funded through Kickstarter.
Ahmadinejad Kind Of Getting Back Into Old R.E.M. Again
4:20 pm EDT, May 12, 2012
TEHRAN—Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told reporters Thursday he was kind of getting back into old R.E.M. again, rediscovering his once-great passion for the alternative rock group's first six albums.
People don't give Lifes Rich Pageant enough credit, but it's really good—really good," said the Iranian ruler who has been widely condemned for his human rights record. "It's a great album to put on when you're traveling. When I went to the U.N. in 2005 to speak about Iran's right to develop nuclear power, I was listening to it all the time."
Recently, aides confirmed Ahmadinejad's relationship with Iran's supreme leader Ali Khamenei, who agreed with the president's remarks that Israel should be wiped off the map, had been strained after the ayatollah issued a fatwa declaring R.E.M. had "totally sold out" with the release of Green.
Kraftwerk’s Trans-Europe Express Draws Stars to MoMA
8:11 pm EDT, Apr 13, 2012
NEW YORK — Hip-hop legend Afrika Bambaataa, Japanese pop icon Ryuichi Sakamoto and former REM singer Michael Stipe were among the stars spotted in the audience at Thursday’s Kraftwerk concert at the Museum of Modern Art. They came to see the band perform Trans-Europe Express, the 1977 release that is, in many ways, the most legendary of all the Kraftwerk records.
The album’s DNA is hard-coded into the history of hip-hop and electro. The groundbreaking 1982 track “Planet Rock” by Afrika Bambaataa & the Soulsonic Force, a Rosetta Stone for early hip-hop, incorporates elements of Trans-Europe Express‘ title theme. (It also folds in elements of “Numbers,” a 1981 Kraftwerk song from Computer World.) So it was special to see Bambaataa in the MoMA audience Thursday, bobbing his head to Kraftwerk’s beats.
RjDj’s New App Dimensions Turns Music Discovery Into ‘Sonic Adventure Game’
12:39 pm EST, Dec 10, 2011
Interactive music app creators RjDj have put together a “sonic adventure game” for iOS called Dimensions: Adventures in the Multiverse, which invites you to explore an audio landscape to collect artifacts.
Taking cues from the Inception app, which the company released almost exactly a year ago, the app pulls in data from your surroundings — including movement, time of day and microphone input — to create soundscapes that you need to traverse.
There are five “dimensions” that you can inhabit. Kinetic is activated when you’re walking, and gives you a beat that gets more complex the faster you’re walking. Flux comes up in loud environments, and Tranquil in quiet ones, and the Ghost dimension is only activated between midnight and 1 a.m.
Trent Reznor Unleashes Free Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Tracks
10:49 am EST, Dec 5, 2011
Wonderful, sneaky devil Trent Reznor has never been one to release just a single version of an album, and his “beautiful and disturbing” score for David Fincher’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo remake is no different
We've seen some pretty bizarre automotive trends on the web over the past few years, but this one, friends, takes the cake. Celebrities are suddenly no longer content to flash their wealth with expensive, ultra-rare cars. Nope. Now they have to stuff them with cash. Rapper 50 Cent is the latest to hop on this bandwagon by shoving stacks of cash into the nose of his Lamborghini Murcielago. We think that we can pretty fairly say that the hero of the film after the jump has successfully gotten rich without dying while trying.