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Lessons I’ve Learned In Producing Free Music

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By James Kirsch in New Trends on Monday 26 December 2011

If you are an artist just starting to sharing your art on the Internet, you might be slightly taken aback by the resonating silence that follows your initial posts. A couple years back I wrote an article listing important lessons I’ve learned in the past decade of producing free music. This article, which really applies […]

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Amon Tobin: ISAM Live (Extended Trailer)

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By James Kirsch in New Music on Sunday 25 December 2011

Amon Tobin has been making forward thinking electronic music for over fifteen years. His latest effort, ISAM, which you can stream in its entirely, is unlike anything I’ve ever heard before. He’s bringing his album on tour with a stage show that matches the intensity of the album. As my friend Ryan said after the […]

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General Fuzz: instrumental downtempo music

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By James Kirsch in New Music on Friday 23 December 2011

If background music helps keep you on task, I’d heartily (and shamelessly) recommend you check out my instrumental downtempo tunes. I just put out my sixth album, Miles Tones, which you can freely download or stream on my website. My fifth album, Soulful Filling, was ranked #9 in the top 200 albums ever played in […]

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Geek Dad create a list of the Best Toys of All Time

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By James Kirsch in Cool Websites on Tuesday 6 December 2011

As we approach the end of the year, the ‘best of’ lists begin making their annual appearance. GeekDad goes above and beyond by creating a list of the best toys of ALL TIME.

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Goodnight iPad, Ann Droyd: a parody picture book

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By James Kirsch in Video on Friday 11 November 2011

As a father of a one and half year old, this video struck a chord with me: ‘A witty parody picture book for the gadget-crazy kid in all of us’. Indeed!

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20,000 live music shows to stream and download

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By James Kirsch in Cool Websites on Thursday 10 November 2011

The goal of archive.org is to archive the Internet. It’s a non-profit organization that’s been around since 1996 and expanded to archive all sorts of other data as well. One of my favorite places on the Internet is the Live Music Archive, which has over 20,000 live music shows that you can stream and download […]

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Live Mashups by Umphrey’s McGee

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By James Kirsch in New Music on Thursday 10 November 2011

There is a long standing tradition for jambands to don a ‘musical costume’ for Halloween and cover an album in its entirely. The band Umphrey’s McGee has taken this concept a step further by performing ‘live mashups‘ for their Halloween gigs. They cleverly juxtapose two songs on top of each other, and then proceed to […]

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Dust to Dust: Burning Man 2011 time lapse video

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By James Kirsch in Video on Wednesday 9 November 2011

No one can really describe what it’s like to attend Burning Man, the annual gathering of artists in the Nevada desert. It’s much like trying to describe Las Vegas: until you go, its hard to fathom the sheer scale of things. This amazing timelapse chronicles the entire event from the building of the city until […]

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