Solar cells work harder with loud pop music

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 20 November 2013

London-based Steve Dunn and James Durrant have been experimenting with zinc oxide, a material that is cheaper and easier to work with compared to traditional silicon-based solar cells. However its efficiency of 1.2 per cent is far less than that of silicon-based solar cells, meaning the duo have had to experiment quite a bit to […]

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Ever wondered what the universe sounds like?

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By Rajeev Basu in New Music on Friday 13 September 2013

Luke Twyman is an designer and sound artist. His project, Solar Beat, creates music based on the the orbital frequencies of planets in the universe. Ever wondered what the universe sounds like? Have a listen here and below.

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The Transfinite 19: a trippy video by Ryoji Ikeda

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By Gonzalo Benard in Video on Thursday 17 January 2013

Ryoji Ikeda is a DominaMatrix who decided to play with sounds and videos and our own minds getting them hypnotized and putting them in a marvellous trance without the need of any other psychotropic drugs except her own work. I’m in. And I’m addicted.

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Matthew Herbert: an album about a pig’s life cycle

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By Merz in New Music on Wednesday 5 December 2012

I worked on the production and mix of the album with Matthew Herbert at his studio in England. He was also in the process of completing an album about the life cycle of a pig, from birth to palate. His motivation was to learn more about where his food comes from, how it arrives on […]

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Screws: nine recordings by Nils Frahm inspired by fans

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By Lost At E Minor in New Music on Friday 23 November 2012

The new mini-album from Nils Frahm, Screws, was the result of inspiration from his fans and friends while he recovered from an unfortunate accident that saw him break his thumb. These nine intimate recordings were offered to fans to download for free, and in return, fans thanked Nils by sending him their remixes, reworks, audio […]

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Lazerbeak’s Legend Recognize Legend

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By Casper Johansson in New Music on Friday 22 October 2010

Legend Recognize Legend is the first solo project from Lazerbeak, one of the most members of the experimental Doomtree collective: ‘Combining elements of indie rock, pop, and hip hop production, Legend Recognize Legend is bolstered by layers of keyboards, live strings, horns, drum breaks, and group vocals’. We like.

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That One Guy: Mustaches

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By Ron English in New Music on Friday 30 July 2010

Marches, dances, boogies, woogies and outrages to his own drummer — himself. A one man rappin’ band, That One Guy is good enough to agitate your parents and your children alike.

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The Creepers: Baltimore’s keyboard and trumpet duo

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By Gerry Mak in New Events on Thursday 15 April 2010

There are a lot of a bands called The Creepers, but by far the most unique is the keyboard and trumpet duo from Baltimore. Featuring Adam Endres from Blood Baby and his Wham City compatriot, Connor Kizer, the comedic outfit pens catchy and hilarious songs about love and dating, embodying the unabashedly trashy, underdog spirit of the city that John Waters calls home.

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Zbigniew Karkowski

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By Gerry Mak in New Music on Monday 12 April 2010

I first saw noise musician Zbigniew Karkowski in Beijing several years ago, and I had the good fortune to be able to catch him recently when he came through Baltimore. Both times, the rather cagey and brooding Pole assaulted the audience with cement-rattling cacophony — the first time I saw him he used an analog […]

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Bethany Dinsick’s amazing live show

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By Gerry Mak in New Events on Tuesday 6 April 2010

Baltimore musician/artist Bethany Dinsick processes haunting folk music through noise methods, running her sparse guitar lines and beautiful voice through loop pedals and samplers. [photo by VJP Photography]

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Jon Rose playing Australian electric fences

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By Gerry Mak in New Music on Wednesday 17 March 2010

I recently caught Australian violinist/sound artist Jon Rose at Red Room in Baltimore. He used a motion-sensitive rig to his bow to manipulate sounds on a laptop while he played along. It was a very intense set. Among many other endeavors, Rose has been working on the ongoing Fence Project where he ‘plays’ the wire […]

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Virus

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By Gerry Mak in New Music on Saturday 13 March 2010

People have drawn comparisons between Virus and Talking Heads. The Norwegian trio surely incorporates a lot of jazz, experimental, and metal (the band is a supergroup of sorts with ties to bands like Satyricon, Aura Noir, and Inferno) elements, but their distinct gothic rock sound has very little connection to David Byrne and company. That’s […]

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Boy Eats Drum Machine en route to SXSW

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By Casper Johansson in New Music on Thursday 25 February 2010

Jon Ragel takes the stage as Boy Eats Drum Machine, with a saxophone, turntable, microphone, sampler and green tom drum. He’ll be touring all over the West of America on his way to SXSW in March with his deliciously proggy power trio labelmates, Finn Riggins.

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Cave

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By Gerry Mak in New Music on Friday 6 March 2009

These heady times call for heady music, something spaced-out, trance-y, weird, and devilishly ecstatic to distract us from reality. Chicago’s Cave heeds this call for musical escapism, channeling Hawkwind, Kraftwerk, funk, and tribal frenzy into their mothership-beaconing groove.

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Telepathe

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By Francis Andrews in New Music on Thursday 29 January 2009

The latest in the flurry of experimental Brooklyn bands, Telepathe, have attracted some serious attention since the release of their debut LP Dance Mother last week. Although produced by TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek — enough of an accolade to draw thousands alone — the band are by no means riding on the crest […]

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