Author Archives: Charles Byers

Beautiful Noise Reaches its Funding Goal!

With barely a day left to go, the documentary project Beautiful Noise has reached its crowd-funding goal of $75,000. I’ve been excited about this project, but like a lot of music fans, I’ve also been watching it with one eye … Continue reading

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Kasparov on Artificial Intelligence

I enjoyed this article on the New York Review of Books website, excerpting an essay by the chess grandmaster Gary Kasparov from the book Chess Metaphors: Artificial Intelligence and the Human Mind. In it, Kasparov talks a little about the … Continue reading

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Toys, Hypotheticals, and Crystal Castles

By way of gadget lust and preamble, let me share something with you: These are both KORG goodies. (The image is from a promotional video you can visit here, if you’re curious.)  The one on the left is the Kaossilator Pro, which … Continue reading

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Drive-thru: the masquerade…

Sometimes I like to fantasize that I’m a consultant, whom companies can hire to get ‘honest opinions’ about their customer service. Not my most exciting imaginary career, of course, but I did innovate the ‘no eye contact’ option for Apple … Continue reading

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Jessica Pratt’s self-titled debut

Jessica Pratt’s new self-titled debut album achieves that difficult feat of seeming timeless, from the exact vantage point of its release date – Call it forced perspective in the medium of cultural reference, maybe, but the album stands as a … Continue reading

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Yeah, but: in defense of A Place to Bury Strangers’ “Worship”

The August 2012 issue of Uncut ran a brief review by Graeme Thomson of A Place to Bury Strangers’ new full-length album, Worship. Thomson’s knack for essentials and his bullshit detector are both gifts to the music-listening public, but his … Continue reading

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My ‘Best Of’ Round-Up from Sasquatch 2012

I’d been looking forward to this year’s Sasquatch Festival for a long time, and I’m happy to say it was just what I’d been hoping for. I’ll admit I got tired of the ‘festival’ part of the festival—walking through a … Continue reading

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