I’ve yet to figure out if the Sytheseizer 76 app for the iPad is actually a functioning product or just an interaction design test. Either way, it has me excited. I might have to settle for the Korg iMS20 for just $15.

I must admit that Captain Beefheart is one of those musicians that I’ve been told many times to check out and yet somehow just never did. This morning I read that he just passed away after a long fight against MS. That was the motivation it took for me read up and listen. Clearly, the world is now short one incredibly unique individual. In the early 80’s after being diagnosed with his illness, Anton Corbijn created a short film interview project with Captain Beefheart. David Lynch makes a few appearances asking questions too. Here is part 1 and part 2. Enjoy.

I’ve always admired the dots, dashes and shapes that at one time adorned the covers of many jazz and classical music record sleeves. Project Thirty-Three is a blog dedicated to showcasing these kinds of designs that feature bold color combinations and geometric relationships.

From the Basement is the pet project of music production wunderkind Nigel Godrich. An impressive list of musicians are invited to play intimate live in-studio sessions that are filmed in HD and presented online. Godrich’s goal is to create an honest and laid-back environment for his guests to perform. He likens the project to the 70’s BBC 2 program The Old Grey Whistle Test. Here are a few wonderful solo performances: Andrew Bird, Tenuousness and Thom Yorke, Videotape.

Janelle Monae is one styling lady. The choreography and art direction in the video for her single Tight Rope are tip-top perfect. The track which features Big Boi is sonically at home with the retro-soul sounds of Gnarls Barkley and Raphael Saadiq. See her perform the track live on Letterman here.

I’ve just watched two new music videos that I like quite a bit. Both clips explore an odd and unexplained narrative of a rather dark variety. Here is director Pete Riski’s work for Husky Rescue’s track They Are Coming. And here you can see The Space In Between by How To Destroy Angels (aka Trent Reznor and wife), directed by visionary commercial director Rupert Sanders.

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