Last Night A DJ Saved My Life
March 31st, 2009 by anthony™
The History Of The Disc Jockey

The History Of The Disc Jockey

Last Night A DJ Saved My Life is probably one of the most honest, straight forward, influential reads, based on the history of the Disc Jockey. Authored by: Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton, this book Spans all genres, while touching on a lot of out-standing, unanswered questions, i.e. “How did the DJ come to be?”, and “Are DJs really that important?” It also gets pretty in depth with the conception of ASCAP, BMI, and other music industry watchdogs that were conceptualized for the sole purpose of “keeping the Radio DJ in check.” Not to mention, the seemingly obvious process of payola.

Having read this, I can honestly say, it’s totally changed my perspective on the music industry, and I now have an even greater respect for the DJ. I highly recommend this book to anyone who’s interested in getting heavily involved in the music industry; whether it be running a label, DJing for a living, performing in a band, or producing, this book is super informative, and definitely eliminates any preconceived notions that tend to pop up among the “experts” in this industry.

Also, a quick shout out to Rodrigo Corral, for the beautiful book cover design, and Jocelyn Miller, for the beautiful photography.

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The Nostalgia of Cassette Tapes
March 30th, 2009 by elle™

Last month, we had touched on vintage cassette tape inserts and how awesome the designs are. Perhaps it’s the nostalgia of growing up in the era of analog sounds, or that everything old is back in fashion, but the aesthetic of cassette tapes still have profound desire and influence in modern society. This post pays homage to the cassette tape, and the unique ways that we’ve tried to preserve it by bridging the gap between digital and analog. Here are some of my favorite mods and hybrids:

NVDRS Tape by Stefano Pertegato

I’d like to describe the NVDRS Tape, but the images already speak for themselves:

Slide the music to start listening

Slide the music to start listening

USB key provides connectivity with almost every computer

USB key provides connectivity with almost every computer

Case to protect the player and customize it

Case to protect the player and customize it

Listen to what the image says. Put the finger in the hole...

Listen to what the image says. Put the finger in the hole...

Apparently the finger goes in the other hole. To charge it, of course. How much fingering equates to a full charge?

Apparently the finger goes in the other hole. To charge it, of course. How much fingering equates to a full charge?

via yankodesign

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Handouts: March ’09
March 20th, 2009 by Nueva Forma™
Free stuff

Free stuff for March 2009

We’ve just posted two free tracks straight from Nueva Forma’s soup kitchen. The download links will only be active for thirty days, so get ‘em while they’re still hot.

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» White Car’s unreleased track Haugh.

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» Masmöd’s unreleased track Polygon Pusher.

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