“Before Everything Became Automatic”

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I’m working on my next magazine issue, but I wanted to share Miranda Lambert’s new song, which speaks to some of my preoccupations here at God and the Machine. One of the constants in country music–both classic and Top 40–is nostalgia: a yearning for a lost past. It’s a profoundly conservative, deeply Christian sensibility. It’s [Read More...]

All This Machinery Making Modern Music

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As an old progressive rock fan, I don’t have any problems with machines making music. If you want to get technical about it, most instruments are machines, so adding new technology doesn’t change things too much. How does a robot band change the equation? Look and listen for yourself. This is Z-Machines: And here’s Compressorhead [Read More...]

The Craic [App o the Mornin']

I took this week off from the App o’ so I could focus on putting the June issue of my magazine to bed. When the App returns next week, it’s going to be on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. There just doesn’t seem to be the interest in it to maintain a daily feature covering any [Read More...]

Bach Cantatas [App o' the Mornin']

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Today we have a guest post from my friend and former collaborator Gary Parker Chapin. We went on a bender in the early 90s and wr0te a best-selling* humor book called Sun Tzu’s Ancient Art of Golf. (Seriously, the entire thing came out of a Guinness tap from two young men under the influence of [Read More...]

Hear Leonardo’s Incredible Music Machine for the First Time

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Leonardo da Vinci sketched, but never built, this mechanical marvel, blending elements of harpsichord and viola to create something so far ahead of its time it was never built. Until now: Called a “viola organista”’ and looking like a steampunk baby grand, it’s been built by a Polish pianist and mechanic named Slawomir Zubrzycki. As [Read More...]

Hear The Oldest Surviving Song

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The Seikilos epitaph is the oldest compete surviving song discovered to date.  It comes from marble memorial pilla (stele) found in Tralleis, near Ephesus. and dating to the 1st or 2nd cenutry AD. This means that it captures words and music from the vicinity of the earliest Christian communities. The text is not Christian, but records [Read More...]

A Bluegrass Legend Regains His Voice

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Tony Rice is giant in bluegrass music, as famous for his innovative guitar picking as for his voice: clear and strong and high, like a bluegrass voice should be. If you want to know what this means, here’s a taste: That’s how it’s done, folks. Tony has been through tragedy, and 19 years ago his [Read More...]

Try Some French Accordion Music! You’ll Like It!

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Gaga? Beliebers? One Dimension [sic]? That Chick From That Disney Show Who’s Now a Complete Tart? They’re all history, man.  The youth are abandoning them in droves because they know what all sensible people should know: music comes from the heart, not the boardroom. It’s not a commodity to be processed, auto-tuned, packaged, and pimped [Read More...]

Jew-Hating Has-Been Wants You To Pay Attention To Him

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I used to love Pink Floyd and Roger Waters. I collected everything, spent countless hours listening to them, and paid good money to see Waters solo in concert twice (Hitchhiking and Radio KAOS tours).  It’s funny, but I started listening to them less and less–particularly the later, Waters-dominated material–as I got older and recognized the [Read More...]

Best Game Soundtrack of the Year

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I have to put in some more time on Monaco: What’s Yours Is Mine to really get a good sense of it, but so far I’m lovin’ it. It’s been in development for years by Andy Schatz and his Pocketwatch Games: a team smaller than the one responsible for the credit scroll in Bioshock Infinite. It has a [Read More...]