While the maestro John Cale is best known as a founder of the Velvet Underground, his association with the group followed Cale's deep involvement with the avant-garde classical music scene. During the early 1960s, Cale performed with John Cage, La Monte Young, Tony Conrad, and many others, and pioneered the drone/minimalist sound that continues to inspire experimental musicians today. In 1963, Cale, Cage, and others staged the first full-length performance of Erik Satie's "Vexations," a piano piece meant to be played 840 times. The concert lasted 18 hours. On September 16 of that year, Cale was a guest on the TV game show "I've Got A Secret." Cale's secret was that he participated in the Vexations performance. The other guest was actor Karl Schenzer, whose secret was that he sat through the whole thing.
North Carolina banjo artisan Marvin Walker shows off the first cigar box banjo he ever made "kind of as an experiment." He then demonstrates it by playing the only song he ever wrote, a serenade to his wife called "Rhonda's Tune." He has lots of photos of his other instruments on his website. Image: YouTube… READ THE REST
The '80s rock icon Bon Jovi is set to campaign this weekend with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in Pennsylvania, reports the Biden campaign late on Friday. Bon Jovi's new album '2020' is out now. READ THE REST
Bongo Cat is a simply-drawn yet adorable cat that plays the bongos, the keyboard, a marimba, or various other noisy instruments. Just bash the keys and enjoy! READ THE REST
This week in thinking machines news, a Harvard professor and his students have now raised $14 million to create artificial intelligence so smart that even hackers can't crack it. Meanwhile, reports from the White House suggest the federal government is close to issuing their directives on how agencies should regulate AI going forward. And if… READ THE REST
Back when you used to split time between home and the office, it really wasn't usually a big deal. But now that you spend hour after hour tapping away at that one laptop all day and all night long, you should probably start paying attention to just how freakin' hot that thing is getting. In… READ THE REST
When you decide to sign on to learning a new language, you're not doing it so you can learn how to conjugate verbs in Spanish. You're learning it so if you go to Mexico or run into a Spanish speaker, you'll be able to converse and understand what's happening around. Dull classroom recitations and boring… READ THE REST