This is the story of how a military device became the robot voice of hip-hop and pop music. Though the vocoder, invented by Bell Labs in 1928, was designed to guard phones from eavesdroppers, it expanded beyond its original purpose and has since become widely used as a voice-altering tool for musicians. It has served both the Pentagon and the roller rink, a double agent of pop and espionage.
The mix features excerpts of cuts from Neil Young, Gary Numan, and Kraftwerk- as well as lots and lots of vocoder. via How To Wreck a Nice Beach)
How to Wreck a Beach doesn't suffer from this same fury problem. It's a history of the vocoder written by a guy who's plainly spent a lot of time thinking about and learning up on the vocoder, as well as interviewing nearly every person involved in vocoding from the last 40 years of amazing black space music. The book traces the device from its early days encrypting FDR and Ike's instructions for D-Day and the atom bomb unto its critical role in Ramelzee's cosmic rollerjam "Traxxstoppers. It is also packed with vocoder-related tidbits and anecdotes that are.
Along the way, he shows that, despite what many of us have been taught, the world's various spiritual traditions all have profoundly meaningful things to say about the animal soul, if we simply know where to look. Rescuing these ancient insights and blending them with vivid stories about animals today-from a dwarf rabbit named Angus to a manatee named Moose to a black bear named Little Bit-The Divine Life of Animals paints a gloriously inclusive picture of the cosmos as a place made up of both matter and spirit, in which animals are every bit as important, spiritually.
We see the vocoder brush up against FDR, JFK, Stanley Kubrick, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Kraftwerk, the Cylons, Henry Kissinger, and Winston Churchill, who boomed, when vocoderized on V-E Day, We must go off! And now vocoder technology is a cell phone standard, allowing a digital replica of your.
Bam, often just headphones away from some version of deep space, is not surprised. He once named an album Warlocks and Witches, Computer Chips and Microchips and Yo. His old playlists could be a conspiracy theory themselves. To Bam, it’s William Burroughs, Gary Numan and Vincent Price who are the real vocoders.
Hancock released it as a single from his 1983 album Future Shock. The song was constructed and composed in 1982 during the recording process at various studios, first at BC Studios in the Gowanus area of Brooklyn, then RPM studios in Manhattan's Village, then Hancock's home studio in West Hollywood, and finally at Eldorado studio in Hollywood, Los Angeles. The production trio of Material (bassist Bill Laswell, synth player Michael Beinhorn, and engineer Martin Bisi) were based at BC Studios, recording underground club music for Celluloid Records. How to Wreck a Nice Beach: The Vocoder from World War II to Hip-hop: The Machine Speaks.
How to Visit Wreck Beach. Wreck Beach is located on the southwestern coast of Vancouver, across from the University of British Columbia (UBC) campus. Two of the main trails down to the beach are located on either side of UBC's Museum of Anthropology; use the Museum as a landmark to orient yourself. Be prepared for lots of steps.
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