Randall Roberts


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  • 8 years ago

    Certain songs can make such an impact on your psyche that specific times/dates/weather conditions can be recollected when thinking about that first moment when the melody, voice and sound entered your world. It's one of the wonders of music apprec...

  • 10 years ago

    In 1951 Folkways Records, on their Ethnic Folkways imprint, released the two-LP set Negro Folk Music of Africa and America, 24 field recordings from exotic and unknown (at least to most Americans) regions of the world, from South Africa, French Eq...

  • 11 years ago

    1906, Brant Rock, Massachusetts: Sailors off the coast of the Atlantic hear an eerie, otherworldly sound emanating from a box given to them by inventor Reginald Fessenden. On shore, Fessenden stands in front of a microphone attached to a synchrono...

  • 14 years ago

    A quick refresher on the evolution of the snare drum in hip-hop music. American producers have always ratcheted the pop to beats two and four -- boom, pop, boom, pop -- which dance-floor peacocks harness to propel their big booties in many excitin...

  • 14 years ago

    You could always dance to the Fall, always bang your head and shake your ass as one, always shout along to the choruses, some of which were as simply beautiful as a man and a woman screaming, "C-R-E-E-P" into the microphone over and over again as ...

  • 16 years ago

    In the future, radio won't be beamed from rusty old antennae. That's so analog, so last century. The future, as we all know (so shut up already), is digital, and more and more of it's being beamed down from space via the satellites floating above ...


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