My first encounter with Scopitone came about during the course of a joyride with out-of-state friends in in the summer of 1971. As evening fell they thought it would be amusing to leave me by the side of an unfamiliar suburban road in Connecticut, as a test of character. This sounds like the opening scene of a film noir or a creature feature, but instead I found myself in a roadside soda fountain filled with teenagers eating ice cream and watching dancers move on the screen of an unusually big jukebox.
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Music plays a big role in The Museum of Modern Art’s current exhibition One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North. Songs by a diverse range of musicians—Billie Holiday and Duke Ellington, Josh White and Paul Robeson, Louis Armstrong and William Grant Still, to name a few—fill the exhibition galleries. These artists, like the painter Jacob Lawrence himself, were keenly aware of the impact that the Great Migration, the multi-decade mass movement of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North, had on modern American culture.
The exhibition Making Music Modern: Design for Ear and Eye explores the ways in which sound technologies have shaped the way we listen to musical culture. Highlighting both technical innovation and design aesthetics, the exhibition includes a number of modern instruments, including a Yamaha Portatone Keyboard and a Fender Stratocaster electric guitar.
As a curatorial assistant at MoMA, one of the most fun aspects of my job is researching and facilitating new acquisitions for the Museum’s collection. In the Architecture and Design department, we collect a range of materials, from architectural models to video game interfaces. And then there’s the time we acquired a 1957 Fender Stratocaster
“Don’t you wonder sometimes/’Bout sound and vision?” sings David Bowie wistfully on a track from the album Low, released in 1977. Recently I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how music—an essentially invisible and immaterial art form—grounds us in the physical world, influencing the mood and tone of everyday life. Without it we definitely lose our bearings.
I’m one of those people that carries a notebook everywhere so I can be sure to record what mostly turns out to be a lot of useless information, for example rock concert set lists—though not religiously, just when I feel like it. Recently I tried using the notes app on my phone, but it’s just not the same.
Last Saturday’s Warm Up was an eclectic day of funk, techno, and house. Benji B, Dām-Funk (live), DJ Marfox, Tessela, Dutch E Germ, and Avalon Emerson created a perfect soundtrack for the long weekend. This week’s set designers were The Principals.
Last Saturday’s Warm Up featured a diverse lineup that proved to be a huge success. We had footwork, disco, techno, and a crowd that was eager for all of it. We had sets by Kevin Saunderson, DJ Earl, Shamir (live), The Range, and Gifted and Blessed.
Last Saturday’s Warm Up focused on dancehall and reggae with sets by Supa Dups and Willy Chin of Black Chiney Sound, Junglepussy, Princess Nokia, Dai Burger, Dubbel Dutch, Visionist, and Blazer Sound System, with set design by Chen Chen & Kai Williams.
As we hit the pinnacle of the summer, Warm Up is really hitting its stride, with performances by Maria Chavez, Hiro Kone, Simian Mobile Disco, Charanjit Singh with a special guest appearance by Heems, and Daniele Baldelli, set within a jungle of inflatables and streamers by Fort Standard.
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