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February 28, 2019
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Think "Generative Music" and what may come to mind is Brian Eno, pushing a button and letting music flow from his studio computer. But the idea is much older than that.

The "Illiac Suite" from 1952 is named after the cash-register-looking ILLIAC computer on which it was composed, and is one of the first examples of bringing computer programming into the task of creating music within some well defined parameters. The resulting score was then played by humans. You can hear the first experiment above.

The programmers were Lejaren Hiller and Leonard Isaacson, who met at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne, where the ILLIAC computer was built. Interestingly, Hiller considered himself a chemist first, a composer second. He had studied classical composition under Milton Babbitt and, even while working at DuPont labs in Virginia, was composing string quartets and vocal works. Babbitt and other teachers had encouraged him to keep composing even while he turned to chemistry. Perhaps they knew that the art and the science would dovetail?

Because indeed they did. While working on the ILLIAC, Hiller realized that the methodology he was using in chemistry problems were the same as those used by composers, and decided to experiment. Isaacson would help program the new computer.
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The new guitars feature MFD humbuckers and Caribbean rosewood fingerboards. The MFD humbucker can be set to series-humbucking, parallel-humbucking and single-coil modes individually or combined. Other features include original CLF black wrinkle powder-coating on a one-piece aluminum control plate/pickguard, chrome-plated CLF knobs for volume, treble and bass, a Dual Fulcrum Vibrato with a CLF 3/16-inch machined stainless steel vibrato arm plus forged brass saddles and block. 
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"Rather than utilizing a traditional saddle to provide a string break, the Ray Ross™ features a tone pin that keeps the string completely straight from the bridge to the nut; this concept removes the "kink" from the string, providing increased vibrational energy through the strings and into the body of the instrument," a press release explains. "This feature allows maximum transference to the instrument so you can get the most of the bass itself, not solely the color of the bridge. Comprised of solid brass, the residual tone you do get from the bridge is articulate, resonant, and full-bodied."
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If you're intrigued by the thought of Lennon and Clapton performing "Yer Blues," be sure to check out this video, which shows the 1968 performance from the Rock and Roll Circus. As a bonus, it features the Stones' Keith Richards on bass and the Jimi Hendrix Experience's Mitch Mitchell on drums. Lennon is playing his 1965 Epiphone Casino that he used on the Beatles' final tour in 1966.
The still-confounding intro to the Beatles' "Drive My Car" (from Rubber Soul) leads the listener to believe that the starting two-bar lick begins on the downbeat. This makes it a top candidate for our "Where's beat one?" sweepstakes.
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One of Boss' rarest pedals of all time, the 1998 gold DS-1 Distortion unit, has gone up for sale on Reverb. Produced to commemorate the shipment of 6,000,000 Boss compact effect units,  only six of the golden pedals were produced. Replicas of this model often lack the function of the original, but the insides of this DS-1 are exactly the same as the original. In other words, if you plug in a guitar, it'll give you distortion. Ha!
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Eleonora Strino has the charm and suspense of the best Hitchcock movie: you never know what you're about to listen to. From well-known jazz standards to Monteverdi, she displays a well-defined style that showcases diverse melodies and complex harmonies. In this joust of styles, centuries, and continents, Eleonora does not omit the meaning of the song's lyrics. As she performs it seems as though we are hearing from her guitar the words of sadness, happiness and certainly fun.  

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