“For me, there is a strong connection between music and images.” – DeLaurentis
In this episode of MFM Speaks Out, Dawoud Kringle interviews Cecile DeLaurentis, commonly known as DeLaurentis. DeLaurentis is a French innovative electronic musician and producer. She studied music at the Perpignan Conservatory and Jazz Musicology at the University of Mirail in Toulouse. Her work has been described as electro-cinematic music and stands out from most other electronic music artists as having an emotional and beautiful quality. She developed a unique style and technique for performance and voice manipulation with innovative use of Ableton software and hardware.
The topics discussed included her early training and interest in electronic music, her upcoming album, UNICA, her approach songwriting and production, her use of Ableton Push as a MIDI controller, her approach to music video production, her personal theories on the relationship between organic and synthetic music, the inclusion of AI in the music creation process, her interpretations of the works of Satie, Ravel, and Saint-Saëns, her approach to the business side of music as a self-contained artist, the music scene in Paris and how the COVID-19 pandemic affected the music scene in Paris and the rest of Europe, and her thoughts about the upsurge in music activism and musicians fighting for their rights.
Daniel Ek, Spotify…Daniel Ek, Spotify…Daniel Ek, Spotify? Ek owns nearly 9% of the Spotify shares, but has 37% of voting control?!
An Editorial by Dawoud Kringle
Daniel Ek was born February 21st, 1983 in Stockholm, Sweden. He graduated high school from IT-Gymnasiet in Sundbyberg in 2002, and subsequently studied engineering at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology before dropping out to focus on his IT career. At age 13 he started a business making websites for clients from his home. This was successful; he went from charging $100 to $5,000 per website. Ek soon recruited students from his class to work on the websites from the school computer lab (he was reputed to have bribed them with video games). His earnings eventually reached $50,000 per month and by age 18 he was managing a team of 25.
“To me, there isn’t a middle zone between creative paths of improvisation and traditional paths… Musicians deserve to be compensated and deserve a decent environment to play their music.”– Sal Cataldi
Photo courtesy of Sal cataldi
In this episode of the MFM Speaks Out, Dawoud Kringle interviews Sal Cataldi. Sal is a guitarist, composer, improviser, producer, a contributor to nysmusic.com, MFM member, and founder of Cataldi Public Relations Inc,”
On Tuesday, October 6th, 2020, Edward Lodewijk “Eddie” Van Halen died of cancer at the age of 65.
In 1978, I was listening to the radio, and the DJ of the local rock station announced that he was going to play something from the debut album of a band named Van Halen. Then Eruptioncame on. As Van Halen’s jaw dropping display of chops smashed through the speakers and seared itself into my ears, I stared at the radio, unable to believe what I was hearing.
Artist: GREX Title: Everything You Said Was Wrong Label: Geomancy Records Genre: art rock/experimental music
Reviews by Dawoud Kringle
In 2014, I reviewed GREX’ live performance at Spectrum NYC. I recall their performance to be unique, adventurous, and utterly fascinating. In the course of my research, I learned that “grex” is a biological term for an entity composed of several smaller organisms. So I had to wonder what kind of music awaited me in their studio work.