Episode 16. Extra – Support Us, Death Grips, Billy Joel

On this episode of lo-fidelity, Jeff goes solo to introduce this new “Extra” format.
00:00 – In an effort to help us find a wider audience, these are a few ways you can support the show in a (hopefully) entertaining use of seven minutes.
8:48 – Jeff reviews Year of the Snitch, the latest from Sacramento-based experimental hip hop group Death Grips. Very, very mature themes contained here.
18:19 – Billy Joel’s 1989 monster hit “We Didn’t Start the Fire” is broken down. What could possibly be so interesting about it when Joel himself considers the melody “mosquito droning?”
Let us know what you think of this new format in the comments of both YouTube and Reddit, and don’t forget you can always send us an email at feedback@lofidelity.info.

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Episode 15. Discussion – The Early Works of Steve Reich

On this episode of lo-fidelity, we begin to explore the works of one of the most influential composers in modern music: Steve Reich. In order to do so we explore prominent works from Stravinsky, Schoenberg, and Stockhausen to set the stage for where classical music was heading toward in the early 20th century. We then sample Reich’s technique of “phasing” in four of his earliest pieces: “It’s Gonna Rain” (1965), “Come Out” (1966), “Piano Phase” (1967), and “Clapping Music” (1972). Come join us for our trip into the avant garde where atonality and tonality clash, and sampling finds its initial foothold in rhythmic construction.

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