Author: Max Alper

  • The Oncoming Cacerolazo: Stories and Sounds from Puerto Rico’s Massive Protests

    The Oncoming Cacerolazo: Stories and Sounds from Puerto Rico’s Massive Protests

    Drumming and loud sound are such large parts of Puerto Rican culture, it only makes sense they’d be the focal point of this week’s protests. Take a listen!

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  • Gang Gang Dance’s Brian DeGraw Says the Band’s Music Is a Book Without a Title

    Gang Gang Dance’s Brian DeGraw Says the Band’s Music Is a Book Without a Title

    Welcome back to our interview series, Incorrect Music, curated by guitarist, singer, and composer Lora-Faye Åshuvud (of the band Arthur Moon). In this series, we present intimate conversations with artists who are striving to push the boundaries of their process and craft. Join our weekly email newsletter to get more insights like this into how professional artists are making music, […]

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  • The Best Guitar Music in the World Is Coming from Agadez

    The Best Guitar Music in the World Is Coming from Agadez

    + Welcome to Soundfly! We help curious musicians meet their goals with creative online courses. Whatever you want to learn, whenever you need to learn it. Subscribe now to start learning on the ’Fly. It was late 2009 when I got my first taste of Agadez. Searching a relatively primitive YouTube for new music to explore for an ethnomusicology class, I […]

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  • Alap Momin (Third Culture Kings, dälek) on Recording His Entire Album on An iPhone

    Alap Momin (Third Culture Kings, dälek) on Recording His Entire Album on An iPhone

    Welcome back to Soundfly’s new interview series, Incorrect Music, curated by guitarist, singer, and composer Lora-Faye Åshuvud (of the band Arthur Moon). In this series, we present intimate conversations with artists who are striving to push the boundaries of their process and craft. Alap Momin (dälek) and Jan Johansen (Glorybox) are the team behind the newly minted Third […]

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  • Food & Hip-Hop: A Love Story for the Ages

    Food & Hip-Hop: A Love Story for the Ages

    This week, VH1 is premiering their much hyped new cooking show, “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party,” hosted by, you guessed it, Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart. Now, despite the fact that Snoop and Martha have quite the history, many see this as yet another tacky contribution to the typical unscripted and pulpy celebrity-centered programming for which VH1 is […]

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  • MoMA PS1’s Best Warm Up Season Yet Put Focus on Challenging and Diverse Bills

    MoMA PS1’s Best Warm Up Season Yet Put Focus on Challenging and Diverse Bills

    Photos by Nicholas Nazmi and Max Alper Damn, summer in the city is officially over. This could mean quite a few things for New Yorkers: no more drinking the day away on your buddy’s roof, no more getting out of your cool office job early on Fridays, no more indestructible flying roaches or humidity so thick you […]

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  • Beyond the Boys Club: Striving for Diversity and Inclusion in Experimental Music

    Beyond the Boys Club: Striving for Diversity and Inclusion in Experimental Music

    Whether we feel comfortable confronting it or not, there exists a fundamental hypocrisy in experimental music today. For me, a straight, white, middle-class male living in New York City, I’ve had to climb over no barriers in order to get deeply involved with what some may refer to as the “scene” here. Playing experimental, noise, or […]

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  • A Short History of the Nearly Obsolete 1/8 Inch Headphone Jack

    A Short History of the Nearly Obsolete 1/8 Inch Headphone Jack

    Last week, Apple announced the release of the iPhone 7, among other new products and partnerships. The phone features innovative additions such as water resistant technology, dual lens cameras for professional quality photo and video, and sleek new design tweaks to the screen and phone body. Yet you’ve probably heard that something very noticeable will be missing from the new […]

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  • Composer Erik Satie Was So Much Weirder Than You Realize

    Composer Erik Satie Was So Much Weirder Than You Realize

    + Welcome to Soundfly! We help curious musicians meet their goals with creative online courses. Whatever you want to learn, whenever you need to learn it. Subscribe now to start learning on the ’Fly. Erik Satie (1866-1925) is praised by historians for helping to provide the pre-war pathway to minimalism in classical music. His piano compositions, most famously the Gymnopédies suite of 1888 and the Gnossiennes suite […]

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  • Remixing Special Ed: Reaching Marginalized Students Through Music Technology

    Remixing Special Ed: Reaching Marginalized Students Through Music Technology

    With public funds for arts education being so low, art curricula for those with disabilities are harder to develop, teach, and to come by.

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