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Music

"When the Levee Breaks," Tony and Rob with The Long Farewells

I was so busy putting together playlists over the last couple newsletters that I didn't get a chance to share the latest of the Long Farewells' "quarantunes" videos. "When the Levee Breaks" was originally written and recorded by Kansas Joe and Memphis Minnie in 1929, about the 1927 Great Mississippi Flood. That subject matter is pretty much right in The Long Farewells' wheelhouse, so when Gabrielle's friend and neighbor asked us to help out on a cover of the Led Zeppelin version, we were happy to join in.

Podcast

"Sound and Silence" - TED Radio Hour

I don't know about you, but my sonic landscape was very different this year: no cacaphonous commutes, no shouting to friends in loud bars, no live music in my favorite clubs. This podcast is a exploration of what sound - and the lack of it - mean to us as a species.

Article

"Happy 100th Birthday to the Theremin, Instrument of the Future" -  by Matthew Taub, Atlas Obscura

If you had to pick one instrument to play the soundtrack of 2020, you could do worse than the theremin, the spooky electronic sound of countless horror and sci-fi films. It also happens that 2020 was the 100th anniversary of its invention, and this article is a good intro to the history of this unique instrument.
Rough Mix is a newsletter about all things audio curated by Aaron Rester and brought to you by Beartrap Spring Records. Every other week, I highlight great music, articles, podcasts and more that I think are worth sharing and spending some time with. Have a suggestion for something to share? Email roughmix@beartrapspring.com, or connect with Beartrap Spring on YoutubeFacebook or Twitter. Music highlighted in these emails is available on our Spotify playlist.
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