Marcel Duchamp first published his 12 Rotoreliefs in 1935. He had been working with rotary discs and their optical effects for decades – Rotary Glass Plates (Precision Optics) from 1920, Disks Bearing Spirals 1923, Rotary Demisphere 1925 and in his silent film Anemic Cinema from 1927.
The Acid Room, Hollywood Hospital, New Westminster, Canada I know a place, a place where, for a price, you can take massive doses of LSD and be guided on your trip by the “Johnny Appleseed of LSD” while listening to Bach on the hi-fi and staring at Salvatore Dali.
Recorded live at the Martin-Gropius-Bau (Berlin) on the nights of April 4-7, 1985.
Twittering Machines reader Robert Browne recently sent me a very interesting and thought-provoking email (this being one of many from Robert): The attached image is of one of my childhood favorite pieces of vinyl. It’s Rocky Jones, Space Ranger – Shipwrecked on Planet X. Found it on an internet search. Originally 78 rpm it’s only […]
My grandparents on my father’s side had a summer home at, and eventually retired to, the Jersey Shore. This was before its most recent incarnation as a pen for mindless, self-absorbed nitwits whose raison d’être appears to be too much hair product and tanning. This was also back when working-class people, my grandfather was a […]
photo by Laurie Giardino In the town where I grew up, there was a father who left for work each morning with all of the other fathers and like most other fathers he wore a suit. One day, an older brother of a friend went for a job at a local warehouse and saw this […]
At this very moment, my old cherry red Gibson Flying V is being transformed — transformed by the good man, Mark Dalzell (who, strangely, reminds me of John DeVore in many ways), over at Metropolis Music (240 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ) — transformed from a mild-mannered axe into a weapon of love; a sexy […]
Many years ago I was in a local hi-fi shop looking to buy a used Rega Planet CD player (I don’t remember exactly how long ago this was but a) there was a local hi-fi shop and, b) I was looking to buy a CD player). While discussing the pros and cons of the Rega […]
I was born in Chicago in 1949. I was a skinny feminine nerdy kid that couldn’t sit still. I didn’t talk. I was a ‘rocker’. I called it “bouncing”. Whenever I sat in a chair, I rocked back-and-forth. My parents were embarrassed and none of the kids wanted to be near me. I felt like […]
My idea for an new occasional column here on ‘Machines is this, East Coast cars. Specifically Brooklyn Beauties. Everyone goes on and on about California cars and their lack of iron oxides, but who cares? In a land where you can’t cross the street without Dodging a Dart, exceptional cars blend into the background of […]