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mah na mah na dat bip bippadotta

Piero Umiliani‘s classic track (1968), as made famous by David Mahna MacKay (in 1969 – more on him in the next post), Sesame Street (1969), Sesamstraße (?) and, last but not least, the Muppets (e.g. 1976) … Apparently, Jim Henson c.s. have recorded several versions, most of them by the character Bip Bippadotta … but Sandra Bullock did her part too – see http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Mahna_Mahna_(song) for more on all that!

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stevie, roger and the vocoder book


Dave Tompkins has a vocoder blog ànd he’s just published a book on the vocoder: “How To Wreck A Nice Beach – The Vocoder From World War II To Hip Hop – The Machine Speaks” (Chicago: Stop Smiling 2010). Do not confuse a vocoder and a talk box, however … the former is a lot more hygienic, and the latter a lot more funky! Indeed, Mr. Tompkins also wrote a superb article on the talk box and those who used it (tank pilots, Alvino Rey, Doug Forbes, Pete Drake, Stevie Wonder, Peter Frampton, Roger Troutman, Florian Schneider, dj Quik et al.) for Wax Poetics magazine (issue #35), but sadly there’s no trace of it on his blog. [Hopefully, there is in his book … There used to be a pdf of the article online but I can’t remember / trace back where that was.] In any case, Stevie Wonder was the first to give the talk box wide visibility, when he put on his tube on the tube, for a 1973 broadcast of Sesame Street … which Roger Troutman witnessed over at a cousin’s house, and the rest is history … so there. Meanwhile, here’s how to make your own talk box (be sure to have strong teeth + do buy some antiseptic mouth wash as well to avoid weird stomach viruses) + more on the talk box here (5′ into the interview) or via the links below … (We miss you Roger!)
http://howtowreckanicebeach.com/
http://howtowreckanicebeach.com/?page_id=14
http://www.stopsmilingbooks.com/how-to-wreck-a-nice-beach.php
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stop-Smiling/62108416985
http://nymag.com/arts/books/reviews/65226/
http://flavorwire.com/87263/the-10-weirdest-vocoder-tracks-youve-never-heard
http://www.utne.com/blogs/blog.aspx?blogid=32&tag=Zapp
http://www.waxpoetics.com/2009/05/wax-poetics-issue-35/
http://waxinandmilkin.com/tagged/roger_troutman
http://rogerandzapp.sitesled.com/videos.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zapp_(band)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Troutman
http://www.sfweekly.com/2002-08-14/news/california-loved
http://thepalmsweekend.blogspot.com/2008/12/what-fuck-happened-episode-2-zapp-roger.html
http://soulspectrum.blogspot.com/2008/11/introducing-roger.html
http://soulspectrum.blogspot.com/2008/12/roger-part-two-computer-love.html
http://www.arte.tv/fr/art-musique/tracks/Cette-semaine/20050106/1561408.html
http://www.berm.co.nz/cgi-bin/video/play.cgi?j0kh06ancz4