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Michael Donaldson
Works at Q-Burns Abstract Message
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We're now working with Ursula 1000, helping with his self-founded label Insect Queen Music. "Faded Denim Wash" is the first single off Ursula's upcoming album Voyeur, and it's fantastic … groovy disco and funk elements abound, with a touch of balearic spaciousness to make for a sophisticated sound. A diverse set of remixes come from a talented set of relative newcomers, including Abelard, Golf Channel’s Payfone, Robot 84, and (our per...
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Pitchfork: Bands that once defined ‘70s punk rock at CBGB’s began making music that would appeal to the dancefloor (at The Paradise Garage) located but one mile west of that notoriously filthy venue. Blondie cut “Heart of Glass” and “Rapture”, while Talking Heads locked into a groove to smooth out the spastic tendencies of frontman David Byrne, and the aquatic funk of “Once in a Lifetime” became a Garage favorite. ...
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Grooveshark's story and perhaps the decline of the web's 'rule-breaker ethos':
The Verge: (Josh Greenberg) had violated the tenets of intellectual property law, of course, but there was precedent for that. Nullsoft’s Justin Frankel had coded Winamp without licensing the underlying mp3 technology; YouTube’s Steve Chen and Chad Hurley had looked the other way as users had uploaded thousands of infringing videos; Napster’s Shawn Fanning had acted as if the entire concept of copyright was obsolet...
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Music Ally: We reported yesterday on PRS for Music’s decision to sue SoundCloud for copyright infringement. Over the course of the day, the key contradiction between the two parties’ statements became clear: it’s about whether SoundCloud is willing to strike a licensing deal, and specifically whether that deal would apply to both its existing free service and its upcoming subscription tier. Meanwhile, it als...
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Pitchfork: In 1889, when the first “phonograph parlor” opened in San Francisco, saloon patrons could listen to a song through a tube for a nickel. When Thomas Edison began manufacturing wax cylinders of recorded music for home entertainment in the late 1890s, they cost 50 cents each, played at 120 RPM, and could hold only two minutes of music. Loosely speaking, what cost a nickel in 1889 would cost $1.29 today, and...
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Bringing back the hiss you've missed.
Boing Boing: The Crudlabs Crudman is a new tape-based instrument consisting of a hacked cassette Walkman controlled by pressing notes on a keyboard. It might remind you of a Mellotron, another tape-based keyboard popular in the 60s and 70s, but Crudlabs points out that the Crudman "is not designed to replace a Mellotron and it does not sound like a Mellotron." "The Crudman can provide endless atonal sounscap...
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A.V. Club: It shouldn’t be a surprise that the bandleader who considered every instrument a drum would be responsible for giving the world one of the most widely sampled drum breaks of all time. Performed by Clyde Stubblefield, the oft-pulled moment arrives around five and a half minutes into “Funky Drummer”; (James) Brown bookends the break with a “one-two-three-four” count in and out. Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson h...
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FACT: (Yabby You) was responsible for some of the most compelling and individual pieces of roots reggae ever recorded, having worked closely with King Tubby, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, the Gladiators, Tommy McCook and members of the Wailers band, fronting the harmony group he called the Prophets during the 70s and 80s. He also helped initiate the careers of several early dancehall innovators, including Trinity, Wayne Wad...
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Grooveshark's story and perhaps the decline of the web's 'rule-breaker ethos':
The Verge: (Josh Greenberg) had violated the tenets of intellectual property law, of course, but there was precedent for that. Nullsoft’s Justin Frankel had coded Winamp without licensing the underlying mp3 technology; YouTube’s Steve Chen and Chad Hurley had looked the other way as users had uploaded thousands of infringing videos; Napster’s Shawn Fanning had acted as if the entire concept of copyright was obsolet...
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"As The Vinyl Factory notes though, all five are available for under £10 on Discogs."
FACT: Reissues make up a fair chunk of the vinyl market, so it’s no surprise that Amazon wants a piece of the action. However, its attempt isn’t a Death Waltz-style endeavour with bespoke artwork and coloured vinyl, it’s a shameless cash-grab that will no doubt clog up more of the world’s already stretched pressing plants. The five reissues up for pre-order are soundtracks for five of the most 80s movies to ...
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PRS litigation, UMG deals, this joyless soap opera continues …
FACT: The Performing Rights Society for Music has taken legal action against (SoundCloud). In an email sent out to PRS members, the body explains that “after careful consideration, and following five years of unsuccessful negotiations, we now find ourselves in a situation where we have no alternative but to commence legal proceedings against SoundCloud.” PRS is responsible for collecting publishing royalti...
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Music Management, Publicity, and Consulting. Amateur Luchador.
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Rocking you like a hurricane.
Employment
  • Q-Burns Abstract Message
    Department of Trial By Fire, 1994 - present
  • 8DPromo
    Owner / Manager, 2008 - present
  • 8DSync
    Owner / Manager, 2010 - present
  • Sharpening Occam's Razor
    1969 - present
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I get my kicks above the waistline, sunshine.
Introduction
Freethinker, musical eclecticist, film-lover, science-disciple, culture-cultist, skeptic, sharpener of Occam's razor.
Turn-offs: hypocrites, intelligence-insulters, dogmatists, etc. 

In college, I majored in Throwing Many Things Against A Wall To Test Their Sticking Ability. I continue my studies to this day by being involved with these activities:

8DSync - Representation of songwriters and producers for media licensing (film/TV) as well as coordinating the creation of custom music to that end.

8DPromo - DJ promo, publicity, radio servicing, and consultation for a myriad of record labels in the electronic music industry. Also, be sure to add this to a circle for semi-regular updates on cool new music releases: +8DPromo

Eighth Dimension Records - A record label I've been managing in various degrees since 1994. We've released fantastic albums by the likes of Beef Wellington, Pimp Daddy Nash, and Hawke.

Q-Burns Abstract Message - This is what my mom calls me. Responsible for music releases, remixing, DJ gigs, and general tomfoolery as time permits. Also, be sure to add this to a circle: +Q-Burns Abstract Message

Feel free to contact me if you're interested in learning more about any of the above.
Bragging rights
I once ate a sandwich filled with caviar the size of bumboozer marbles in deepest Siberia.
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Currently
Orlando, FL
Previously
Alexandria, LA - Monroe, LA - Ruston, LA
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Free Halloween Download: Sneaky Creeps (ft. Spooky Molder)
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Just for shivers, and in time for Halloween, we've decided to record quite the ghoulish track for our ghostly friends. Sneaky Creeps was wri

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A Drum Machine + Guitar Pedals + Dusty Krautrock Records = ***

Defining Super PAC
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Definition: SuperPAC 1. A frothy mix of lube and campaign funding that is sometimes the byproduct of politics.

PLAY.FM - Electronic & Dance Music Radio
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Listen to DJ mixes, radio shows and podcasts for free and on demand. Upload your DJ set, promote your party and find mp3 downloads in differ

Has a Harvard Professor Mapped Out the Next Step for Occupy Wall Street?
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His call for state-based activism on behalf of a constitutional convention could provide the movement with a political focus

Gigs In Denver (with Lisa Shaw) And Salt Lake City
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This weekend I'll be risking TSA pat-downs as I travel to the middle of the country for a couple of wild and woolly DJ gigs hopefully near y

Invisible Airwaves #22 - October 2011
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October's pumpkin-hued Invisible Airwaves mix has finally come to the door, offering plenty of treats as well as a handful of tricks. Tw

Blue Label Series #3 : Prana/Aqua [Eighth Dimension Records]
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Eighth Dimension's Blue Label Series, curated by Q-Burns Abstract Message, deftly presents its third issue, this time featuring Japanese hou

Noise Gate : September’s Round-Up
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Listing some of the more interesting links, tunes, and topics that have recently entered the Q-BAM orbit, as sporadically posted on my Twitt

New Release: Innocent (Presslaboys Remixes)
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After the release of Cole Medina's well-received remixes of Innocent, Eighth Dimension and Q-Burns Abstract Message believed all versions

Invisible Airwaves #20 - August 2011
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Barreling down like a late summer’s hurricane it’s the a new Invisible Airwaves mix full of tropical treats and wind-swept anthems alike. Re

RA: Night Moves feat Q-Burns Abstract Message, Sleazy Mcqueen & Fade...
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Night Moves feat Q-Burns Abstract Message, Sleazy Mcqueen & Faderkey at Extra Large Gallery And Bar, Florida

Kenny Hawkes
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When I started really seriously getting into house music in the mid-90's I found myself enamored with a small London imprint by the name of

Egad! I’m Selling Some Of My Vinyl
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Egad! I'm Selling Some Of My Vinyl. I've been seriously collecting vinyl since the mid-80′s, constantly digging for both rare bits a

Invisible Airwaves #19 - July 2011
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Summer’s mid-section brings us a rollicking DJ set from yours truly, haphazardly pouncing on a few musical styles before settling on a deepl