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American Guitar manufacturer Gibson, was just subject to a federal raid on August 24, 2011. S.W.A.T. teams with automatic machine guns entered the company’s facilities in Nashville and Memphis and shut down operations without any explanations.

In a press release, Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar Corp., and is currently suing the government, said: “Gibson is innocent and will fight to protect its rights. Gibson has complied with foreign laws and believes it is innocent of ANY wrong doing. We will fight aggressively to prove our innocence.”

Read the entire article posted by Disaster on shocklee.com
 
 
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Lost or damaged musical instruments inspire musicians to seek a national policy for instruments carried onboard airplanes.

The issue has ruffled enough feathers that The Recording Academy and the American Federation of Musicians have taken it to Congress.

Read the entire article from grammy.com here:

http://www.grammy.com/news/fear-of-flying

 
 
Here is a sneak peek video for the upcoming release of
Max 6 and its usability features.
What is Max?  Here is how the developers over at Cycling74.com explain it:

For over twenty years, Max has been used by performers, artists, and composers to make cutting-edge work by connecting basic functional blocks together into unique applications. Max gives you the parts to make your own music, sound, video, and interactive media applications without having to compile a single line of code. Simply add objects to a visual canvas and connect them together to make noise, experiment, and play.

You can also watch this video, introducing us to the previous release:
To find out more, go here: http://cycling74.com/whatismax/
 
 
Here's a review of an interesting synthesizer, the OP-1, by Teenage Engineering.  It's graphically intriguing, physically high quality, it can record, and you can shake it to modulate sound.  Below is the excellent review by Sonic Lab.

To watch more reviews from Sonic Lab, visit http://www.sonicstate.com/


And don't forget to check out their fantastic podcast about music and audio technology http://www.sonicstate.com/sonictalk.
 
 
Bjork designed an instrument - Gameleste - featured on her single "Crystaline," and probably in future live shows as well.