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A Conversation With Delia Gonzalez

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 04.24.2015 | Arts
Michael Nirenberg

Delia Gonzalez's debut titled In Remembrance is released on April 28, 2015 through DFA Records. This is not an average record release. This record has taken several years and is part of a larger multimedia project.

Book Review- Neighbors From Hell : An American Bedtime Story

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 04.21.2015 | Books
Michael Nirenberg

Neighbors From Hell delivers on its' blunt title. Neighbors is a satirical volume in the style of a children's bedtime story. It's about the real monsters lurking in your neighborhood.

Notes on Moonlust by The Holydrug Couple

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 03.23.2015 | Arts
Michael Nirenberg

Sacred Bones Records here in Brooklyn is one of my favorite record labels to emerge in recent years. One of their latest releases is Moonlust by The Holydrug Couple.

The Future of Music Is in Your Hand

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 05.02.2015 | Arts
Michael Nirenberg

When I'm playing, I think about someone like Pollack, and remind myself that I'm throwing sound at blank space until something emerges. I have to trust the process, so I can stay focused and not second guess myself.

7 Questions for CineKink Founder Lisa Vandever

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 04.22.2015 | Arts
Michael Nirenberg

This Tuesday on February 24, 2015, "the kinky film festival" CineKink NYC opens its 12th season. On occasion of my own film being in this year's lineup, I asked CineKink founder Lisa Vandever these 7 questions.

Notes on "Artistry" and Award Shows

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 04.15.2015 | Arts
Michael Nirenberg

I love music so much; that I don't see what good comes from choosing one cultural export as the song that defined our year 2014. The investigation of the word "artistry" is the only good thing to emerge from this media blip.

Black Metal: The Evolution of the Cult

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 03.23.2015 | Books
Michael Nirenberg

Black Metal is a dense and fascinating 500 pages. Chapters are dedicated to the bands and subgenres that had the most impact both to its musicians and on the national stage.

Why Thrash Metal Now?

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 03.02.2015 | Arts
Michael Nirenberg

Retro-cycles are now a normal part of pop culture and have been for sometime. It is well documented that it's traced to the emergence of 1950's youth culture and their post WWII expendable income. You wait 20 years and there it is again. Lately Tupac and Kurt Cobian are commonplace, but you see that already.

Discussion with Sub Pop Founder Bruce Pavitt

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 03.01.2015 | Books
Michael Nirenberg

Eleven years before the release of Nirvana's juggernaut Nevermind during the apex of glam metal, Sub Pop Records was a fledgling Xerox-and-X-Acto-knife-produced fanzine that championed local music scenes across the country.

The Archivist's Dilemma: Q&A With Oddball Films' Stephen Parr

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 02.03.2015 | Arts
Michael Nirenberg

While working on my new film in the Bay Area this summer, I had the good fortune of being introduced to Stephen Parr and his massive 6000 sq. ft. archive aptly named Oddball Films.

The Maker Faire New York

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 11.24.2014 | Technology
Michael Nirenberg

The World Maker Faire New York is a lot to take in. I'm not sure I really saw all of it during the two days. There isn't a more natural location for the World Maker Faire New York than the New York Hall of Science.

Rap Was Bloated With Champagne

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 10.28.2014 | Arts
Michael Nirenberg

We have seen the decline of the record industry splinter off and find a begrudging acceptance of the same technology, which caused its monolithic empire to crumble. This has empowered the listener and given us unimaginable economic choices within the previous music industry paradigm.

The First Hasidic Rock Band

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 10.13.2014 | Arts
Michael Nirenberg

Dressed as their religion dictates, they set up their own equipment, they had no roadies, and from what I understand they couldn't play from sundown Friday to Saturdays because of the Sabbath.

No Security: HOPE X Is (Not So) Decadent and Depraved -- Day 3

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 09.26.2014 | Technology
Michael Nirenberg

I had a great epiphany on the train last week which was that I'm beginning to see hacking not merely as cracking codes, or as Richard Stallman says "playful cleverness", but as man's will to deconstruct things in order to rebuild them into something better.

No Security: Hope X Is (Not So) Decadent and Depraved -- Day 2

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 09.22.2014 | Technology
Michael Nirenberg

This is Day 2 of my journal shooting my history on computer hacking at HOPE X Conference.

No Security: Hope X (Is Not) Decadent and Depraved - Day 1

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 09.20.2014 | Technology
Michael Nirenberg

This is part one of my three-day diary on filming my currently untitled history of hacking documentary at the Hackers On Planet Earth X (HOPE X) Convention hosted by the legendary 2600 Hacker Quarterly.

Heavy Metal Movies

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 09.13.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Nirenberg

I recently did an interview with Mike "McBeardo" McPadden about his book Heavy Metal Movies: Guitar Barbarians, Mutant Bimbos & Cult Zombies Amok In the 666 Most Ear and Eye Ripping Big Scream Films Ever!. The interview was so funny and so insightful, I wanted to publish it here in its entirety.

NO SECURITY: Gif Horse

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 08.18.2014 | Huffpost Code
Michael Nirenberg

Outlaw hacker John Threat (aka John Lee, who operated under the handle Corrupt in another lifetime) recently unveiled a program called Music Pack.

NO SECURITY: The Visionary Prophet-5

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 07.08.2014 | Huffpost Code
Michael Nirenberg

In 2014, when we think of the microprocessor, we tend to think of the personal computer or cell phone. While researching the history of the microprocessor, I discovered a way in which it turned up in our culture in the most pervasive way it could have: Music.

NO SECURITY: Mickey Mouseprints

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 05.18.2014 | Huffpost Code
Michael Nirenberg

I haven't been to Disney since the 1980s, and while I was expecting lines and crowds, what awaited us was an unsettling, dystopian security aspect that could have been out of a William Gibson or Bruce Sterling novel.

The History of Mass Surveillance: Resistance

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 05.04.2014 | Huffpost Code
Michael Nirenberg

There is another aspect to the origin story of contemporary mass surveillance in the US: Resistance. While most "phone phreaks" and telephone enthusiasts were unaware of AT&T's Top Secret Project Greenstar, there was enough general contempt for the phone company's monopoly to trigger a viable resistance movement that had been percolating within the 1960s counterculture.