music http://kmuw.org en The Evolution of Game Soundtracks http://kmuw.org/post/evolution-game-soundtracks <p></p><p></p><p>Music in video games has come a long way from the bleeps and bloops heard in the very first games. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:30:00 +0000 Samuel McConnell 36891 at http://kmuw.org The Evolution of Game Soundtracks Remembering Robert Town http://kmuw.org/post/remembering-robert-town <p></p><p><font size="2"><span style="font-size:10pt;">This past weekend, a memorial service was held for former Wichita State University professor Robert Town, who died in December. Town was professor of organ at the university from 1965 - 2006 and played a major part in the university's acquisition of the great Marcussen organ, which is housed in Wiedemann Hall and was the first such organ built in North America.</span></font></p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Fletcher Powell 28953 at http://kmuw.org Remembering Robert Town Moon Salt, Bros And The Spidernauts All Part Of New Spirit Of The Stairs CD http://kmuw.org/post/moon-salt-bros-and-spidernauts-all-part-new-spirit-stairs-cd <p>This weekend marks the release of the latest CD by Spirit of the Stairs, Tronan Vs. The Spidernauts.</p><p>Whereas past releases from the all-instrumental group have clocked in around the hour mark, Tronan consists of only four songs—all recorded since the release of the group’s 2012 effort, Lambo Doors.</p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Jedd Beaudoin 26930 at http://kmuw.org Moon Salt, Bros And The Spidernauts All Part Of New Spirit Of The Stairs CD A Musical Life: Steve Hatfield http://kmuw.org/post/musical-life-steve-hatfield <p><i>Steve Hatfield is a drummer/educator based in Wichita, Kan. He has shared the stage with artists such as Joe Williams, Martina McBride, Glenn Alexander, Bob Florence, and Jerry Hahn. He currently performs with The Bodo Ensemble, The Elemental Trio, Cabaret Oldtown, Music Theater of Wichita, and leads the aptly named Steve Hatfield's Band.</i></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I’m Steve Hatfield. I’m a freelance musician in the Wichita area. I also teach at Wichita State [University] and I have my own private studio here in town.</span></p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Jedd Beaudoin 25679 at http://kmuw.org A Musical Life: Steve Hatfield Musical Space: Haven't I Heard That Song Before? http://kmuw.org/post/musical-space-havent-i-heard-song <p>Did you ever notice that “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” has the same tune as the “Alphabet Song?” It’s also the same as Baa, Baa Black Sheep, and, slowed down, it becomes "What a Wonderful World."</p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 11:58:18 +0000 Mark Foley 25496 at http://kmuw.org Musical Space: Haven't I Heard That Song Before? A Musical Life: Phil Ross http://kmuw.org/post/musical-life-phil-ross <p><i>Phil Ross is a founding member of the instrumental duo Cricket Wand. A 10-year veteran of the Wichita music scene, he has performed in a variety of bands including Arms For Hands, the experimental noise project Leavenworth, and Low Oriole. He is also owner of 5nakefork Records, co-owner of both Spektrum Music and Straight Screen Printing. Ross counts Primus bassist Les Claypool as his main inspiration for picking up the instrument. Cricket Wand’s current release is called Mega Series Fantastic.</i></p><p></p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 16:16:57 +0000 Jedd Beaudoin 25044 at http://kmuw.org A Musical Life: Phil Ross A Musical Life: Aaron Wirtz http://kmuw.org/post/musical-life-aaron-wirtz <p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wichita-native Aaron </span>Wirtz<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is an electronic music and video performance artist whose stage persona, </span>Cutter J<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> the Absurdist, combines the phases of his life into a living collage of music, technology and dance. By combining traditional American folk arts such as tap dancing and spoons playing with an ever-evolving approach to </span>DJing<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span>turntablism<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and interactive video art, he seeks to explore the emotional vocabulary of digitally influenced consciousness. Aaron is married to singer </span>Reby<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Wirtz<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, recently graduated from Wichita State with his MFA in creative writing, works full time as a social media manager, and contributes to </span><i style="line-height: 1.5;">F5</i><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Wichita&rsquo;s weekly alternative newspaper.</span></em></p><p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Jedd Beaudoin 20992 at http://kmuw.org A Musical Life: Aaron Wirtz Musical Space: The Flaming Lips http://kmuw.org/post/musical-space-flaming-lips <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Market forces have made it hard for musical innovators to succeed. And then there are The Flaming Lips, who have been able to thrive in the post-digital landscape while creating and delivering music completely on their own terms. Tue, 01 Oct 2013 14:54:29 +0000 Mark Foley 18653 at http://kmuw.org Musical Space: The Flaming Lips Carrie Nation And The Speakeasy Spotlight Social Issues on 'Hatchetations' http://kmuw.org/post/carrie-nation-and-speakeasy-spotlight-social-issues-hatchetations <p>Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy&rsquo;s 2010 self-titled debut featured mostly songs about fun and friendships, but when you listen closely to the band&rsquo;s new record, <i>Hatchetations</i>, you see stark images of American life in the wake of the Great Recession.</p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 12:52:17 +0000 Jedd Beaudoin 23995 at http://kmuw.org Carrie Nation And The Speakeasy Spotlight Social Issues on 'Hatchetations' Musical Space: Stage 5 Makes Bold Difference At Walnut Valley Festival http://kmuw.org/post/musical-space-stage-5-makes-bold-difference-walnut-valley-festival <p>One of the most important expressions of local musical culture happens every third week in September, when thousands become willing refugees from the city and head south to live in a shanty town founded on bluegrass. It's called the <a href="http://www.wvfest.com/">Walnut Valley Festival</a>, but the regulars just call it “Winfield.”</p><p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 12:58:30 +0000 Mark Foley 22842 at http://kmuw.org Musical Space: Stage 5 Makes Bold Difference At Walnut Valley Festival