Sonar festival in barcelona june 19 to 21

Sonar festival in barcelona june 19 to 21

Since 1993 this festival has been growing year by year until becoming an international recognized meeting event for music lovers of all Europe. In fact it attracts renown international artists, music industry professionals, publishing distributions and Electronic Music fans. Barcelona can’t be any better in order to guest such a terrific event! Each night there are parties flooding in the calles ( streets), pubs and crowded parks (Calle Botanica) of the Spanish city!

As a multifaceted and international event, the Sonar brings together Contemporary Art technology, Music live performances and top Dj set. The festival stages all kinds of electronic music genres, from Hip Hop to Post Rock, Experimental Jazz Music, Electronic Pop, and much more. So forth, expect to find yourself in crowded concerts, audio visual screenings, exhibitions and conferences in important Barcelona’s venues as the Centre of Contemporary Culture and the Museu D’art Contemporani ( Contemporary Art Museum). Opening 19 June, the festival runs for three days until 21 June. At the sonar.es website you can find much more information about artists, programmes and tickets.

If you planning a visit to the city, you may consult as well flashbooking for quick online reservation in budget accommodation. Here a list where you can find a proper lodging without paying too much divided in apartments, ( one of the best options in Barcelona) , youth hostels ( rich in fun and young people) and family run or private guest houses. Barcelona apartments, which in recent years have been flourishing everywhere allowing tourists to have a private comfort and a relevant money saving. An apartment can usually guest up to 6/8 people and usually costs from 80-120 euros per day. Check the Gran Via Apartments, the BCN Dreams apartment, the Barcelona Residence and apartments, the Corsega Apartment and many more available on line or try more familiar Bed and breakfast in Barcelona as the Barna Guest house BB or the Sleepy Beds B&B.

For cheaper accommodation Barcelona has a lot to offer in terms of youth hostels, ( albergues de la juventud) like Somnio Hostal, Pere Tarres youth Hostel, Residencia Universitaria San Marius hostel, La Trajinera youth hostel. While there in Barcelona, if Sonar is still not enough to cover your night hours, here a couple of suggestions where to get some drinks and wait for the sunrise. The Bikini club, for example, divided into three rooms one for salsa and latin, another for disco classics, funk and rock, and the third for chill out music, is located in C/Deu I Mata 105 and it is open Tuesday to Saturday 12am to 5am. The entrance is around 14€ and you can easily reach it with Metro 3 Green, stop at Les Corts station.

Another super-popular club is the Razzmatazz. Top concert venue and mega-club with five main rooms, the Razzmatazz will offer you Indie music and break beats in its main dance floors, techno and pop on the first floor, and gothic music on the top floor. Take Metro 1 Red and stop at Marina station at C/Almogavers. It is open Friday to Saturday 1am to 5am, and the entrance is about 12€ including one drink. So enjoy la noche in Barcelona for the Sonar Festival and get home full of music!


Classical Music Online

Classical Music Online

When our classical music radio station in Detroit closed down, I was absolutely devastated. Here I was, in a major city, and there was no way for me to listen to classic music on the radio in the car. Most cities had two classical stations at least, and at one point Detroit had as well. Don’t get me wrong – public radio still played a lot of classical composers, but only during certain programs. Much of the time, I would have to bring my own CDs with me if I wanted to hear classical compositions.

That is why it was so overjoyed when I discovered classical music online. I have never really studied classical music history very much, and I don’t know the music that well. All I know is that I like it. That is why it is nice for me to have a DJ to play it for me. I don’t really have to think about it. I can just sit back and let the music wash over me. Classical music radio was great for that, but online radio stations are also good.

Of course, even if you are a more knowledgeable classical fan, you can still find what you need online. There are plenty of classical music downloads out there that a lot of my friends take advantage of. This is an especially good way to find the works of new composers. A lot of art music composers are absolutely desperate to find fans nowadays. They are perfectly willing to make their performances available for free in hopes that you will become familiar with their works and want to see them live. They put their classical music online and spread the word as far as they can. The only difficulty is finding out about these artists.

That is where Internet streaming radio comes in. A lot of online Internet Djs make it their business to be extremely knowledgeable about current trends in music and entertainment. They will point you to some of the hottest musicians in whatever genre interests you. A lot of people don’t expect classical music online to be so fertile, but it really is. It seems that nowadays whenever a genre loses popularity in the outside world, it finds refuge on the Internet. Classical music online is no exception. Whether you are into the works of the Romantic period, the high classical composers, or more modern art music, you can find it on the Internet.


Alex Steinweiss – Creator Of Album Cover Art

Alex Steinweiss – Creator Of Album Cover Art

At age 23, the “Godfather” of album cover art, Alex Steinweiss accepted a job to design promotional materials for Columbia Records. What would happen next would revolutionize the music industry, specifically vinyl records, when he invented the illustrated album cover. A rather obvious, but brilliant, idea was to create a titillating graphic package that would, not only protect the record, but advertise the artist and the music contained therein (prior to this, records were sold in plain, undecorated wrappers).

“Records used to be relegated to the back of the stores that sold refrigerators and stoves. You’d go to the counter and ask for the title you wanted,” recalled Steinweiss. “I needed to shake up the industry, we had to do something like European poster art to draw the attention of the buyer.”

And “shake up the industry” is just what Steinweiss did. Starting in 1939 with his first covers, for a collection of Rodgers & Hart’s Musical Hits, Columbia executives saw the sales of the illustrated albums skyrocket, including one by more than eight hundred percent. Soon after that 78 rpm albums were adorned with decorated covers and displayed in store windows.

A new medium was born, album cover art became the norm and attracted established artists and inspired many new artists to enter the arena. It allowed the record company and the artist to promote a visual image and identity with the music.

So who was Alex Steinweiss? Let’s explore his life in detail. Steinweiss grew up in Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach area and he attended the Abraham Lincoln High School from 1930-1934 and that is where he started his graphic designing career. In a program taught by Leon Friend, Steinweiss and his classmates were known as the “Art Squad,” designing school publications, posters and signs. When he was seventeen, Steinweiss’ work was showcased in PM Magazine. He received a scholarship to Parsons School of Art and graduated in 1937. His first job was as an assistant to Joseph Binder, a position that lasted almost three years, before receiving a call about a new position at the newly formed Columbia Records. He designed all the covers for Columbia between 1939 and 1945, a period in which he developed and honed the graphic art of album cover design. In the period between 1945 to roughly 1950, he still did cover design for Columbia, but he was not the sole designer. He also began “freelancing” and began designing covers for other record companies.

As a freelance designer with such record labels as RCA, Decca, London and Everest, Steinweiss was considered peerless. Using his own unique format of blending eye-catching illustrations, vivid color schemes and playful typography, Steinweiss created album covers for such musical greats as Louis Armstrong, Bela Bartok, Count Basie, Leonard Bernstein, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Kate Smith and many others.

His album covers are considered iconic and he designed them as miniature posters with a distinct personality for each cover. His signature font, the “Steinweiss Scrawl,” first appeared around 1947 and his style and album cover design is synomonous with the Golden Age of Jazz, Classical and Popular music that was dominated by RCA, Columbia, Decca, Victor and London record labels.

In the 1950’s, Steinweiss added photography to his album cover design palette. His use of strange, garnish colors, inventive lighting techniques and numerous visual puns and reference points only added to his unique style of cover design and has made him an icon in the music industry. By his own admission, Steinweiss claims to have designed more that 2,500 album covers.

His later work, from 1960 through around 1973, was working with the Decca and London record labels. It was during this period that he developed die-cut designs and collage. He retired to Sarasota, Florida around 1974 and remains semi-active, having designed at least one book cover and several CD covers as well as having designed liquor bottles, posters, pamphlets and titles for TV shows.

All of us owe a hearty thank you to Alex Steinweiss and his contributions to album cover art and music. Can you imagine no art work accompanying a vinyl record? I can’t, and it is a great thing that Alex Steinweiss couldn’t either.