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Montreal-based Akufen’s “My Way” primarily showcases DJ Marc Leclair’s newly developed production technique called “microsampling,” and doubles as an intriguing dance music album. Leclair records hours worth of radio broadcasts each day and creates tiny samples from this source, often using only a fraction of a spoken word or a single guitar riff. He then assembles these fragments into sound collages and backs them up with fast-paced 4/4 techno-style drum loops. Et voilà, house music.
According to Leclair, his approach is inspired by the Canadian automatist movement of the 1940s that tried to achieve artistic expression without a preconceived idea of the outcome. Automatist painter Jean Paul Riopelle, for instance, filled his canvases with numerous and seemingly insignificant objects which added unexpected visual depths to his works. Likewise, Leclair masterfully shapes thousands of randomly selected sound artifacts into new formations. He does so often with surprising effects like on “Deck the House,” when a myriad of sampled word fragments, though unchanged, seem to gradually turn into sung lyrics including harmonies.
Random elements in music are not a new phenomenon by any means — an entire sub-genre of electronic music is based on errors, or so-called glitches, that become (part of) the music. Leclair, however, maintains full control over the process and is less interested in incorporating waste products as such than he is in recycling them. In Akufen’s microsampling universe there is no distinction between accidental and planned sound. In fact, the nature and context of the source are completely irrelevant: Any old airwave will do.
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.