Mogee Turns Everyday Objects Into Instruments


Former drummer Bruno Zamborlin has created a device that turns everyday objects into instruments with the help of a simple iPhone app. His invention, the Mogee, attaches to any item of your choosing and picks up vibrations from it, turning them into sounds and then sending them out to headphones, speakers, recording devices, effects pedals, and more.

Zamborlin has already received funding for the Mogee through kickstarter, but to see it in action, check out the video below:

Cream Cancels Reunion Tour


Cream have cancelled plans for a reunion tour due to unidentified flying drama between band members. According to Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker "upset" Eric Clapton.

"Everybody had agreed about doing it," Bruce said, "but then I think Ginger upset Eric. He said something or did something, so it's not happening... Ginger, from what I've heard, is a bitter old man. And I'm quite a cheerful old chap."

Some bitterness was aired in the recent documentary, Beware of Mr Baker, which is a revealing portrait of the talented but unstable drummer.

We'll see if they can get it together for their fans at least, if nothing else.

Armando Peraza Passes Away At 89

Legendary percussionist Armando Peraza passed away Monday at the age of 89.

Peraza worked with many Jazz and Rock luminaries including Charlie Parker, George Shearing, Tito Puente, Cal Tjader, Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck, Eric Clapton, Linda Ronstadt, Frank Zappa, Rick James, Aretha Franklin, Jaco Pastorius, and Carlos Santana.

Born in Havana, Cuba in 1924, Armando Peraza arrived in New York City via Mexico in 1949, where his intuitive and exuberant playing style translated into immediate work for big bands with Machito and Slim Gaillard. It was while touring with Gaillard that Peraza first visited the city he would eventually call home, San Francisco, California.

Peraza joined Carlos Santana’s band in 1972, playing for nearly twenty years with the group before retiring as a full time member in 1990. In the 1990′s and 2000′s, Peraza would make occasional guest appearances at concerts, festivals and percussion workshops. A revered mentor to many percussionists worldwide, Armando was an honored Latin Percussion endorser for many years.

Armando Peraza leaves behind a wide-ranging and robust catalog of Afro-Cuban Latin Jazz music. He is survived by his wife of over 30 years, Josephine, a daughter and three grandchildren.

AC/DC Demise Is Rumored

By Radim McCue
  • Published April 15, 2014
  • Rumors are swirling that AC/DC is set to call it quits this week, in the wake of a recent stroke suffered by founder and rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young. The band, which has sold more than 180 million recordings worldwide and has become synonymous with basic, hard rock (played very well!) has been together 41 years. Let's hope the rumors aren't true.

    Retirement rumors. Ten Great AC/DC moments.

    Wikipedia only needs one word in the entry for rock music: AC/DC.

    Setting Record For Largest Hand Drum Ensemble

    The Center for Health Equity is hosting Drum Circle: Drum Beats for Health & Wellness in less than two weeks to reset the Guinness World Record for the Largest Hand Drum Ensemble. The center hopes to raise awareness and promote healthy living through the beat of the drum.

    The event will be held on Maryland Day, April 26, 2014, at Byrd Stadium at the University of Maryland, College Park.

    For more information and to buy tickets to the event you can visit the Health Equity website, here.

    Health Equity Drum Circle: Drum Beats for Health & Wellness from The Clarice Smith Center on Vimeo.