May 4th, 2018 by Michael Sauers

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June 9th, 2016 by Michael Sauers

The first video I posted on YouTube way back on Apr 14, 2006. Recorded in 2005 at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, IA.

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January 28th, 2016 by Michael Sauers

Because you can’t get enough of the rains down in Africa, I present you with this Toto video trifecta:

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August 10th, 2015 by Michael Sauers

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August 3rd, 2015 by Michael Sauers

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July 27th, 2015 by Michael Sauers

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July 8th, 2015 by Michael Sauers

I’m been wondering what sort of projects we could do on the laser cutter. This seems like a fun one…

So I decided to make my own. I’m still working out the kinks and testing cutting 78s on acrylic using a laser cutter. But it’s something else to hear music that’s never existed before on a record come out of 100-year-old phonograph.

Source: Make a Playable Laser-Cut Gramophone Record from Bioshock Infinite

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July 6th, 2015 by Michael Sauers

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June 26th, 2015 by Michael Sauers


“[How Music Got Free] has the clear writing and brisk reportorial acumen of a Michael Lewis book.”—Dwight Garner, The New York Times

What happens when an entire generation commits the same crime?

How Music Got Free is a riveting story of obsession, music, crime, and money, featuring visionaries and criminals, moguls and tech-savvy teenagers. It’s about the greatest pirate in history, the most powerful executive in the music business, a revolutionary invention and an illegal website four times the size of the iTunes Music Store.

Journalist Stephen Witt traces the secret history of digital music piracy, from the German audio engineers who invented the mp3, to a North Carolina compact-disc manufacturing plant where factory worker Dell Glover leaked nearly two thousand albums over the course of a decade, to the high-rises of midtown Manhattan where music executive Doug Morris cornered the global market on rap, and, finally, into the darkest recesses of the Internet.

Through these interwoven narratives, Witt has written a thrilling book that depicts the moment in history when ordinary life became forever entwined with the world online — when, suddenly, all the music ever recorded was available for free. In the page-turning tradition of writers like Michael Lewis and Lawrence Wright, Witt’s deeply-reported first book introduces the unforgettable characters—inventors, executives, factory workers, and smugglers—who revolutionized an entire artform, and reveals for the first time the secret underworld of media pirates that transformed our digital lives.

An irresistible never-before-told story of greed, cunning, genius, and deceit, How Music Got Free isn’t just a story of the music industry—it’s a must-read history of the Internet itself.

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June 15th, 2015 by Michael Sauers

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