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  • AEO Independent Portuguese-Speaking Artists

    5 Jul 2008, 20:35 by kb7clx

    I’ve recently started a group for Portuguese speaking artists who are last.fm listeners, and their fans, Artistas e Ouvintes. I thought it would be fun to help artists who might not speak English to promote their music on the site, and my plan for that includes airing it in some of the English speaking groups for artists and listeners, so here goes.
    I’ll start off by giving a link to our group radio which consists mostly of connected artists,
    and entirely of independent ones.
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    Nearly all of these artists have free tracks for download.
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    If you've listened to any of these artists and enjoyed their music please leave a comment.
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    Now let’s get into it. The artists with features in this journal will only be the ones who are members of my group who have music here in last.fm or somewhere else where I can find it, but not all connected artists. Not all connected artists are members. I will however list the non-member connected artists at the end to connect them. To save time I have cut and pasted from the decent wikis, roughly translated others. Despite the title there will be the occasional artist who does not speak Portuguese, I have one English-only speaker in the group, and I have invited a Spanish speaker or 2. The first up does not speak Portuguese, but has been very supportive of my activities with this group, and one of the founding members.
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    is vocalist Marie Craven in Queensland Australia
    electro-jamming in cyberspace with artists around the globe:
    Dementio13 (Wales), Titee (Australia), Electromagnetic Impulses (UK), Corrientes (USA), Crimson Death (Canada), Adrian Carter (UK), Metricks (Portugal), The Peach Tree (Australia), Ni5m0 (Poland), TRAVVY (Australia), Dj Sid-the Apocalypze (USA).

    See also the collab projects Dementio13 Feat Pixieguts and Titee & Pixieguts.

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    is a Brazilian singer and songwriter who started
    her career at a very young age, playing guitar and writing poetry. After some training
    she started to sing and write her own songs.
    Her music is greatly influenced by Bossa-Nova and the rich Black heritage.
    She will be releasing her first album very soon. She has also colaborated with many of the fine electronica artists found at Pixies Palace. She sings in English and Portuguese.
    She has also collaborated with another Brazilian artist connected but not yet a member of my group,
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    from Portugal is a diverse artist with a broad body of work,
    all of which displays a high degree of originality and quality music production.
    His aproach to music is diverse and expansive, nevertheless there is always a blueprint
    of unique personal expression and emotion present.
    Metricks is native to Lisboa (Lisbon, Portugal), a city of multi racial crossovers
    of cultures and people, and of course of different music, and musical sensibilities.
    Metricks works with great artists like daniel iorio,
    Stuart Elliott, Phrulex, Renato Ventura, Mário Raposo, Jdvoid, soundfreak, Lisa T, Rakur, Pio Pio,
    GaiaBeat and Pixieguts.
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    is a band from Rio formed in 2002 who's name comes from the fact that they're from the southern hemisphere. They claim as influences international greats such as Bon Jovi,
    U2, and Lenny Kravitz, and great Brazilian rockers
    such as Barão Vermelho and Os Paralamas Do Sucesso.
    The band has a sound all it’s own, and came about through a union of friends looking to have fun and make lots of noise. Some years later they matured as a band, looking toward and for their essence.
    Band members are Gustavo (vocals and bass), Ricardo (guitar), Paulo (guitar), Giovani (keyboard), and Wagner (drums).
    Myspace
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    Orkut
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    was formed in Campinas, Brazil, in late 2007 by Neil(ex-Queiron) and
    Alcoholic Death(Unmemory, Remords Posthume) with the intent to create a profane and no-frills , on the likes of Anasarca, Lost Soul, Benediction, and Morbid Angel.

    In early 2008, Sarco(Abscess, ex-Barbarian Warriors In Search Of Wisdom) was invited to join their ranks, and their first official demo tape is underway (out probably by early May, 2008). Current line-up: Neil - vocals/guitar, Alcoholic Death - drums, Sarco - bass/vocals.

    The 4 tracks from the debut promo
    Blessed in Chthonic Salvation are now available for download here on Last.FM, and on www.myspace.com/laconist
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    is from the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, formed in the halls of the federal technical school CEFET -Centro Federal de Educacao Tecnologica in 2003 by a bunch of guys who loved .
    Bandmembers are: Luciano (Élvis) vocals, Roger bass, Luciano (Gordo)
    guitar and Miral on drums. major Influences Ramones.
    Their lyrics are basically thrashed and beaten out, looking for good humor in any situation.
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    is a Portuguese band, from Loulé, Goncinha. They combine several different genres, with what the band calls 'a personal touch'. Unsure are Chico (vocals), Ruben (guitar), João (bass) and Filipe (drums). The band is now working in a new e.p. that was planned to be released in early 2008.
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    is a band from Foz do Iguaçu in the Brazilian state of Paraná, formed in 2007, they play many styles of rock and released a virtual EP called “As flores da estação”.
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    invites the audience for a journey through
    the various sounds of black music. Their music is a mix of ,
    , , , Baião, rhythms.
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    Brazilian alternative rock, started by two young men from Rio, veterans of the underground sceen there, drummer Pedro Garcia and guitarist Nobru Pederneiras got their feet wet at the beginning of the 90s with a skater-punk band, Cabeça. Pedro continued his career playing with Planet Hemp, and Seletores de Freqüência, ex-Planet member BNegão’s funk-dub-philosophical-spiritual band, which Nobru was recently a part of as bass player. From that band also came yet one more member of Rockz, guitarist Gabriel Muzak,, who has a solo career and was also part of
    Funk Fuckers, BNegão’s first band. Finally from Benflos, another fine band from Rio, came bassist Daniel Martins who also plays with Lobão), and singer Diogo Brandão as well.
    Their sound is influenced by Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes, Franz Ferdinand, and all that those bands brought over from the , but with the dirtiest lowdown stuff buried in the and from bands like The Rolling Stones, The Who, Sex Pistols. With danceable rhythms on the drums, and bass that speaks with a accent. Two guitars making it heavy while the rest add robotic arpeggios and weird chords. Their songs sing of love, dramatic, nihilistic, bitter, diverse subjects such as "love is just a tasteless, badly told joke").
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    Always with a dry sound, rough and simple their lyrics speak of the everyday life of suburban kids and protest. Members are Guilherme Gabriel and Junior Jaime.
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    is a solo metalcore project of Thiago Almeida from Rio. He's a young man who records his music at his home with an improvised home studio on his computer, and who promotes his music sending it to friends. Before this he recorded under the name
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    which is also streamable.
    20 de Julho continues to be a solo project as Thiago hasn't yet found anyone
    else interested in joining the band. He records contrabass, keyboard and drums
    with his sound editor and creator Fruity Loops 7. He records his vocals and guitar
    parts directly to the PC and mixed with Adobe Audition 3.0. The name 20 de Julho
    was chosen because July 20 marked a significant event in his life. He asks us
    "Doesn't everyone have a 20th of July?"
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    is alternative rock from Portugal.
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    an electro-retro sound from Brazil. Great electro sound, There's even a track where he mixes his electro-style that sounds to me to hark back to the 80s, with Spanish guitar!
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    with musical production from seven years. He is specialized in electronic music, and his main references are jazz, hip-hop, house, trip hop and bossa nova. Subsollo is graduated in publicity and has a major interest in the independent music market. In his graph, he discusses the independent phonographic market and its new technologies. The monograph provokes a reflection about the cultural market and
    the use of new communication and production tools as a main ally in the distribution
    and advertisement of artistic products.
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    (www.myspace.com/thenavajoproject).
    (www.ilike.com/artist/The+Navajo+Project)

    is a four-piece out of Montreal. The band is an emotionally charged hard rock band with a middle-eastern influence, driven by impassioned vocals and inspired lyrics. What sets them apart from the crowd is an outstanding commitment to their sound, an elevated level of intensity on stage, and an exceptional understanding of the songwriting and recording processes.

    Originating over 3 years ago, and with one record under their belts, the band continues to further develop their sound and dedication to the music. Striving to avoid predictability and convenience, they focus on writing hard-hitting rock that remains powerful both in studio and on stage. The resulting sound aptly reflects the energy and intention of each musician, individually and as a whole.

    The debut album "community" is in stores now across Quebec. Over the next year, the band, together with Be Known Productions, will be promoting the independently produced album through live shows, as well as marketing and shipping it to labels.

    thenavajoproject@hotmail.com
    (http://www.myspace.com/thenavajoproject).
    The drummer is a last.fm user NeonHandshake named Felipe, originally from Brazil where he used to play with the band
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    born João Luiz Woerdenbag Filho (Rio de Janeiro, October 11, 1957) is a Brazilian rock and MPB singer. He also plays the drums and guitar. Lobão has a reputation for having little inhibition in expressing his opinions bluntly and publicly criticising fellow musicians, which led to a notable number of attrictions and
    enmities.

    His best-known recent attriction is a break-up with the record industry. Claiming that all major labels are conspiring to deceive their own artists (by underreporting sales and using piracy as a scapegoat), he set an independent distribution plan to sell music CDs on newsstands and the Internet.

    Thus far, this endeavor has been very successful: his recent albums sold well and were critically acclaimed. He also created a magazine, Outracoisa (literally: "Somethingelse" or "Anotherthing"), which comes bundled with a music CD of independent artists.
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    a name that may sound strange on first hearing, a strangeness that is sometimes reflected in their sound. The themes of their lyrics go from introspective reflections, movie-like imagery, quotes, as well as lyricism, and subtle touches of humor. The sound runs from dissonant textures to sunny atmospheres. For those seeking a more objective and simple definition, Benflos is a rock band. Their live performances are theatrical and use audiovisual elements beyond the norm like a cute little harakiri, a contrasceptive method that involves asfixiation, personal hygiene lessons on a grand scale, explosive minimalist carnaval, and small exotic musical instruments. All mixed in with the music, serving up a sort of experimental/eccentric/cabaré.
    Band members:
    Daniel Martins bass, guitar, drums and studio backup, studies music licensure at the Unirio, has played with Bia Grabois, Maurício Negão, and now plays with Lobão, Marya Bravo,
    Martha V, Mariana Davies and
    Rockz.
    Diogo Brandão (vocals and perfumery) – studies at Villa Lobos (popular song), and got his music licensure at the Unirio, is an actor with (Companhia Prática Teatral Dir. Michael Berkovits), singer and plays with Macadame and [Rockz
    Guilherme Carrera (guitar and mandolin) studied at Centro Musical Antônio Adolfo, Musiarte and studies music licensure at the Unirio. He worked announcer in the piece “Raul Fora da Lei” with Roberto Bomtempo and under the musical direction of Igor Eça. He also plays with Mariana Davies and makes theme music with his group Manga Fina Trio.
    Diogo Salles guitar and backup, got his music licensure at the Unirio and plays in the band Som da Rua.
    Ricardo Aragão drum and bass, studied at E.M.M. Villa Lobos, Musiarte, and with Rui Motta.
    Contacts:
    danielbenflos@gmail.com
    (21) 22593003 – (21) 9360-2406/9122-3907 (Daniel)
    www.fotolog.net/benflos
    www.benflos.com.br
    Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=3A839BDADA6630A0
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    Horde idealized on July 1995 by Crom Wisdom Worshipper, after parting ways with Dark Subconscious - his former band with members of the act now known as Tuatha de Danann.

    After years of struggle, Barbarian Warriors in Search of Wisdom is now releasing their debut album, in a completely independent way: “Paganheart”. With a length of 77:40 minutes, this craft is a journey through 9 hymns. The highlight would be the title track - a majestic epic running for 30:33 minutes.

    Their cries and poems deal mostly with Paganism, the old times, ancient wisdom, the Medieval Age, ancestral cultures, and the quest for knowledge.

    With this artifact - the “Paganheart” album - the Horde intends to perform live in several celebrations and conquer their space on the international Metal scene, spreading their art and continuing their eternal search for wisdom.
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    is a band formed in 1991 in Campinas, Brazil, by the core of brothers Glauco Silva (G) and Caio Cezar (D). They released one demo (Pestilent Emanation, 1994) and took
    part on a compilation (Death Or Glory Vol. 1, 1995) released by
    Heavy Metal Rock records. They played a single gig as Kemöth in 2003, and are returning to activities in 2008. Official website:
    www.myspace.com/abscessbr
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    «Portuguese musician José Paulo Andrade is a former member of 80's urban folk band
    Ocaso Épico (bass player), known for its mind-blowing performances at the extinct
    lisbon venue Rock Rendez Vous (RRV). He also played guitar in a rock band called V12. Ocaso épico released one album - 'Muito Obrigado' - in 1988 and was ready to record its second one some years later when band leader and mentor Farinha Master died unexpectedly, putting a premature end to the project. the remaining members scattered and José
    began learning and exploring new tools, mainly software based ones.
    5 Dimensões
    EP' is the result of his 3 year evolution journey as Gamma Ray Blast, in which he gathered influences from the 90's so-called 'ambient' precursors, such as Kruder & Dorfmeister,
    Thievery Corporation and Badmarsh, among others, all wrapped up under a genuine Sci-Fi feel. Gamma Ray Blast operates on a lush and soothing beat base, very melodical, mixed with oriental and traditional portuguese elements, such as sitar, portuguese guitar (mainly used in the Fado genre), flutes and percussion.
    A bit about the last 3 pieces, starting with the 3rd one Called Paredes which is a humble homage to the late
    Carlos Paredes, a true genius of the Portuguese Guitar. It contains a couple
    of samples from his work, like the song
    Verdes anos one of his most known ones. Fourth track
    Grândola is another homage, but this one is dedicated to the April
    25th political revolution that freed Portuguese people from the dictatorship regime,
    back in 1974, where we can hear
    Zeca Afonso sing the words of the first song to be
    played on the (at last) censorship-liberated radio, Grândola Vila Morena. Musically, these two songs show the strenght of their dramatic and political meaning, but also
    the smoothness of lounge electronic music. Last track is an original from Ocaso Épico/Farinha
    Master, reworked, called
    Adamastor.
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    is a rock band formed in 1995 in A Coruña Spain by Joel Varela. Current band members are Joel Varela, (vocals and guitar), Miguel Thomas (guitar), Iago Blanco (percussion and backup), and Álex Rapitis (bass).
    In 1995 two classmates decided to put together a music band. A band that would allow them to express their feelings, frustrations, emotions, joys and sadness, but above all a way to enjoy the music that was being so influential during this time.
    After many changes to the band name as well as members, arose SHINE, a group formed in A Coruña, Spain, that has, with their own original compositions in English, developed a very special live performance that has gained many followers, especially in the provinces of Galícia and Andalucia Spain.
    This very talented band reflects the life experiences of it's members in the words of their songs.
    They have just recorded their first album named
    Ungravity, from which they have edited a special release
    Leadless, which you can listen to on their MySpace page.
    Their official site is:
    http://shine.com.es
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    is a brazilian indie rock band. They play a mix of grunge rock and hard rock with a hint of brazilian pop rock acts from the 80s such as Legião Urbana. After shifting the line up of musicians various times, the band settled with Gomão on drums, J. on bass, Nazau on guitar and Museu on vocals.
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    (panda head in English):
    An ursid originating in the cold Chinese mountains moves to Rio De Janeiro in search of a warmer climate and a more varied diet. Inspired by the stories of the journey and the adventurous spirit of this nearly extinct migrant, three musicians, in 2007, formed a rock band with multiple personality and a bipolar temperament. Dark and psychedelic, regressive and progressive, revisionist and visionary.
    Cabeza de Pandas lyrics range from complete cynicism to the purest sincerity, and the music arrangements alternate between tranquil and hard, but always in the service of involved melodies and riffs, in songs that are straight-forward and wandering at the same time. An intensity of rock filtered through various lenses, with something new around every corner. Difficult to explain, much better if you just listen.
    ALEXANDRE VAZ (guitar and vocals), LOURENÇO MONTEIRO (drums and vocals) and MAURO
    BERMAN (bass and keyboards) make up CABEZA DE PANDA.
    The three members are part of the band that currently accompanies the rapper Marcelo D2. Previously they have played and recorded with artists such as
    Toni Garrido, Thalma de Freitas, Marcos Valle, Azymuth, Dado Villa-Lobos, Arnaldo Brandão, Fernanda Abreu and many others.
    Starting the year 2008 off right, Cabeza de Panda played the festival Humaitá
    pra Peixe, in a show which had a very positive outcome in write-ups in the Jornal do Brasil, and specialized blogs. During the week of January 21 to 28 the band was placed among those bands featured on the main page of MySpace Brasil Música.
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    "With her eclectic sets, Dj Blush proves that a club DJ is not limited to the overplayed thumping techno beat. Her influences bounce around from experimental founding fathers Kraftwerk, to the oversampled Daft Punk spun with the merriment of Depeche Mode, strung with the indie sounds of groups like Le Tigre and The Gossip."

    Dj Blush is a female DJ in São Paulo, Brazil. Very eclectic, fan of mixes and best of [pop/rock], rock, and styles from the alternative scene.

    For more, visit www.djblush.blogspot.com or
    MySpace, [www.myspace.com/dj_blush_sp]

    Buy at SoundClick,

    [http://www.soundclick.com/djblush]


    Blush is also a songwriter as:
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    is André Alves, a 16-year-old from Brazil making a diverse and eclectic mix of electronic music from his home. His sometimes humorous vocals make it worth the listen.
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    is a band from Curitiba in the southeastern Brazilian state of Paraná with it’s own sound formed at the beginning of 2007 with the musical goal to rescue and update , relying on musical elements present in productions during the 80s, together with elements of current productions within the style, intending in this way to create a new conception of the style, different from what has gone before or is currently being produced. Soon REDTIE was presenting a rapid and aggressive sound, with lyrics in English which contemplate such themes as politics, violence, film and history.
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    During the War of Canudos, in the third invasion against Antonio Conselheiro’s religious fanatics and their rogue settlement at Canudos in the northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia, colonel Moreira Morais, at the head of the republican army, enacted a practice of extermination, which counted on a strong psychological impact. It consisted of public throat-cuttings of armed prisoners. The descriptions of eyewitness accounts and war correspondence made it clear that things proceeded in the following manner: the executioner positioned himself behind the prisoner, stabbing him in the throat while pulling his head back by the hair, and then inserting two fingers of his left hand in the prisoner’s nostrils he slit the prisoner’s throat with the large knife in his right hand, causing the blood to flow down from the throat across the front of the body. In English this practice was nicknamed the red tie, having already been used during the federalist revolution, however it only became well known throughout Brazil during the War of Canudos.
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    (in English “five rivers”), define their sound as contemporary Brazilian music influenced by British and alternative rock, with lyrics in Portuguese which search out poetic and melancholic images.
    Many images may be found among waters and sonorous harmonies, like a joining together of many tributaries.
    Their sound promises the richness of a river, the confluence of styles, rhythms, and melodic ideas, giving this band from Minas Gerais Brazil an authentic sound of their own. With their songs coming from diverse sources of creativity, the five “rivers” who make up the band seek, via the integration of their experiences, memories and individual techniques, to give a volume and personality to songs whose uniqueness lies at the meeting of (música popular brasileira = Brazilian popular music), and the power of .
    Making up the band are violinists and guitarists João Eduardo e Tiago Capute, drummer Fabrício Galvani, bass player Bruno César, and pianist and singer Maurício Silva Jr.
    If the influences of the members run from Chico Buarque to
    Neil Young, the affinities of music apreciation turn toward bands and musicians like Radiohead, Nick Cave, Rem, Coldplay, Wilco,
    Legião Urbana and Los Hermanos.
    In some manner, there are vestiges of such bands in the music of Cinco “Rios”. These are expressed in combination with the personal touches of each member, “drain” into the band’s light and melancholic harmonies. In August of 2006, at the Teatro Marília, Cinco Rios gave a performance debuting the release of their first CD,
    Ecos da Cidade. Recorded at Casa Antiga studio, the CD includes 13 tracks. The songs of this inaugural album reveals the band’s sound, melancholic and charistically urban at the same time. Beyond the final reverberations in the local media of the state of Minas Gerais, Ecos da cidade was cited as the best independent album of 2006 by the magazine Revista Laboratório Pop and the website Dynamite Online. Also, in 2006, a song by Cinza (Maurício Silva Jr./João Eduardo) gained the title of Best Song of the Year in the contest on (JB On line), Jornal do Brasil’s website.
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    was born on February 7, 1990 in the city of Jacobina, in the Brazilian state of Bahia in the northeast of Brazil.

    Weick’s music career began in 2006 when he recorded his first oriental musical experience, a cover of Hiiragi, originally by Japanese pop-rock band Do As Infinity. From then on Yasutora-san has tried to focus on doing more such projects in the genre, covering hallowed artists of the Asian music scene.
    In the beginning, his repertoir included songs from his favorite band,
    Do As Infinity, in adition to the music of solo female singer YUI, but Weick didn’t stop there. Up to a point he had only released fairly simple songs, but soon he began to turn out more solid and better elaborated pieces.
    Weick Yasutora’s digital music career took it’s first steps in the beginning of 2008, when on February 3rd he released his first single Shadowy lights. (aurora, by the band Do As Infinity, Ai no uta (のいうた Love Song), by female singer Koda Kumi and No way to say, by ayumi hamasaki. Somewhere between 30 and 40 copies have been downloaded from his 4shared site according to their servers, not counting downloads on last.fm.
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    (which means John Dreams of the Void) is a project started about 3 years ago in Portugal by João Vasconcelos, focused on producing electronica without a specific sub-genre. The artist says
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    "The main thing that ties this JdvOid thing together is the fact that all the music produced represents a specific moment, person, some happening or experience that I (we) have been (or am going) through at some point in my life."
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    Electro-Dub
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    Bach, Kraftwerk, Beethoven,
    Death in Vegas, Mozart, Dead Crows,
    Saint-Saens, Amon Tobin, Mussorgski,
    Luke Vibert, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh,
    The Doors, Pixies, The Orb,
    Plastikman, Scarlatti, Ziggy Stardust,
    Paco De Lucia, Chemical Brothers,
    Rodrigo Leão, Claude Debussy, Chopin,
    Future Sound Of London, Beck,
    Street Musicians, The Hacker, The Advent, Frequenzberater, Stomp, Aphex Twin,
    Autechre, UNKLE, Radiohead,
    MDK, Chicks On Speed, etc
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    Midi Controller / Cubase SX 3/ Live 5/ Nylon-String Guitar / Microphone/ Korg Kaoss
    Pad II/ Numerous VSTs and VSTIs/ AMD Athlon 1.2Ghz
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    was formed at the end of 2002 in the mountainous landscape of the city of Petrópolis, in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro by five friends ready to do what they needed to do to produce a creative, harmonious, close, and overall sincere sound.
    With heavy guitars, great vocal and bass melodies, and a strong and solid drum section, Cyius accentuates their music not only with the strong and marked presence of their guitars, but also with their sonorous and mature lyrics, which in adition to personal subjects, address subjects sociopolitical in nature, which reveal the reality of the postmodern world.
    The lyrics are made up of poetry and optimistic messages, balanced by a heavy, close-knit sound influenced by the twists and turns of everyday life, and by the quest for victories in the current situation/stageplay in which we live.
    In their shows, the band gambles on a repertoir of their own compositions, picking the greater part of their first cd titled Onde Quer Que Esteja (Wherever You Are) which will be released sometime this year, and always striving to play with plenty of bite and all the sincerity that a band can have when they step up on that stage.
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    is a band from the greater metropolitan area of
    São Paulo Brazil formed in mid 2007.
    Band members are Rodrigo Nunes (vocals and guitar), Edu Bento (bass) and
    Caique Bulldog (drums).
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    14 Bis, O Terço, Pink Floyd,
    The Beatles etc...
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    Despite knowing one another in grammar school days, their musical affinity began in high school, where Rodrigo Nunes and Edu Bento constantly shared ideas about their intentions as musicians. In the beginning they met in between classes and on weekends at Edu Bento’s house. At this time, Rodrigo got together with Marcelo Rocha, a good friend and great font of general rock knowledge, and they formed a hobby practice duo. Marcelo brought with him many musical influences, one of these being progressive rock.
    In the middle of 2002, after a long conversation between Edu Bento, Rodrigo Nunes and Marcelo Rocha, they decided to form a trio called
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    That union was very useful to the three friends in question, it was the beginning of the development and musical identity of Rodrigo, Edu and Marcelo as a unit. It went so briliantly well that after three consecutive months of practice, the trio already had a sound very much their own. It was during this same period that a strong song writing collaboration between Edu and Rodrigo got going.
    A year after the formation of Milícia Celeste, changes in their lives were such that each member began to follow his own path, resulting in the breakup of the group.
    After this period, at somewhere around 2003/2004, Edu entered into a great odissy through a succession of innumerable bands of varying flavors of rock, (from
    to ), conferring to him a wide range of musical experience. Meanwhile Rodrigo was also developing his skills playing with some childhood friends in a neighborhood parish where he lived. Even though they were enjoying a certain amount of success on the paths they had taken, they felt the absence of that finely tuned sound they had back in the days of “Milícia Celeste”, thus as time went on the impetus grew stronger and more necessary For Rodrigo and Edu to reunite and to recapture their friendship and musical affinity obfuscated by the passing of time.
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    THE REUNION
    And so, after a long wait of about four years Rodrigo and Edu were able to get back together again to pick up where they’d left off, restarting the old projects, arranging songs that had been written in the past, devising a new repertoir, putting even more feeling into their music, and planning the formation of another band.
    After a few months of practice, they took the initiative to look for a good drummer, someone who above all else would be perfectly in tune with the band and who’s style would not be as aggressive as that of the majority of current rock drummers. Searching their memories, Edu and Rodrigo remembered a little admirer of both their careers in the early years. This friend in question was Caique “Bulldog” Barbosa, brother of a good friend of Edu’s and Rodrigo’s. Caique Bulldog loved the drums and had a powerful desire to become a great rock drummer. Even back when Edu and Rodrigo had been part of the trio with Marcelo Rocha in 2003, Caique Bulldog, only ten years old, started taking drum lessons and beginning his path to his chosen goal. But noone had imagined that his musical development would be so qualitative in such a short time, turning him into an incredibly versatile and highly creative drummer, indispensable ingredients for a progressive rock band.
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    These were the the crucial reasons for the duo of Rodrigo Nunes and Edu Bento to invite Caique to be an integral part of this new group in mid 2007. He didn’t hesitate to accept the friends’ invitation with great joy and exuberance. Thus began this power-trio which didn’t have a name yet.
    During the next three months, the trio’s greatest concern was finding a name which would faithfully represent the soul of the band. But finally, what would be the most appropriate name? The question was present in all of their minds, until a moment came that in an online conversation between Edu and Rodrigo, they started talking about how to describe in a few words what the principal characteristics or highlights of the trio would be. They eventually came to the conclusion that the common thread was the fact that they were so in tune with one another. So with a central, common and unconditional idea about the band, Edu Bento reluctantly consulted a dictionary in order to come up with a synonym of the word “sintonia (syntony)”, whereupon he found two nouns, “Acordo Mútuo (Mutual Agreement”. On seeing these words all agreed that without doubt this was a name that best defined the soul of the group. From that moment on the group would be known as Acordo Mútuo.
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    Artist relations: Pygar, j.m.duarte.r, Boiar, F.R.I.C.S., Gangrena (extinct).

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    "We are heavily obsessed with the beauty locked within music and the disturbingly immense power of computers in modern society. We also feel the world has been littered and misguided with ergonomic pop formulas for too long, and although we acknowledge that we can't really change the music industry, nor guerrilla market ourselves to popular stardom, we still strive to provide alternatives for artists and listeners who share our taste in bedroom-studio music. We believe music should be free. So if you enjoyed listening to one of our releases, share it with your friends and the world, just don't charge money for it and try to mention it was released at Enough. Above all, let the artists know their music is beeing played, heard, understood and enjoyed by other people across the globe.

    We slowly came to realize we pursue a focus of , , , and . However, we are open to other genres as long as it sounds good and clicks something inside of us. Our plan is to simply release soothing sounds, emerging landscapes, from Portugal, Europe, the world, into the cyberspace for whomever will listen. And hopefully meet some friendly talented people while we are at it. It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it.. ;)
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    Na lista seguinte têm os artistas conectados ao grupo Artistas e Ouvintes mas não são membros ainda.
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  • The Blind Guy Thinks Saturday Night Live's Paterson Skit is Funny

    16 Dec 2008, 16:44 by kb7clx

    For you who don't live in the US or haven't been watching the news lately, the incredibly popular and long-running comedy TV show Saturday Night Live has done a skit lampooning governor David Paterson of New York, and poking fun about everything from his blindness to his drug use. Lots of people, blind and sighted, think it was a low blow, but from this blind person's point of view this is funny shit! I didn't just listen to it, I've heard and read the descriptions and I still think it's funny. It would have been cool if instead of complaining, the governor had pulled a Palin and gotten himself on the show, then gotten an interview with a serious journalist with the aim of educating folks. A day in the life of New York's governor, showing how he does what he does, would've been much more effective in my view. Personally I think the NFB (National Federation of the Blind) can often be stubborn sticks-in-the-mud, I'm a bit surprised the ACB (American Council of the Blind) complained too though. I like what's said in these blogs
    http://gentlewit.com/2008/12/patterson-in-a-snit-over-snl-skit/comment-page-1/#comment-2881
    http://www.wilanddenise.com/wil/?p=81
    I thought the upside-down chart especially funny. It's also pretty funny when a sighted person hands me some braille material upside down. I've unwittingly walked into camera shots myself, that was funny! I remember once on a trip with a scouting organization I was involved with, we went out to the desert for some star gazing, well I went along for the enjoyment of just being out in the desert with the guys. At one point was just moving around stretching my legs when one of them said "Oh wow! There's a bug crawling around on that planet!" Someone else said "No, it's just Shawn's ear." Turned out I had walked into the field of view, but just barely enough that just my ear was there.
  • A Blind Person's View of the Last.fm Website, Accessibility and the Lack there of

    8 Dec 2008, 19:24 by kb7clx

    Hello. I've thought of writing something like this for a long time. Some of you who have known me for a while here know that I am totally blind since birth, and that I use my computer with the aid of a software program called a screen reader. Now and then I have mentioned some difficulty or other I have faced with last.fm and other sites. When I first came to last.fm last year I found it one of the most accessible sites on the Internet. Yes it had some odd ideosyncracies, but I could basically do anything here that any other user could without too many problems or headaches. The player software has never been accessible, but there are other third party alternatives for that. So now I've decided to just sit down and write a bit about how I navigate the web, and the problems I've experienced with this new incarnation of last.fm, now that several months have past, and most of the furror of complaints from the general user base has died down.
    First let's explain how I and others navigate a webpage. My screen reader sees
    the page in a linear sense, just in the order it's coded. If you select a page and
    copy it to notepad you'll get some idea of how I see the page, although minus the
    information about controls and elements, i.e. which bit is a link and which bit is a button, which is a list box and which is just text. If you were to watch the screen as I read down through a webpage you'll see the cursor jumping all over the place, seemingly at random. Sometimes my mother still tries to help me by telling me that what I want is just to the right, and gets annoyed when I hit the down arrow and jump to an entirely different part of the screen. That's how the programmer wrote the page though. A followed by B followed by C, but a is not in the same neighborhood of B or C on the screen. Not that I do not use the mouse, the mouse is pretty useless. Everything I do is with the keyboard. I do have what's called a mouse emulator function where I can use the number pad to move the mouse pointer around some, but it doesn't solve everything and is not perfect nor ideal for many things we want to do. A lot of the things you do with the mouse are beyond me because they're based on manipulating graphics. Most things websites tell you you can drag and drop won't drag nor drop for me. The mouse emulator can be useful at times but unfortunately most users don't even learn how to use this feature at all.
    One thing you'll notice when looking at a notepad document of a copied webpage is, no images or flash movies. Anything embedded in one of these, no matter how textual it may look to you on the screen, is absolutely indecypherable to any machine. It's just as indecypherable as your handwriting would be to a computer Text is encoded as such, but an image, even one that contains text, is coded as an image and it is not simple to reclaim the raw text from that image. Unfortunately screen readers don't yet incorporate OCR technology, and even if they did the result would be often eroneous, and in the case of animated graphics, downright useless. In fact web designers take advantage of this very inability when they ask you to type the characters that appear in the fuzzy image in order to insure that a real live human with two working eyes is trying to access their material. I will note that One thing last.fm has still done right is the audio CAPTCHA for creating a new user account. It's not for people with learning disabilities or hearing problems or short attention spans, but it works for me. It's basically several people taking turns saying the numbers at a rate of one per 10 seconds through a haze of backwords babble. It's an imperfect replacement for the visual CAPTCHA because it leaves out those with multiple disabilities such as a blind person with hearing loss or maybe dyslexia, but it's what we've got.
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    There are lots of controls and elements on a webpage, links, radio
    buttons, check boxes, combo boxes, list boxes, edit boxes, paragraphs, headings at six levels, etc. etc.
    My screen reader has the ability to hop from like element to like element. For instance I hit the letter C to get down to my shoutbox in three taps, first comes the big search box, then the submit button for that, then the shoutbox. Although now sometimes I have to go past another box for some third party site that will show your music taste in color. Sometimes it's there, sometimes it's not. I can jump to the beginning of a table with t, a list with s, etc. I also can use a
    find command to find a word or phrase I know to be on the page. If I want to find
    the link to tag something for instance, I open the find box with control+shift+f
    and type tag and hit enter. It finds the tags link first, so I hit insert+f to find more instances of that. Sometimes I don't, so I have to go to the tags link and bring up that page, where I'm sure to find the link I want as long as it's an artist I want to tag. If I'm tagging a track or album I have to try and find a link that says more. If I click on that, it'll drop down a box, usually at the very bottom of the linear page, with the option to add tags. If more is not there, then I close the page and try reopening it again. One case where this is particularly stubborn is album tagging. It's like pulling teeth to get the more link or the tag link to appear, opening and reloading the page 9 different ways from Sunday. Clicking tags takes you to the artist tagging page, not the album or track tagging page, STUPID!!! Oh did I mention that's really really dumb? But I just figured out a trick that works! Just add /+tags to the end of the URL of the album or track, and hit enter to load the page! These pages exist, these track and album pages, but last.fm gives you no link to access them! More mages and mazes style tricks they play on us poor users.
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    There are lots of little tricks I've found, and since I know the layout very well I know exactly how to get where I want to go without reading a bunch of stuff in between that I needn't bother with. Just imagine if you had to read a webpage line by line to find what you want. If I know the layout of a page and what is where, I can fly through it like an airline pilot flying by landmarks, or to use another analogy it's like when you're driving. You don't look at every house number on every street you're on, no, you only watch the street signs.
    It did take me a while to learn the new last.fm, and also the new site
    isn't entirely accessible like the old one was. I can no longer bring up the tag
    box and remove a bunch of tags from it. Those x's that you can click are completely useless and invisible to me. This, as I understand it, is the result of a web designer getting cute and embedding controls inside other controls. This control is the child of that one which is the grandchild of that one, well my screen reader is designed to recognize good old HTML controls and totally misses the boat with these fancy doodads they've stuck us with. Unfortunately more and more sites are moving away from accessibility and good old HTML in favor of flash and flashiness, pun intended.
    This also means that I can't remove a tag from the box even before I've clicked the button to send the tags to the server. As soon as you type a tag in the box and hit comma, like magic the tag disappears from the box. You may be able to still se it there in the box, but that's not where it is for me anymore. It becomes a useless link above the edit box. The x's are embedded inside this where I have no access. Therefore if I made a typing mistake I must reload the whole page and start again, going through my process to bring down the drop-down and everything.
    I do things differently now however. Now what I do, whether it's tagging, or writing names of friends I want to share a track, artist, or group with (the control works exactly the same way), is that I open up a notepad document. I type all the names or tags in there separated by commas, then I make sure I made no typing mistakes, and then I copy the contents of that document and paste them in the box. This method is also much quicker, because just as it is for some of you, writing in those boxes is molasses slow. I can write a word of about 10 letters, and then I will have to set there for 20 seconds as the letters slowly inhabit the box. My screen reader is frozen during this process. It's much quicker to just paste a bunch of stuff in there. I know some folks have super fast machines and don't have this problem, but I've seen it mentioned in many forums by individuals who definitely do not use screen reading software.
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    Also I have recently discovered that featured tracks is actually still a feature of last.fm, I just haven't been able to see them since July. I just assumed that last.fm had gotten rid of this until I started my artist page. I'm no Ray Charles or Stevie Wonder, but I do have a small hobby project called Facial Vision.
    I have 3 tracks up there as featured tracks, and a sighted friend says they're there, but they must be imbedded in an image or flash movie because they're invisible to me. If I find a new artist and want to play his/her music I must find streamable tracks in the charts. If the artist has no plays, and thus no charts, or the streamable tracks aren't in the charts then I must load the albums page and find an album with streamable tracks. For everything that used to take one keystroke, two or three are needed now. Another item about the music manager, if I want to see how many plays are from radio plays, full length previews, or on demand, I'm out of luck. These are only displayed as graphs, which are pictorial by nature. This information does not exist anywhere in machine-readable textual form. It may be the only data on the site that is so completely hidden.
    I've also discovered that youtube links are invisible to screen readers. I mean the youtube links that are bracketed by the youtube BBCode tag that you get when you click the youtube button in a forum. There's simply nothing there, not even the indication that there is something there at all. Again, it's a flash movie of some sort. I had no idea about this before, I had never tried the Youtube code myself because I had never seen it done and couldn't see the use of it anyway, unlike many other links you can create here with BBCode that are extremely useful. If it's a forum post at least I can click quote and then copy the link from the quote to my clipboard. If it's in some group's description or somebody's profile I'm out of luck and wouldn't have even known it was there if the writer didn't say there was a youtube link there.
    But back to picking featured tracks for your artist page. From a blind artist's point of view, the drop-down to select the album and tracks isn't entirely accessible. There are only accessible links below the first three albums, and if I click one of them, the drop-down that comes down only has one track and no way for me to change it. For all I can tell, the track is mere text. Some programmer thought they'd be cute and make a new class of nifty control, but it's non-standard and unrecognized. What ever happened to the good old list box? By the way, these links to drop the inaccessible boxes down have no alternative text, so when my screen reader reads them it only reads some gibberish probably from the URL or a line of code somewhere.
    So, now I have the featured tracks on my page that I have
    not because those are the ones I want to feature, but because I want to at least
    have some featured tracks on the page and those were the ones that happened to be in the boxes.
    One other little annoyance I have is the difference between what I can do in Firefox 2 (3 refuses to run on my system and crashes on startup), and IE7. The most glaring issue is that if I wish to edit an artist, track or tag wiki I must open IE7 because in Firefox the wiki edit box is hidden. The summary and sources boxes are there, just the wiki box is gone. I also must do this when editing a journal, but for another reason which is that I can not choose which groups to publish my journal in in Firefox. The controls to do so are hidden in Firefox unlike the Last.fm of pre-July 2008. This is ironic because with the old site I didn't have trouble with these wikis but journal writing was a chore. With the old site, writing in a journal was like writing in the tag boxes or sharing boxes is today, dead slow. With the new site I can easily write in a journal without everything lagging and freezing. You win some, you lose some. The only reason I like Firefox for most things on Last.fm is because the pages load at a snail's pace with IE.
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    Well one of these days I'll get off my lazy pecimistic butt and write
    a long letter to a staff member high up in the chain. Pecimistic because I, like so
    many others do not think the staff, or at least the powers that be, are listening to us. I know that the staff members who write in the forums are probably just as much in the dark as we are about many things. I was being encouraged to do just that back in July and August, but I only posted a few things in the forum, my thinking being that back then there was so much noise generated by the ordinary users complaining about the new site that noone would be paying much attention to me anyway. Unfortunately I think I was mostly right, gauging from the responses from staff in the topics I posted in. There are probably no more than 100 screen reader users on last.fm and that's being generous. So, UK laws stating that all websites be accessible notwithstanding, and that doesn't even apply to privately run sites like US laws do, I don't expect anything to happen when I do make the attempt. For the most part though, the site is still much more accessible than it might be, and now I can remove single tags from artists from the tag page in the library at least. I've been lucky in that I've been able to find workarounds for many of these problems. It's unfortunate that the average user would not have the patience or the knowhow to do such. I'm not saying I'm any kind of computer whiz or hacker, but there are many levels of computer literacy out there among blind and sighted folks alike.
    The library is another story though, it's a bit of a mess with each page of artists in
    your library containing umpteen other pages on it as disorganized lists, and I do mean disorganized. It seems like they must have paneled the page with them and of course since they come out in a one-dimensional line for me, they're just a confusing mishmash. I really don't understand why I need 500 plus pages of my library, where each page has about 10 or so lists from previous pages. It would be like publishing a book where each page has mostly the same material as the previous page, only it leaves out the first sentence of the previous page, and adds on a new sentence, and each succeeding page in the book does the same thing, printing the exact same sentences and paragraphs as the previous, minus one sentence at the beginning of the page and plus a new one at the end. This is the way the library is displayed. As an exercise, try going to your library. Go to say, page 6. Copy that page into a notepad document. Now go to page 7 and do the same. Go to page 8 and do the same. Now compare the notepad documents.
    Something they seem to have fixed recently, I used to have to do a bit of fooling with the address bar if I wanted to see one of my tags in the library that isn't shown in the cloud. You see, it was impossible to show the tags as a list. You could click on show as a list, fine, and you could see the first page of tags, but as soon as you wanted to go to the next page it automatically took you back to the cloud instead. Now they seem to have fixed that, I can actually look at all of someones tags now.
    And I've recently been looking at artists in other people's libraries. I will tag an artist who is a last.fm user with the tags he has given himself, but the only way to do that is to find him in his own library. What I do is go to the tasteometer and click one of the artists there. It's the only place you'll these days see an artist page from someone else's library. Then I simply replace the artist name at the end of the URL in the address bar with the artist name I want, load the page, and voila, I can now read what tags he's given himself.
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    So now you know a bit of how I see the last.fm website. The problems that still exist are why I'm still in that
    Bring back the old Last.fm group.
    It's not that I ever expected it to come back, and has nothing to do with those pictures in my library or the ugly layout, these are meaningless things to me, paint it black or paint it yellow. It's simply to let people know that I'm still not happy with the new site. It's not the layout, it's the underlying structure, the very code itself I take issue with. I also miss many features that everyone else does, recommend to all friends, group recommendations, etc.
    Check out this site for more info about how we navigate and the accessibility issues we face:
    www.webaim.org
    the screen reader I mostly use is at
    www.gwmicro.com
    the most popular one is
    www.freedomscientific.com
    you can get demos of each of those that run for 40 minutes before you have to restart your machine. A free one that's open source is at
    www.nvda-project.org/
    Also check out my group SpeakOn for more info.
    It started out to be an accompanying group to the mailing list of the SpeakOn music player that was designed to be a media player for the blind and has last.fm support, but I decided to make it an accesibility forum here on last.fm too, not that there's been much activity on that front, but there is some info there.