Though "Salutations" is the first CD by Milwaukee-based electronic musician Manual Controller - whose family calls him Paul Schwarzkopf - Schwarzkopf isn't new to the scene. He says the record, "has been a dream of mine since I was 8," and his road to making it began with him behind the drum kit, making more traditional music with groups like Mokpoi, Calumet and Turpentine.
Some musicians will talk your ear off about their work. British singer-songwriter Beth Orton is not one of those musicians. And that's just fine. Her music does the talking.
After Matt Muente moved from Saukville to Milwaukee four years ago, he started going to rave parties and underground clubs. Inspired by a Chicago club, he used the same name for his record shop, Industry, which opened two years ago this month.
Paul Amitai is a fixture on the Milwaukee scene and has been for a decade now. So, it might come as a surprise that Amitai is just now releasing his first solo CD, "River of Shadows." What's not unexpected is that the disc is as wide-ranging as Amitai's musical career to date.
Where does one go after "Ultra Sex"? For former Citizen King frontman Mount (Matt) Sims, whose debut carried that provocative name, the next step is "Wild Light," Sims' second disc, and first for German-based International DeeJay Gigolo Records.
Mark Eberhage, Ph.D. is one of those who had the drive to not only see one of his dreams realized, but to have many of them come to fruition. A filmmaker, musician and more, he's one of the men behind cyberCHUMP.