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Gearhead: How Gene Krupa Kicked the Drum Kit into the Jazz Age

The legend took the drum kit from "contraption" to classic

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Gene Krupa at the 400 Restaurant in New York, June 1946. (photo: William Gottlieb/Library of Congress)

Reason on the Run

Propellerhead Software’s cross-platform Reason has long been a popular suite of electronic instruments for Mac and PC users. With Reason Compact 2.0, the company says its iOS version is evolving “from a pocket synth [to] an advanced pocket music studio” that lets users collaborate in real-time using Ableton Link and integrate with other music apps using Audiobus or Inter-app Audio. Additions include a new Rytmik drum machine and Monotone bass synth (which are also in the latest version of the desktop Reason 10.4), all for a price you can’t beat.


Emile Menasché

Musician, journalist, and author Emile Menasché has composed soundtracks for Oscar- and Emmy-nominated documentaries. He is jealous that his dog Hudson gets more attention from passersby whenever they’re seen in public together.