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

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

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.

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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.