Just thought I'd share a crazy book I've been reading lately, with you all. It's called "How To Wreck A Nice Beach" by Dave Tompkins, who also writes for Wax Poetics occasionally. It is a history of the vocoder, and as you can probably tell from the title, it is written in a very off-the-wall style, with lots of randomness that just keeps making me smile. There are lots of cool interviews with people like Grandmixer D.ST, Rammellzee, Bambaataa, and various other old-schoolers. If you like music (as we all do), particularly, Hip Hop, and Electro it is a really good read, and also has some great illustrations and label scans. All in all it is very informative about the historical background of the vocoder, (a phone encryption device used in WW2, by Churchill & Eisenhower, which was then taken up by the KGB, and developed using politacal dissident prisoners). BTW if you didn't guess, the title is the phrase "How To Rekonize Speech" as misheard through a vocoder! Thes, if your listening, WE NEED MORE VOCODER SONGS!!!