Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
simple rules for audience participation
Since a number of you have been talking about somehow using audience participation, I think you might find this video interesting. Basically, Bobby McFerrin illustrates the power of the pentatonic scale using the audience. Its a great example of how you can generate a performance by setting up very simple rules, clearly expressing them, and then working from that.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
This man loves his new microKORG XL
I'm sure we've all had that warm rush as you unbox a new piece of kit, this guy revels in it and records it for all to see:
microKORG XL first impression
And here's what he does with it:
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Playtherecords is updating its website!
Diggin in the Vaults: Death Metal Bert and Ernie
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Flashmobs Gone Commercial
Just like Oprah and the Black Eyed Peas both, this "flash mob" is actually totally contrived and bought and paid for. But, putting aside this crass commercialization of what was once an organic, spontaneous culture jamming phenomenon, it is impressive that they could get than many dancers in sync.
Now how can I get that horrible Black Eyed Peas song out of my head... what is the stickiest song ever recorded... hrmmm...
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Yesterday on Science Friday they did a segment on Primate Music. Apparently other high order primates also have the ability to pick up on complete rhythms, and even subdivide the rhythms into components (1/4 notes, triplets, etc).
Science Friday - Primate Music
There's research on whales singing and birds dancing, but what about monkeys and apes? In this segment, we'll look at the musical abilities of our fellow primates. In one study, researchers gave electronic keyboards to bonobos and asked them to play along with musicians such as Peter Gabriel and Paul McCartney. In another study, published this month in in the journal Biology Letters, researchers examined whether humans could compose music tailored to produce an emotional response in cotton-top tamarin monkeys. We'll talk about what other members of the primate kingdom can teach humans about music.
They had some pretty amusing footage of of a bonobo jamming with a human... this is just dieing for a remix.
Totally unrelated, but totally awesome:
Friday, September 11, 2009
Watch the KLF Burn a Million Quid
At the height of their career, after turning out classic tune after classic tune, like their amazing protomashup "Doctorin' the Tardis"
or "What Time is Love?"
The KLF burnined 1 million pounds in cash in their fireplace and dropped out of the music biz.
Heres a 50 minute documentary about them: