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Thursday
Sep022010

Shimon and I

I'll be playing a spontaneous gig at Seattle's Bumbershoot festival tomorrow night with Shimon the Marimba Playing Robot and Chris Brokaw of Come and Codeine.

Should be suitably strange. The Seattle Stranger says "come and see this!"

See The Colbert Report on this guy:

Shimon on Colbert from Georgia Tech on Vimeo.

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Wednesday
Aug252010

The Magnificent Jinn

Dr. Minz's video to The Magnificent Jinn, from "Music for Pictures."

The Magnificent Jinn

 

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Monday
Aug232010

Hari's Dream

Video by Bas van Huizer for Hari's Dream from Music for Pictures.

Hari's Dream from Bas van Huizen on Vimeo.

Sunday
Aug152010

The Fifth Spin of the Sun

The Fifth Spin of the Sun from Music for Pictures. Video by Ste van Holm. (Greg Gilmore on Drums.)

Trey Gunn - 5th Spin of the Sun from Ste van Holm on Vimeo.

Wednesday
Jul282010

The Whinging Musician and Downloading: Part Two

Note: this post follows on from this earlier post. Go there first if you are just coming to this discussion.

Wow! So many great responses from everyone. I am super enlivened and encouraged, not just by the level of the dialogue in general, but in the depth to which everyone is willing to engage with these questions. My responses so far:

    ONE: Stop It or I will Make You

For those who think I am not aware of the cease and desist strategy of

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Monday
Jul192010

Free downloading and the Creative Process: Part One

It has now been just enough time since the release of Modulator that the free downloaders have ripped their files and are making the recording available for free. There are even some sites that make my entirely personal catalog available with one click! My life's work transmitted to you for free. Yikes. How would a plumber or a car mechanic feel about that??

There are many arguments in the debate regarding the goodness/e-vile-ness of this. Some have decent point and some are just plain uninformed and stupid. One of the silliest is that artists make all their money from touring and that is just the way it works nowadays. Not true. Touring and bringing money home is still extremely difficult, making it a dubious and crap way to support one's creative activities.

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Sunday
Jun062010

Taking in and making images: Aikido and Relaxation

I spent two hours Saturday morning at a teacher’s training workshop at the Aikido Dojo. This is a monthly workshop that helps the black belt’s work on their teaching chops. The Sensei likes to have some less experienced folks there, as well, to be guinea pigs. What happens is that one of the black belts gets chosen to lead a 15-minute segment. They present a series of techniques and work with the group. Then afterwards we have a short period of feedback on what worked for us and what didn’t.

This is the second teacher workshop I have attended and they are quite different from the regular practices. For one, there are bucket loads of black belts in the room. Saturday had about 15+ with, maybe, four white belts. So the energy is quite different. The pacing in the room moves faster and there is clearly work going on at a deeper level than the classes with larger percentages of beginning practitioners.

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Wednesday
May192010

More Bass than you can shake a Bass to

A whole lotta bass going on....

 

L’Orchestre de Contrebasses

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Thursday
May132010

Johann Johannsson

I was at the most wonderful performance last night. The Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson. The group consisted of piano, electronics and string quartet. As far as pure, rich musical sound goes, a string quartet is unsurpassable. And these folks played very, very well. Perfectly in tune, and with dynamics that leave most all music that hits our ears in the dust bin of flatness.

For some unknown reason the music was quite moving to me. Unknown because even after 4 decades of being directly involved in the life of music, I still have no idea why some things move and some things don't. Last night moved. And not just me -- I could feel lot's of empathy with the music in the room.

Two things made for a unique night for me. And the first one made it extraoardinary.

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Wednesday
May122010

Italian Improvisations

  --- thanks for Matt Chamberlain for this  ---

 

Ennio Morricone, Mario Bertoncini, Walter Branchi, Franco Evangelisti, John Heineman, Roland Kayn, Egisto Macchi,  Ivan Vandor 1967-1969

 

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Tuesday
May112010

Russian remix contest

My sometime musical collaborator Inna Zhelannaya has begun a remix contest with a track off her new cd "Cocoon." I played on this track as well as several other interesting Russian musicians.

"Cocoon" will be released in the US on my label, 7d Media, early this fall.

For the Russian speakers, here is the original remix link:
Inna remix track

For the non-Russian speakers, here is a translated version of the info page (have fun with the translation!):
Inna track info in English (if this link doesn't work see the translation below)

 Inna and I will be two of the judges in the contest. We look forward to checking out your entries!

 

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Saturday
May082010

"The Lanyard" - a day for mothers

For Mother's Day:

Billy Collins "The Lanyard"

 

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Friday
May072010

David Lynch

 

Lynch on the iPhone

 

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Tuesday
Apr272010

Modulator excerpt

Just a quick note to let everyone know that the Modulator section is beginning to grow. I just added the first sample track and plan on adding some "before and after" tracks, including some pieces showing the process quite a bit along the way.

This should get more and more interesting as I add stuff of my own, in addition to new stuff from the other collaborators. Alex Machacek's version "24 Tales" is coming out the same day as Modulator: May 18. Mike Keneally's is on his way, as well as John Czaikovski's and Marco Minnemann's.

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Wednesday
Apr212010

Arvo's Telescope

 

 

This is what can come when you are looking for something -- a real search -- and music is your telescope.

This tiny little piece, just two short pages of notation, is wonderfully rich. I have been playing through it over and over again this last week. It is absolutely strange how much subtlety is contained in it.

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