March 13, 2017
Joshua Tree Moonrise
I shot this in Joshua Tree National Park this past Saturday. When you buy (and register) a GoPro camera, you get access to GoPro's library of royalty-free music, including the over-wrought stuff you hear in a lot of GoPro videos. So I thought it might be fun to waste some of that here.
November 21, 2016
LA Opera - Akhnaten
Los Angeles Music Center - the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is on the right.
Composer Philip Glass and conductor Matthew Aucoin had a talk in the lobby before the performance. Philip Glass is in the crowd in the upper right with his hand on a lady's shoulder.
Here's a short video that gives you a few brief samples of the performance. The jugglers were amazing. Often there was so much action on the stage that you just couldn't follow it all - a sort of five-ring circus. It was great!
If you want a sampling of the music, here is the first 10 minutes and 44 seconds of the opera.
Akhnaten himself is sung by a counter-tenor. Here Anthony Roth Costanzo explains how he prepared.
Akhnaten imposed a monotheistic religion on Egypt during his reign (1353 BC to 1336 BC). His queen was Nefertiti. His son was Tutankhamen. More facts.
September 16, 2016
What I Would Do With My Tricycle If I Could
September 13, 2016
July 29, 2016
Sebastien De La Cruz
April 21, 2016
GoPro goes onstage at Coachella
December 17, 2015
Some photos from my weekend in San Francisco.
After "Recycle The Fruitcake" the Director had Mr. UPS (who was very popular with the audience) come back with the Trump poster so that the audience could take photos. While singing, chorus members held up, one by one, photos of "fruitcakes." They were Liberace, Richard Simmons, Pee Wee Herman (each one getting a good laugh), and then Donald Trump to which the audience reacted with a great roar. It was clearly the peak of excitement for the whole concert...in both performances that I attended. The Director said that when they came up with this idea four weeks ago it had seemed a bit iffy, but as the weeks passed the idea became better and better.
That's Darrell who I met at the Billy gathering at Halloween. I ran into him at the 440.
These are "Official" hair cuts. Anything else is simply unofficial. This is hanging in the barbershop where G. Fry works.
October 12, 2015
Amoeba Records Wants To Sell Marijuana
Amoeba Records in Berkeley wants to get the permit for the fourth medical marijuana dispensary in that city. If they get it, they will sacrifice their jazz and classical room (it's always jazz and classical that has to suffer) and turn it into a separate building for the dispensary. It's not too different from what KMart has done in Desert Hot Springs, splitting itself into two and putting a more attractive business in the other part in order to stimulate business in the old part.
September 24, 2015
This year at Burning Man I got to fulfill my desire to participate in a monkey chant. The monkey chant is also known as "Kecak". The monkey chant is taught Monday through Thursday at HeeBee GeeBee Healers and then on Friday they do a big monkey chant in Center Camp. I was unable to make it to the big event on Friday because that's when we host our party at Burner Buddies. The chant requires a lot of physical activity as well as mental alertness as the changes come unpredictably.
Here's a longish video of the monkey chant in Center Camp in 2014. It's not too different from practice chants done earlier in the week. I suppose they expect a lot of newbies to join the chant, so some of what you see is teaching the chant. The action begins to pick up after the 4 minute mark.
Ideally, we would have made it look like something created by Hollywood choreographers, like this scene from The Fall which is possibly the most beautiful movie ever made.
September 16, 2015
Video From The Naked Pub Crawl
Don't get too excited, though. I shot this short video to show you the incredibly powerful sound system somebody had mounted on his bicycle:
August 26, 2015
This Is Real (Depending On Your Definition Of "Real")
August 24, 2015
Thunderdome In Spherical Virtual Reality
This is the best video for conveying the atmosphere of Thunderdome. You can scroll around, up and down, while the video is running. And that's Thunderdome. Too bad they didn't get them chanting "Two may enter, one may leave." And while we're wishing for that, how come Tina Turner has never come to Burning Man and put in an appearance at the Thunderdome?
Obviously, a lot of stuff at Burning Man was inspired by the earlier Mad Max films, but the most recent Mad Max seemed to be inspired by Burning Man.
This is not the latest Mad Max. This was made from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.
July 22, 2015
Giant Interactive Tesla Coil - what could go wrong?
2000 amps, 700 volts. Worth a look to admire Mr. Baritone Beardman (AKA "Matt F.", I think).
July 21, 2015
"Can You Feel The Love Tonight"
In addition, an album with two (or is it three?) of the pieces performed at the earlier spring concert is now available for purchase. #twitterlieder: 15 Tweets in 3 Acts and For a Look or a Touch (plus Epilogue: The Narrow Bridge From Tyler's Suite):
- Physical: http://smarturl.it/passion_physical
- iTunes: http://smarturl.it/passion_itunes
- Amazon MP3: http://smarturl.it/passion_amazon
- Google Play: http://smarturl.it/passion_google
- Bandcamp: http://smarturl.it/passion_bandcamp
July 20, 2015
Best Temple Video Ever
This uses two Temples, 2013 and 2014. The pyramidal Temple is 2013; the more ornate Temple is another by David Best for 2014. This is as close as you're going to get to the Temple without playa dust in your teeth.
July 12, 2015
Boston Gay Men's Chorus
First gay men's chorus to perform in the Middle East - Israel and Turkey. A montage of scenes from their tour.
BTW, the video below shows the Istanbul Pride parade on June 28, 2015. Add a few dogs, make it black & white and you've got Alabama in the 1960s. The nominal reason for the police interference is that the parade took place during Ramadan.
June 30, 2015
Why Did The SFGMC Cross The Street?
The answer is there is inadequate (like nearly none, I am told) backstage area at Nourse Hall because it was originally a high school auditorium, so the chorus does its dressing across the street in Davies Symphony Hall. Then, a few minutes before the performance, they cross the street. Since one is not permitted to video their performances, this is a rare opportunity to video most of the members of the chorus while they are in performance dress.
Jeff shows up at the 1:00 mark, but you'll have to pick him out on your own. That's Vicente who comes up to give me a hug at 1:40.
June 27, 2015
How was it that this one song resonated so deeply with me when I was only 8?
Yesterday as I was walking through San Francisco's Civic Center wearing my accustomed attire (clothes, I mean), a man on a bicycle passing me called out "It's been a good day for the pink team!"
The new I-35 bridge in Minneapolis.
World Trade Center.
In St. Louis.
SFO control tower.
May 15, 2015
NYC Music Map
TouchTunes released data from their e-jukeboxes in New York City and the Wall Street Journal mapped it by zip code. Zoom out on that map to see the entire city. The Rolling Stones, Romeo Santos, and Vicente Fernandez are the big ones. Take a look at Staten Island. It's got the only zip codes that prefer Billy Joel, Led Zeppelin, Eminem and the Zac Brown Band. Two zip codes on the north shore of Queens are the only two for Metallica. There's one Beatles zip code along the East River in Queens. One for Marvin Gaye in Harlem. And one for Johnny Cash at the northern extreme of The Bronx.
March 26, 2015
Music For My
Check it out; this is going to be my new sound system for my bike at Burning Man. Picture me and my posse roaming the playa while this thing booms out the soundtrack to "The Sound Of Music" and other appropriate
gang posse tunes. Yes, we will have to avoid big sound camps and stick pretty close together so we can all hear it - but that's just how we roll.
I'm looking for some nursery rhymes set to upbeat music for this. All music suggestions are welcome...but some may be scoffed at.
Before anybody points it out, I will have to gaffer tape the iPod to the Sony dock to make sure it doesn't pop off and become a victim of playa bike traffic.