March 26, 2015

Music For My Gang Posse

Pinky Boom Boxlette (6498)
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.

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February 26, 2015

Music Video In DHS

Shot at the DHS Spa hotel and other sites in Desert Hot Springs, this video has been on Youtube since September, but I hadn't seen any mention of it until Michael Burke posted it on the Desert Hot Springs Neighborhood Group.

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February 16, 2015

Lesley Gore, 1946-2015

"Gore died Monday, February 16, 2015 at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, of cancer." Lesley Gore came out in 2005. You Don't Own Me.

It's My Party. This is the one you know even if you don't think you know Lesley Gore.

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December 22, 2014

New Year's Carol

Commissioned by the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, New Year's Carol by Ola Gjeilo was just one of the numbers in their incredibly impressive holiday concert. The chorus will perform most of the concert three times on Christmas Eve in the Castro Theater. Tickets are still available, but they will surely sell out. If you are in the Bay Area I encourage you to get to the Castro on Christmas Eve.

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October 7, 2014

A Reason To Go To Palm Springs Pride

Parts of Camp Walter will be at Palm Springs Pride this year: Kalliope, their VW Bus, and maybe even their least it's depicted on the poster. November 8 and 9 on Amado Road.
KALLIOPE Art Car and Giant VW Bus Burning Man 2013
Photo by Duncan Rawlinson.

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August 19, 2014

No Stinkin' Dubstep DJs Needed

Some genius (named either Anita or Martin) has devised some software that will create endless dubstep with no repeats. It runs on a phone. A sample:

They've put this system with its phone into a box with a lot of speakers and they're bringing it to Burning Man. Ho hum, right? I wouldn't walk over to Playoffs for dubstep night. But here comes the real gee-whiz part: humans can interact with the system to step up the intensity of the music by turning a handcrank (like on a Model T) until it reaches a level the program considers sufficient for a drop, the red button lights up, you hit it and the drop. Here's a demonstration:

I hope you didn't fail to notice the unintended consequence. If this is on during daylight hours, Burners may feel compelled to put their head into the speakers to try to see if the red light has come on.

Their blog.

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August 8, 2014

Burning Man Baroque

Handel shares his views on Burning Man 2013:

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"Close to you"

Apartments Built By Richard & Karen Carpenters (0288)
An apartment building in Downey built by Karen and Richard Carpenter
. Another one across the street was named for another of their songs. This building also commemorates one of their less popular tunes: Deliveries In Rear."

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July 4, 2014


I experienced my single annual LOL watching this.

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June 11, 2014

All by himself

Overnight in the Las Vegas airport and this is the result:

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June 5, 2014

GoPro Makes Music

Or helps to make music, anyway. The fun begins at about 33 seconds.

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June 4, 2014

In The Tradition Of Baseball And The U.S. Navy

Watch for the cameo appearance by the American flag.

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May 29, 2014

Do you suppose...

...that Donald Sterling is bothered to learn that his L.A. Clippers, which have been in existence since 1970, is worth only two-thirds as much as Dr. Dre's Beats Music which has been around since January?

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May 17, 2014

Better Late Than Never?

This link will put you at the 44-second mark in the song Taurus by Spirit - produced in 1968. Just give that a listen.

Having given it 43 years of thought, Spirit is suing Led Zeppelin.

Randy California, who wrote Taurus, died in 1997.

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May 12, 2014

At The Austin Reggae Fest

A video from a rare and dedicated videographer. Some young, not bad looking guy got totally naked at the Austin Reggae Fest. "B2TheJ Howard" captured good clear video for more than 5 minutes. The nudist seems to be happy and in good spirits, but as you watch you'll see him touch women who do not want to be touched and at one point he walks backward across somebody's blanket and just rudely kicks something out of the way.

When the cops finally showed up and the naked guy took off running, our videographer chased along, still getting good video! Go to 3:10. Notice the dude (that is the correct technical term) sitting in the chair just inches from the wrestling match between the cops and the naked guy. Everybody else has cleared back away, but he stays seated. What is that on his lap that is so valuable?

Austin Reggae Fest
Austin Reggae Fest closeup

I hope it doesn't spoil your enjoyment if I tell you the doper spilled none of his weed and went home a free man. The naked guy did not enjoy similar good fortune.

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May 7, 2014

Elcaset and DCC

I never heard of these formats. I guess I was busy with something else. Elcaset was in the late 1970s. DCC (Digital Compact Cassette) was in the early 1990s. Here's an interesting video explaining both formats.

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April 26, 2014

"Koyaanisqatsi in 5 minutes"

For those who have never been able to commit 86 minutes of their life to watching the full movie but were curious about the visuals, here ya go. It seems to include all the scenes in the film, but that is not the soundtrack...although it is by Glass.

You can hear the original soundtrack here.

Inexpensive digital photography and remote control copters have made many of the effects seen in this film almost ubiquitous. The film was released in 1982, shot entirely on film (what else?) and no CGI. At the time, there was nothing else like this of similar length.

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April 12, 2014

Coachella Ain't Burning Man

Like you didn't already know, take a look at this. $799 is effectively the cover charge to be allowed to belly up to the VIP cash bar. BYO ice & cup? Probably not.

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April 11, 2014

The Complexity Of DJing At Burning Man

Promoter and DJ Papa Lu describes the multiple hurdles that must be jumped before being permitted to DJ on the playa:

You're also part of a Burning Man camp called The Kazbah. Is it refreshing for you to book acts and DJ without all the politics of the music industry?

For me that's one of the best parts of Burning Man. When it comes to big DJs playing our camp, or any camp for that matter, there are no contracts or agencies involved. It's just like "Hey, it would be really cool if you came over to DJ at our camp! We would all really like that." And if they feel up to it, then they do it. That must be amazing for those DJs too, because at some point, for every DJ, it wasn't about the money -- it was about the love of DJing, and the chance to share amazing music. Burning Man provides that opportunity, and I think that's why it has become such an influential part of the house music scene today. The Kazbah randomly ended up having Dubfire of Deep Dish play our camp on the final Sunday afternoon at Burning Man. I also watched Jamie Jones and Seth Troxler play back to back sets for about ten consecutive hours hopping from camp to camp. If you are really into dance music, this type of surprise is really special.

permalink | April 11, 2014 at 08:48 AM | Comments (0)

April 7, 2014

GoPro For Music

When GoPro sponsors your band you can end up with a video like this:

The quadcopter goes unmentioned because they are mostly promoting some new mounts for musical performance: the $15 microphone mount and a new sticky mount that is less sticky ($20) so you can peel it off your guitar without damage (or with acceptable damage).

They don't show it in this video, but a new item that is obviously developed especially for music fans (although I'm sure musicians could use it too) is the Blackout Housing ($50) which is intended to make your use of a GoPro camera more discreet by covering everything in matte black except the lens and the front display...and it comes with a little insert to cover that display too.

Look in the comments on the YouTube video and you'll see that this video seems to have convinced the venerable WGBH to spring for a GoPro. Actually, I'm a little surprised it took so long.

permalink | April 7, 2014 at 02:53 PM | Comments (2)