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.
February 16, 2015
Lesley Gore, 1946-2015
It's My Party. This is the one you know even if you don't think you know Lesley Gore.
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.
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 Bug...at least it's depicted on the poster. November 8 and 9 on Amado Road.
Photo by Duncan Rawlinson.
October 6, 2014
The Sound Of Burning Man
Once again Rockstar Librarian has searched out and listed Burning Man 2014 DJ sets on Soundcloud. She's got a list of 205 tracks that you can't live without.
September 8, 2014
47 Tracks From Burning Man
Someone calling himself "TheArtOfPresent" has put together on Soundcloud a playlist of 47 tracks of music played by various DJs at various camps in Black Rock City this year. Forty-seven tracks is a small slice of all the music that was performed, but these do add up to more than 82 hours of music.
August 19, 2014
Adam Lambert & Queen
Bohemian Rhapsody begins at 1:54:24 but it's the very short version, like what they used to play on Top 40 radio, when they played this on Top 40 radio.
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.
August 8, 2014
Burning Man Baroque
"Close to you"
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."
July 4, 2014
June 11, 2014
All by himself
June 5, 2014
GoPro Makes Music
Or helps to make music, anyway. The fun begins at about 33 seconds.
June 4, 2014
In The Tradition Of Baseball And The U.S. Navy
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.