Posts Tagged ‘music’

In this video, you’ll see Olivier Messiaens composition Oraison (1937) performed by Richard Leinhart. He’s playing the Haken Continuum Fingerboard (expensive controller) controlling the Buchla 200e (even more expencive synthesizer).  It’s very beautiful:

Originally, the piece was written for six ondes martenots. Read more about the performance here.
And another interesting post on Richard Leinhart, the Fingerboard and the Buchla here.

I haven’t listened much to Jackson Browne, but he sure is a great artist! I just read that his grandmother grew up in Norway, and in the same article I found this picture:

This guitar Browne’s playing here is very nice; I really like these small body Gibsons, I even own one myself (LG-1 I think). Anybody knows what specific guitar it is he’s playing here? It looks like it’s an electro acoustic..

I would like to recomend Brownes acoustic live-album called Solo Acoustics Vol. 1. On the first track, The Barricades of Heaven, he plays a very good sounding Gibson Roy Smeck model.

For more on Jackson Browne and his guitars, there’s an article in Guitar Player

Today I saw the movie Flight 666, a documentary about Iron Maidens Somewhere Back In Time Tour that took place last year. This movie is a tour documentary, telling the story of the band as they set out to play their biggest tour ever, flying from city to city in their own Boing 757 (called Ed Force One) with singer Bruce Dickinson as the pilot. It’s a big project that requiers a lot of planning; even the aircraft needs to be changed to take both the gear and the people.

The documentary only shows the first part of the tour; covering Asia, Australia and North & South America. The movie is full of energy from start to end, and it’s also a very funny movie to watch. Drummer Nicko McBrain is specially worth a mention as he talks continuously all through the movie, and does so in a funny way. There’s a lot of sports here as well; to stay healthy and keep up with the high tempo of the tour, Dave and Nico plays golf, Steve plays football, and Janick mostly hang in the bar. In the movie we meet a lot of Maidens crazy fans, they seem to go nuts in every visited city. There’s even some short interviews with people like Lars Ulrich and Tom Morello telling how much they love Iron Maiden.

My one critic of this movie is the sound quality, which in my opinion is too bad all the way. The sound is too cranked up in the mix, making the whole experience too tiring for most ears. Present nearly all the way is a low frequency hum from the surroundings caused by cheap microphones, making the speach unclear and sometimes impossible to understand. Even the concert footage sounds horrible, with vocals and guitar solos disappearing in the mess of the other instruments. The sounds in the rear surround speakers are often far too loud, manking it hard to hear the speach coming out of the center loudspeaker. By the way, mixing was done by Kevin Shirley, the music producer who has been working with the band since Brave New World (2000).

This movie captures the band at their most energic moments. It’s full of energy all the way, and it’s a good document of yet another successful tour where the band played for over 2 million people. It’s a must see for all maiden fans, and if you miss the screening it will be available on DVD soon. I hope they will fix the sound quality for the DVD version. Up the irons!

I found this video through Synthopia. I just had to put it here. I wonder who has made this.. it’s real computer music!

Ever wondered what neurofunk sounds like? Do you like terrorcore or noisecore? Got a large collection of illbient but havent heard of ghetto house? Or just wondering what genre of music you make yourself?

Find the answers on the list of electronic music genres:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_electronic_music_genres

Through Pitchfork i found a video withe Doves doing the Black Cab Sessions. The concept is: find an artist, invite the artist with instruments into a cab, record a song. I’m a part time taxi driver, so for me this is a fun concept! No embedding of videos allowed, so to see the videos (about 80 until now) go here:

http://www.blackcabsessions.com/

Artists include lambchop, Lykke Li, The Walkmen, Ane Brun, Our Broken Garden, Ryan Adams, Death Cab for Cutie, Fleet Foxes, The Raveonettes and even Brian Wilson!

Why are they such a great band?

Here is why:

This video is from their DVD Where we’re calling from, released 2003 – discovered by me today.