This is an incredible short documentary by VOX on one of the first sampled sounds (the orchestra hit) which happened to be a concert of Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite and how it’s been used ever since in rock, rap, and everything in between. This is an incredible story and history.
Gary Burden, who was part of the birth of American rock and roll in the 1960’s has passed. The New York Times has a remembrance:
Gary Burden, Designer of Famous Album Covers, Dies at 84
Here’s a fantastic video of Gary Burden being interviewed while driving up Laurel Canyon Boulevard as well as Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles.
[via Gary Sharp]
Pickin’ & Trimmin’ from Matt Morris Films on Vimeo.
I posted this in 2011 on my old site. It’s a great film by Matt Morris about a barbershop in Drexel, North Carolina that hosts bluegrass music jams in the back room.
This is a brilliant documentary video on the history of a particular drum sound in rock music that was created in the 1980’s. Very well done.
This is a brilliant cover of a classic Daft Punk song.
“Neo Magazin Royale is a German satirical late night talk show hosted by Jan Böhmermann, and has one of the biggest bands in late night TV. The 15-piece orchestra is headed by rapper Dendemann, and features a rotating cast of musicians. This amazing cover of Daft Punk’s “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” wasn’t even for the live TV show — it was a band warm up in front of the live audience.”
This is a documentary about making music, from instrument making to playing to mixing, mastering, and listening. It was sponsored by Sony although there are only a few plugs in it for Sony gear, the rest is a variety of musicians and music producers talking about how they make and share music. It’s about an hour and 14 minutes long.
The comparison to photography is interesting:
Music: one needs a great song, well played on a decent instrument, well recorded and mastered and played on a decent audio player to channel what the musician laid down.
Photography: one needs a great image, well recorded with decent equipment, well processed and seen on a decent screen or a decent print to channel what the photographer saw and recorded.
In the photography world I like to think of Ansel Adams: he chose great subject matter (Yosemite), used a view camera (big negative, high definition), stopped down to small apertures (more detail), used filters (to get the dramatic look he wanted), and he took great care in developing his negatives and making his prints. If you’ve ever seen a large Ansel Adams print, in person, it’s a thing of wonder and you can feel that care in the print, very much like these musicians and producers talking about the care they take in making and sharing music.
Prince Rogers Nelson died today.
Prince, Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne and others perform “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” by George Harrison at the 2004 Hall of Fame Inductions. Dhani Harrison (son) is standing next to Petty.
Prince was amazing and while his own music was out of this world, he was a world class musician who could play anything.
This group plus more got together (minus Prince) at the Concert for George organized by Eric Clapton at Royal Albert Hall. If you like this music and these musicians and haven’t seen that, its a must.
Update: This is a piece the New York Times just posted on this particular performance and its worth a read: The Day Prince’s Guitar Wept the Loudest.
I love these guys, incredible covers and if you poke around youTube you’ll find more of their stuff.
If you like a cappella check out this older post on Pentatonix covering Daft Punk. It’s a highly produced video but still, lots of fun and their voices are fantastic.
[via The Loop]
This is a spectacular studio performance of “Giant Steps” by Joey Alexander (piano), Larry Grenadier (bass), and Ulysses Owens Jr. (drums). I highly recommend zooming it out, and connecting your computer to a set of speakers that allow you to really hear these guys.
The amazing thing is, Joey Alexander is 12 years old. He plays so incredibly well, gets deeply into the zone, but also is totally with the other two musicians (who are outstanding) it’s mind-boggling.
The NPR piece on Joey is worth listening to, it provides some background on him: A (Very) Young Jazz Pianist Takes Giant Steps Towards Musical Mastery.
Wikipedia has a nice entry on him too: Joey Alexander.
This incredible piece was made in 2002 by Russian animator Alex Budovsky with electro swing music by The Real Tuesday Weld.
This animation is based on Stephen Coates composition under the same title. This film is about The Great Revolution of the British Cuckoos, who bravely took over London, forcing all the people to move inside the cuckoo clocks.
I was moving older content over from my old web site and found an earlier post I did on another amazing Bukovsky piece: Last Time in Clerkenwell which is also a masteriece.
Here’s Alex Budovsky’s YouTube Channel. I can’t get enough of Bukovsky’s work, his imagination is out of this world (literally).