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Landfill Harmonic

I think this video speaks for itself.

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Star Wars Orchestra Flashmob

I don’t often feature music on my blog.  In fact, this may be my first music post. (Note to self, feature more music!)  This hasn’t been intentional.  I just tend to be drawn (haha see what I did there?) to the visual fine arts more than those of performing arts.  Let it be known that I consider music just as much art as the stuff that goes on canvas.  My schema of art encompasses a wide range of hobbies and activities, from the more traditional things like music and drama, to less traditional things like carpentry and cooking.

But I seem to be running on tangents and dancing around the subject.  The point of this post is to share a fantastic Star Wars Orchestra Flash Mob.  That’s right.  I said orchestra.  The only flash mobs I’ve seen before are those that involve dancing and singing.  So this was a refreshing new perspective.  To watch this amazing feat of seemingly random improvised design, click this link or the one above.

According to Urban Dictionary, a flashmob is “when a large group of people suddenly come together and perform some sort of action, which draws an audience very quickly.  After they perform the stunt, the group of people quickly disperse.”

My favorite part about flash mobs is how it makes everyone hurrying and scurrying around slow down, stop, and admire something beautiful.  It’s a very intrusive art form, but a very pleasant one.  People generally seem very welcome to the seemingly improvised performance.  It brings them laughter and smiles.  Any form of art which makes a busy society slow down and appreciate something creative is a form of art which I applaud.  So take a moment of your time to go watch and listen to the Star Wars Flashmob.

…and oh yeah, may the Force be with you.

Martina Filjak – Piano

Tonight I went to a concert at the College of Idaho.  We listened to the Langroise Trio perform their 20th anniversary concert with renowned Croatian pianist, Martina Filjak.  It was a beautiful experience, with the music flowing around us in the fine acoustics of Jewett Auditorium.  Martina Filjak was an animated performer, letting her body language express the emotion of her music.  I’m including a YouTube video of her performance, so that you may enjoy her music as well.

Dubstep with a Twist

A beautiful youtube music video I came across.  Lindsey Stirling plays dubstep violin in an unreal setting:

In Your Arms by Kina Grannis – Jelly Bean Video

This is an incredible music video made using stop-motion images with JELLYBEANS.  The musician, Kina Grannis, is photographed lying on a piece of glass, above the background formed with mulit-colored jellybeans.  In the making of video, she says it took about a year of filming, and almost two years for the entire process.  Talk about dedication.  I’m in awe of this woman’s patience, being directed to pose with the greatest attention to detail.  I also admire the work of everyone involved in making this, especially the jelly bean pickers who painstakingly “drew” each frame with jellybeans.  This is such a fun and creative music video, I just had to share.

O Superman

Lyrics: O Superman, Laurie Anderson

Today in Modern Art we watched O Superman, a 1981 performance art piece created by Laurie Anderson.  It unexpectedly rose to #2 in the UK charts.

This piece is so unusual, yet so catchy I had to share it with you.  It really has some neat visual effects, such as the glowing mouth at 1:50, silhouette gestures at 2:27 and the shadow-art arm at 6:30.  I also love the light changes paired with the sharply contrasting costumes and backgrounds.  I’m also digging her pixie cut.  It’s such a creative music video.

The lyrics are really powerful, and politically charged.  Some of my favorite lines include:

  1. “This is the hand, the hand that takes.
    Here come the planes.
    They’re American planes. Made in America.”

  2. ” ‘Cause when love is gone, there’s always justice.
    And when justice is gone, there’s always force.
    And when force is gone, there’s always Mom. Hi Mom”

  3. “So hold me, Mom, in your long arms.
    Your petrochemical arms. Your military arms.
    In your electronic arms.”

But what originally made me investigate this song further is its coincidental similarity of sound with Imogen Heap, a music artist I enjoy listening to.  The fuzzy, computerized voice is likely the greatest similarity, but the soft, flowing style of singing/speaking reminds me of Heap’s style.   Hide and Seek, by Heap is the song that comes to mind first when I listen to Anderson’s O Superman.

I apologize, but I can’t seem to find a YouTube video of Hide and Seek that you can watch through this post.  If you actually want to see the authentic video, you’ll have to go to YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYIAfiVGluk  Please do.  I think you’ll enjoy hearing the sound similarities between the two artists of different eras, if you take the time to listen to both.  Thanks for reading.

Mona Lisa’s Song

In response to my inquiry for art-inspired songs on my Vincent post, I was directed to the song Mona Lisa sung by Nat King Cole.  He has such an incredible voice.

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