Gah, I went to this performance/talk/workshop tonight. I don’t know what to say, I just want to mark the moment somehow. It was so good. What Julia does is something different. Seeing & hearing her makes it feel like we all just pretend to do music, but it’s not really music, not like this. Wow.
French-horn player Sarah Willis ventures to the Max Planck Institute in Göttingen, where scientist use state-of-the-art MRI and motion capture methods to investigate what goes on inside a musician’s body while playing an instrument.
Awesome. Basically, there’s a little frog that lives inside your mouth, and when it crouches down really small then the sound comes out. Also, from about 6:55 on it gets pretty freaky.
Today I’ve been watching this documentary from Vice on Narco-corridos, Mexican music about gangs and guns and drugs set to the music of traditional ballads. Super interesting.
I joined the gamelan at UBC this term, and I’m enjoying it a lot. I’ve been poking around on my own for recordings and collections, and while I haven’t found much of note yet I’ve been listening to this today: Gamelan Gong Kebyar – Bali 1928. It sounds like a period recording, so it’s pretty gritty (sounds like it could be cleaned up easily enough if someone wanted to take the time), but it’s a cool collection. I wonder about the circumstances of this recording: if it’s really 1928, would this have been Colin McPhee?