Julia Ulehla, Encountering Life in Song 3

Julia Ulehla, Encountering Life in Song 3

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.

Here is what happens inside your body when you play a brass instrument

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.

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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.

Gamelan Gong Kebyar – Bali 1928

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?