Archive for the 'Music' Category

March 23rd, 2006

Band Practice at Kyoto University

Posted to Podcasts, soundscapes, Music, Bamboo and Motorbikes

This is an amazing clip. I recorded it while walking around
outside the Kyoto University campus.
It is a great example of a sound walk.
One can hear the sounds change in dynamic
as I walk up the stairs, through a group of
chanting exercisers, a marching band,
and down stairs to find
two solo jazz musicians
and up again where another ten […]


March 18th, 2006

Afrirampo live at The Loft in Tokyo Photos

Posted to Behind the Mask, Music, Bamboo and Motorbikes

These are some pictures I took at the Afrirampo show in Tokyo at the Loft. I did a podcast interview with them the same day it can be found in this post.


March 17th, 2006

A post about life online.

Posted to Behind the Mask, Music, Bamboo and Motorbikes

I wrote the dissapearance after a bike ride late at night. It is about the handwriten word, Andrei Cordrescu and his book, The Dissapearance of the Outside, Kelan Phil Cohran,
emotional states and the internet. Enjoy.

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March 14th, 2006

The Tunnels pt 2

Posted to soundscapes, Behind the Mask, japanese traditional music, Bamboo and Motorbikes

 In the class Behind the Mask which is primarily about minoritys in Japan, taught by Dr Preston Houser , we discussed the presentation of information within the Okinawan Tunnels which I had mentioned in my last post. 
Natalie Stanchfield  in her post Peace Museums, Simulations, and Interactivity mentions that the pleasant voice, souveneir stands and flute music seem to be there as […]


March 9th, 2006

V Day J@m

Posted to Podcasts, soundscapes, Behind the Mask, Music, Bamboo and Motorbikes

This is a recording of an impromptu jam at Kitamoto dorm. The sound these musicians came up with could only be called…huge.
Marielle Riesgo- lead vocal, rhythm guitar
Natalie Stanchfield- percussion, back up vocals
Toshi Furuta- percussion and back up vocals
Ayme Frye- “lead guitar” and sound engineering


February 15th, 2006

Hound Dog Taylor

Posted to Music, blues

Here is a groovy video of Hound Dog Taylor I found on the blog of Victor Chen. If you want to see some epic west side Chicago blues baby this is it!


February 14th, 2006

More on primal unitiy or tonal center

Posted to Music, Bamboo and Motorbikes

A comment I  received inspired me to write another post about tonal centers. Generators, electric lights, and signs have a recordable pitch. A study was done by Murray Shaefer in a small town in Sweden where he plotted these frequencies on a sound map. He found that these pitches created a G sharp major triad. Furthurmore, when a train went by he found […]

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February 11th, 2006

Kyotos tonal frequency

Posted to Music, Bamboo and Motorbikes

The buzz of heaters, computers, lights and air conditioners all have a frequency based on the type of alternating current a given location runs on. Japan runs on 50 cycles per second, in other words 50hz. Therefore, if A is tuned to 440hz Kyoto’s tonal frequency would be G sharp. 
       James L. Oschman, author of Energy […]

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February 7th, 2006

International Man of Mystery

Posted to Podcasts, interviews, Behind the Mask, Music, blues, Bamboo and Motorbikes

“Mistakes, I’ve made a few, but then again…”

At last the first podcast of Bamboo and Motorbikes has been completed. It is an interview with Delmark recording artist Sho Komiya, who played bass all over Chicago for 12 years and is currently living in Tokyo. I knew alot about Sho before I did the interview, and […]


February 5th, 2006

Wow editing is a **?*#!

Posted to Podcasts, interviews, Music, blues, Bamboo and Motorbikes

Finnally I have completed my first podcast in the series Bamboo and Motorbikes: an exploration of sound an music in Japan.I found the editing process to be very challenging,I could have continued editing until next year sometime but I decided I had better just get it out there, learn from my mistakes and do better the next time. The […]

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