Author Archives: Luke

Akira Kiteshi – “Pinball” – Amazing Video for an Amazing Dub Tune

Ever here a song that makes you turn into a giant convulsing robot with rainbow lights shooting out of every orifice?  This one does it for me.  Deserves to be heard on the BIG speakers…

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Mesmerizing Musical Instrument…of the Future!

It’s been a LONG time since my last post, but when I discovered this video, I knew without a doubt I had to post it.

This device is called a “Reactable.” It’s very much like a typical musical interface, like what you’d see a DJ fiddling with to manipulate the sounds originating from their laptop hard-drive….but it’s obviously from another planet or dimension….at least a dimension where the E.T. would pay $12,500 for the privilege of owning one.  But seriously, this is fantastic!  The best part?  It engages the audience.  Instead of staring at laptop glow on the DJ’s face, they become deeply curious and involved with “what the hell is happening?!!” and other sincere, ponderous thoughts.  Part of themselves wants to dance while the other can’t stop watching the visual future-music unfolding in front of them!  You gotta love colorful glowing shit too…that’s half the fun of going out dancing!   -Luke

http://www.reactable.com/

The Sea of Weirdness that is YouTube…Understanding the Viral Video

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Epic drum sounds roll in…finally a deep voice speaks….

“With the genesis of the personal computer, the abundance of video-capturing devices smaller than a tube of lip-balm…and our growing desire for internet-dependent social interaction…came YouTube.  Perhaps we were not prepared…for the weirdness…the eccentric brilliance…and the utter stupidity that ensued. It expanded beyond our control…it is now a beast all it’s own…a pulsating ball of e-carnage!  To help us navigate this sea of strangeness, to help us understand human behavior and to offer rules and bearings for would-be YouTube film-makers… came Brett Erlich and his Viral Video Film School.  Please watch, understand, and do your part to tame the beast…”   -Luke

 

Musical Mastery — Shakti – “Joy” – 1975

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So…I just saw John McLaughlin, the ground-breaking 70’s band Shakti’s guitar player (and in these videos), live on Tuesday.  John and his most recent band, The Fourth Dimension, play jazz fusion music….quite different from what we hear in Shakti, but also very similar.  You could call Shakti “Classical Indian Fusion.”  The show was quite good, but the simple opportunity to see a master guitarist perform was what moved me to go, even though I couldn’t find anyone to go with me.  At $20, I couldn’t resist.

For those that are hearing this name for the first time, John McLaughlin is a master jazz guitarist that has been active for 5 decades.  He’s recorded albums and songs with the likes of Carlos Santana, Miles Davis, Chick Corea, The Rolling Stones, Zakin Hussain, and Buddy Miles.  He even jammed with Hendrix  in an electric-acoustic fusion jam one morning (from 2-8am!).

In the ’70s, John and his band Shakti were instrumental in inspiring the Western interest in Eastern music; particularly the exploration of East-meets-West fusion music. In 2010, Guitarist Jeff Beck called him “the best guitarist alive”. In 2003, McLaughlin was ranked 49th in Rolling Stone magazine list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”

Take note that tabla master Zakir Hussain was one of Shakti’s founding members, and thus, you will hear him in this recording as well.  He is one impressive musician.  Ever since I first heard this recording, about 10 years ago, I’ve been astounded by the beauty and power that this music displays.  As John has said, “music is the one true language”, and I would agree.  From Pythogoras’ “Music of the Spheres”, to the universal “Om” sound, to physical music such as this…music has the power to center, focus, and transport us in a way that nothing else can, as well as inspire joy and ecstasy!  You could say all life is music, for those that can hear it.

In “Shakti”, and in these videos, McLaughlin used a special custom guitar that replicates the sound that a traditional sitar would make, yet is distinctly different.  For those interested, here’s a detailed description.


Conan O’Brien Visits Intel

Remember way back when…when Conan was on NBC?  Yeah!  Now that we’re on the same page, here we can see Conan as he visits the mega-corporation Intel in Santa Clara, CA.  It’s a warm and friendly place with colorful walls, fresh breezes, and hearty laughter.  Let’s watch, shall we?  -Luke

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Incredible Pavement Drawings

The creativity of people sometimes just… blows me away.  This chalk drawing was done by Kurt Wenner, an artist trained in classical rennaisance art.  His talents lie not only in street art, but in fine arts and architecture as well.  Check out his website to see some amazing architectural renderings that only the world’s 5% wealthiest could afford, as well as his paintings and drawings. He has mind-boggling skill and imagination.  For a whole gallery of Kurt’s chalk drawings, click here:

Kurt Wenner’s pavement drawings.

Another master of street art, Julian Beever.  Julian is an English artist who has been creating these fantastical pieces since the mid-90’s.  Quite a different style than Mr. Wenner, but amazing none-the-less.  Check out a gallery of his work here:

Julian Beever’s pavement drawings.

I’d like to take this opportunity to invite anyone who’d like me to post their artwork on this blog….please do!  Email me your JPEGs at seravantes@blazemail.com.  Have fun and create art!  -luke

Amazing…Annoying Illusions

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These pictures (and their explanations) were amusing to look at, mainly because of how angry and annoyed I found myself getting.  Take this blue cube, for instance.  The description basically says:  ‘see that dark blue square on top, and see that bright glowing blue square on the right side?…yeah, they’re actually the same exact shade of blue.’  My brain responded:  “F@#k  you Mr. Brain Researcher man, I know what I’m seein’ and that aint the f@#kin’ same!”  It’s like someone telling you that something you whole-heartedly believe is true…is actually an illusion, and isn’t true at all!  The mind’s first reaction is always going to be anger and annoyance….then you feel stupid…. but after a while… you tend to just question your own confidence in your perceptions.  If we can fail at something as simple as distinguishing 2 colors,  how can we be so sure our other, more far-reaching assumptions are true?

>>  GALLERY LINK HERE  <<

Beau Lotto, a brain researcher at University College London says:

Neuroscientists usually explain color illusions in mechanistic terms: They arise because of the way cells in the retina and the brain respond to certain wavelengths of light. Those explanations miss the larger point. We misperceive colors and shapes because our visual sense has been molded by evolutionary history.

Andromeda: Born out of a Massive Collision? *see the video!

“Was the Andromeda Galaxy, the largest and most massive galaxy in our local neighborhood, shaped into its current structure due to a monstrous collision over 6 billion years ago? According to a new study by some French astronomers, the answer is oui.”  The Bad Astronomer

There’s nothin’ like galactic collision and billion year time spans to make your problems seem manageable, huh?

>>  ARTICLE LINK HERE  <<

Brian Regan Live – Lousy in Little League

The first 2 minutes had me on the ground laughing.  Lol!  If I could just post that, I would, but….

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Toddler Preaching at Church

This is really cute and funny, but man, doesn’t this show just how impressionable kids are?  We have a big responsibility!  -Luke

Morality lesson of the day completed…. now it’s time to laugh your *** off!

(You can tell the preacher’s worried that he’s being upstaged by a toddler…lol)

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