Category Archives: video

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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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.


Amazing Rube Goldberg Machine

It speaks for itself….wow…creativity gone wild

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Staff Sgt. Giunta’s Medal of Honor

Incredible bravery earns Staff Sgt. Guinta a “medal of honor,” which had not been bestowed since Vietnam.  Even more amazing than the actual honor, however, was that he didn’t feel he deserved it.  He felt he was just doing his job.  That’s a true soldier.      -Luke

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Dante Bucci – Fanfare

Hang-drum player Dante Bucci makes beautiful music…..actually, I’m planning to major in hang-drum performance at Julliard next year…cough…   -Luke

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Miwa Matreyek’s Glorious Visions

Video and animation-based art is common these days, but this is the first I’ve seen that has such a human, grounded feeling, yet still transports the viewer into the imaginative realm where anything is possible.  Enjoy Miwa’s creation… -Luke

  • From TED.com:

“Miwa Matreyek’s work blurs the line between real and unreal. In live works that integrate animation, performance, and video installation, she explores how animation changes when it is combined with body and space (and vice versa). In her video projects, animation takes on a more physical and present quality, while body and space take on a more fantastical quality.

On one hand, Matreyek’s performance can be viewed as a cinematic experience taking place on a screen. On the other hand, what is seen on the screen is a collapsed product of multiple layers of animation, objects and body. Her work exists in a juxtaposition of illusion and nonillusion. Matreyek is also a founding member of the performance media group Cloud Eye Control, which makes theatrical productions with cleverly integrated animation projections.”

The piece Matreyek performs at TEDGlobal 2010 is an abridgement of the work “Myth and Infrastructure.”

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Underwater Astonishments

We are still learning about the wonders and intelligence of the ocean world.  I’m sure there’s still much to learn -Luke

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RvD2: Ryan vs. Dorkman 2 — HD

Two young CG designers decided to settle the debate over who’s the better artist through light-saber battle.  Who will stand victorious?   (They actually worked together to create this video.  Looks like it was a fun project!)        -Luke