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510. Bright Idea: Tenori-on September 11, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Art, Audio, Product, Video.
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Check out this clip of Tenori-on, a new digital instrument that combines light and sound. It looks simple to use, but can result in a complex presentation. This video will give you a good sense of its capabilities and potential. Yamaha’s website HERE explains how it works; via GeekSugar.

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488. Bright Idea: the Hang Drum September 4, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Art, Audio, Person, Product, Video.
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Wow. I could have titled this post: “Sparked Art: Dante Bucci’s Hang Drumming.”

Beautiful and obscure percussion instrument + awesomely talented musician = one amazing video. I let this clip move me to tears. Check out Dante’s website HERE; more info on the Hang Drum HERE; via UniqueDaily.


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483. Bright Idea: the Surface Tension Coffee Table August 31, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Audio, Furniture, Product, Video.
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This coffee table contains a PC and 19″ LCD under the surface, and has arcade controls, a trackball, and WiFi connectivity. Play movies, music, slideshows, or the preloaded 29 Taito arcade games with your guests without leaving your living room couch. It would be even better if the screen could tilt forward and the controls were removable and remote. Check more out HERE ($6600); via BornRich.

Below is a well-made 3.5 minute video with high production value and my type of music.


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476. Quickie Web: Music Video: Paul Dateh + inka one August 30, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Audio, Person, Video.
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Here is a Bright Idea: mash mad violin skills with phat, thumpin’ beats. I watched the video twice, mostly because of the stupefying musical abilities demonstrated by Dateh. Via FreshCreation.


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474. Bright Idea: the Mix Tape USB Drive August 29, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Audio, Product.
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Relive the days when you gave your loved-ones a mix tape of your favorite tunes, but with a digital-age spin. This USB drive is nicely packaged in what appears to be an old-school cassette tape. With a USB, more songs are possible, and it is reusable. Thanks for the link, Mark! Check it out HERE (not yet in production).

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470. Quickie Web: Music Maker: JamStudio August 28, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Audio, Plaything, Service, Website.
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This amazing website is for the musician and novice alike. Simply and instantly make your own songs, which you can sing or jam along with. Get inspired.

For example, here is the quick ditty I composed in 30 seconds: choose chords D, G, A, then G; pick Guitar1, Drums1, and Bass 11; change tempo to 112; then hit play. Rock on, my fellow composers. Make up your own lyrics, and play along with your guitar, if you have one. Shnickity-shnaps! Please try it out HERE; Via RGS.

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281. Quickie Web: Muscial Plaything: Desktopblues April 17, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Audio, Plaything, Quickie Web.
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desktopblues

(Note: the image above is not functional; go HERE to play). Tap into your inner musician and jam along to the blues. Anyone can make great music with this simple and fun web toy. Simply turn the “radio” on, then randomly hit the various colored buttons: Orange = Guitar riff, Purple = Vocals, Green = Vocal + Guitar.

And if you feel really creative and brave, actually make up and sing your own verses out loud. Singing the blues was never so much fun. Check out this great web musicmaker HERE (noisegames.com).

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277. Quickie Web: Mashup: Magnetosphere and Sir Ken Robinson April 16, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Art, Audio, Quickie Web, Video.
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For an inspirational multimedia experience, click on the pink Odeo play button below, and then jump to about 2 minutes in. It is an audio talk about creativity in education, by Sir Ken Robinson. This presentation is taken from the TED Talks (for Thinking, Entertainment, Design; the website and other presentations HERE).

[odeo=http://odeo.com/audio/1400271/view]

Then, while the talk is playing, click the Youtube play button below to also watch the video clip. It is of dancing lights, beautifully synchronized to music . This hypnotic 4-minute video clip is called Magnetosphere, by Robert Hodgin, with music my Trentemoller.

You don’t have to listen to all 17 minutes of the audio talk, of course, but you may want to. If so, click play on the Songspot to the right for additional background music once the Youtube clip ends. FYI: if you leave this page, the audio will stop.

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273. Sparked Art: Creative Guitaring April 4, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Art, Audio, Video.
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Check out these two videos where guitars are played in a more complex manner. Pretty amazing. Bonus: the songs are actually pretty good, too.

This first video (3:08) is three guys playing one guitar (lead, bass, and percussion). They are called Corporeal, from Libertyville, Il, and the song is called “All We Got.”

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This next video (3:18) is similar, but with only one guy playing. Here is Andy McKee playing “Drifting.”


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146. Quickie Web: Multimedia Web Mashup: Beyond War January 26, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Audio, Experience, Quickie Web, Video.
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To check out this 5:30 minute multimedia web mashup I call “Beyond War,” please follow these steps:

  1. Press Play on the Youtube clip below. Once the red line loads, click towards the end, so there is about 5:30 minutes indicated left. Continue playing.
  2. Then hit the Play button on the Songspot (in the right margin, near the top).
  3. Then click HERE, and just take it all in for about 5 minutes.
  4. P.S. To make this experience currently relevant, you could think about the U.S. in Iraq.

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94. Quickie Web: Game: Tune Ups December 15, 2006

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Audio, Quickie Web.
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tuneup
Simple and fun. Tune up your car, then race on a track using your Up, L, and R arrow keys. Then race that track again, this time against the ghost image of your previous best time. The playability is reminiscent of Super Sprint.

Hit play on the Odeo Widget below for some driving music, then click here (Tune Ups) to drive.

[odeo=http://odeo.com/audio/470356/view]

86. Quickie Web: Tool: Sonific December 13, 2006

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Sonific

I have added a widget to provide you with background music to enhance your blog reading experience.  I hope to add a new song every couple of days.  Look in the right margin and press the play button to listen.  To read more, go to Sonific.

64. Mashup of the Week: Arty Fufkin’s “Praise Primal Jeans” November 28, 2006

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Here is the latest Mashup of the Week: Arty Fufkin‘s “Praise Primal Jeans”

Fatboy Slim (“That old pair of Jeans”) + Primal Scream (“Movin’ on up,” from one of my top 5 albums ever, Screamadelica)

[odeo=http://odeo.com/audio/1413845/view]

If you want to open up a new window and listen to the mashup from there (so your surfing won’t interrupt the song), click here.

Go to Odeo.com for millions of free podcasts and audio files.

37. Mashup of the Week: Gnarls Biggie November 13, 2006

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Here is the latest Mashup of the Week (Warning: Adult Language):

Gnarls Biggie – Gnarls Barkley vs. Notorious B.I.G.: Can I Get With Ya Crazy Butt

[odeo=http://odeo.com/audio/2315520/view]

Crazy, by Gnarls Barkley, + Can I Get Witcha, by the Notorious B.I.G.

If you want to open up a new window and listen to the mashup from there (so your surfing won’t interrupt the song), click here.

Go to Odeo.com for millions of free podcasts and audio files.

3. Mashup of the week: Sweet Home Alabama and Country Grammar October 29, 2006

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Audio.
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Mashup: great idea. Definition (from wikipedia): a musical genre of songs that consist entirely of parts of other songs.

To me, this an example of synergy (hit the play button):

[odeo=http://odeo.com/audio/687587/view]

Sweet Home Alabama, by Lynyrd Skynyrd, + Country Grammar, by Nelly.

If you want to open up a new window and listen to the mashup from there (so your surfing won’t interrupt the song), click here.

Go to Odeo.com for millions of free podcasts and audio files.