I was fortunate to interact with these people who make music, and I hope to continue to do so. I am now finally starting to work on Driving to Singapore, a movie project. If you are a Singaporean musician, get in touch if you have something that might work as a soundtrack.
This post is rushed; I will add more comments later today. All of these posts are full of stories, and the musicians involved all have other projects I want to highlight.(I am challenging myself to do one post a day for a week.)
This is a fraction of my involvement. Typewriter, and a great blues jam in the back of the Substation. A job: Tanya Chua. Lee Wen's video. Wilson Goh singing at dawn at Suntech and at the International Electronic Arts Event. ... more projects I should document online, like this.
Last night I had the pleasure of watching a big band perform. Swingmania are champions! Below the photos is the text from the Facebook page from a Battle of the Bands competition--which Swingmania won! http://www.swingmania.org/
All Night Entertainment presents the Battle of the Bands at the BIG3 Swing Dance Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the Masonic Temple Crystal Ballroom in Detroit.
Featuring 15-piece Battle of the Bands winner, The Paul Keller Orchestra vs. Two-time Battle of the Bands winner, 15-piece Swingmania
The PKO is one of Michigan's finest, oldest, most respected and well-traveled jazz bands. The PKO has held forth every Monday night, for over 28 years, in Ann Arbor, first at the Bird of Paradise Jazz Club, then at the Firefly Club & Keystone Martini Bar and now at the Zal Gaz Grotto. The PKO's voluminous library of over 1,000 arrangements includes classic, obscure and original big band material from the entire history of jazz.
Two-time defending champions, 15-piece Swingmania from Toledo plays a wide variety of the classic swing and big band music of Miller, Ellington, and Basie plus favorites such as Sinatra, Fitzgerald, Cole, Prima and Presley. They have a solid hold on the swing scene in Northwest Ohio.
Created by Six Cat Studios, the Dundercats combine entertainment, music education and the history of classical music. With experience with major public events (mainly concerts) and merchandising projects, the Dundercats are a welcome addition to the ARphabet Tour!
The Six Cat Studios team: Aniela and Stuart. Aniela is an accomplished violinist and well-music educator. Stuart has produced and edited for major television networks, in addition to his own independent projects.
Do subscribe to this blog as the ARphabet Tour presents ideas and demos on how the Dundercats will provide music lessons in AR.
0-8 cycling circles of tiny tiny smooth cicadas
8-12 it is impossible to achieve the aim without suffering
12-14 cycling circles of tiny tiny smooth cicadas
14-18 it is impossible to achieve the aim without suffering
18 -20 k-k-kk-kk-kk-k
25 single frippertronic flotation device
27 flotation device again mahogany buffalo honey river slow burst the dam
1:37 it is impossible again
1:49 banshee at coat check
2:02 banshee leaves the pyramid dancefloor
2:04 blue eyed soul vulnerability
2:08 avenue C to hell kitchen
2:37 the aim suffering
2;47 no panic in the tinkly disco
3:31-3:38 bloody holiday exposure stylee lung rip glass
3:45 psycho killer calm ride home in her car
3:53 flotation device
3:54-4:02 again ceiling staring between glass wails
4:04 p flotation flotation o disco stops
4:05 cycling circles of tiny tiny smooth cicadas
4:06 cannibalistic calm searching vanishing
I bought the album for some reason. Mott the Hoople Live. Probably, before I'd boughten it, I'd only heard one song from it on FM radio. Undoubtedly the front and back covers made an impression. Anyway, the first song on the first side was called All the Way to Memphis. It's great, with a tinkly, funky, sad, happy and powerful little piano riff on the front. The piano was played by Morgan Fisher. The song is about going to Memphis, obviously. That song was my favorite.
So, about 25 years later, I was in Tokyo and thrilled to be asked to photograph the American South, for a Japanese magazine. The same day I learned of my flight confirmation to Memphis... Morgan Fisher called! He lives in Tokyo and we had plans to meet, but it was still one of those synchronistic little events that make one wonder.
Sent a telegram to Rolling Stone magazine in New York City. Elvis photos. Please advise. 1978, April. Elvis at Royal Oak. Detroit. The Attractions. B 'til open the late show doors. Smell of paint on animal leather. First time, Faster than Normal. 'Good night', spat out. Stormed off.
The hotel room window back cover. Accidents will happen. Hasselblad stand-up in my room.
a. Rochester New York, Imperial Bedroom. Talk Talk.
b. Fuji Rock,with only Steve... at the piano above the sea.
Roppongi hotel room, the Residents tour. A yakitoriya, Snakefinger eloquent about Pete.
Back home in Toledo, my mom played Burt Bacharach records, especially on weekends.
Singapore: A Good Year for the Roses... Days.
Silent State is the name of a new musical project by Amith Narayan, Wilson Goh, Justin Bannister and Siva Saravanan. The following are simple tests made with MS Paint. At some point I hope I can invest the time to learn Pshop or the equivalent, but for now the following do the job as starting points for discussion.
The last one is, perhaps, the most exciting. It also requires a delicate sensibility and the experience to combine a handwritten word with an authoritarian block font.
Amith had suggested that green or grey could be used. Those choices could work, but with the following I was, obviously, just working with the idea of negative space... as well as a limited selection of fonts and the bare bones positioning capabilities of MS Paint.
Re: the music. It is a treat. For those of you who don't know, Justin is a keyboard genius from the great state of Michigan, Siva has done outstanding work as a percussionist and composer of award-winning movie soundtracks, Wilson is an award-winning choral singer and Amith's band The Unseen Guest continues to get more fans and praise for their two albums. And then there is 3how...