Tag Archives: Music

Music Documentation in Singapore

The image used to illustrate this post is from Lee Wen's band, Anyhow Blue's Project.

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.)

Amith and I were in 3how; this is is first band's album. I did the creative direction for this one and their second. Both highly recommended.

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.

Music: SXSW 2019

an overview of all of SXSW is here…

David Aguilar: Five Latin Grammy nominations
Guy from Ohio University at Japanese expo
Stevie Ray Vaughn: wall of Snapchat House
Pablo Trujillo on Spotify
On the street...
Street corner as stage
Orions Belte
Pat Byrne, as part of the Irish Breakfast at B.D. Rileys
B.D. Rileys, on a Sunday. This photo was taken from the sidewalk: the space behind the stage was open. Do not know the band's name unfortunately, but will never forget their HARP + attitude + fun cover of Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap. It was just a little breakaway in a medley that rocked, rocked, rocked. (Yes, a harp, the stand up kind, or the ones that angels float around with. Not a blues harp (harmonica).
One string washtub bass. B.D. Riley's again.
In the front yard of the house where O. Henry used to live. One of my all time favorite songs.
Yellow Fang Band
Yellow Fang (Music here.)
Furutori
St. Lo, from Montreal.
French for rabbits
Jonz
Jonathon Bree
Riders Against the Storm
Elephant Gym, from Taiwan. Math rock.
David Byrne Reasons to Be Cheerful

All photos taken with an iPhone6s.

Swingmania!

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/

black and white photo of a big band
Swingmania: Toledo's premier big band!
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black and white photo of a big band
Black and white photo of a big band
Saxophonists battle
Swingmania

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.

AR ONES tee shirt

ADDITIONAL ARvisible design soon to be revealed!

The gutter and the stars. And bakeries. And violin lessons.

AR ONES: Bubiko, Ollie, and the mysterious Obasan and Eggy.

Yep.

Available at finer fashion outlets internationally. Care to purchase this fine garment online? bubikofoodtour at gmail dot com

A! R! Let's go!

Get behind it before it gets past you
Now on tour....

ARphabet Tour AR Characters: The Dundercats

All of the sections of the ARphabet Tour are explained here.

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.

Six Cat Studios website.

Dundercats on Facebook.






Snap card game
Aniela teaching...
Publishing Magnates
Stephen Black , Book Merah CEO/author/AR startup founder , with Stuart Rankin, co-founder of Six Cat Studios.

All of the sections of the ARphabet Tour are explained here.

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All the Way to Memphis and Toledo

So.

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.

Anyhoo... I just saw this poster in Bangkok.

vintage rock posters

discovered in Bangkok, 2018

And, for what it's worth, the lead singer of Mott the Hoople once put on one of the best live shows I've ever seen. Ian Hunter. The opening act was John Cougar Mellencamp who performed with his head wrapped in bandages; the result of a mishap the night before. Toledo Sports Arena, 1977?

I am writing this in Chiang Mai Thailand at dawn, April 17, 2018.

Let’s Spend the River Together

the writing spree begins now; in  Johor Bahru, Malaysia at 2AM... What a delight it is when unplanned events suddenly enrich our lives. A small example: I wanted to research the possibilities of short story/gaming mashups. This search led me to the work of Marc Laidlaw.  His words and ideas helped shape the legendary Half-Life.  His blog post about writing for games  is a burning  Panthunian crystal, set high on a hill; guidance  for the  hooded, tired traveler that was my question. However, what was delightful is this: I have been researching hands, especially all that is profundis , as well as writing about photography. Mr. Laidlaw had once been approached about doing a “cover version” of The Viewfinder by Raymond Carver.  Hats off to  Larry McCaffery for that idea. Fingers and a camera figure prominently in Carver’s story! My  “cover” of The Viewfinder is now in its second draft and will be in the JB book. I will do my best, but it will never be as good as this story about a musical cover: http://www.blacksteps.tv/the-greatest-music-of-all-time/   PS: Just discovered this, about the use of photography in The Viewfinder:  https://www.scribd.com/document/263990334/Raymond-Carver-in-the-Viewfinder   PSS Here is the latest draft of my cover of The Viewfinder.           Weaselspittism

I HEART STONEHENGE: Something Like an Open Letter to Elvis Costello

Elvis Sunset i. 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. ii. The hotel room window back cover. Accidents will happen. Hasselblad stand-up in my room. iii. a. Rochester New York, Imperial Bedroom. Talk Talk. b. Fuji Rock,with only Steve... at the piano above the sea. iv. Roppongi hotel room, the Residents tour. A yakitoriya, Snakefinger eloquent about Pete. v. Back home in Toledo, my mom played Burt Bacharach records, especially on weekends. vi. Singapore: A Good Year for the Roses... Days.

Silent State logo tests

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... almost silent state sil state silent state 2 lines silent state almost nice silent silent state close silent state red and blackuntitledstate01 (1)