Posts tagged: Music

How A Six Second Drum Break Spawned An Entire Musical Movement

By admin, March 19, 2009 3:02 pm

Posted by Dale Flattum

This is pretty fascinating.  It’s not much of a video, but still really well done.

Using YouTube as Your Musical Instrument

By admin, March 11, 2009 9:53 am


The stuff that pops up on YouTube never ceases to amaze me.  If you go to this website,, you’ll find somebody who has taken things a step further with the YouTube platform.

Instead of recording his own material and uploading it, this user has decided to use existing YouTube videos as his source material.  He finds various clips of people playing a single musical instrument, mixes them all together, and creates something so beautifully awesome, it will make you puke.

You have to love how this digital information age is fueling creativity.  I can’t see this being made five years ago.  I don’t even know if we had enough existing video clips of people playing an instrument alone in their living room, let alone a single outlet where one could find them all.

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And The Survey Says…

By admin, February 25, 2009 11:43 am

logoBy way of Hypebot, I came across this Youth and Music Survey from Marrakesh Records in the UK.  In the first paragraph of their introduction, they refer to their small collection of pie charts and bar graphs as “ground-breaking.”  In my opinion, no new ground was broken,  but the little information they provide includes a few interesting tidbits.

First, I thought I would address the claim that 60% of 16-24 year olds would rather go without sex for a week than music.  It makes for eye-grabbing headline, but nothing more. 

This statistic doesn’t surprise me at all.  I’m sure we all can recall plenty of weeks where we’ve gone without sex, but how many weeks have we gone without music?  It’s nearly impossible to imagine these days.  Think about all the places where music is played or listened to: 

  • At the gym
  • On the bus
  • In your car
  • At shopping malls and stores
  • At restaurants/bars
  • At your office or workplace
  • On the soundtracks for movies, TV shows
  • Radio/TV commericals

Now imagine all those scenarios in silence.  It’s really eerie.  Would you want to go an entire week without music? 

We would probably gain more insight if young people were asked if they would rather give up television or internet over music for a week.  Those are comparable media outlets that play a significant factor in many people’s lives.  But that wouldn’t generate silly headlines, now would it?

Here are the more important things that stuck out to me: Continue reading 'And The Survey Says…'»

Should Have Went to USC

By admin, February 13, 2009 11:21 am

Posted by Chris Brummund

I’m not one to sit around and watch awards shows, but find myself in the habit of reading all about them the following day.  I’ve been scouring the internets to find some video of the Grammy performances.  

I found the performance by Radiohead to be the most intriguing.  Maybe it’s the inner nerd in me, but I instantly gobble up any track with a marching band providing the backing instrumentals.  The band backing up Thom Yorke and Johnny Greenwood was the Trojan Marching Band from the University of Southern California.

While my time with the Minnesota Marching Band was incredibly fun, it was not quite as cool as that (but trust me, we were still very cool).  If only we had done some backing instrumentals for a Prince performance, then we could’ve matched USC’s cool points.

Enough of my fond band geek memories.  Here’s the video:


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