Ain’t Misbehavin’

December 9th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Nothing much to say here, but check it out…

Pendulum Waves

May 17th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

This is so cool…


January 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink



The Dubai Fountain

April 27th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Worth a look…

The Dancers Levitate

October 5th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink


I spent last weekend in Chicago at the 2009 TAA Tamburitza Extravaganza. To seize upon just one musical marvel among many, let me note that I really enjoy Macedonian music, and in particular, the extraordinary grooves that grow as a hybrid collaboration between the dancers and musicians. In fact, there is no need to distinguish between the dancers and musicians, as they are both in these grooves very much together.

How do people dance in 7/8? Here’s how:

In the above video dancers at the 2009 Tamburitza Extravaganza dance in a fast 7/8 meter to the music of Sviraj, of Steeltown, PA.

As far as I can tell, these “odd metered” Macedonian musics are constructed of segments of 2 and 3 beats. For instance, a 7/8 will be felt as (3+2+2) or (2+2+3). An 11/8 might be felt as (2+2+2+2+3) or (3+2+2+2+2) or (2+2+3+2+2) or (2+3+2+2+2) or whatever… A 25/8 might be felt as a conglomeration of smaller units, like ( (2+2+3) + (2+2+3) + (2+2) + (2+2+3) ) – that’s one “bar”.

Of course, if you have to count it, you’re probably not feeling it. Also, these musical events often get going so fast that the 2’s feel like single beats, and the 3’s feel like a single beat followed by a bit of an amorphous pause.  After a while the dancers simply levitate.

I’ve played around with composing to these rhythms. Here’s me on bass, Aron Kaufman on traps, and Sam Clark on guitar kicking around a 14/8 groove (2+2+3+3+2+2) a couple of years ago at Oz’s here in Ann Arbor.

– 14/8 snippet


Dolphins and Bubble Rings

June 10th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink


This video, which I came across at DailyKos, is just way too cool. I had never even heard of bubble rings, but I guess these dolphins should know…

Extreme Sheepherding

April 30th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink


Why do I post this?  Dunno – this is our species?

Electric Stimulus of Face

November 3rd, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink


This is too outrageous for words. Music? Dance? Contortion?


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