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#1 DonRocks

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Posted 05 April 2011 - 08:53 PM

Rubenstein plays Chopin A-Flat Major Polonaise

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Posted 05 April 2011 - 09:03 PM

Rubenstein plays Chopin A-Flat Major Polonaise


Rubinstein = the epitome of Chopin interpretation. Just to think: those stubby fingers!

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Posted 05 April 2011 - 10:51 PM

I have music whiplash by going from Danko Jones to this...but I'm okay with that. Wow, what a performance.

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Posted 06 April 2011 - 12:46 PM

I have music whiplash by going from Danko Jones to this...but I'm okay with that. Wow, what a performance.


Whoa....Danko Jones? Well done, my friend. Well done.

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Posted 06 April 2011 - 01:04 PM

Rubenstein plays Chopin A-Flat Major Polonaise


That is wonderful, but I do have a certain place in my heart for listening to a piece as the composer meant it to be, so I give you Rachmaninov playing his Piano Concerto #3 (no need to watch, it is only an audio recording).

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Posted 17 April 2011 - 08:27 PM

Whoa....Danko Jones? Well done, my friend. Well done.


I was debating buying the latest album from them - I was listening to them on the FiOS music channel.

When I saw your line, I bought it, and I dig the heck out of it. Good tunes! Two thumbs up to xcanuck for the recommendation!

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Posted 17 April 2011 - 08:52 PM

I thought about posting this when Rocks first started this thread; then, this week Kirstie Alley danced (?) to this on "Dancing with the Stars." This is the best version I have found and will happily bow to anyone who posts something better:



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Posted 06 May 2011 - 11:20 PM

Black Square by Kazimir Malevich (pronounced ka-ZEE-meer mal-YAY-vitch)

You may want to go to plain old Wikipedia first. I know a ridiculous amount about art for an untrained amateur, and Malevich is on my ballot as Greatest 20th Century Artist. I'm not saying he'd win, but I'm saying he'd be on the ballot. And I'm willing to bet many of you have never heard of him. Take five minutes and have a look - it's well worth it, and there's zero downside.

Malevich's art was banned (or curtailed - I can't remember which) in the USSR after the Bolshevik Revolution. His avant-garde works were necessarily forced backward into realism. Hence, this self-portrait from 1933 which smacks of the Italian Renaissance. (But take a close look at his defiant signature in the lower-right of the painting - it will make you smile).

If you take away nothing else from this post, take away the term "Suprematism."

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Posted 08 May 2011 - 08:04 AM


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Posted 08 May 2011 - 10:04 AM

Pop culture

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Posted 08 May 2011 - 07:28 PM

Pop culture


=/= culture. In fact I'd say it's a culture vaccuum.

Unlike this.


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Posted 08 May 2011 - 08:27 PM

I usually climb the barricades on the side of "culture" vs pop "whatever", but it is very fun when this distinction blurs. Case in point: Henry Fonda moving like a Praying Mantis, Charles Bronson's craggy face in the Spanish sun, all set to a dance of death by Ennio Morricone and directed by the Visconti of the Western, Sergio Leone. I just ordered this on Blu Ray and am veritably moist at the prospect. SPOILER ALERT: If you have never seen this movie and think you want to, then don't click here.

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Posted 09 May 2011 - 11:23 PM

Like school on Sunday.

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Posted 10 May 2011 - 08:04 AM

Rebecca Black and the Circle Jerks just made me have to escape into the bosom of Tebaldi.

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Posted 10 May 2011 - 08:31 AM

Rebecca Black and the Circle Jerks just made me have to escape into the bosom of Tebaldi.


No, no, no. THIS is the Tebaldi aria you want to hear.

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Posted 10 May 2011 - 09:13 AM

No, no, no. THIS is the Tebaldi aria you want to hear.


Just watching her breathe is a master class in proper technique.

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Posted 10 May 2011 - 09:32 AM

The mention of Tebaldi got me going, so I couldn't resist sharing THIS. The outburst at 6:31, where the regal stoicism of Desdemona fractures for a moment as she bids a final farewell to her servant, never fails to move me to tears.

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Posted 10 May 2011 - 01:41 PM

For a bit of non-musical culture, I bring you Rafael Nadal*.

*yeah, I know he lost the match, but that does not deminish this in the least.

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Posted 10 May 2011 - 02:31 PM

For a bit of non-musical culture, I bring you Rafael Nadal*.

*yeah, I know he lost the match, but that does not deminish this in the least.


Amazing!

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Posted 10 May 2011 - 10:40 PM

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Posted 10 May 2011 - 10:46 PM

Amazing!

Not as difficult as you might think - many entry-level pros and top amateurs can hit that same shot. In fact, I was a victim of it (a mis-hit lob over my head) on match point in a tournament about ten years ago, executed by a relative nobody - it was infuriating.

I love Nadal just as much as I love Federer, but this is the best version of that shot ever executed (it was the penultimate point in a Grand Slam tournament, so it was huge, and absolutely cleanly struck).

And the greatest shot I've ever seen? Andy Roddick hits an overhead winner and starts to walk away ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4YCFPbUrfY

Hell, as long as we're at it ... Jan-Ove-Waldner has been called "the Mozart of table tennis." Here's one example of why ... you can Google the guy and see other things nearly as amazing.

Tying this back into high culture and high art, even if you don't like sports ... click here.

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Posted 11 May 2011 - 02:27 AM

For a bit of non-musical culture, I bring you Rafael Nadal*.

*yeah, I know he lost the match, but that does not deminish this in the least.


That is EXACTLY the soundtrack that I will have playing the next time I have the old Jack Kramer Pro Staff out and the neighbors come up to complain.

Dare I remind them how lucky they are that I didn't bring out the T-2000?

Not as difficult as you might think - many entry-level pros and top amateurs can hit that same shot. In fact, I was a victim of it (a mis-hit lob over my head) on match point in a tournament about ten years ago, executed by a relative nobody - it was infuriating.


If you couldn't hit it off of wood, you can't call it tennis. Maybe Jeu d'Paume.

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Posted 11 May 2011 - 02:31 PM

The Library of Congress and Sony launched a new Web site (www.loc.gov/jukebox/) Tuesday that allows listeners to stream a vast archive of more than 10,000 pre-1925 recordings of music, speeches, poetry and comedy. Much of it hasn’t been widely available since World War I. Call it America’s iTunes.

Full article This is pretty amazing and so accessible! This post even has some cool samples.

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Posted 12 May 2011 - 06:03 AM

Bukowski's

Cut While Shaving

It's never quite right, he said, the way people look,
the way the music sounds, the way the words are
written.
It's never quite right, he said, all the things we are
taught, all the loves we chase, all the deaths we
die, all the lives we live,
they are never quite right,
they are hardly close to right,
these lives we live
one after the other,
piled there as history,
the waste of the species,
the crushing of the light and the way,
it's not quite right,
it's hardly right at all
he said.

don't I know it? I
answered.

I walked away from the mirror.
it was morning, it was afternoon, it was
night

nothing changed
it was locked in place.
something flashed, something broke, something
remained.

I walked down the stairway and
into it.

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Posted 12 May 2011 - 03:51 PM

Full article This is pretty amazing and so accessible! This post even has some cool samples.


Our Recorded Sound and Web Services folks are justifiably very proud of this launch; the interactive Book of Opera is especially impressive. Yay, team. Posted Image

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Posted 12 May 2011 - 04:07 PM

Our Recorded Sound and Web Services folks are justifiably very proud of this launch; the interactive Book of Opera is especially impressive. Yay, team. Posted Image


It's pretty darn cool. Been listening to for a few days now. Do you know if they will be expanding the recordings into the 1920-40s?

I watched the online video for the restoration process and have to applaud the hard work of the entire team. That's a lot of painstaking intensive work.

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 02:31 PM

It's pretty darn cool. Been listening to for a few days now. Do you know if they will be expanding the recordings into the 1920-40s?

I watched the online video for the restoration process and have to applaud the hard work of the entire team. That's a lot of painstaking intensive work.


There's definitely more on the way - including lots more from the 1920s, although I haven't heard specifics on what they're planning to include beyond that.

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 03:23 PM

Our Recorded Sound and Web Services folks are justifiably very proud of this launch; the interactive Book of Opera is especially impressive. Yay, team. Posted Image


This is a wonderful, I do wish that some of the songs were available fully remastered (along with the original), I know I am asking for way too much, but a perfect example of this is the difference between an unremastered version of Jelly Roll Morton's "The Crave" and a remastered version.

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 11:07 PM

This is a wonderful, I do wish that some of the songs were available fully remastered (along with the original), I know I am asking for way too much, but a perfect example of this is the difference between an unremastered version of Jelly Roll Morton's "The Crave" and a remastered version.


For a lot of these records that aren't in perfect condition, they're having to make a choice between preserving as much of the original audio as possible when they're digitizing, and "remastering," which does technically involve choosing to remove some of that original audio. I asked the same question when I was out at NAVCC a while back, and they said that they're always going to choose to preserve more of the original audio, even if the finished product ends up with additional artifact as a result.

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Posted 16 May 2011 - 02:19 PM

For a lot of these records that aren't in perfect condition, they're having to make a choice between preserving as much of the original audio as possible when they're digitizing, and "remastering," which does technically involve choosing to remove some of that original audio. I asked the same question when I was out at NAVCC a while back, and they said that they're always going to choose to preserve more of the original audio, even if the finished product ends up with additional artifact as a result.


In my experience of listening to music taken from 78's or 1920-40s, it sounds great, in the beginning, to hear remastered files that remove pops, clicks, etc...but over time the sound wave manipulations tire my ears. Now I prefer the scratchy versions.

Do you know if there are any plans to add music from other countries such as South America or Europe from the era?

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 04:03 PM

Trombone Shorty

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 11:13 AM

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 08:30 AM

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Posted 23 September 2011 - 09:07 PM

"The Excrement Poem" by Maxine Kumin.

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 11:39 PM

I love this thread. There is so much intelligence and knowledge on this website.

I never knew, before today, that the artist's full name was:

Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso.

My goodness.

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 10:29 PM

Save this read for when you have 10 good minutes to spend on it. It's a fascinating piece about the first-ever electronic musical instrument, the Theremin (demonstrated for УльяновLenin (sorry, bit of pedantry there) in 1921 by its titular inventor). Apparently, people still play it - I'd never heard of it before now - and yet, it's that spacey-sounding thing in The Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations."

They say you learn something new every day, and damned if I didn't pull it off with only 30 minutes remaining on this lovely Monday.

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 10:50 PM

The Theremin is prominently featured in the theme music of "Midsomer Murders".

Tell me, thou little bird that singest,

Who taught my grief to thee?


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Posted 12 March 2012 - 10:53 PM

The Theremin is prominently featured in the theme music of "Midsomer Murders".


It's a predecessor of the damned Wii - just when you think you know everything in the world, you find out that you don't.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 08:09 AM

Save this read for when you have 10 good minutes to spend on it. It's a fascinating piece about the first-ever electronic musical instrument, the Theremin (demonstrated for УльяновLenin (sorry, bit of pedantry there) in 1921 by its titular inventor). Apparently, people still play it - I'd never heard of it before now - and yet, it's that spacey-sounding thing in The Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations."


People often build their own, as vintage Theremins have become rather collectible.

While you're at it Don, look up the Raymond Scott Quintette. Scott was another electronic music pioneer, and in the 1930s he tried to create a jazzy futuristic music style. You'll probably recognize some of it as the incidental music from countless Warner Bros cartoons, especially "Powerhouse".

Ob geek trivia: Hewlett-Packard's very first product was a commission from the Walt Disney Co for several electronic oscillators, to be used in creating the soundtrack for Fantasia.

Finally, a tip of the hat to underappreciated electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire, snubbed by the BBC.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 08:31 AM

Another geek trivia...

My theremin-jammin' pal, a DC native who currently lives in Scotland, just said the following:

"As I still haven't created an account on DR after all these years, would you mention (if you feel like it) that the theremin is not actually on Good Vibrations? A popular misconception, but it's actually a Tannerin (they found the Theremin too hard to play.)"
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 11:38 AM

http://youtu.be/eMVNjMF1Suo

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 11:49 AM

"I'll take Impossibly Obscure Trivia for $200, Alex."

"And the answer is:"

"A product whose name is an epithet for Harald Gormsson, a Danish king from the 900s, and whose logo is a bind rune of Hagall and Berkanan."

"What is [mouse over the answer here --->] Bluetooth?"

And if anyone actually knew this, then they should seriously consider getting a hobby of some sort. :)

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 02:42 PM

These 9 Foreign Words the English Language Desperately Needs are wonderful and I am quite familiar with #s 8 and 9.

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 10:15 AM

DC's own Funk Ark. New album drops today. Smoking!
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Posted 07 May 2012 - 10:54 AM

Doug Aitken Song1 installation projected nightly on to the exterior of the Hirshhorn Museum. Until May 13. Fan-fucking-tastic
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Posted 28 January 2013 - 09:48 PM

Walk on Water... bandcamp album


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Posted 29 January 2013 - 06:10 AM



Best film ever?

 

Certainly one of the more disturbing ones recently.


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Posted 31 January 2013 - 09:47 AM

Jon Stewart, Colbert, The Marx Brothers, Abbott and Costello, The Marx Brothers, and all others have serious competition.

 

This is priceless.


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Posted 14 February 2013 - 01:58 PM

So-called creative behaviors always accompany the issue of 'authentic' and 'original'. It may be the most important core question, whether a work is original or authentic.  And this issue may well be the main point for contemporary art. People are looking for something new.  But what on earth is something new? And what is the method of making something new? Can it be fake and at the same time authentic?  --Ai Weiwei

 

"According to What?" , the current exhibition featuring both the subversive and reverent work of Ai Weiwei runs through February 24 at The Hirshhorn.  This means you have only one more week plus an additional weekend left to see it if you haven't already.  Pedantic proselytizing forthcoming, but for now let me just say that given the artist's training in New York and the provocateur-political nature of much on display, this proves an incredibly accessible show for Western viewers. Extraordinary sense of history, craftsmanship based on a love of materials, passion, intellect, sensuality, and profound engagement in the contemporary world: all there amidst the lingering scent of tea.



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Posted 15 February 2013 - 11:56 AM

"According to What?" , the current exhibition featuring both the subversive and reverent work of Ai Weiwei runs through February 24 at The Hirshhorn.  This means you have only one more week plus an additional weekend left to see it if you haven't already.  Pedantic proselytizing forthcoming, but for now let me just say that given the artist's training in New York and the provocateur-political nature of much on display, this proves an incredibly accessible show for Western viewers. Extraordinary sense of history, craftsmanship based on a love of materials, passion, intellect, sensuality, and profound engagement in the contemporary world: all there amidst the lingering scent of tea.

 

Great exhibit, except the photos of his time in NYC which seemed primarily to be "me and my friends sitting around in apartments."


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