Ratatouille Preview

Disney/Pixar’s Ratatouille comes out June 29th. In the meantime you can catch two 9-minute clips from the movie at Disney’s website. These may not be available for long so check them out before they’re gone.

Ratatouille Preview

Disney/Pixar’s Ratatouille comes out June 29th. In the meantime you can catch two 9-minute clips from the movie at Disney’s website. These may not be available for long so check them out before they’re gone.

Mstislav Rostropovich Dies at 80

This slipped by me unnoticed until today. Mstislav Rostropovich, former director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC and virtuoso cellist died last Friday morning in Moscow, the city he considered home. Included in this post is a recording of him playing Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in C with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

Update: Encore: Bach’s Suite No. 2 for Cello in D Minor – a piece he’s better known for and something more demonstrative of his skill. Podcast updated.

9 Beet Stretch

9 Beet [sic] Stretch is Ludwig van Beethoven’s 9th symphony stretched to 24 hours, with no pitch distortions.

It’s broadcasting 24/7 as a streaming webcast, and will be released to DVD later this year. A classic Beethoven symphony takes on the ethereal dissonant properties of something reminiscent to a Philip Glass composition – I’ve been listening to it now for a couple hours. See the website for more info, including photos of public spaces where the work has been exhibited.

Mstislav Rostropovich Dies at 80

This slipped by me unnoticed until today. Mstislav Rostropovich, former director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC and virtuoso cellist died last Friday morning in Moscow, the city he considered home. Included in this post is a recording of him playing Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in C with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

Update: Encore: Bach’s Suite No. 2 for Cello in D Minor — a piece he’s better known for and something more demonstrative of his skill. Podcast updated.

9 Beet Stretch

9 Beet [sic] Stretch is Ludwig van Beethoven’s 9th symphony stretched to 24 hours, with no pitch distortions.

It’s broadcasting 24/7 as a streaming webcast, and will be released to DVD later this year. A classic Beethoven symphony takes on the ethereal dissonant properties of something reminiscent to a Philip Glass composition — I’ve been listening to it now for a couple hours. See the website for more info, including photos of public spaces where the work has been exhibited.

Jolly Lama RGB Juggling Balls

I was at MerleFest this weekend listening to Bela Fleck, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Alison Kraus, etc.

When it got dark someone started selling these glowing juggling balls with an RGB LED inside that quickly strobed through all three colors, creating the illusion of constant white light. The effect of this was when you moved or tossed the ball around the white light’s persistence deteriorated, creating a cool rainbow ghosting trail. Maybe these are common in different circles but they are completely new to me.

Check the videos for a better idea of what I’m talking about. You can buy them from the same guy I bought them from at his company’s website: $14 for a set of three.