Brandi Carlile

image credit: Jason Tang

Brandi Carlile has one of the more beautiful voices I’ve heard in a while. In 2004 she was signed by Columbia Records based on recordings she had been making off and on from home. The following year she was featured in Rolling Stone’s 10 Artists to Watch in 2005.

The track included below was recorded during a 11-day marathon session, and Brandi’s voice cracks near the end due to the intensity of the process. She describes the vocals in the recording as “technically wrong but emotionally right”.

P.S. New readers: all music posted on this site is available in the podcast.

Burning Man 2007: Recap

photo credit: John Curley

photo credit: Colleen Morgan

photo credit: John Curley

Largest turn-out ever this year with over 45,000 people, perhaps the most press ever due to the early burning of the man, and certainly the most live and archived media produced on site since its inception in 1986.

I was planning on going – would have been dragging a drum or two of biodiesel via Metrolina Biofuels for a generator, sound system and video projector to meet up with the people from Green Society. In the end I didn’t go for a number of reasons, but in bowing out I am regrouping in force for next year.

If you didn’t go or if you’re just now getting back, there’s a lot of digital remnants from this year’s Burn. I’ve been following it all fairly closely and am posting the best of what I’ve seen. Please let me know if I’m missing anything cool.

Alex Beim: Zygote Interactive Ball

video via NOTCOT

ZYGOTE is a lightweight inflated ball, illuminated from within, that responds to pressure applied to its surface. Interacting with the ball is simple: punch it, bounce it, squeeze it, or tap it and the ball’s internal LEDs react instantaneously. Dozens of balls released to an energetic audience at a major music concert, transform the environment into a multi-sensorial, interactive playground, actively engaging the crowd in a shared experience. Each ball also can act as both an input and an output device by being networked to a central computer. This allows for more complex interaction, as the crowd can modify the graphics on a screen, make the balls light up in unison, or even affect the music.

Previously: Jolly Lama RGB Juggling Balls

Clara Rockmore on Theremin

The theremin was invented in 1919, consists of two oscillators and two antennas, and was the first musical instrument designed to be played without actually being touched.

Clara Rockmore was born in 1911, was a child prodigy on the violin, and is widely considered the most accomplished theremin performer ever. She developed an original technique and fingering system for the instrument which allowed her to perform fast passages and large interval jumps.

Live Earth: 7/7/07

Live concerts in all seven continents broadcasted live on television and the internet around the world, raising money and awareness for climate change and environmental activism.

It’s broadcasting right now at as well as the following TV networks:

  • Bravo: 8p-11p est
  • Uni HD: 4a-2a est
  • Sundance: 4a-2a est
  • MSNBC: 8a-4p est (continuing coverage)
  • CNBC: 8a-2a est
  • Telemundo: 7p-8p est
  • Mun2: 5p-7p est

Update: Video archives available on the MSN site, including the performance from Antarctica.