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  • Michael Krakovskiy 10:15 am on December 1, 2005 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Chapman Stick, Eluveitie, Heavy metal, Hurdy-gurdies, Melissa Kacalanos (Melissa the Loud), , Musical instrument, , Nicolas Chédeville, Recordings featuring the hurdy gurdy, , String instrument   

    Hurdy Gurdy 

    It seems that I learn more about exotic musical instruments on the subway than I ever did in all the music classes in college and high school. Kora music remains one of my favorite things to listen to while I code. Recently I’ve encountered a girl playing the weirdest instrument that looks like a mix of a guitar and a grinding organ, but sounds like a mix of bagpipes and violins. As it turns out, it’s an ancient stringed instrument called Hurdy gurdy that hasn’t been very popular since the 18th Century.

    The performer, Melissa Kacalanos aka Melissa the Loud (blog), is extremely talented. I purchased her CD right there on the spot, and it was the best 15 bucks that I’ve spent in a while. I especially liked “Lucifer Goes to the Circus”, one of her original compositions. I kind of wonder, what “Stainless Steel Worm” would sound like as a song accompanied by Hurdy gurdy.

    You know, being able to listen to ancient music played on ancient instruments by talented performers once in a while on a subway platform is one of reasons why people pay so much money to live in New York.

    I am kind of surprized that I haven’t encountered any Chapman Stick or Theremin players yet.

     
  • Michael Krakovskiy 11:50 pm on June 25, 2003 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Chapman Stick, Diabaté, , , Frank Herbert, , , Parallel Galaxy, Patrick Stewart, , , Stick, , , Toumani Diabate,   

    No Lunch For Deadprogrammer 

    I haven’t lost much weight in the last few months on the Atkins diet and I am still nowhere near my target weight. And I am not cheating, really. So the three pronged approach must be tried.

    A) Forcing myself to eat breakfast, late lunch and having no dinner
    B) Cutting down on coffee and artificial sweeteners
    C) Going to gym more often than once every two weeks.

    So, instead of lunch today I’ll do a little post. I need to come up with a good name for this kind of a post. Slashdot calls it “Slashback”. I can’t come up with something witty. Little help?

    In any case, here goes:

    Very talented brings us The Matrix and Terminator in the Russian lubok style. He’s also the one who placed Cheburashka, the Soviet Pokemon in the world of Star Wars and The Matrix. I’ve seen the images floating around in journals for a while, but they never revealed the author. Don’t you hate that?

    Nobody expects the Mozilla developers! Mozilla is rather nice right now. Two features really make the difference – tabs and popup blocking. And favicon.ico rendering that isn’t broken. Three features. And NT challenge/response support. Four. And proper keyboard shortcuts. Five.

    Tabbed browsing is absolutely perfect for journal reading. Unfortunately from time to time the browser window doesn’t refresh and becomes a jumble of screen layers forcing me to restart the browser. The same thing happens to Trillian sometimes. Does anybody know how to fix that?

    I am listening a lot to Kora music. Djelika by Toumani Diabate is oh so amazing. You really, really got to get it. This is the best coding music ever. What’s a bit funny is that Mr. Diabate quotes the theme from “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” in the title piece. It’s just so awesome! Just listen to the sample at Amazon. Don’t even listen, just buy the damn CD. Did I ever recommend anything bad?

    got me interested in the Chapman Stick. At first I though it was a kind of a Theremin. I tried listening to a classical recording of Theremin, but didn’t like it.

    But it turned out that the Stick is something very different. And also hella cool:

    “… One piece, Backyard, that appears on the album was used in the film Dune. The director’s cut of the film shows a decorated Stick painted gold playing the role of the mythical “baliset” instrument described in Frank Herbert’s novel. Emmett’s recording is what we hear when we see Patrick Stewart play the baliset.”

    I really want to get a cd of “Parallel Galaxy”, but can’t seem to find one for sale.

    Lunch is over.

     
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