For centuries the interface on the black and white piano keyboard has existed without major changes, but recently a new musical instrument called Seaboard was presented by Roli as “The evolution of the piano keyboard.” The Seaboard has a highly pressure-sensitive interface, allowing the musician to manipulate sounds, create modulations on the keys and make tonal changes in a very singular way, it also enables very interesting transitions between acoustic and digital music.
This past Christmas, I had the honor to perform with an amazing talent, Mark Masri. I fell in love with his voice and discovered the phenomenal human who houses it.
LA VOCE (the voice), is a collection of passionate and heartfelt songs, and it is clear that this vocal sensation, Mark Masri, has been blessed with a spectacular voice. His virtuosic instrument soars effortlessly through Italian classics such as “Caruso”, “Boungiorno Principessa” and “La Prima Volta”. All that you’ll need is Candles and you have the perfect romantic setting.
His soulful interpretations of such ballads as “Truly” and “Fix You”, which glide over romantic orchestral treatments, create a new benchmark in elegance and sincerity. But beyond the voice of the singer, LA VOCE is also the voice of a gifted writer. Masri’s own compositions are finely crafted, personal works. “Time”, a stunning duet with acclaimed singer, Nita Whitaker, is a moving exploration of the fragility of life and the power of love. “I Owe You” is a simple letter of gratitude that could serve as an artful tribute to any mentor in one’s life. “A Song Can Save your Life” is a compassionate message of hope.
Another original, “A mother’s Love” is an Amy Sky composition. In 2009, this beautiful collaboration with one of my favorite pianists, Jim Brickman, was the soundtrack to a best-selling American Greetings Mother’s Day E-card. The song was also featured in a national Mother’s Day campaign in 2010.
To round out this collection of international, orchestral pop, Masri sings in French “Je T’Attendrai” is a reworking of his hit song “The Face”, Spanish “Frigilidad”, a collaboration with Latin superstar, Jon Secada, and Mediterranean guitarist, Pavlo (Sting’s “Fragile), Hebrew and Arabic “Erev Shel Shoshanim”, a duet with Masri’s co-producer, Amy Sky.
Supremely listenable, this timeless recording will appeal to fans of all ages. LA VOCE is a disc for music lovers who seek gorgeous melodies and meaningful words, delivered by a breathtaking voice.
Tomas Jurco is one of hockey’s viral video sensations. The AHL Grand Rapid Griffins forward, aDetroit Red Wings prospect, has been called “unbelievable” and a “magician” in those YouTube clips that feature his sensational offensive skills.
If he wasn’t also called “electrifying” before, he is now.
Here’s Jurco in an incredible, must-see video produced by the Griffins, skating in a darkened arena with glowing luminescent wire wrapped around his body – scored with “17 Ghosts II” by Nine Inch Nails.
It’s pretty much the closest we’ve ever come to the marriage of TRON and hockey.
How did this eerie, hypnotic clip come about?
Ryan Gajewski, video coordinator for the Griffins, said the inspiration came from other athletic activities.
The Griffins had been thinking about long exposure images inside a darkened arena, with LED lights on a puck for example. The shots would be wide so the lights would trail behind the puck.
(Yes … an actual glow puck.)
With that already percolating in his noggin, Gajewski one day saw his friend wrap his bike in electric luminescent wire. His immediate thought: “Man, it would be cool to wrap a player in that …”
Along with that idea, he also found a clip featuring a snowboarder using the material to glow in the dark while boarding down a mountainside, showing the potential for the idea to work in motion.
The Griffins – who have tinkered with Go Pro cameras in the past to bring fans into the action during practice and feel like a flying T-shirt – afforded Gajewski and his team creative freedom and financial backing. Each six-foot strand of the wire costs $6, and the team used 17 total to wrap around Jurco.
“We could have used 100 more of them,” said Gajewski.
Jurco was chosen for his trick shot reputation. But there was one problem: He couldn’t perform the same stick magic due to the wire being wrapped around his lumber.
“We had to do it on the blade. We couldn’t use Jurco for his Jurco-ness, as we’ve done in the past,” lamented Gajewski, who also couldn’t illuminate the puck to a desired effect.
Still, the finished product is amazing, adding to Jurco’s already considerable online viral video legend.
The brilliant mind of Vi Hart tackles explaining space-time in a way that definitely won’t make you fall asleep like that wee ballerina in a box did when you were a kid.
Instruments Use Human Movement to Make Music
Ever hear someone say, “I don’t have a musical bone in my body”? Well as it turns out, everyone may have that musical bone.
Designer Pietr-Jan Pietr believes that anyone can make music simply by moving their finger or tapping their foot. He developed five simple instruments that make music using natural human movements, calling the set Sound on Intuition.
The idea came out of Pietr’s graduate thesis at the Design Academy Eindhoven. It is based on the notion that whenever someone learns an instrument, they must teach their body certain movements in order to be able to play.
A flautist must master his fingers, a drummer his coordination, but a player of Pietr’s instruments? They simply have to move as they normally would. The result is “instruments where you skip the learning process and just play,” says Pietr.
There’s the Wob which, like a theremin, does not require any physical touch but rather uses a sensor so that when you wave you hand above it, a sound mimicking that wave is emitted.
The Fngr attaches to your index finger, creating a sound with every tap. And should you bend your finger, the tone will change with the movement. The Scan uses your handwriting, translating dots and lines you write on a page into electronic beeps.