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The Next Mozart?

I’ve seen a lot of incredibly talented young musicians in my life, but this 6-year-old girl has something really special. Keep an eye out for her.

Thanks for the link, Kevin!


September 7, 2010 Posted by | Music, Video | , , , , | Comments Off on The Next Mozart?

Ragtime alla Turca

The Anderson & Roe Piano Duo strike again.

May 28, 2010 Posted by | Music, Video | , , , , | Comments Off on Ragtime alla Turca

The Concert @ Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

The Concer @ Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum holds classical music concerts weekly and makes them available on their website for download. You can also subscribe to their concert podcast.

I’m currently being blown away by some amazing music right now by composers that I’ve never heard of. Tonight’s performance, Episode 94, isn’t posted on the archives page yet. I’ll be sure to update this post when it does. If you want to hear kick-ass harp and violin, definitely check it out.

I love the descriptions given at the beginning of each concert. They give insight into the music I’m about to listen to. Apparently I can’t copy and paste the episode description out of iTunes. Lame. Here’s a screenshot:

The Concert - Episode 94

The Concert @ Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

May 16, 2010 Posted by | Music | , , , , | Comments Off on The Concert @ Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Two Reasons for Me (Not You) To Get an iPad

Prior to marriage and children, I was an undisciplined gadget guy. I thought nothing of investing in bleeding-edge technology or the latest shiny thing. Now that I’m married with two kids, I’m a somewhat disciplined gadget guy. I have to come up with actual reasons to buy something.

Of course I’m excited about Apple’s iPad. In particular, here are two reasons for me to get an iPad (and I almost have my wife sold on these reasons):

1) Sheet Music – My wife and I are both musicians. We usually end up dragging (literally) a trunk of music books to parties. Having everything in a single device excites me. Observe this video and ponder the possibilities:

2) Interactive Books – My son adores the educational apps I bought for him on my iPhone. The iPad is a natural evolution of that. After reading Neal Stephenson’s Diamond Age, the thought of having an interactive book for my kids to read amounts to nothing less than liquid awesome:

Of course, there are cons to consolidating these items into an electronic device. First off, when the battery runs down, its purpose ceases. Secondly, our wonderful airlines will no doubt classify the iPad as a terrorist, plane-crashing electronic device that must be shut-off during take off and landing–the traumatic book-ends to flying the friendly skies, and ironically, the time when you probably want to be most distracted.

Are we going to get an iPad? Not right now. The price is high and I’ve been burned too many times by 1st-gen releases. I’m watching, though… and waiting for my moment. When that moment comes, the heavens shall open and angels will be singing (reading their sheet music from their own iPads).

April 12, 2010 Posted by | Geeks and Gadgetry, Music, Science and Technology, Video | , , , | 1 Comment

Chime for Xbox 360

I always appreciate games that are innovative, enthralling and simple to get into. Chime is one of those games. The music you create while manipulating the puzzle board is wonderful as well.

It’s definitely worth 400 Live points.

February 4, 2010 Posted by | Games and Gaming, Music | , , , , | 2 Comments

Frequency/Guitar Hero-ish Game for the iPod

Not bad for an iPod game.

You can also use your own music as the soundtrack.

November 20, 2007 Posted by | Games and Gaming, Geeks and Gadgetry, Mac, Science and Technology, Software, Windows | , , , , | Comments Off on Frequency/Guitar Hero-ish Game for the iPod