July 31, 2014

冨田勲 ISAO TOMITA Live at Linz Austria 1984 or The History of the Universe with Music, Lights, Laser and Fire Above the Danube

People sometimes muse about what great concerts in the past they wish they could have attended. For me it's Tomita's concert in Linz Austria in 1984. I would have been about 8 months old when it happened. I've been a huge Tomita fan since I was a kid, he's probably my favorite of all the old synthesist great. Anyway, on a trip home to Ohio last year (with David Barnhart, to visit Jon Sonnenburg actually!) I found this CD:  Tomita Live at Linz 1984. So, I've been listening to it and love it. But these videos of the show! Tomita (and some pals) are in a glass pyramid that's suspended over the water by a crane!

The whole show really reminds me of the Illuminations fireworks / water / laser show at Epcot. I wonder if one inspired the other? Even looking at these pictures, I feel like I'm a kid again looking at all the photos of my grandparents vacation to Epcot. Amateur photos of sparks and lasers shooting through smoke, probably taken on an old kodak disposable camera -- my imagination was all aflutter!

*these photos below are actually from a Tomita concert in Sydney, but I'd assume it was all the same props.

July 27, 2014

Echoes of Disneyland

Gosh, sorry it's been so quiet around here. I've been so busy with work lately. I must reassure you that this blog is not dead! I think it still has a lot of life in it yet. Anyway, on to this post!

Echoes of Dinseyland is a little record that was originally released in 1955. Back in those days there was an organ shop on Main Street in Disneyland that sold Wurlitzer organs. Dee Fisher used to perform in the shop, playing Disney themes on the Wurlitzer. This record is a live recording of one of those performances. I think it's just wonderful! It's one of those records I listen to when I get tired of all the other music that I'd normally listen to.... though, this is slowing starting to become my norm!

It's interesting because it was released in 1955, Disney didn't have a ton (or, at least, as much) material to work with. So there are a few classics on here: A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes, When You Wish Upon A Star, Someday My Prince Will Come, etc. But then there's some deeper cuts such as Bella Notte from Lady and the Tramp, Little April Shower from Bambi, and some stuff that I can't even place. 

It's a great record to listen to while walking around by yourself around dusk on a cool summer night.  Echos of Dinseyland is such an amazing title and perfect for this record. And if you let yourself think of it in this light, it sort of sounds like a bunch of Disney songs being played in a funeral parlor. I, personally, don't like to go there. This record is available on iTunes. I couldn't find any samples of it to play for you here, so instead here's an almost unrelated song that is currently my summer jam:

Concert Last Sunday

These pictures make it look like there was only one person in attendance... there were a few more ;)

Thanks to Peter and Kevin for the pics, and to Christine for putting the concert together. There is talk of setting up a Christmas concert latter this year at the Quaker meeting house. I hope I'm in town for it -- to provide a switched-on segment.

July 13, 2014

Concert Next Sunday

Hello readers,

If any of you are in the New York City area next sunday I'll be playing a short concert (probably about ten minutes) as part of a collective concert at the Quaker Meeting House on 15th St.

Here is the wonderful, exciting write-up for this event:

Come one, come all!
Relaxing musical event!
Free! And happiness and joy will abound.
Sunday, July 20th, 1pm to 2:30/3:00
15th St Meeting House/Meeting Room

Performers will include bagpiping John Maynard, Moog synthesizing Jacob Graham, spiritual/gospel singing D.D. Sims, Irish instruments and voice wizard Lorcan Otway, classical violinist Diana Smith-Barker.  There will also be a special guest or two!

Everyone welcome to 11:00 Meeting for Worship at 15th St before this event, and coffee/food between 12:00and 1pm immediately preceding the concert.

July 4, 2014