Yesterday I dug out this rather odd #gurdy track from January:
It was recorded after a visit to Hayling Island, wherein we found an assortment of sea creatures, all of whom, according to tradition, were called Gordon. One was alive, and thus the tune was named.
It’s a strange feeling to open Logic and find a recording you don’t remember making of a rather beautiful mazurka…
yiddishsong.wordpress.com/2012/07/06/di-gantse-velt-iz-hevl-havolim-performed-by-lillian-manuel has some interesting background about the song “Hevl iz Havolim”, and one of the comments has what appears to be a quite extensive translation, but of a different version — it doesn’t translate the two longer verses in the middle of the version the Klezmatics sing.
That version is covered by this klesmer-musik.de/hevl_iz_havolim.htm German version, which seems to line up better with the sung lyrics, but Google-translated the middle verses are still rather vague. I suspect they’re using idioms and imagery which does not easily translate word-for-word.
Trying to buy MP3s off Amazon and seeing unfriendly errors like “Important Message There was a problem with your address submission. Please fix all the areas below and try again.”?
It’s probably because the Amazon MP3 service only works in the US, despite this information not being displayed anywhere or reported as an error. The billing information form even lets you choose countries which it knows will not work!
This is an excellent example of terrible form design, and to communicate exactly why, I redesigned the form with some improvements:
Important credit card number:
Date it stops working:
LEAVE THIS BOX UNCHECKED TO BUY MUSIC:
Select a next step:
(If anyone from Amazon is reading, feel free to use this design on amazon.com/gp/dmusic/verification/addCreditCardMP3 — it would be orders of magnitude more helpful than the current one)
Source: chat with amazon support staff:
Idea: geek-styled boy band called “Unified Trajectory”. Who’s up for it?
New favourite Klezmatics tune:
In Devon? You should go to @robinmujician’s bagpipe recital robinthepiper.co.uk/bagpipe-recital-st-marys-church-totnes — guaranteed to be excellent!
Unexplained Sounds — Whistle
My first experiment with using sped-up oceanic hydrophone recordings as a musical element, contrasted against the Hurdy Gurdy.
This one is a currently (2014-04) unidentified sound (probably an underwater volcano erupting) known as “whistle”.
MTU has this wonderful explanation of the differences in physics between open/closed conical and cylindical bore instruments. Try some of the equations out in grapher or an equivalent!
Open cylindrical bore (e.g. panpipes):
Closed conical bore (e.g. saxophone):
where n is the harmonic e.g. 1, 2, 3, 4 etc. in both cases.
Heading off to see DJ Geimskip og Flugvél (amongst others) at Café Rosenberg later. Come along if you’re in town!
@jordandykstra explaining about the walrus before last night’s horizontal viola set:
blewharp.com finishing off her cracking harp set with a “wild woman table song” last night:
The Wolfson #raspberryPi audio board looks perfect for embedded musical #IoT applications! elektor.com/news/the-wolfson-audio-card-for-raspberry-pi.2698771.lynkx
@sophiedennis haha yeah “dissociation” is the French word for trompette rhythms to go with the melody, abbreviated to “disso”. But if anyone could do disco gurdy, it’s Gregory Jolivet ;)
New tune, recorded as a test of my #gurdy’s pickup: OWLS WITH TENTACLES