November 26, 2019: in the Marin Headlands (north of San Francisco), I got to hear this Coyote Symphony.
Giuseppe Domenico Scarlatti was born in 1685 in Naples, Italy. Same year Bach was born! And Handel! He wrote operas, cantatas, symphonies, liturgical pieces, etc, and LOTS of keyboard music, primarily intended for harpsichord (or very early pianofortes). When I say a lot, consider his keyboard sonatas: he cranked out 555 of them. Be amazed at Martha Argerich’s precision rendition of one of these works.
These loops were created from still photographs (there’s 12 in each loop), which are layered on top of each other with soft round mattes (you can perceive a donut shape to the mattes if you look hard enough). Then an “exponential scale” effect is applied. The result is an “infinite zoom” effect which never ends. Most confusing explanation ever.
WoW ! Great time-lapse footage by former NFL player Ty Schmitt, now pursuing a career in fine art photography.
Absorb the essence of this neglected film in less than 8 minutes !!
Quad-O-Rama™: In order to match the cacophonous assault of today’s films, older films can be truncated (all the boring parts are deleted), and then cut in to 4 equal sections to be displayed simultaneously. Hence, a standard length film can be displayed in 10 minutes or less, but still retain coherence to the original.
Released by the Lovin’ Spoonful in the summer of 1966 (a lifetime ago!), Summer in the City remains etched in my youthful memory. Who can forget lyrics like “Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty…” clearly sung by John Sebastian? I know I can’t. Did you know that Joe Cocker covered the song in the 1990s? Neither did I.
I got to fly in and out of Detroit this month, and was digging the “artistic display of light and sound” in the underground Light Tunnel which connects Concourse B&C with Concourse A.
May 23, 2019: shot in time-lapse mode on my iPhone, crossing into Marin County, after sunset, on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. The bridge opened in 1956, but has always been overshadowed by its more famous neighbors: the Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge.
Lately, I have been enjoying the rich and passionate musical compositions of Bulgarian composer Dobrinka Tabakova (born 1980). And I am not alone, as her 2013 album String Paths was nominated for a Grammy Award: “Best Classical Compendium”. Hard to know where to begin, but this is the video I stumbled across on YouTube that had me asking “Tabakova? Who?!”:
From my mindless and tedious opArt Loops Collection (little experiments).