If you didn't already see it on Not The User's Fault, here's the preview video for my HTML 5 -based, multitouch-interface, comic-drawing webapp. (Now called "Pencilbox" - thanks Googleshng and Ben!)
Not shown in the video: the fact that it's got unlimited undo/redo history; you undo by making a counterclockwise circle gesture with your thumb, and redo with a clockwise circle. Also, your history is backed up to a database on the web server, so you can close the page, reopen it, and not only still have your picture, but still be able to undo stuff.
It's my first public taiko performance! Second if you count New Years, though that was in front of a small group inside our dojo space.
This one was a performance at the Solano Stroll street festival in Berkeley on September 11, 2011. The song is "Kenka Yatai", which means something like "Want to fight!". I think it's originally by the band Ishindaiko, though I'm not sure. We've been practicing this song since January!
The beginning of the song got cut off so it sort of starts in the middle. Also you can barely see me in this video since I'm way in the back, playing the o-daiko, directly behind some of other people.
Sushu wasn't in this performance, since she had to teach that day, but she was in the performance of the song we did a week later at the Dragon Boats festival on Treasure Island.
And by the way, our dojo, Emeryville Taiko, is looking for new members. Beginner classes start October 1. Despite the name, we actually meet in Berkeley. If you live near there and you're into hitting really big drums very hard, striking cool poses, and shouting in unison, then you should come check us out!
Here's the videos from the concert our taiko dojo did on New Year's Day. Me and Sushu play in the first three of them. The sound quality is not the best since it was a pocket camera, but thanks to Isaac for recording the whole thing.
This is pretty cool: A guy plays the famous riffs from 100 rock songs, in chronological order, all in one take, producing a twelve-minute history of rock-n-roll. My observations:
1. Wow, that guy is good.
2. If I was learning guitar, I would think the synchronized fingering guides underneath that video are an amazing resource.
3. Most of the differences between the various styles and eras and sub-genres of rock is in the vocals and the production and how distorted the amplification is. Stripped of all the cultural and historical signifiers that say "flower power" and "heavy metal" and "punk" and "grunge" and whatnot, the songs reveal their deeper similarities, just as the skeletons of vertebrates reveal their common ancestry.
4. Sushu, who is not a huge music fan, grabbed onto the most obvious difference between the various riffs and created an instant folk taxonomy: she divided them into the "JUGGA-JIGGA-WUGGA"s and the "tweedly-deedly-dee"s. That is, the difference between chord-strumming (guitar as rhythm/harmonic instrument) and finger-picking (guitar carrying a melody line). My intuition says there's a third category too, but I can't quite define it.
5. Rock music is dead as a culturally relevant creative force, and has been for about half my lifetime. We've moved on to the historical archiving phase - establishment of the canon, analysis, remixing, nostalgia, transmission to new generations. Yeah, people will keep performing rock, but it will increasingly resemble the way they perform jazz, or classical music. An ever-shrinking, aging group of true believers will continue to follow new compositions, while most people will know a few famous songs and consider the rest too old-fashioned and esoteric to bother with.
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