Jeff Burke – Get Lucky arranged for Bassoon and Theremin

Somewhat like the proverbial London bus, you wait for years for some space-age bassoon and then what happens? You can’t escape them!

There certainly seems to be a bit of a ‘bassoongeist’ going on at the moment as this latest addition will attest. Here is Canadian busker Jeff Burke, a performer at this year’s Coldwater Steampunk Festival perfoming Daft Punk’s Get Lucky on the bassoon and, er, theremin. Thanks to Facebook fan Blake Smith for bringing it to our attention:

And yes, he does appear to be dressed as a pirate…

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AMS – Synaesthetic Sequencer in Edinburgh

Mysterious experimental music outfit, Aleatory Music Systems, who are believed to have one of the Moonbase crew amongst their number, will be bringing the Synaesthetic Sequencer to Edinburgh this week for two performances.

Synaesthetic Sequencer is an audio-visual installation which takes its title from the notion of synaesthesia, the sensation some people have whereby one form of sensory stimulation provokes a response in one of the other five senses.

In the case of the Synaesthetic Sequencer, colours perceived via a video camera are converted into spontaneously composed music in real time.

The system breaks down a scene into an 8×8 grid of colours. It then works its way through each cell of the grid, analysing each one to determine how much red, green and blue makes up the colour of the cell. This information is then used to play a sequence of 3-note chords, with each note corresponding respectively to the amount of red, green or blue in each cell. This process runs in real time.

It’s a highly interactive system – you can influence the music being played either by moving yourself or other objects in front of the camera or by using a set of controls (in this case game controllers and dance-mats).

On Thursday 21 August you can catch a staging of the Sequencer at a special edition of the monthly evening session the Drawing Room which will be taking place at the Royal Scottish Academy from 5:30pm to 7pm.

Then on Saturday 23 August, as part of the Edinburgh Art Festival, the Sequencer will be able for you to fool around with from 12pm to 4pm at GARAGE, 51a Northumberland Street.

Both sessions are entirely FREE!

Please bring or wear something red, green or blue.

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PMB190: Errata and Addenda (Chim Kothari, Dick Oliver, Dan W, Alfred Ho, Ocobar, Brett Domino, Eric Cartman feat. Kenny & Kyle, Secret Chiefs 3: FORMS, Aby Ngana Diop)

PMB190: Errata and AddendaWe often find shortly after we’ve done a show on a particular theme that other tracks come our way (many identified by you, dear listener) which would have been perfect for that particular show. So this week’s show is the first in an occasional series where we seek to amend and augment previously aired shows by plugging some of these gaps.

Listen now:

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The Music

1. Chim Kothari: Downtown from Sound of Sitar Buy on Amazon Sound of Sitar - Chim Kothari
2. Dick Oliver: The Chicken from Easy Tempo Vol 5 Buy on Amazon
3. Dan W: Cloudbusting 8-bit Watch
4. Alfred Ho: Wild Wind (Normal Version) from Love Songs in Gold
5. Ocobar: Barbers & Boobs (feat. Geert Chatrou) from Strange Flute Buy on Amazon Strange Flute (feat. Geert Chatrou) - Ocobar
6. Brett Domino: Sexy When You Do That Buy on Amazon
7. Eric Cartman feat. Kenny & Kyle: Poker Face (Michael Schulz remix) Watch
8. Secret Chiefs 3: FORMS + Mighty Theatron Animatronique: Stars and Stripes Forever Buy
9. Aby Ngana Diop: Dieuleul-Dieuleul from Liital Buy on Amazon

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