Lancaster’s musical road to be closed

Sunday, September 21, 2008 at 8:32 | Posted in music, odd, USA | 13 Comments

A road strip in Lancaster California has been equipped with grooves cut into the surface in order to produce a sound which bears a resemblance to the William Tell Overture. It is one of three musical roads in the World, the other two being in Japan and South Korea. The musical road is a courtesy of Honda.

Hearing the music for a short moment as you drive by at a speed of 55 mph may be nice but local residents do not think so. They have to bear with the sound every single time somebody drives by. The music was designed to sound good in a car but what the residents hear is different.

The Lancaster musical road is now going to be closed but thanks to the Tube the experience is going to be available for us.

Rapping tube

Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 1:31 | Posted in music | Leave a comment
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This clip (w)raps together all you ever wanted to know about CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. Talk about popularizing science.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at 17:06 | Posted in music, Nostalgy | Leave a comment

This intro to The Good, The Bad and The Ugly brings back a lot of memories from the time when I was much younger and somewhat more handsome.

via Niinuska

A terrible song

Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at 12:25 | Posted in Germany, music | 5 Comments
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I just made the mistake of clicking to this link (via Margaret Marks). It is a song of praise for the German town of Fürth sung by local soprano singer Carola Gebhart. It sounds absolutely horrible!

If you insist on hearing it, go ahead and click here but do not come back and tell me that I did not warn you.

A nostalgic piece of music

Sunday, November 25, 2007 at 22:20 | Posted in Germany, History, literature, music, Nostalgy, Sweden | Leave a comment

During this weekend I have heard this nostalgic piece of music for several times. I even made an image composition of my own of it. Ladies and gentlemen, may I offer you the national anthem of former East Germany?

The book coverI did not do it just because I am having one of those particularly bizarre moods. It matches well with Jan Kallberg’s oven fresh book Så sänkte jag Sovjetunionen and is even recommended to be listened while reading the book.

I got my copy on Friday but I have so far only read about a quarter of the 700 page novel which deals with the historical collapse of the Soviet empire but is equally targeted at the Swedish society as it was during the decades of social democratic rule.

While I am certainly not going to express my definitive opinion about Jan’s book before finishing it, I can already say that it was quite a while since I had so fun reading a book. It keeps reminding me of what I had to live through while living in Sweden in early 1980’ies. I also did quite a bit of touring in the East European countries under communist rule during the three last decades of the Soviet empire.

I certainly hope this book is going to be translated at least into English, preferably also to Eastern European languages.

Elton who?

Thursday, August 2, 2007 at 22:56 | Posted in internet, music | Leave a comment

Elton John wants to close down the Internet, the Sun writes:

He claims it is destroying good music, saying: “The internet has stopped people from going out and being with each other, creating stuff.

Who is Elton John anyway? The name sounds somehow familiar but I can not recall where I heard it.

Why does he think the World would be better off without the Web?

“We’re talking about things that are going to change the world and change the way people listen to music and that’s not going to happen with people blogging on the internet.

For his information, I know something about the Internet but absolutely nothing about music. As far as I am concerned, music does not exist. So hands off the Internet! There is more to it than some people using it for musical purposes.

via RA-Blog

The art of complaining

Tuesday, November 21, 2006 at 3:24 | Posted in Finland, great britain, helsinki, music | 2 Comments

I suppose everybody knows how to complain. Quite a few people even make art of it but not as many manage to make quality art of complaining. That is exactly what these two choirs, one in Helsinki and another in Birmingham have succesfully done. The Britons do not want their contribution to be streamed from Youtube which I naturally respect. Alas, you can only watch the Helsinki video here and need to click the link to see the Birmingham version.

While the concept of complaint is the same in both contributions, there are local differencies to be noted in each of them. I am not familiar with the current price of beer in Birmingham but it is obviously high enough to have made it to the refrain. My ear did not catch that topic in the Helsinki version which is odd enough. They had otherwise almost every imaginable complaint covered so why forget one of the most important annoyancies?

via Transblawg

Out of touch

Thursday, October 12, 2006 at 0:42 | Posted in China, entertainment, Freedom of speech, music | Leave a comment

The Chinese officials have stopped the planned concert of US rapper Jay-Z in Shanghai because of “vulgar and profane language” in his lyrics. The BBC writes:

Jay-Z is thought to have fallen foul of the Chinese authorities for references to drug dealers, pimps, violence and guns in his music.

Are we supposed to believe that there are no drug dealers, pimps, violance and guns in China? Are we also supposed to believe that the Chinese youth do not know how to use vulgar language?

Or is it rather that describing reality is tabu in China? Honest descriptions of past and present and prospects for the future require freedom of speech to be reliable. The Chinese leadership seems to be out of touch with reality. Sadly enough, they do not seem to have a problem with it.

Somebody did not get paid

Monday, July 31, 2006 at 5:55 | Posted in corruption, music, russia | Leave a comment

Eric Clapton’s concert in the Red Square of Moscow is cancelled. The concert was scheduled for 3rd August. According to Clapton’s official web site:

The Russian promoter had been issued a permit for Eric Clapton to perform in Red Square signed by all appropriate Russian City and State authorities. However, earlier today, Russian officials withdrew the permit.

Apparently, somebody did not get his share of the bribe. Eric Clapton’s European tour will thus finish tonight in Helsinki.

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