My weird crush … everyone has one

February 3, 2008 at 10:42 pm | Posted in concerts, music | 1 Comment
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This is my confession. I have a weird crush on Richard Tognetti. Maybe it’s not a crush. I think it’s more that I am in awe of him. He is a genius. If you don’t know who he is, he is the artistic director of the ACO (Australian Chamber Orchestra). He became the artistic director at the age of 24 (which is the age I am now, so it seems to be a little overwhelming). I have seen them play a few times, and find him absolutely fascinating. I first saw him play at the opening ceremony of the Rugby World Cup in 2003 in Australia. You could really see the passion and the skill as he threw himself into the performance. He broke string, after string on his violin but that didn’t stop him.I found this clip of him and Neil Finn (another person I am in awe of). But he looks kind of lost here! I think one of the main reasons is the fact that the ACO all perform standing up. He conducts the orchestra whilst playing his violin, so perhaps being so restrained has thrown him off?    


when your iPod gives you a musical hug

August 26, 2007 at 6:07 pm | Posted in music | Leave a comment

Don’t you just love those moments when you are walking down the street, perhaps you are having a bad day, and then all of a sudden your iPod plays a song that is unexpected. It’s always a song that you don’t remember putting on there…and it makes you feel a lot better.

Astronaut: A Flickr generated project

August 10, 2007 at 2:46 pm | Posted in media, music | Leave a comment


Thanks to both Infosthetics and Avoision for this. Avoision has used Flickr’s API search functionality to populate the lyrics of a song. He’s created this project called Astronaut, it’s innovative as it is not just a widget, it’s someone actually creating content that will never be the same everytime you watch it as each time the Flash file is loaded, new images are randomly pulled from Flickr use keywords in the song as trigger points.

I suppose the difficult question is whether this breaches copyright, privacy and permission or whether it is seen as more of a collaboration using creative commons?

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