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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Thursday top 5

Picnik
Really well done online photo editor that works with your Flickr account, uploaded photos, photos on the web, or pretty much anything.
» picnik.com

"Flagpole Sitta" by Harvey Danger, interpreted by the employees of Connected Ventures
Now this looks like a fun place to work.
» vimeo.com/clip:173714

Branch
I really want one of these cat scratchers but there's no way I'm gonna pay $84 for a chunk of corrugated cardboard.
» branchhome.com

The Forest in the Winter
This is a really interesting (and slightly disturbing) animation of the Little Red Riding Hood story in Russian (I think) with incredible subtitle translations ("Forest is truly blood-hungry and life-jealous, and violence") and even more incredible commercial breaks (in Japanese!).
» billsneed.com

Giant Steps
This is a really cool Flash animation based on a Coltrane song.
» michalevy.com

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2 Comments

Blogger Yuliya said...

The Forest one really is in Russian but the translations are really bad an inaccurate

-Y

5/17/2007 11:39:00 PM

 
Anonymous Aaron said...

Giants Steps.

Let me tell you about Giant Steps. Giant Steps is perhaps the hardest jazz song over which to improvise. If you listen to Coltrane playing in the original recording (used in the movie below) you can hear he's playing a lot of the same patterns over and over again. These are called digital patterns and they basically amount to arpegiatting a chord or playing a portion of a scale. They aren't very melodic and they aren't very well connected (they sound like the same notes just moving around and being played again).

This is because Giant Steps changes keys on nearly EVERY chord. If you were to play a melody for the first chord - and it's so fast that's only enough time to play two 8th notes - the next note in your melody would need to fit in with the new key. So if you were doing to play dah, dah, dah, by the time you hit the 3rd 'dah', you'd have to figure out if that note was in key and move it up or down a half step to make it fit. When you listen to the song, listen to how fast those chords go by and try to imagine doing a bunch of math at that speed, which is what you pretty much have to do to play the song.

If you listen to the piano solo it's very start and stop. This is because every time the pianist (Tommy Flannigan) would begin a line, the key would change (which he was also trying to play with his left hand for the chords) and he'd get flummoxed and start over.

Coltrane was a genius.

More: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_Steps_%28composition%29

5/29/2007 10:22:00 AM

 

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