Category Archives Inspiration – Things that move me

Shodekeh is one of my fellow Baltimore based beatboxers. One of the many sub-projects related to his EMBODY master plan (you'll have to talk to him directly for more on this!) is the EMBODY Lab series, taking place at the Metro Gallery in beautiful Station North, Bmore. Last night was the second gathering for the EMBODY Lab. Hosted by Jamaal…

If you've been following this blog a bit, you'll know I'm completely in love with music powered by the breath. Beatboxing, overtone singing, and now...the Jug. My good friend Salty Dog Martin, whom I play music with in Rock Creek Steel Drum's Birth of the Steel Drum program, told me that I should get into playing jugs. I said "huh?"…

Bucket drumming is awesome. You basically take some buckets, pots, pans, and other miscellaneous items, lay them out on the street and find two sticks for banging out the beats. But I got to thinking and I started wondering how much variation exists amongst bucket drummers from different regions around the U.S. After all, other musical forms diverge regionally. Why…

The Mediterranean Sea meets the Tyrrhenian Sea and there you will find the ruggedly beautiful island of Sardinia. To this day the Sardinian people practice an indigenous style of choral quartet called Cantu A Tenore. Sardinia is a rather large island, and the island's ancient tradition of polyphonic overtone singing varies by region. Historians believe that this distinctly Sardinian style…

Beatboxing was and, to a diminishing extent, still is, the art of making music when you have no other instruments at hand. It is, of course, not an only  child in the universal musical family. Recently I have found myself searching out and studying all those musical cultures and techniques which fall in that category of "make some noise with whatever…

I still don't have an iPad, but I love some of the music apps coming out for Apple's tablet. Orphion seems to be a great example of why people are scrambling to make music with their iPads; namely the instantaneous nature of touch, visual feedback, and interconnectivity with other instruments. In certain configurations, Orphion reminds me a lot of steel…

(click the article title to leave a comment!!!) We can all agree that learning about and playing music from a young age will enrich a child's life and have a positive impact on their future. The two videos below made me question whether a child's specific musical experiences have their own unique way of shaping that child's outlook and potential…

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