A great excerpt from the BBC series “Human Universe”:

EMERSON LAKE and PALMER – ” Brain Salad Surgery ” Released 19th November 1973


This was the B side of the “Fanfare” single and I preferred this side. Thanks for posting.

Originally posted on The Fat Angel Sings:


On November 19th, 1973, Emerson, Lake & Palmer released their fourth  album “Brain Salad Surgery”. Greg Lake wrote the lyrics for the album with the assistance, on two tracks, “Karn Evil 9: 3rd Impression” and “Benny the Bouncer” of former King Crimson bandmate Peter Sinfield. This was the first Emerson, Lake & Palmer album to have no songwriting contributions from Carl Palmer. The cover art is by H. R. Giger.
After they released Trilogy, the band decided to make an album that they could perform live. Trilogy was recorded on the 24-track machines with a lot of overdubbing, and that made the music difficult to recreate the songs on stage. The band purchased a cinema and would perform the music “live” on the stage, then write, perform again, write, etc., resulting in a feeling of addressing the audience directly and a more Live feel to the production.


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Apple App of The Week is “Things”! Goes Free For The First Time Ever!

Originally posted on iPad and Technology in Music Education:

Well here is a special deal of the day, wait… make that WEEK! Currently – Nov 20-28, 2014

Things iPhoneThings for iPad is a wonderful task manager app that is usually $19.99 but has been selected by Apple as their app of the week. So, until the 28th you can save yourself $19.99 and download it for free!


Things iPhoneThings for iPhone is also free currently – at that price you really need to download both versions of the app and see if this fits the bill for keeping you organized!


Things MacThings for Mac is 30% off currently! Of course that makes it still a hefty $34.99! Which is exactly why I do not use this app on my Mac! When you added up the cost of getting the iPad, iPhone AND Mac versions of this app you had a pretty big sum of money! Especially when Apple’s Reminders was free……

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Ge Wang

A TED talk from Ge Wang about the diverse nature of computer music. It begins with some simple programming and advances from there to a demonstration of the Stanford Laptop Orchestra then on to an iPhone ocarina (where a pre-programmed accompaniment follows the melody!). The talk ends with a global orchestra…

Vincent Moon

An interesting TED talk from Vincent Moon with a live performance by
Naná Vasconcelos that explains Vincent’s journeying around the globe filming live ‘folk’ music performances and posting them for free-access on the internet:

Beaumont Rag

Bryan Sutton – Beaumont Rag guitar lesson.

A Youtube video of Bryan Sutton teaching Beaumont Rag. I think this probably came from a Homespun Guitar instructional video.

This is a good reason to buy the whole DVD I think.

Musical Composition on iPads – Let’s Teach Those Standards!


We’re just at the very beginning of all of this too!

Originally posted on iPad and Technology in Music Education:

Screen Shot 2014-11-07 at 7.53.19 PMMusical composition can be so much fun! Especially when you can actually manipulate sound in ways that are interesting to you! What if our students had iPads and a few music apps? What could they come up with?

I think we would be pleasantly surprised at what can be done in the palm of our kids hands! Music that would have taken a studio full of very expensive gear can now be created while on the bus ride home from school, in the cafeteria after eating a sandwich, sitting in the hallway waiting for basketball practice (although I must say that if I had this technology when I was in school, I would NEVER have made it to Basketball practice at all! I would have gotten so engrossed in the possibilities that I would have forgotten what time it was!)

This is a piece I came up with a year…

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Early Tommy Emmanuel

A Youtube video that demonstrates that before Tommy Emmanuel became an acoustic guitar demigod he was… an electric guitar demigod:

Acker Bilk

Sad to hear of the passing of the great Acker Bilk. I once got our philosophy class thrown out of the library at Uni because I was imitating the clarinet on his wonderful “Stranger on the Shore” (written for his daughter Jenny).

Photograph of Acker Bilk. Copyright unknown, taken from the BBC news report of his passing.

Photograph of Acker Bilk. Copyright unknown, taken from the BBC news report of his passing.

Rupert Sheldrake

An interesting talk that has apparently been disowned by TED about the nature of science. It’s always good to get a second opinion :)