VOTD: World Science Festival – Pentatonic Scale

It seems there are a lot of cool things we miss out on not being in the US. One of which is the World Science Festival that takes place each year.

This year Bobby McFerrin demonstrated the power of the pentatonic scale, using audience participation, at the “Notes & Neurons: In Search of the Common Chorus” event, on June 12, 2009. Just take a look at the video clip below to see how he uses the audience and how quickly they learn to acompany him. [via BoingBoing]

You can take a look at some more short clips from the event on their site here and full clips here.
Bobby McFerrin demonstrates the power of the pentatonic scale, using audience participation, at the event “Notes & Neurons: In Search of the Common Chorus”, from the 2009 World Science Festival, June 12, 2009.

D7 Live – In Concert

d7live-mj-posterLast month I told you about an up and coming group of seven guys who sing a’capella called D7 Live. You’ve probably heard some of their clips on their site and seen the video I posted.

You know when you go to a live music concert and many times the live performance doesn’t come close to the recorded versions. Well this is the opposite with this group. You have to see and hear D7 Live in person to appreciate the talent that these seven guys posess. They entertained us for about two hours with their musical talents, introducing the band members and sharing a little about themselves with us in between their numbers. And with every passing song these guys got better and better.

Do yourself a favour, go and see these guys in concert. You will not be dissapointed. Check out the gig guide on their website for more details.

Their next gig will be on the 8th August 2009 at Conference, Kronenburg in Paarl.

Pat, thanks for the discounted tickets mate (you guys are definitely worth it, and then some!). You guys rocked and you’re all definitely a talent to be reckoned with. I can see D7 Live going places – just watch this space!

D7 Fresh A'capella

I’ve just heard of a local, Cape Town based group called D7. They’re seven young guys that perform a mix of a’capella and beatboxing. I wish I had heard about them sooner as I would have loved to attend one of their live gigs. I’ve just listened to a few of their sample tracks on their website and I’m seriously impressed.

Think beatbox, think up beat, think fresh harmonies delivered to you by seven of Cape Town’s sexiest musicians and you have D7, the a’capella group that is harmonising their way on to stages everywhere. They will have your feet tapping, your lips moving and your hips grooving to the familiar sounds of Billy Joel, Michael Jackson, The Chiffons and The Temptations. Their take on contemporary tunes from Coldplay and Goldfish is fresh and exciting and definitely worth the standing ovations they have been receiving from audiences all over Cape Town.

South Africa has recently started auditioning for people to attend the new show South Africa’s Got Talent. Listening to these guys and seeing them perform I have no doubt that South Africa really *does* have talent. Well done guys, keep it up.

I’m really impressed by a’capalla music and beatboxing and this great combination of both makes for really enjoyable listening. And for the ladies, well, just take a look at their bio pics for yourself, you decide.

You can also follow them on Twitter.

Below is a short mashup clip of some of their performances showing off their talent. Oh, if you didn’t know, you can hire them for your own private party too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UG10ccCFhX8

VOTD: Music track made using only Windows XP/98 sounds

You know the sounds your computer makes when a dialog pops up, or something goes wrong, or you’re notified about something. The default dings and tadas used in Windows XP and Windows 98 were used to make a musical track. Watch (or rather listen) to the video below. [via ChrisM]

iTunes tracks now DRM free, at a price!

padlockWe all know about the dreaded DRM the music industry has imposed on many of those who purchase music tracks online. Apple has finally convinced the likes of EMI to drop DRM from their music tracks. 

The day has finally come – but for those who’ve purchased the tracks already and want DRM removed, it’s gonna cost you, another 30 cents for every track you already purchased and own, to have it removed. 

I give you, music tax! [via TechCrunch]

Christmas lights extravaganza

‘Tis the season to be jolly – yup – it’s that time of year again. I found a few of these amazing synchronized christmas lights videos on YouTube – I’ve shared a few with you below – but you can find many more just doing a simple search like this one. Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEe8w9YSOoc&feature=related
Amazing Grace – 2007 – Holdman Display – Pleasant Grove, UT

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hN-4gqlLrc&feature=related
Music Box Dancer – 2007 – Holdman Christmas Display

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bL-4Wir0hb0&feature=related
Merry Christmas 2007