Applegirl And Her Apps
Color me not surprised when I saw videos of a girl going by the YouTube handle Applegirl002 remaking top pop hits by Lady Gaga and Beyonce on multiple iPhones. Overproduced beats are the perfect material for this new form of instrumentation (I hesitate even calling it that). She has been spreading her music on YouTube by posting videos of herself videotaped in her living room with a backup band comprised of a variety of iPhone applications. As someone who has a deep appreciation of synthesizers and mixers, is this just an example of the next wave of electronic instruments in a smaller handheld form?
So many questions came to mind when I first watched Applegirl’s YouTube clips performing Irreplaceable on three iPhones and Poker Face with the help of four iPhones. I wondered exactly how much time she spent figuring out how to recreate a song with iPhone applications. I was also curious to know if she had any formal music training. My question has been answered with her latest upload where Applegirl is seen playing a keyboard and her bandmate is an iPhone app. She is definitely musically inclined so I can’t help but think about what her own original music would sound like unplugged.
The Way You Do the Things You Do – The Temptations (1965)
New Amerykah: Badu In The Buff
Erykah Badu’s latest release New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh has been playing in my ears nonstop. She has been making the rounds on television shows promoting the new album and performing her new single Window Seat. A controversial video for the song was released the same week New Amerykah Part Two hit the stores. In the video, Badu is seen walking towards the grassy knoll of Dealey Plaza, in her hometown of Dallas, stripping away articles of clothing until she is in the buff and ends with her collapsing to the sidewalk as if she has been shot. Rolling Stone writes “In the video, Badu is making a statement against ‘group think,’ saying in a voiceover in the closing seconds, ‘They play it safe, and are quick to assassinate what they don’t understand.’” A mother of two filed an indecency complaint with the city of Dallas and claims her and her children were offended by Badu’s actions during the guerilla video shoot. The city of Dallas is issuing Badu a disorderly conduct citation. The citation is similar to a traffic ticket and will result in a $500 fine.
Are You Goo Goo For Gaga?
Not a day goes by that I don’t hear something about Lady Gaga. Recently she passed out more than once on stage. Being jet lagged was the reason she gave on an Australian radio show and she stated “I’d rather die on stage than walk off because I was going to pass out”. Lady Gaga also has Donny Osmond up in arms this week denouncing her latest video with Beyonce for the song Telephone. He’s “upset as a parent” at the “profanity, sexual exploitation, nudity and graphic violence” in the video. Lady Gaga just made internet history and set a record. Three of her videos posted online, Poker Face, Bad Romance and Just Dance, have received a combined one billion views. She is extremely savvy when it comes to marketing and is a media sensation.
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Coming Attraction: Björk and Michel Gondry
IMAX 3D. Two words you cannot escape these days. Recent releases Avatar and Alice in Wonderland immediately come to mind. Now we can add a collaboration between Björk and Michel Gondry to the list. The creative magic team are joining forces once again on an IMAX 3D project. “We have a very ambitious project, a sort of scientific musical,” Gondry said. “It’s a movie, but maybe more for museums. Like a 40 minute IMAX project in 3D.” Changing the venue from a ginormous movie theater to a museum sounds appropriate for what may indeed turn out to be a work of art. (When I hear Björk and the word museum mentioned together in a sentence, I can’t help but think of her husband artist Matthew Barney.)
Boogie Oogie Oogie – A Taste of Honey (1978)
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