Monday, August 8, 2011


Blogs are so 2010....

OK, ok.... so it's the curse of being too busy.... which is a good thing right? Instead of visiting us here, please come and friend us on FACEBOOK where we post news about current work, show finished spots we've scored, and perhaps post a link or two to a cuddly kitty video. See you there!


Friday, April 8, 2011


Nothing like a musical instrument than can scald you if played incorrectly! Just came across this video (I believe shot by the multi-talented Michael Galinsky) of a steam powered organ. The caption says, "Every year on New Year's Eve Pratt breaks out the steam organ and creates a cacophony for the community. This year on Dec 11th they broke it out of storage to work out the kinks. Kids were just getting out of Saturday Art classes and went nuts in the steam". Hot (pun fully intended)!

Steam from rumur on Vimeo.

Thursday, April 7, 2011


Sheb Wooley has found his way into your head many many ways over the period of his life and beyond it.

Wooley appeared in dozens of western films and in western TV shows in the 1950s through the 1970s, most notably High Noon, The Adventures of Kit Carson, The Cisco Kid, and Rawhide.

He taught his 2nd cousin Roger Miller to play guitar chords, and purchasing him a fiddle.

He wrote the theme song for the long-running television show Hee Haw.

He was a regular on Hee Haw and The Muppet Show as the drunken country songwriter Ben Colder. He released music and performed as Ben Colder as well as under his own name.

His most famous act was his penning and recording of the novelty sound "Purple People Eater".

And perhaps even more burned into our pop culture is Wooley's scream. He was used as a voice actor for the Wilhelm Scream, a scream that ended up in the popular Warner Brothers stock sound library for TV and film and has been used by sound effects teams in countless TV and video games as well as over 149 films including Star Wars and all of the Indiana Jones films. Over the years it has gained a cult following among movie and horror fans.

We salute you Sheb on what would have been your 90th birthday this week!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Ah, the Germans and their love of fine food, fine music, and precision mechanics. I don't know the story behind this video put it seems it was produced by an antisocial composer with a William Sonoma charge card who decided to build their own mechanical orchestra. Sure, it costs more up front but think of all the drink tickets and hotel rooms that person won't have to share.

I do wish the music was a bit more captivating. It would be great if the maker lends it out to different composers that would take the idea and the capabilities a bit further and to more interesting places like those amazing LEMUR folks in NYC.. Until then, here it is.

Blödes Orchester from white tube on Vimeo.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

RIP OF THE DAY 1-18-11

Don Kirshner, the veteran music mogul who shepherded songs from a monstrously talented stable of young writers to the top of the pop charts in the 1960s, launched the career of the Monkees and then became a familiar face to millions of rock fans as impresario of his late-night music TV series in the 1970s, died Monday of heart failure in Boca Raton, Fla., where he had lived for the last decade, a family spokeswoman said Tuesday. He was 76.

In the early days of our families betamax lifestyle, my brother would record lots of late night TV for he and I to watch. As a little kid in elementary school, I got to see SNL, Second City TV, the Kenny Everett Video Show, and Don Kirshner's Rock Concert. These were my first exposure to tons of great music and bands I otherwise would not have known about like T Rex, the Clash, Devo, and of course the list goes on and on. I know I still have that old betamax here somewhere... and probably all those old tapes too.

Sunday, January 9, 2011


The old man's back again... and he's even older today. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SCOTT WALKER!